Levelling up to the LoDown

I made a quick recording in response to ds106zone LoDown 019. Scott played a section on ds106zone LoDown 020.
Recording made in garageband on iphone, I sent Scott the audio with the large room preset. This one is reset to dry so less echo.

As I say, I’ve missed ds106 for the last week, being away on holiday. Other than a couple of daily creates, I just kept up by listening to the lodown. This is sterling stuff, great fun, audio tips and ScottLo’s special sauce.

I was hoping to do some of the audio stuff this time round the ds106 but timeing was out. I might try and run a couple of ds106 bits of audio or go over some audio assignments. I do a fair bit of audio week to week, but not in the same zone as DS106. Last time round at Camp Magic MacGuffin I really enjoyed working on the group audio task which I didn’t expect given its subject matter.

I made the recording on GarageBand on my phone. Very straightforward. I’ve not used GarageBand much on iOs although I’ve used it a fair bit for podcasting on a mac and in very basic music making with pupils using the loops. One of the nice things about GB is that you can upload straight to Soundcloud. A disadvantage is the lack of MP3 export which is better for creating podcast episodes for maximum compatibility (pace firefox on the mac). This is a problem common to quite a few audio editors on iOs only a few export to mp3. I’ve tended to use audioboo for on the fly podcasting, some of the good things about audioboo include support mp3s, RSS and an API.

An extra audio tip

As my minds starts t owander as I type this post I remember an extra tip about audioboo.
One of the problems on embeding a boo into a blog to
like this:

Is that the mp3 does not get added as an enclose to your blog so cannot be listened to on a podcatcher on, say, a mobile device.

to do this you need to take an extra step.
First get the url of the audioboo page:
and add a .mp3 extension to it:
click on the add Media button in your wordpress editor (only wp afaik)

There click on the insert from url link and paste in the url of the mp3. insert that into the post: audio link added via add media
and wordpress will create an enclosure. Folk can now subscribe to your blog in a podcatcher, itunes, instacast on iOS etc and hear your boos.

More than one way to frame a gif




I’ve done a fair number of Multi-Frame GIF Story Assignments and I really like them. One thing I do not like is having to have each animation at the same rate and with the same number of frames. You can work round this by ‘freeze’ framing a particular frame or several frames, but I quite like the idea of the gifs all going at their own rate and not moving in sync.

After I’d giffed a few from Perchance to Dream I though I’d try a slightly different approach. I’ve uploaded all the gifs, but instead of inserting them I created a bit of html to show the gifs.

  1. For each gif I found out its url, eg http://johnjohnston.info/106/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/darkness.gif
  2. I then created a img tag for each gif: <img src=”http://johnjohnston.info/106/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/darkness.gif” alt=”Darkness”>
  3. I edit the post, putting the code to show each gif inside a single div tag, that tag has a class:
  4. <div class=”gifgrid”> then a list of the gif tags </div>
  5. I put in a style snippet to scale the gifs to one third of the space they are in each: <style>.gifgrid img{width:33%;float:left}</style>
  6. I made sure there were no returns in the code.
  7. I switched the blog editor to code vive and pasted in the code.

I’ve put the code into an external page too, if you want to have a look: perchance_grid , where you can easily view the code.

Perchance to Dream has been my favourite episode so far. I’ve not left enough time to write much about it and I’ll be stepping out of the ds106zone for the next week, which means I’ll miss audio week. I might join in the odd daly create, but if not I’ll be back in the zone next weekend.

QuickTime for a Smoke

This is not a gif assignment.

qt_tools is a set of commandline tools for Mac that manipulate quicktime movies. One of the tools is qt_proofsheet:

QT_PROOFSHEET will take a QuickTime movie and render it out as individual frames in a grid. By default, it takes about 100 frames of your movie and fits it onto an 8.5 x 11 document, with timecode imprints.

from: qt_tools
By using different parameters you can make a strip of stills from a quicktime movie the one I am using here is 576 x 8208 pixels.
This is then animated with css. The qt-proofsheet adds the time stamp, you can minimise them but I found them useful is creating the animation.

For those interested, probably only a few, here is the code

The stills were grabbed from ‘Perchance to Dream’ an episode of the twilight zone.

I am afraid I am a bit sort of time so this post is a bit lacking in information, but this technique is an interesting take on the animated gif. The quality is fairly good and the file is 654kb.

Here is a more standard use of proofsheet:
Right-Click and open in new window to see at full size, this could be useful for analysing film.

Trapped in the Zone

trapped in the odd zone

A quick gif after yesterday’s daily create. I am looking at you #DS106 | Flickr – Photo Sharing!.

I think this one hits Talky Tina’s ds106 Assignments: From the Twilight Zone, and Beyond … assignments.

I also think a much better job could have been done with the levels if I know a bit more about them. The idea is better that the execution.

Screen capture in Quicktime, my own hand knitted gif extraction. Edited in Fireworks to flip and add the background images.