You Tube has made a few more changes recently, following the major changes they made back in December. As with all platform changes, some YT creators/users are happy about it some are not. I’m fairly neutral about it, however I did like the personalized backgrounds better. They say it will be a ‘cleaner, simpler look’ though.
One of the updates to your YouTube channel:
1) Create a channel trailer to get people to subscribe
On your new channel, you can show a trailer that will only appear to viewers who aren’t already subscribed to your channel. This is your chance to let visitors know what your channel is all about and tell them why they should subscribe! Keep it short and to the point, and include a clear call to action inviting your audience to subscribe.
My YouTube intro video was old, so I made a new one yesterday.
Do you have a channel? What do you think about the changes?
Photo-manipulated, abstract, digital art video
I had planned on posting an Inkscape vector I was almost finished with. It had over a hundred layers and was close to completion. Sadly for me, I lost it along with other work and photos in an external hard drive accident. I may try to recreate it but I don’t know yet. I know now to avoid accidentally erasing keys for encrypted files. It’s a good reminder to also have proper backups, possibly at more than one place.
On a happier note, I have a new camcorder and a newer version of Vegas that’s capable of editing AVCHD video. I would like to post some video of my conventional drawing process eventually.
Here is my first HD video, made from abstract digital art, edited in Sony Vegas.
A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,” a property called self-similarity.
Amazing that those landscapes were generated by a few lines of computer code based on: z = z2 + c. Take a number, multiply it by itself, and add the original number. Such beautiful infinite complexity created from a simple equation.
It’s too bad that I disliked math classes in school. -Math makes my head hurt. However, I can see and appreciate the beauty in it. It is amazing to me how our world is designed with such ordered and complex, yet seemingly chaotic elements and architecture. Math and art are everywhere. Since nature is built on mathematical principles, perhaps my love of creation makes up for my dislike of math in some small way.
We’re all familiar with fractals in our universe: snow flakes, crystals, trees, clouds, mountain ranges, lightning, river networks, animal coloration patterns, ect. I’ve read that recent theories of quantum gravity describe a fractal structure for spacetime itself. Even our bodies can be understood in terms of fractional engineering down to the structure of our DNA.
…Fractals are also fun to make.
Programs to make your own fractals:
Apophysis | An open source fractal flame editor/render (Video tutorial)
GNU XaoS | Free fast interactive fractal zoomer
Incendia | 3D Multiprocessor Fractal Engine
Electric Sheep | collaborative abstract artwork
Ultra Fractal | Offers a free 30 day trial
FractalMakerDCR |An online fractal maker
Gimp | Fractal Explorer (Video tutorial)
featured image art NonInteger Multibrot Breaking of Space by Nmondal
Some of my sketches from Odosketch:
I tried out a different recorder this time, it’s called BSR Screen Recorder.
They have a free version, or one you can purchase. Some of the features include:
- Movie Studio and Movie Lab | Zoom-in and zoom-out during recording | Preset Regions | Draw to screen during recording | Record date & time displays on your video | Record subtitles, annotations | Record customized watermark
You can read more about BSR and download a copy for yourself here –BSR Screen recorder.
○ 23 free screen recording applications you should know
○ wiki Comparison of screencasting software
Related post: record your own speedpainting
Tigers, leopards or regular kitty cats
I love all kinds of cats. I was very sad to hear that Sumatran tigers, like many other animals, are currently considered “critically” endangered. Sumatran tigers are found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. According to a tiger census report, their population has been cut in half over the last 25 years. The site Tigers in Crisis has information on many kinds of tigers. In a post about the Sumatran tiger they say:
“It is estimated that only between 500-600 Sumatran tigers remain in the wild, and the actual number may be as low as 400. And their population is dwindling rapidly.”
” around 100 live in an unprotected area, that will most likely be lost to agriculture in the near future.”
Due to agricultural growth, the forest habitats of these animals has been reduced leaving the majority of the remaining tigers to live in National Parks and Game Reserves. Illegal poaching further threatens those few still living in the unprotected areas.
Here is my latest painting, a Sumatran Tiger. You can see the speed paint video below.
I like watching videos about art and digital painting.
Especially speed paintings like this one by RodrigoElven:
Here are a few more artists channels on YouTube:
Martin Missfeldt | WilliamsShamir | YessRoman | Chris Scalf | Nico Di Mattia
And this great example of a speed paint video on Vimeo by David Revoy.
Those are all fun to watch
So I was thinking how cool it would be to record a speed painting video. It would be nice to have a recording of my progression from beginning to end on a project. I looked around and found a free screen recording software called CamStudio. (for GNU/Linox there isRecordmydesktop).
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs)
- You can use it to create demonstration videos for any software program (like Gimp)
- You can even use it to record new tricks and techniques you discover on your favorite software program, before you forget them
Here’s a playlist of 18 videos covering installation of Camstudio. From Codec installation, to optimizing the settings.
Update: Video - How to make your own Time lapse Video
More Screen Recorders| A Related Post | wiki/Comparison of Screencasting Software