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Monday, March 31, 2014

Where did the month go?

Wow, that flew by...:)

Spring is showing signs of hanging (until it snows again)...:) Animals are all acting Spring like.

I might have to play the keyboard a bit...:) Otherwise, more animation stuff.

Only 5 days left on the MOA Eot* fundraiser! Help keep the Energy flowing if you can!

Thank you for all the support over the years!

Have an awesome week!

Sunday, March 30, 2014

More creative learning...:)

I have some more tutorials to do for AnimeStudio Pro...:) More animation on the way...:)

Stay tuned for the upcoming Eot*'s. Only 6 days left on the MOA Eot* fundraiser! Thanks again for all the support!

Have an awesome day!

Friday, March 28, 2014

Spring, Spring...:)

It's trying...:)

A little rain (snow) occasionally up here.

Working on animation stuff...:) I'm trying to make the 8 views of my main character, while learning lots of other cool stuff!

Only 8 days left on the Moments of Awareness Energy of the (Eot*)...fundraiser! Thank you for all the support!

Have a few Eot*'s to do, so have an awesome day and weekend!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

More music and video...:)

I finished the new Psychedelic Aire music video: "Octagon!" from our upcoming CD beep beep beep

I used a combination of programs for this animated music video:

AnimeStudio Pro

Adobe: After Effects, Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

Our CD Spectrum is available for sale on CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.

Worked outside on the yard today! Clearing pine needles, collecting fire wood and scraps, etc. etc.

I love Spring!

So many projects...:)

Please support our MOA Eot* fundraiser any way you can! Thank you!

Have some more Moments of Awareness Energy of the Day(s) to work on...:)

Have an awesome evening and day tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Freaky Time...:)

Time is doing that shifting thing again??? It might have something to do with animating? I'm working at 30 frames per second (fps), and setting keyframes for correct timing can be challenging! I have a ton of respect for all the animators that came before and improved the art.

It's amazing to think of the talent, time and patience these artist have! I'll keep trying and hopefully get the knack of it...:)

Animation used to be and sometimes still is completely hand drawn!!! Frame by frame!

I'm trying to learn and integrate Poser with Anime Studio, but have to be really cautious not to put in too much detail. My computer can barely handle what I'm asking of it now...:(

Poser allows for 3D character creation. Right now, I need to get the 8 major poses of my Dude Sr. character, and 3D can make that a lot easier if my computer can process it!

One big challenge I have now it trying to get the Tie-dye t-shirt to look and work right. It's a combination of lots of vector shapes, and gets out of whack when I move my character too much. I'll try some other shirt options, but really love that Tie-dye!

There is only 17 days left of the Moments of Awareness Tarot & Astrology Eot* fundraiser! Please help support our campaign and keep the Moments of Awareness & Psychedelic Aire manifestations going! Thank you for all your support!

Well, back to creating! Have an awesome day!

Monday, March 17, 2014

Continuing the adventure...:)

Working on Moments of Awareness Tarot & Astrology Energy of the Day's...:)

I have a good workflow for those, but have limited time to customize them because of rendering times. That should improve. Hopefully!

Peace just got me the upgrade for AnimeStudio Pro 10! Wooohooo...;) it also teases you with Poser Debute, which is for 3D character creation/animation.

I'm still trying to learn AnimeStudio, but the ability to create my characters in 3D and bring them into 2D is a tempting challenge!

Don't forget to support the MOA Eot* fundraiser any way you can! Thank you for all the support!

We got a little snow this morning, but it's supposed to warm up some more. It's actually snowing now???

Well, back to animating...:)

Have an awesome day!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

More Energy of the Day on the JA-Way...:)

Working on Moments of Awareness Energy of the Day, Week, Month animations some more...:) Daily process.
The MOA Eot* fundraiser is Live! Please support MOA and the amazing Tarot & Astrology products!

I rendered a version of Psychedelic Aire's Octagon music video, but I need to tweak a few things and re-render. I may post the first version when possible.

Spring is rolling in with moisture. The creek is flowing fast!

Keep creating!

Have an awesome day!

Friday, March 7, 2014

So many projects...:)

There are so many projects in the works, it's hard to focus on just one!

Moments of Awareness Energy of the Day, Week, Month animations are caught up, but now I need to improve and adjust some things...:) (that's an ongoing, never-ending process.)

The MOA Eot* fundraiser is now active! Please support MOA and the amazing Tarot & Astrology products!

Updated Psychedelic Aire a bit, and will build an animation page that consolidated animation related stuff. (I need more content for that one, but will do what I can.)

I should get my Octagon music video up soon, then other silly animations!

Keep creating!

Have an awesome day!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The process continues

I've been trying to keep up! Creating a daily, weekly and monthly Moments of Awareness Tarot & Astrology animation has many challenges...:)

I use AnimeStudio Pro 9.5 for the animated Dude Sr. SmithMicro just updated it to 10.0, but I'll have to wait on upgrading just yet...:(

The basics:

Peace Jaway does the Energy reading for the day, week and month.

I take those readings and create the voice-over in Adobe Audition or SONAR X1 Essential. Do some sound sweetening...:)

(Lately, I use Adobe Audition for the voice-overs, and SONAR X1 is best for music and soundtrack creation.)

I take the voice-over audio and bring it into Papagayo. This allows me to sync the Eot* text with the voice-over audio. Once the audio and text are synced, Papagayo will output a data file that sets the keyframes for the lip-sync in AnimeStudio. ?????

(this process makes the animated Dude's mouth use the proper phonemes for the Eot* text and audio....makes him talk.)

Once the animated portion is set-up, I render the animation into a QuickTime file so I can import it into Adobe Premiere Pro for compositing.

In Adobe Premiere, I combine all the different media components into the final Eot* video and render for YouTube.

I've run into numerous challenges along the way, and many more to follow. "Trouble ahead, trouble behind, and you know that notion just crossed my mind, Grateful Dead, I will survive." (highschool yearbook quote by me.)

As other much wiser philosophers have mentioned, these challenges are learning experiences along the road of dust in the wind throughout time, blah, blah, is, we are, I am, BE...:)

The entire process from start to finish is currently 8-12 hours per Eot* video! 

I have been trying to help out another "Old veteran buddy" deconstruct an old house so he can recycle/reuse the amazing old growth, rough-cut and absolutely beautiful lumber. Hard physical labor (hurts so good.) He'll create some amazing woodwork from what we salvage.

The Spring weather is allowing me some indoor time to keep creating, so hopefully I can get caught up on the Eot* animations and get some more fun stuff created.

Enjoy the process and life! Have an awesome day!