I made a movie clip for the worship at synod called "ripples of grace" - snippets of the "Visual Bible Gospel of John" (just go and buy it and then my copyright conscience will be all good), and the first track from Harold Budd's album "Agua" which I bought as part of my 50 songs per month subscription at www.emusic.com. (I started at 30 songs per month for US$9.95 and love it so much that I upped it to US$14.95. So much good, obscure music - old and new.)
the backing clip is some movie texture from a magazine DVD. I have to say that those freebie textures are always worth the price of the mag. I spent ages trying to get the effect with the text that I wanted but still didnt - the text outline is clear and I wanted it to fade - hard to explain. Part of the problem is that I have a Premiere background and trying still to learn Final Cut Pro.
Click on the image and have a look and tell me how I should have done the masking in FCP. It's a Quicktime mp4 file...
don't you love that movie texture.
did I mention that the Indigo Girls were sensational last week?
the annual valedictory service tomorrow and I'm going to play the Telecaster for the first time in chapel.
did I mention that the highlight of the synod was Andrew Dutney singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as part of his Bible studies (and segueing into Reuben Morgan's "Hear Our Praises" which has almost exactly the same tune and timing for its chorus....)... and then he finished by playing the "Choir of Hard Knocks" recording. stunning. sublime. deeply moving. and I haven't seen Andrew sing in front of a band for, oh, 26 years!
Hmm. I'd want the text a little clearer, perhaps - but it looked good to me. And it played on the G3 iBook, which often isn't the case with mp4 files these days.
Did the 'Hallelujah' bit make it into the podcasts? I'm halfway through the first Bible study with the other one queued up on the Muvo.
My iTunes didn't really like the podcast service for the Synod. Would say it had downloaded a file and then delete it! Ended up downloading the files I wanted to listen to manually.
Posted by: Stephen | November 06, 2007 at 08:17 PM
You wanted the edges blurred? i.e. 'fading' from the pure colour in the centre of the letters to the dark colour of the background?
Looks to me like you had it set up right in FCP, probably using 'overlay' in the composite mode? Was the original text given that organic edge by blurring it, or were you hoping FCP would blur it for you? If the latter, then I think that's why it's ended up with a sharp edge. I would try either blurring a jpg version of the text in PS, then import it into FCP, or run a blur video filter over the text within FCP.
I'm only using FCExpress, so I could have missed something important.
Posted by: Blair Cameron | November 12, 2007 at 03:37 PM
thanks for the comment. yes blair I think I needed to blur the actual text as an image in photoshop (or FCP - hadnt thought of that! doh!) the 'organic' edge is the font itself.
steve, I'll pass on the podcast feedback. I'm sure that the podcast didnt include "hallelujah" for copyright reasons!
Posted by: craigmitchell | November 12, 2007 at 05:49 PM