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Author Topic: Merry Christmas  (Read 2310 times)


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Merry Christmas
« on: December 24, 2016, 06:28:17 pm »

I borrowed headwax's Santa, rigged him and made a Christmas card for my colleagues.  I'm the ugly one on the left :).

The backdrop was made in anim8or - its some of our company's products wrapped in Christmas paper. There's a reference to "concur" - its our expense claim system.  Our department is OEM Langstone.

In the past I have used 2 humanoid characters is presentations, I call them Micky - a blue character and Stu a yellow character.  Micky is playing Santa, that's why Santa is blue.

Santa is chroma keyed into the video.  All the animation is done in anim8or with a green background (and green masks where required to make the animation appear behind something in the video).  The music I found in midi files that I modified in Anvil Studio.  The whole composition is put together using Pinnacle Studio 15 with many sub projects, generally one per scene but also when I run out of video tracks (Pinnacle Studio 15 has 2 video tracks, a title overlay track and 2 sound tracks).  Pinnacle Studio crashes a lot on my system so I find lots of small projects put together in a simple top level project is most reliable.

Merry Christmas all




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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2016, 07:38:11 pm »

very good  :)

and a very merry christmas to you too, Alec!


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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2016, 09:18:46 am »

Lol. That was cool.
 Little things, like santas pom pom swinging on his hat at the end, are the little things that really add 'decent-ness' to a clip like this. I find it takes 3 or 4 runs to get the basics of an animation happening, and then every xtra pass after that is mostly 'detailing'. Those little details really give short animations a lot more liveliness.
 Santa getting stuck going into the printer, and losing his hat, were laugh out loud for me.
 Nice one Alec and merry christmas to you too.
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 09:21:45 am by johnar »


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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #3 on: December 26, 2016, 10:04:48 pm »

Nice work, Alec. And a day-late Merry Christmas to everyone!
« Last Edit: December 26, 2016, 10:05:29 pm by Steve »


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Re: Merry Christmas
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2016, 01:40:21 am »

Happy New Year for everyone too!!!