Friday, February 24, 2012
Untitled from chanterie mcdonald on Vimeo.
It was fun working with all the filters and seeing what it does to change your video. At first I wasn't seeing anything until I figured that you have to adjust them to make them change. Some filters that I played around with were not that fun. This exercise project was alot of fun to play around with.
Some of the filters that I favored the most where the noise one where you can make it look like a bad connection with the TV cable. Another filter that I liked was the one that looked like waves. These filters make your piece of art look real neat and creative. The filters made my video look more interesting because some filters make you not see what it is but hear sound.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Effects from Chad M on Vimeo.
The footage from this piece was shot from the window to the highway outside. I intentionally used a shot that contained more cars driving by to increase the intensity of motion in the shot. The flow of the piece is erratic and it jumps to different effects from one shot to another. Despite the erratic pace of the piece, creating it was a challenge in patience. The strain on the computer with this type of workload was enough to bring it to its knees.
The parts that worked the best in this piece were the color distortion shots with the glassy look. The limits of the effects are not quite reached in the video. I chose to show restraint to keep the perspective in a more realistic viewpoint. The viewer of this piece stays grounded in reality because the cars and other videos are not distorted enough to lose track of what they are.
This project was a learning experience for me. For all the projects that we did before, I never used a single video effect except to change it to black and white. So I did not know what most of the effects did since I do not know a lot about photo editing either. I decided to use parts of different footage that I had in my camera. The parts that I chose were 5 to 20 seconds long. On each part I decided to use different kinds of effects to see how it would change the footage. It took me some time to get started with the actual filtering because, as I had mentioned before, I did not know what the filters did. At first I tried each one individually to have an idea on what they did alone. Then I picked the ones I liked the most and used them to filter the footage. In the beginning of my 2 minutes of video, I decided to see what the filters would do with a black video. I was not able to get anything to happen in the beginning, but I was able to get something to appear on the screen after messing around for several minutes. I then started filtering the parts I picked from the videos in my camera. In some parts that I edited, the original footage was not recognizable, but I believe that I was able to get something interesting.
The content of my footage was changed considerably by using filters. The filters brought a different feel to the different parts because it let us see the footage in a different way. For example, in one of the parts of the video, I am still able to see the real footage, but the filters made the real footage seem more mysterious. Overall, the filters added new things visually, but removed things from the original footage. So one got a different video image after the filters were applied. Most of the filters added something of their own. An example of a group of filters where one can clearly see that they add something of their own are the generate filters. Those filters create different shapes on top of the video image such as lighting or ellipses. Overall, I enjoyed everything I learned about filters through this project. The only thing I did not like is how some filters took a VERY long time to render such as the generate filters. Another thing that was kind of annoying was that I could not see correctly how the filters affected the footage until I rendered it. So it would take a long time to render the footage and then I would not be happy with the overall result so I would have to change things on the filters again until I was happy with the effects.
Distorted Parking from Charles Williams on Vimeo.
First I took three minutes and 37 seconds of video waking through the IUSB parking lot. I attached the camera to my chest so that the camera would see the exact path I took walking to my own vehicle.
For this project I used footage of my cat Edward. I liked this footage because it offered movement as well as stillness, was really closely focused on his face, and didn't have a lot going on in the background. I had played with the effects a few times before but was looking forward to going more in-depth within premiere. Before adding extra onto the footage I had I took it and segmented it into lots of smaller clips ranging from a few seconds to roughly 15-17 seconds in length. I moved them all of order and worked with the effects more so in some clips than others. I thought this would add some good visual contrast and show how filters can both change the image without entirely distorting in and in other instances completely distort the image beyond recognition.
I made my video without audio because I wanted to focus more on the images and I felt that audio would distract an audience from viewing the effects fully. I layered a lot of effects on top of one another using at least two per clip and sometimes four. It was really interesting to watch images change and distort to the point of being unsure what clip was underneath all the effects. Watching the effects work together was another interesting facet of this assignment. You can accomplish so many things when you layer effects and have the chance to really play with them. I did find that there is a lot of trial and error involved with using effects because some work better in combination than others. This would have been a great project to do on a larger scale although it would take a great deal of time.
Untitled from mitcheal davis on Vimeo.
One of the really interesting things I found while doing this project was that the video is still Brett studying but by using effects the message of the video changes. Some of the clips that I found most aesthetically pleasing are the clips where it is most difficult to even see what is happening. I can tell it’s a person but I can’t necessarily tell what the person is doing and then I think the seer has to use their imagination and try to put the pieces together. I initially used a 20 second clip and pasted it six times. I added effects to each of those six segments. Then I decided to take each of the six and cut them in half and take the effects of each half and add more effects. I liked this because you can see how much the video can be transformed by just adding a few more layers.
Video Manipulation from Kyle Peterson on Vimeo.
Spending time going through the filters wasn't too difficult, but every time I applied a new filter, I wanted to go back to my previous ones and change some of the settings. Starting with a clear, untouched video, and manipulating it into an abstract, moving artwork was my goal. When I couldn't get enough variety, I played with keyframes to change the excitement of the effect and try to add interest.
I used a lot of noise and stacking coloring effects to accomplish my goal. Each filter that was used has almost maximum settings on multiple parameters. There are a few I scaled back so you could still see the moving image, and not just complete noise. I tried picking filters that were similar to each other to apply to each clip, and then make those filters interact with each other in a whole new way. My goal for this project was to broaden my exploration and create images that have their own characteristics, separate from its original form.
I was pleasantly surprised by working on this video. In the past, I have always viewed effects as "those things people who don't know how to use the software use". They seem gimmicky and unprofessional. That's why I was caught off-guard when I actually liked a lot of the images generated by applying (and combining and tweaking) standard effects filters in Premiere Pro.
I chose to use video with which I am very familiar—it is the first I ever shot and, taken as a whole, it's pretty boring stuff. It also has a lot of potential. The exciting thing about using visual effects is that they allowed me to view the sequence in a completely new way. Suddenly, repetitive actions are fascinating because of the textures they produce or the colors and patterns revealed when the effects are applied. I'd really like to play with looping these different effects segments and then playing them simultaneously on multiple monitors.
Untitled from Nick Lewis on Vimeo.
The subject of this video is my two year old son lying on the couch watching cartoons. The goal of this project for me was to layer and use as many of the filters as I could to mostly make the image unrecognizable. Sporadically I inserted a clip that was not filtered as much to remind the viewer on what image was being transformed.
To transform the video I began with using Wave Warp. By changing the wave type, height, width and speed you can make the image completely distorted. With the use of Paint Bucket, the video image is transformed into a bright wildly moving image. Within Wave Warp just by changing the wave type options will drastically change the look. I also used Lens Distortion and Eight Point Garbage Matte. By layering these frames creates depth to the video. I tried to utilize as many techniques as possible. Some of them that I used throughout the video Blur, Bevel, Strobe, Mosaic, Twirl, Cell Pattern, Bend, Mirror amongst others. Through this exercise I was able to explore the different ways to transform a video. (Oh and sorry about the annoying music.)
Untitled from Liz Phillips on Vimeo.
I really enjoyed playing with the filters to see what kind of output I would get. I started simple with only a couple of layers on the first couple of clips, and then started really trying to get detailed to see which effects would create interesting outputs. I tried to apply a filter from each of the categories and play around a lot with the thresholds and the details within the filters.
I applied many layers of mirrors and flipping the images both horizontally and vertically and then layering more noise and other effects on top of those. I found interesting and creative results in both the simple effects as well as the more complex layering. The project was definitely more time consuming than I expected due to the amount of layers on each clip, so that was a lesson learned. I was surprised just how much you could change an image by applying filters, to where it didn't even look like the original.
My video is a few roughly 20 second clips played over and over. The video itself is of a huge coy pond with a bunch of fish swimming around. I picked this video because of the different colors present and the movement of the video and fish in the video. I tried to add enough effects to each clip to totally distort the view of the fish, but decided against it in a few spots because I felt it wasn’t needed.
I started off on the first video with the mirror effect and then added some dust and scratches to it to add a grainy, dirty feel. This added some green streaks to it, which added some contrast to the darkness. I also played with the lighting on this one. The next video got blur, transform, twirl, and 3D added to it for a constant movement. I have it constantly spinning and twirling to give movement. The third has noise, solarize, and replicate added to it. The solarize and noise give off a weird grey blue tint, while the replicate has it getting smaller and farther away, then bigger and closer. The next one has four color gradient changing throughout while there is also the wave warp changing size, shape, angle, and width and height. The fifth one has offset and spherize. The sphere is moving around while the offset is moving the video in and out of the scene while it leaves traces of itself. The next piece has turbulent displace and mosaic with three way color corrector to dull the image some. The mosaic gets bigger and smaller throughout while the turbulence makes it rippley. The next one uses arithmetic and blur. The arithmetic changes the values of the colors in different ways and the blur goes in and out. The final one uses arithmetic again with twirl and wave warp. The wave warp has the video moving while twirl moves in it.
I believe that each filter adds something to the clips. It may be distortion or color or movement, but each adds something visually. Each filter adds a positive effect to the video clips. The content added to this from the filters is color, or distortion, or noise, each a tiny piece of a puzzle that when together you get to see the whole picture of what is hiding in the video. I suppose that would be my metaphor too. Each effect is a puzzle piece.
I wanted to play around with the different shapes of an object and see how I could alter its motion and geometry. I chose a ceiling fan both for its symmetry in shape and its circular motion. I kept the fan at a constant speed so that any observable change in its properties was through filtering alone.
First, using various color filters, I was able to capture the motion as color. An observable side effect is the difference in colors around the blades even though the blades themselves are the only thing moving in the frame. Second, I wanted to play with the speed of motion and geometry of motion itself. Unexpectedly, I was able to bend the image to give the illusion of two fans which began rotating around themselves at the same speed as the blades. Thirdly, I wanted to try to match filters that have the same geometrical properties as the fan. I used twirling filters and spherical filters combined with the previous filters to achieve dramatic appearance of every shadow and shape moving like in a vortex. Lastly, I wanted to calm things down, and use very simple color filtering and ghosting filtering to show off the original fans geometry and movement in contrast to all previous effects in the video.
I wanted the filters to input new meaning by the footage I chose. I shot newspapers, which is a source that communicates to the world everyday. I wanted to go underneath those newspapers and create a new visually appealing newspaper. I experimented with different filters but I chose to go with invert and echo. However, only using invert once didn’t do much so I duplicated it several times. The filters distorted the footage and added multiple colors. Echo filter doubled the words adding several lines of sentences, which created an overwhelming feeling. It goes along with reading books; when your required to read something you don’t understand it creates confusion and becomes a bunch of words.
Also I decided to use crop to create a collage of words. Adding crop with the other filters reminded me of a quilt. The filters visually created different word patterns by the difference in parameters and speeds. I added different sized layers to represent each layer individually. The filters took away the visual aspect of a newspaper. Also the filters took away some sentence structures and words disappeared by the filters being pushed to their limits. The effects controlled the exposure of which words would be represented. Also the effects went beneath each page apart of the newspaper to expose even more words and images. Exposure represents words create multiple meanings.
I took 2+ minutes of continuous video shot from a small park
along the river, where the Century Center sculpture and the Sample Street
bridge were visible in the shot. I then sliced the video up at about every 10
seconds or so. In each 10 seconds I tried to apply many different effects,
often with the same effect layered in multiple. The first 10 seconds were just
about the only time you can actually make out what the picture is. In the rest
of the clips I tried to distort it so greatly that it became unrecognizable
from its original form. I apologize, but I don’t have Premiere on the computer
I’m writing this from, so I’ll do my best to use the proper names of the
effects but may get some wrong. Many of the clips I had “finished” at some
point, but then I’d render it all, and realize I hated certain segments. I
could have kept playing, but I think my wife was ready to leave me (or at least
start drinking) because of how much time I was spending on it. Some of the
clips I’m still not pleased with. But several have become something entirely
different from what they started. I was able, in a few clips, to take a very
boring scene of water in a river, a static sculpture and bridge, with just a
few cars moving through, and turn it into something that makes me feel
something. That’s pretty cool.
The first clip uses 3D with varying distances, to make the “canvas”
on which the frames are laid appear to be a physical thing. With some waves and
progressive color changes applied to give it some more interest. I especially
like how at some points the sculpture becomes the only visible object in this
clip, and the background is black. The next 10 seconds I still used changed
perspectives, just not with the 3D effect, but with a different one (I forget
the name), as well as some more color changes and the twist deform tool to
create a warped image floating around. I wanted the twist to be in motion, but
I couldn’t figure out how to do this in the many hours I spent on the project.
The next clip has the image inverted and distorted—less with colors but more
with sharpness and blur in varying layers that give it some snow-like texture.
A slight turbulence layer gives its motion some depth. The next clip is
multiple different blurs, and a mirror effect, moved this way and that. This
one completely transformed the images into a sort of fuzzy, folded, waving thing.
Next up I played again with colors to varying degrees, as well as the Bend
effect and the corner pins effect to stretch the images to and fro. The next
clip is one I really like. I originally just added a generated lightning bolt
being shot from the top of the sculpture and progressing along the bridge—but I
wanted more. So I added a circle effect, and then multiple changing layers of
embossing. On top of this I put a large, moving, feathered magnifying circle.
The results are very cool, I think. The next clip is similar to one before, but
I applied a couple of different waves to it to distort it more. Next up are
multiple find-edges effects layered, as well as multiple turbulence layers.
This turned out well, except I wish I’d have slowed down the turbulence some so
its warping progressed slower. Following this is excessive use of the swirling
and mirror tools. I was kind of aiming for a Space Odyssey 2001 feel (the
obelisk sequence) but it ended up being more of a Beastie Boys video feel.
Still pretty cool though. The next scene I really like – my favorite. I flipped
another mirror on it so it made a symmetrical track, then applied different
color changes to highlight the sculpture colors, and played around with magnifying
circles moving in different sizes and speeds along the horizontal line,
following a vehicle on the bridge, etc. This one actually evokes an emotion in
me that I can’t really describe when I watch it. At one point it kind of feels
like falling… I really like this clip. Next I used the magnifying circle again
over a grid of heavily modified and progressive color schemes, along with the
one that multiplies the images into a grid-like pattern (duplicate I think?) with
different numbers. I didn’t like this one at first but now I do after I changed
the order of the effects around to make it better. Next is another heavily
distorted one. Lots of heavy waves, color changes, and then circles that grow
laid over that, with turbulence over the circles (all but one, and it pisses me
off that it escaped the effect). And finally the last one changes through
different layered waves and color changes again.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
When filming my initial footage of me breaking a pool rack, I really had no idea what I was going to do with it until I actually got it into Premiere. As Woody Vasulka said, collaborating with the machine is a big part of how his art is produced. Once I started playing with filters, I found that manipulating color had some interesting results. The pool table was initially tan, and changing some color levels made it appear bright green right away, which was something I kept in the first few seconds of the video. When changing the color, the first thing i noticed was that one ball did not move much at all from the break, but all others did move away in every direction from it. This ball in a way accidentally became the focal point of the footage for most of the time. Adding motion trails to the breaking billiard balls added a sense of slowing the footage, even though the time was kept at 100%.
Eventually as my experimentation continued, building off of the layers on the previous segments of video, I was able to create a more liquid feeling to the image. Visually, these effects obstructed the natural movement of the billiard balls on the table. However, they soon began to develop a style of their own and I noticed when changing the layering order, interesting looking patterns reminiscent of carbon fiber would develop in the "waves" on screen. The visual effects developed toward the end of the video metaphorically turned the pool table into a pool of liquid.
Long before I had ever heard the term “specious present”, I had been fascinated by what it entailed. Our perception of time is altered by our senses. We do not naturally perceive a set rhythm of timekeeping, but must rely on external cues to let us know how quickly or slowly it passes. The specious present is the moment in which someone is aware of the present, by detecting motion at an interval. When watching something for the first time, that interval seems much slower than it does on subsequent viewings. The first time through, with full concentration, the mind perceives and catalogs each detail. The second time through, the entire experience happens more quickly, with the mind knowing what to expect. The first time is the specious present. The second is a combination of the present and memory. The video is the same length in minutes and seconds, but the two experiences feel as if they take a different amount of time.
When I began playing with layering filters, I noticed how they seemed to alter the duration of the video, even though I had not altered the actual playback speed, and I had already seen the base footage multiple times, meaning it should only get faster with each viewing. While some effects made it seem to move more quickly, others slowed it down. I started over with new video, focusing on clocks and timers, changing up how the passage of time was demonstrated either audibly or visually, and began using filters with the goal of seeing how the changes in the video signal could either enhance or counter act the perceived timekeeping in each segment. At least one effect, usually more, extends from one segment to the next, so the effects themselves are each experienced in multiple situations. They build or decrease over time, each overlapping and starting independently of one another. It is in the combinations of these overlapping filters that a sort of mood is created, at times making time seem frenetic, while at others making it relaxed, even though the same constant runs through each clip – the marking of seconds.
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Update: Oh, the reason it wouldn't post is because I had switched my profile to the new Vimeo layout, and for some reason it will not play my video under the new Vimeo. I had to switch back to the old layout.