I’m so excited to see what this class brings me at the end of the semester. I plan on blogging, doing the digital story projects, commenting, doing the weekly reflections, being involve into my personal website, being on time and also possibly creating an event organizer. One assignment I plan on doing is blogging because I’ve always been interested in it and have thought of doing it for awhile, so I believe starting to do it in this class will brighten my horizon, an example of blogging is http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/renegade-teacher/. Another assignment I am really thinking of doing is the event organizer, I feel like it would be extremely interesting especially since you’re able to create whatever you want, one event assignment that caught my eyes is this example right here http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/reverse-audio-quiz-2/. I think The professors are given us the option to do whichever assignment we want to do because this class is about creativity, expressing yourself, your ideas without being limited to anything. It might change but I plan on checking the site like 3-7 days a week for at least 20 minutes especially since I am trying to expand my creativity and learn from everyone. Yes, I have considered that I may not get full credits for an assignment that’s why I plan on doing as much as I can “just in case”. I chose this GIF because I found it relate-able especially when I haven’t workout in awhile and I go back and have an amazing workout even though I didn’t feel like going to workout. http://i.imgur.com/xxruaAH.gif
I hope to really get my creative juices flowing this semester especially for a class like this one that sort of forces you to be overwhelmingly imaginative and expressive. I plan on doing a fair amount of blogging, digital story projects (making a variety of gifs; playing with different programs such as Photoshop as well as GIMP), commenting, critiquing posts, and making sure to complete my weekly reflections. I’m mostly looking forward to creating my own domain name and website that truly symbolizes who I am, what I’m interested in, and what defines me as a person, as well as an artist. I chose these kinds of assignments because I feel they will be able to showcase my talents and creative growth throughout this semester. I will try to make a schedule for my work progress so that I can complete a huge chunk of work each week, especially during class if I can. I have considered that I may not receive full credit for each assignment I complete and I have decided that when this happens, this will push me to put more effort and time into another course activity in order to make up for the lost points.
I chose this gif because even though I’ve been using the internet for as long as I can remember, I know there are going to be a few instances during this class where I’m going to say “How did I not know about this before?” and it’s going to feel like I’m using the internet for the first time – fumbling around, playing with different applications. But I know that even if I do come across something new, it will still be exciting and I’m really looking forward to learning new things and saying “hello” to the internet once again.
How the heck do I do that? The short answer is that there are lots, and lots, and lots of ways. There are actually lots of online automated GIF-makers, but in order to be able to progress and do more complex animations you need to learn to build them on your own using desktop tools such as GIMP, ffmpeg, and Photoshop.
The basic steps are as follows:
- Find a piece of video from Youtube, that you’ve shot on your phone, from a screen capture, and/or ripped from a DVD/Blu-ray. You need to get that video onto your desktop so you can work with it. There are many ways to download youtube videos, so with a little research you can figure it out.
- Trim the piece of video you wish to animate. It’s best to keep it short. A few seconds at the most. MPEG Streamclip and ffmpeg are both very good free video clip editors for this kind of job. You can also trim the video in Photoshop, but it’s probably better to trim first if the clip is really long.
- Import the video clip as layers into an image editing application such as GIMP (free) or Photoshop. You will be able to make additional changes to the duration and timing of the animation in this process by discarding frames and/or change the time duration played for frames. Also you can crop the frame if you wish so that you focus on a particular portion of the frame. Finally you can resize the pixel dimensions of the frame based on where you wish to post the GIF. This can be important for sites like Tumblr that allow a maximum pixel width of 500 px.
- Export your animation into the GIF format. In the export process there are possible color and dithering options as GIFs work with a limit of 256 colors. These choices affect both the appearance and final size of the GIF. Fewer colors and less dithering typically produce a smaller file size. And sometimes you need to balance between the two in order to achieve a satisfactory look as well as maintain a reasonable file size. Tumblr again restricts you to a maximum of 1MB for a GIF 500 px wide, or 2MB for a GIF 400 px wide or less.
You can find many, many tutorials online for creating GIFs of a wide variety of types. Everyone seems to have there own tweeks to the process to create them. This tutorial for the whole process using the free software GIMP is useful. As well this basic tutorial using Photoshop, basically the same version that we have in the lab, could be helpful as well. And you can add text with GIMP as well.
Either way you may feel a little like this when you’re done!