GoAnimate: Ryu Will Fall

Ryu Will Fall is a throw back to old school GoAnimating. There's no custom backgrounds or props and I've used speech balloons with no sound other than a music backing track.

The basic premise is Sakura is in love with Ryu (of the Street Fighter Games) and she has her sights set on capturing his heart. Hence the 'Fall' part of the title is not meant to be literal.

I must admit I'm in a bit of a slump as far as GoAnimate goes so I decided to try one of the badge challenges (Ryu's Monologue) just to animate something.

The badge challenge has some fairly strict limitations. You can only use Ryu as a character and there is no mixing of themes. Fortunately there was a prop image of Sakura so I was able to use that rather than her actual animated character.

The music track is the same music I used in my Escape animation. None of the existing Street Fighter game tunes seemed appropriate and none of the GoAnimate classic tunes were available without mixing themes.

Anyhow this is what I came up with below.

Ryu will Fall by etourist

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!

Magisto - Automated Video Editing from Raw Footage

I came across Magisto's new 'Magical video editing in a Click' site via Mashable's article,
Automated Video Editing Site Makes Movie Magic Out of Raw Footage.

If the above two link titles don't give you a clue about what this new start up site does then I'll elaborate. The purpose of the site is to take a bunch of raw camera footage (i.e. unedited, direct from your camera footage) and, using the sites built in subject recognition algorithms, produce a finished, professionally edited, short video with an audio music track that you can share with your family, friends and other people in your online social networks.

The site is not targeted at the the video professional and is definitely not designed for long format video. Rather it's for the average person filming short grabs of live video such as clips of the family, places traveled to, family pets etc. who wouldn't normally take the time to edit that kind of footage together. Thus often posting lengthy unedited clips to social sites like Facebook and Youtube.

For me it was an interesting proposition. Even though I do know how to edit video with a semi professional film makers eye I do capture a lot of footage with my mobile phone and camera, mostly of our pet dog, Oscar, and cat, Casper, that I usually can't be bothered editing. Thus it sits on my hard drive unseen or, I post the occasional unedited clip to Facebook.

So this morning I went on my usual walk to the park with Oscar and filmed some clips. I tried to film at Oscar's level (though this can be a little tricky with such a small dog) as much as possible but beyond that I kept my clips as spontaneous as possible. Below is the resulting clip, which Magisto allows you to upload directly to Youtube.



The two opening shots are earlier videos that were on my camera whilst all the footage of Oscar wearing his walking harness I filmed for this test.

To create the video, I uploaded 12 clips of footage, direct from my camera, each between 20-40 seconds long. Magisto has a limit of 16 clips or 600mb. My footage was all HD footage and totaled roughly 486MB all up.

Next I entered a title - 'Oscar'.

Finally I chose a music track. There are plenty of contemporary tracks, classic tunes and older hits to choose from, which I liked.

Once you've chosen your music, you just sit back and wait for your clips to finish uploading then wait for an email saying your video is ready (the time this takes varies depending on your clip length).

From there it's a simple case of clicking on the links for Facebook, Youtube, twitter or email to share your video.

Overall I thought the site does it's job rather well. It's a little hit and miss and quite ruthless with how much it leaves out - my raw footage totaled about 6 minutes in length and was reduced to just over a minute - but the end result is still very satisfactory.

If you can't be bothered editing and you film a lot of random family moments or experiences then this just might be the tool that turns your footage into something far more watchable for your family and friends.

Harry Partridge Interview by Animation Aficionados

Harry Partridge Interviewed by Animation Aficionados in a recent (August 18, 2011) podcast interview that goes into some detail about Harry's work, techniques and inspirations. Well worth listening to, although it could have done with either some editing down or, as Harry points out, more explanation for the audience about some of the things being talked about.

However, people who've seen Harry's GoAnimate video may like to listen to the first 10-15 minutes for Harry's commentary on GoAnimate and the motivation behind his animation, which reaffirms his indifference to GoAnimate as he stated on Newgrounds in his animation description:

For the record I am indifferent to the software. I have no problem with people wanting to create animation with it for fun as long as those with loftier ambitions aren't letting their skills stagnate. I spent a lot of time with 3D movie maker as a kid because I didn't know how else I could create animation and I really wish I had discovered flash sooner. Brad Bird began his first animated film at 11 years old so you're never too young to start! 
So please remember that my animated counterpart is a caricature in more ways than one; I didn't really jump on a horse when Skyrim was announced and I'm not about to go postal on someone who wants to use some gimmicky animation software, just consider the alternatives. 
- Harry Partridge
Not only is Harry not that against GoAnimate as a fun tool but it wasn't that long ago that he was also a Family Guy fan and admits that the simplistic way the show is drawn partially inspired him to get into animation (because he thought the show made animation look easy).

Anyhow, not to harp on. I just wanted to draw your attention to this interview because it's easy to think Harry's audience speaks for Harry, when Harry is really a much deeper and more thoughtful person than the knee jerk commentary his animations often attract. Plus listening to someone talk about their own work is always worth while.


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