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Old November 1st, 2007, 06:03 PM   #1
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Garden Party - short

this is a first attempt so have mercy - no color correction shy one clip so I'm looking for advice on that

edit - I created a stream version with Evan's advice - i had to go a bit higher on the data rate (but this is 900x506) 224meg
http://www.northwitchproductions.com...stream2000.mov

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It takes a few minutes to load if you view it online - and won't show it's loading which I'm thinking is a stream setting - any web stream version I tried to create looked too degraded so this is h264 with med qual

And I tried every permutation trying to get this sucker down but it won't budge past 170meg and that was after taking it down to 640x360

http://www.northwitchproductions.com...360medqual.mov

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Last edited by Trish Kerr; November 2nd, 2007 at 07:24 AM. Reason: added a stream version
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Old November 1st, 2007, 06:45 PM   #2
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I assume you're using the standard quicktime export. At your current size you should use h.264, but instead of using the quality slider click the 'restrict to' option in the data rate section and set the rate to 900kbs. Make sure the 'Best Quality(Multi Pass)' option is checked.

In the sound section switch the format to AAC at 160kbs.

Also make sure the 'fast start' option is enabled in the 'Prepare for internet streaming' section - otherwise people have to wait for the whole file to download before they can start watching.

This will drop your file size to ~75Mb while keeping the quality high, and should stream in real time on most broadband connections. It's also iPod/iPhone compatible.

Just finished downloading for me - gotta run but I'll watch it when I get back.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 07:12 PM   #3
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excellent - thanks for the tip(s) - i'll try that right now

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Old November 1st, 2007, 08:27 PM   #4
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I liked it!
I had a laugh or two, thank you for that.
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Old November 1st, 2007, 08:43 PM   #5
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Trish,

That was fantastic. Very original and kept me wondering what's going to happen next. The editing was perfectly clippy and there was both a strangeness and a sense of humor going through the visual and aural experience.

I had a smile on my face all the way through. I'm not big into puppets (or clowns, or monkeys or sharks, or Klingons...well, you get the idea) but I really enjoyed this.

Great job!
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Old November 1st, 2007, 11:48 PM   #6
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Trish, that cracked me up! Thanks!

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 01:32 AM   #7
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Great example of telling a story without dialogue. :) I enjoyed it, and the visuals, colors, and audio were great.
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Old November 2nd, 2007, 02:56 AM   #8
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Hee hee. Thanks so much, Trish. You made my morning!

Nothing irritates me more than art house filmmakers who seem to think that films have to tragic (and in BW) in order to be compelling. You must have had SO much fun with this.

From a technique perspective, I saw nothing major to complain about, but I'm something of a newb myself, so perhaps the more experienced forum denizens can provide you better guidance.

Great work!

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 07:24 AM   #9
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thanks everyone for taking the time to view it and the encouraging words. Still lots to learn, but I had a blast making it.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:50 AM   #10
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...I guess this post would be a total spoiler for those who have not seen your piece yet.
Sorry.

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Old November 2nd, 2007, 11:21 PM   #11
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Da best party video I've seen,
Thank you.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 01:07 AM   #12
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excellent short. Reminds me a little bit of this clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEZz5HyGJ2c
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Old November 5th, 2007, 05:58 PM   #13
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thank you! I finally know where the gremlin comes from - I can't remember where I got it from originally as it was years ago (garage sale most likely) but I could never find it after and I had no idea the eyes glow!

Boglin.

Now that leaves only one mystery monster left in my collection - I have some large lime green monster that looks like a swamp thing, with hands that resemble asparagus.

could never find reference to it online.
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Old November 5th, 2007, 07:03 PM   #14
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Old November 5th, 2007, 07:49 PM   #15
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Pretty good, but the opening sequence is wayyyyy too long.
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