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Bruce Graham

I am sitting here, tears running down my face, the dog is unhappy seeing me like this.

That was absolutely brilliant

An old dog certainly can learn new tricks......fabulous :)

I need to know how you built that - you have certainly mastered the "mouth move" technique!

I only challenge you because I know it will raise your game

Bruce

Gerry Wasiluk

Bruce Graham said:

I am sitting here, tears running down my face, the dog is unhappy seeing me like this.

That was absolutely brilliant

An old dog certainly can learn new tricks......fabulous

I need to know how you built that - you have certainly mastered the "mouth move" technique!

I only challenge you because I know it will raise your game

Bruce


Well (and to answer Jill's question), it was about 3 hours of work.  The main video magic (and mouth-movement technique) was already from JibJab.  With their service, you mainly have to collect the facial photos and then position them correctly into place with their online tool.  Not hard at all but something I had not done before.  They had the "Monster Mash" template video and I just supplied the faces and aligned them.

You have to subscribe to JibJab to use the video ($1 a month) and then pay to get a small fee ($1.99) to download the video as an MPEG-1.  I just trimmed off their JibJab intro with SL and then put a rectangular gray shape over the ending JibJab ending bug/message (which said "Happy Halloween") and animated in the Storyline boxes, which I just downloaded from the Articulate site.  (Hmm, probably should checked the JibJab usage restrictions there first--hope I didn't violate something.)

Then I downloaded the news set intro video and rotating world news video from my iClipArt/Anistick account.  Used a stock Storyline template slide and changed the female newscaster in it to a character that best looked like Walter Cronkite.

Then the real fun began, adding the dialog wise cracks to fit what was already in the video and match them to either us, Articulate, or Storyline.  I could have added a few more "wits" but you have to pace out the jokes.

People outside of the beta may not catch some of the references--like our kidding Phil as the king of the layers or who Magnus is and what he does for Articulate.  (Hope he has a sense of humor. )

And the last jokes added were around the brain.  I didn't notice till the end that it looked like a football or the brain in Mike Enders avatar here.  Even had a reddish-pinkish color like Mike's--pure serendipitous accident.

The stop-action of Captain Smiley sort of walking was just copies of the original that last .25 seconds and butted up together on the timeline.  I found a copy of Smiley online and then simply used PowerPoint 2010 to remove the background around him.

Then it was timing everything to appear and disappear with the video.  Even though SL is not really a true video editor, it was pretty easy.  I just love the timeline!!!

Then add my one piece of dialog (with my best Cronkite-ish voice) and publish.  Send to my Amazon S3 account and make public and voila.

Best fun I had in days.  :)