I am still screwing around with After Effects and, to a certain degree, Premiere trying to find the line between interesting and schlocky. Editing turns out to be the hardest part: keeping just enough elements to make your point and eliminating anything that serves no purpose.
This is a new/simpler version of an intro for Never for Ever videos:
Then I started working on something for Nanaimo Yacht Charters as learning project. I think it still needs some editing. The first is an intro. It runs 8 seconds but the one time I used it in a video I ended up cutting it to 6. The second is an outro, and I like it a lot more for its intended purpose.
And here is the first complete promo video I did for NYCSS.
I need to get back into the habit of retaining and retraining skills. So apropos of that I decided to revisit some of the video I shot while sailing last year in anticipation of the coming season. I have picked up a SJCam4000 (a GoPro knock-off) for doing some more filming so if I am going to be a big YouTube star I will need to get some fancy-ass graphics going.
That meant I needed to take a look at Adobe After Effects again. (Here is the last time I screwed with it.) Essentially After Effects is sort of the Photoshop of the video world. It allows one to do all sorts of fancy effects before moving the composition into Premiere or iMovie for the final cuts.
After a day’s work I didn’t end up doing anything fancy but it did get my mostly-rusted-shut skills a bit looser. So this is the AE composition (just the graphics) laid over a small video clip. I am thinking of using it, or something similar, as the intro to any new videos I make.
The real time consumer was getting all my files in shape. It’s a whole new game of file prep and organization…
An animated gif version..
With wide adoption from the design and style industries, knowledge of the existence of the Pantone Matching colour system is much more widespread that it was years ago. But its original function is still a big part of my working life.
Printing (colour printing on a commercial printing press) is done with 4 colours of ink: Cyan (light blue), Magenta (red), Yellow, and Black. CMYK. The black is not strictly necessary but is used to create true blacks and to reduce the amount of ink laid down on paper. Using these 4 inks printing presses can create a huge gamut (range) of colours
Often though, the gamut is not enough and in special cases like branding, designers want a specific colour. Pantone created a colour matching system back in the 50s that is pretty much the industry standard using 13 base pigments (14 if you include black) to create an even larger, standard colour gamut. Thus if you want to recreate the orange used in Penguin Book’s logo, you could get a close approximation using 0% cyan, 60% magenta, 80% yellow, 0% black or an exact match if you specify a “5th” colour which is Pantone 1505 or PMS 1505.
It’s a lot like going to the paint store and getting a specific tint, except with inks. And it comes at a cost, as a lot of presses only have 4 colour units and so either have to run all the paper through the press again to get the 5th colour or you have to move to a bigger, more specialized press that has a 5th tower.
But the best thing about the Pantone system is the swatch books. I got a brand new set a few weeks ago for my work on T8N magazine. There are tons of variations but in my industry, there are two basic sets. The first is the CMYK process book, which allows you to see a given process colour (that’s CMYK) actually printed on paper. It comes with two sets: coated and uncoated. Coated paper is gloss or semi-gloss paper that has a coating of clay on it. This forces the ink to sit on top of the coating and is therefore sharper and brighter. Uncoated is more like the everyday bond we use and the inks soak into the paper and thus is a bit duller and not as bright. The variation between the two can be extreme in certain colour ranges.
The other set is the Formula Guides. This includes over a 1000 different ‘Pantone’ colours, with one swatchbook for uncoated and one for coated. If you stop and think about it, this means that the had to mix the 1100+ inks and then print them, 7 colours at a time, on each swatch in the book. No wonder the sets retail for hundreds of dollars.
Of course this is a simplified explanation and the variations and exceptions of using inks and paper are skills unto themselves.
You know that ad I disliked so much I wrote about it? Well they rebooked and want it upsized to a half-page…