Post a Picture - Something You Created!

sounds like a challenge to me!

Very nice map.

-BEP

haven't posted anything for ages so how about I post the prototype RPG book I just wrote and illustrated in about 3 months for my Honours Degree (ndb or anything ). Just got a first print proof of it today.

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Gorgeous art and layout, pyxistyx. You should be very proud of that!

Your art is DOPE !!

thanks

Super dope. I would even go so far as to say it is sick.

I love the last one, conjuring a green smoke monster. The sense of motion in that image is great.

There is a real sense of focus in that one. The green lighting is a nice touch too!

I LOVE IT! The NPC portraits are great.

The Brusier's eye makeup makes me think of Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES.

Awesome work, congrats! That's got to feel great to have accomplished that.

Excellent Pyxi!

thanks Now i'm just trying to figure out how to present this thing in our show
Currently murdering my fingers trying to cut out some standees with a craft knife!

Well... on the bright side, if you chop off a finger, maybe you can find a way to incorporate it in the standee?

After putting the severed digit on ice and getting medical attention, of course.

It would certainly make the project stand out!

I dunno if this is really the right place on the forums to do this, but I have a creative question/need assistance!

I'm working on a video project to upload during some downtime after getting laid off/adopting a dog who has some health needs we're sorting out/helping mom figure out a car situation post-grandma passing (yeah, it's been a weird few months)...

ANYWAY, I want to make some Lore video series... basically prepping myself but helping others as well with games I'm interested in that are coming up. So I've got kind of a project list, but... part of this is learning a new skill as well...

So, I'm looking for a decent, but not like 400+ dollar piece of software for video editing. Something that will allow me to put up images, clips from games, etc. that I can use as a backdrop for some narration... or occasionally as the focus.

Hitfilm Express and Shotcut are both free.

exhibition now (mostly) set up ready for the opening night tomorrow. Here's a quick sneak peek of my main display. Proper photos to follow tomorrow once the proper lighting and stuff is set up, hopefully!

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That looks great. Good luck!

Demosthenes wrote:

So, I'm looking for a decent, but not like 400+ dollar piece of software for video editing. Something that will allow me to put up images, clips from games, etc. that I can use as a backdrop for some narration... or occasionally as the focus.

Have you considered just signing up for a month or whatever of Adobe Premier / After Effects CC?

r013nt0 wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:

So, I'm looking for a decent, but not like 400+ dollar piece of software for video editing. Something that will allow me to put up images, clips from games, etc. that I can use as a backdrop for some narration... or occasionally as the focus.

Have you considered just signing up for a month or whatever of Adobe Premier / After Effects CC?

Sony Vegas is pretty robust for the price. An older version was in a humble bundle not long ago, so there might be some extra cheap keys floating around.

Delbin wrote:
r013nt0 wrote:
Demosthenes wrote:

So, I'm looking for a decent, but not like 400+ dollar piece of software for video editing. Something that will allow me to put up images, clips from games, etc. that I can use as a backdrop for some narration... or occasionally as the focus.

Have you considered just signing up for a month or whatever of Adobe Premier / After Effects CC?

Sony Vegas is pretty robust for the price. An older version was in a humble bundle not long ago, so there might be some extra cheap keys floating around.

If you can connect to the Apple universe, iMovie. It can be mediocre to quite good depending on the version, but it does all the fundamentals well enough.

I'd avoid Windows Movie Maker, the Microsoft equivalent, unless it's gotten dramatically better than what it used to be a few years ago.

Movie Maker was good a long time ago, then it was ruined by being "simplified."

I like Vegas a lot. I got the version I have for something like $50 on sale. The thing I like most about Vegas is that it can deal with variable frame rate sources directly. Most editors can only handle constant frame rate sources like camcorder output. I use Vegas for editing screen captures, which can be variable frame rate. Other editors I've used required the source to be converted to constant frame rate before editing.

Vegas is great, and as pointed out, it comes up in Humble Bundles pretty frequently, albeit older versions. That doesn't really matter, though. Most of the time it can be had for $25 from them, and it does everything someone editing a video that isn't a feature film could probably want.

Well one thing I made, while setting up my YT channel stuff was to update my avatar for Twitch.

Given I'm starting with V:tM for my lore series (ahhhhh, Bloodlines 2!)...

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Well, in a fit of insomnia and manic time... I not only finished the syllabus I'll be working from throughout the VtM lore series, I also wrote up a whole script for the first episode which serves as kind of an introduction, a review of what's, generally, in that syllabus that I'll be covering over the next however many months, along with a few caveats on things (like hey, while these videos are meant to be informational for other fans of the game(s), etc... they are by no means written in stone if you're planning on playing a game set somewhere and want to change things for your story, etc... etc...).

So, yeah. Now I just gotta find some folks (and I have a few YTers for VtM stuff who might) to read this and critique it for me while I start figuring out recording it then storyboarding it in Vegas Movie Studio. :O

It's weird, so many creative endeavors have been "i have an idea" and then just nothing... and this I just keep pushing forward on.

Went out for a walk with the wife after work last night. Brought my camera along as always, figuring I'd at least see some birds or turtles.

Spoiler:

I didn't.

Suddenly, the sky actually started getting color. Quite a bit of color, and rapidly. The problem, however, is that the forest preserve I was in has, get this, fairly tall trees. And all the color was low on the horizon, not up above the treeline. I had to act.

I grabbed my wife by the arm, and, nearly dislocating her shoulder, shoved her unceremoniously into the car. I tossed my camera at her. "Hold this," I said, in such a way that my above actions immediately seemed extremely cool and not at all rude.

Off we raced to another preserve. This one a prairie. Usually not too many tree problems in the prairie. And we have a lot of prairies around here. This is The Prairie State, I'm told. I laid a smoking trail of rubber leading into a parking spot, grabbed my camera bag (full of filters and polarizers and things), and my tripod, and I left my lovely wife coughing up the dust I left in my wake as I sprinted off to find a composition.

I found one. But there was no time. No time to muck about with the things that make a landscape photographer feel comfortable. No delayed shutter. No remote shutter release. No polarizer. No soft-edged graduated filter. No time to bracket exposures. No time to TRIPOD. I was doomed.

The scene was too wide even for my 16mm lens. Sometimes the sky is big. I knew I was going to have to take multiple shots and create a panorama. No problem. But the light was fading fast, and with no tripod to take long exposure shots, I knew I was going to have to raise my ISO and make my shutter as slow as I could while still getting a sharp image.

And oh boy, did I accomplish exactly the opposite of that.

Funny thing about trying to take a panorama shot in bad light at slow shutter speeds. You actually really do need to stop completely before depressing the shutter button. No seriously, 100% not moving. Because, get this, if you don't? Motion blur. Yep. Bizarre, I know, and totally unforeseeable. But there you have it.

Maybe half of my shots were "usable." Maybe. And even those that were sharp were noisy as hell. But I decided to create the panorama out of those shots anyway. And as I sat there and looked at a mess of pixels, it occurred to me that, for some indiscernible reason, I still really liked the composition. Could I save it?

I am not an "art" photographer. I like nature. I like animals and plants and beautiful vistas. And I like my shots to be tack sharp. I'm a pixel-peeper. I'm not proud of this fact. I throw out images that most completely normal and sane people would be happy with, simply because I can't see enough detail in the skin surrounding the eye of that finch. It's dumb. But it's who I am. Yes I realize the implications.

But what if I took those big, ugly pixels and made them.. bigger? And painted on them? And completely annihilated the light levels? And kept the colors and the shapes and the things I loved about the composition, but made the things I didn't.. the noise, the blur, the not-so-great foreground... no longer a factor?

Could I do that and not make it look like the trash I was doing when learning Photoshop in the 90s? I have no idea. Baby's First Use of Filters? You decide. And by all means, let me know, and honestly..if you feel like doing so. This is *way* out of my comfort zone.
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{Composite image (16 shots). Corrected in Lightroom, exported to Photoshop as smart object. Layer duplicated 3x. Mix of 2 filters w/ varying opacity and then massive level adjustments w/ a blur}

Lub it.

Both da words and da pretty pitcher.

Linking the post to my wife who will also like it.

-BEP

ps. Want to see it in all its glory? Right-click the pic, open in new tab and it blows up to full size. In the words of Brian Regan... "It's... big"

bepnewt wrote:

Lub it.

Both da words and da pretty pitcher.

Linking the post to my wife who will also like it.

-BEP

Yay!
You've no idea how happy that makes me. This really is something new for me.
Thanks for the feedback!

bepnewt wrote:

ps. Want to see it in all its glory? Right-click the pic, open in new tab and it blows up to full size. In the words of Brian Regan... "It's... big"

Yeah... I thought about shrinking it, but I like that you can see the textures and whatnot at full size.

Child's birthday card based on Mob Psycho 100 which I know nothing about. She's called Eve and it's her 14th birthday hence 'EvePsycho 14'.

Hand drawn text and picture. Coloured and assembled on computer.

Cover
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Well, got a few VtM player veterans (one LARPer, 2 Tabletoppers) to check over my intro video script, got some information from one of them who has been pretty heavily tracking Bloodlines 2 like I have... and now I have a revised script that I think is just about ready to go.

Still open to any feedback as recording will likely be like later in the week, then working on some imagry/video capture from Bloodlines 1, but... yay!