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Masking the Emoji

Here’s today’s simple tutorial for how to use masking of video in After Effects. Also consider learning to use the Rotobrush. Have a look at Maria Sanchez’s final post about her project which combines the pen tool image masks and the rotobrush. Also look at the post from last semester in which we covered masking … Continue reading “Masking the Emoji”

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Daniel Motion Track ON, Motion Track OFF

This week’s quiz asks you to motion track the head of this karate kid on a boat. Then add an emoji that follows the motion track. Create a GIF and upload.  

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GET OFF OF ME!!!!

This week we look at the motion tracking tool so that you can create null objects which follow a set of contrasting pixels frame-by-frame in a video. Then text can be created and parented to the null object which allows you to have text follow a character like this. Or mask the head like this: For … Continue reading “GET OFF OF ME!!!!”

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Ruining heroes to better understand the GIF

On goes the quest to better Grok the GIF. Yesterday I discovered the subreddit Behind the GIFs. Which is basically MS Paint comics with an animated GIF ending. The posts originally explained the backstory of popular GIFs from infomercials. This post is labeled the inspiration, so possibly it is the first one (not sure). And here’s […]

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Concrete to Data Breakout!

A couple of weeks ago I was able to attend the opening of Concrete to Data, an exhibition currently open at the Steinberg Museum of Art. The show is a culmination of a two year effort by Ryan Seslow to bring together graffiti writers, street artists, photographers, and digital artists to reflect on past and current practices. Over […]

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Advice from my students on nurturing work

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC-ND ) flickr photo shared by Hypercoregz Recently the Communications Technology program has been growing quite a bit, so much so that I’ve been able to offer and teach our portfolio course, CT 399, for upper level majors every fall and spring semester. The course is a single credit two hour […]

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Connected Courses Digital Storytelling ds106 Teaching and Learning

Let ‘Em Breathe Fire

Next Monday I’m really excited to start teaching with Ryan Seslow for the first time. I’ve been lucky to work with Ryan on a bunch of projects, recently my favorites being GIFFight and Animating Transit. We’re going to combine two sections of CT 101 Digital Storytelling, which is inspired and still heavily influenced by the […]

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Rocketing Off to Connected Courses

I introduced the Connected Courses open course to two colleagues of mine at York College in the Educational Technology department and they’re game to follow along and even blog! So I’m going to jump in as well. It’s great to see a few familiar faces among the course instructors, but I’m more interested to hear ideas from […]

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If You Understand Me, Just Grunt

Another GIF Fight has brought again a bunch of imaginative work created by the original Giffighters and lots of new faces mostly from the ds106 community. I still need to do a proper blog post about GIFFight, but you can read about the origin of the project on Giphy. For now I just wanted to […]

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Seeing Squares

There was a moment of epiphany that I had today and I’m pretty sure it had something to do with seeing the dazzling animated squares by John Johnston above. It was actually quite lucky that I saw this piece in my Tumblr feed which is filled with visual interestingness. But the post found it’s way to […]