8.18.2006

Nola 2 Campfire Quicktime

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Some folks (Mefull, Nick H) have had trouble viewing the wmv file, and some folks (Sven & most, I've come to find) just outright prefer mov, so here it is in glorious Quicktime.  Thanks to Eric Scott for converting for me, he's quick!

I find the wmv's visuals and audio quality is better, but maybe I just need to futz with the QT settings some when I render, see what I can come up with....in the future I'll try to post both versions :)

16 comments:

herself said...

(I just realized, when I described the ending in a previous comment I spoiled the ending for those that hadn't seen it! Gosh, I'm sorry. Next time I won't spell anything out in comments, at least without announcing it a spoiler.)

Ubatuber said...

I didn't even notice! But, really, I've already spoiled the ending of the Jenny short, so no problem ;) :)

Darkstrider said...

Wow, the quality really did suffer! Is that Sorenson 3 rendered by QTPro by any chance? I can never get good quality that way. In fact, using QTPro and Sorensen 3 I can' get any of my films down to under 10 megs and still look decent at all. Discreet Cleaner is a completely different story on the other hand. It will render out a Sor3 file that's crisp and clean with no caffiene at a very small file size.

Lacking Cleaner or another decent compression program, you ought to just make H.264 files. So much superior to Sor3 it's not even funny. Of course people who don't have QT7 can't see it though (but I figure anyone who cares to watch video online has done gone and got QT7 by now... right?)

Ubatuber said...

yep, sor3....haven't tried Discreet Cleaner, I'll look it up, thanks!
I have QT7, but when in Sony Vegas (v5), rendering, it only gives me the option to render as 'Quicktime 6 mov', I think b/c 6 was the version I was using when I got Vegas...may have something to do with a QT plugin? Grant, any ideas?

herself said...

Jefferey, I'm about to ask you a question...

If the answer IS REALLY "yes" then you are about the greatest genius conceptual artist of all time, if "no" then you are the greatest accidental conceptual artist of all time.

The question is...
Did you, or did you not, intentionally place your own reflection as if viewing a computer screen facing Nola 2 in your new spiffy animated gif avatar?

mefull said...

Thanks for the Quicktime, I can finally watch the whole thing all the way through. I don't notice the quality issue that mike mentions, not sure why.

Excellent job!

Ubatuber said...

well, lets see...I knew I wanted to put me in there, and that was the first pic I chose to try out...just generally looked like a good 'animator' pose, looking down at set or puppet, or computer screen :)...I think I'd call myself accidental though, some of my best bits have been happy accidents, which I love...there's something akin to fate going on when that happens, like I've bypassed the thought process :)...happens most when I paint....

herself said...

Brilliant!

herself said...

I hate you.

Darkstrider said...

Hey Mark,
sounds like you have Windows Media issues! I have a hard time watching them through my browser, so I usually download them to my desktop and watch witrhout having to wait for buffering etc. I just control-click on the link (right click on a PC) and 'Save As'. Then I can watch it at my leisure (not in my liesure suit, which is an entirely different matter, that you wouldn't care to see!). The Windows file is crisp and clear, and there's detail in the shadows - where as in the QT clip shadows are just solid black and everything looks really grainy. Sort of like watching it through tinted pebbled glass.

sven said...

I'm very glad to have a copy of this now. Thank you for the extra effort!!

mefull said...

Thanks Mike I will give that a try, I didn't notice the pebbled look on my quicktime version, still 6 I think.

Phil said...

Jeffery

I love this clip, and the use of the lightning is excellent and creepy, well done.

I don't know if this is just a teaser, but it feels like you could crank up the anticipation and really milk this moment.
Having set up were the danger lays for Jenny, you could have her distracted by something in the opposite direction, so that she turns her back on the real danger, then your audience will be shouting for her to turn round. Also towards the end of the clip it is all sort of told in wide shots, which of course helps to make Jenny feel small and venerable, but distances us a little us as viewers, rather than making us participants. If that is what you wanted then fair enough.

Just some thoughts.

Keep it up, I want to see more.

Ubatuber said...

Thanks Phil! This isn't a teaser, not really Jenny footage either, just testing out a few things. Practice, practice :)

Phil said...

Ok sorry...couldn't stop myself.
Well I'm sure it will be a great moment when you do shot the film proper.

Ubatuber said...

Don't be sorry, all criticism and ideas are welcome and appreciated, especially from a pro like yourself :)
I agree with you that I need to work on timing, especially when it comes to building tension like you mention...I think the subtle in-between moments, the shots where nothing is happening, will be hardest for me to pull off...definitely the area that I need the most practice right now, as the Jenny film is full of those kinds of moments, those 'Hitchcock-y' bits...the calm before the storm so to speak ;)

Again, thanks for the comments, thanks for stopping by, I'm honored to have you here! Keep watching, you will absolutely see more...