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01/05/2016 21:49:52

ikesMuvizu mogul
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Hi,
I finally finished my animation that I had started a while ago. I've made it to test out muvizu and to find out about the workflow. The story is based on an old joke about a drunk guy who lost his keys. The voices are made with Text To Speech and some audioclips, because I can't really do good voices. The final edit was done with hitfilm.

Enjoy the movie and please let me know if you like it, or not.

Regards, Ikes

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01/05/2016 23:08:01

ziggy72Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Yup, that's a good first try. And you used depth of field to good effect, which is even more impressive for a first! Even the text to speech isn't as grating as usual... Thumbs Up
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02/05/2016 01:45:11

Rocque
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That was really good. I loved how the footstep sounds were perfect. I had never heard the joke before so it was funny, too. I would have never known that was your first animation. It was terrific. I look forward to seeing more.
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02/05/2016 02:27:26

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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Hi Ikes!

I liked quit a bit about your video!

1) first of all I liked your splash page! I don't know if you intended for the doubled text to represent the double vision that is generally accepted as the cartoonized way that drunken people see... but that's how I took it, and as such, it worked for me!

2) I'm going to assume that you created the set because I don't recognize it as one that I've downloaded from the store.. and I think the set is very well done!

3) I agree with the comments that have already been made about the details like foot steps and field of vision! Also that the text-to-speech worked pretty well in this case!

4) The joke is corny, but I think it's a very good seed base for an animation. An awful lot of animations are visualizations of pre-existing jokes or comedy performances, so what you've done here fits nicely into the body of work that many others have posted through the years

5) I like that you removed the bottle from his hand and left it at the scene of the fall... which is probably how that would have played out in a real scenario. The fact that you had to make a conscious decision to remove the bottle indicates that you put a lot of thought into the creation of that scene

6) I liked the use of lighting . The darkened environment in conjunction with a street light looked about right. I also liked the way the neighbor's light went off before he came outside. I know people who turn off the outside light before opening the door because they don't want to draw bugs to the light when the door is open.

7) I liked the way you positioned the camera for the scene right after he dropped the keys... sort of a "key's eye view" of the man, with camera facing from the ground upward.

there is a lot of background noise in the audio track.. is that supposed to be environmental noise? If so, the absence of identifiable sounds like dogs barking , sirens or cars driving by leaves the impression that it's just a noisy recording with a lot of hiss. If you intend for it to be environmental noise, you might consider adding a few identifiable sounds to the mix.

On the other hand, if it is indeed unwanted hiss, there are ways to prevent that, but that would be a whole different discussion. The point of THIS discussion is to let you know what I liked about your video
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02/05/2016 06:35:35

ukBertyMuvizu mogulExperimental user
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Yes, a lot to like. You've got over a lot of the restrictions with Muvizu by using clever editing and stringing actions together effectively, which is impressive for a first effort....

In fact shot composition and the editing are very good all round.
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02/05/2016 10:56:42

ikesMuvizu mogul
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Hey guys,

Thanks a lot for all the positive replies I'm glad you liked it.

And PatMarrNC. thanks for all the points you made. I will comment on that.

1. I did intended the double text to emphasize the drunkenness. Glad you noticed it.
2. Yep, I did made the set myself, also to experience the importing of custom objects.
3. The footsteps and depth of field makes the icing on the cake and gives a more natural feel to it. I am a little perfectionist about details.
4. The big "problem" with all these animations is a good story. This joke I could quite easily visualize to test out the possibilities of muvizu.
5. The bottle he looses after he falls, is also part of the level of detail. Good you noticed that too!
6. I was a little afraid it would be too dark, but it is a night scene. I always turn out the light when I leave, so it just felt naturally to me that Mike did this too.
7. The low camera view emphasized him searching. I do filming myself now and then and had been reading about the importance of camera positions and switchings.
8. I did put a environmental noise in the background, but without a lot of noises like cars and dogs and all, because it is night and then it's much more quite on the streets. Actually the noise is a sound file of "nightly silence" witch I found on the Internet.

Well, thanks again for all the positive vibe. It encourages me to do more. I hope to find the time (and good stories) to make more videos. I like the easiness of muvizu, but it also has a lot of restrictions. Especially the character actions. I also do not like the dialog system where you have to put that into one file. I would really like to see you can attach sounds to a character and move it around on a timeline like the sound effects.


Regards, Ikes
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02/05/2016 13:39:44

Rocque
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ikes wrote:


Well, thanks again for all the positive vibe. It encourages me to do more. I hope to find the time (and good stories) to make more videos. I like the easiness of muvizu, but it also has a lot of restrictions. Especially the character actions. I also do not like the dialog system where you have to put that into one file. I would really like to see you can attach sounds to a character and move it around on a timeline like the sound effects.




I also find the dialog system very annoying. All my files show up as "unamed". Why even give your recorded dialog in Muvizu a name if it does not use it? I am starting to make my voices using audacity, and upload them. However, I have not done much yet with anything other than one musical sound and one dialog track per recorded scene. I am hoping one of the Muvizu veteran users will comment on this part of your posting, so we can learn if there will be more additions to character development, and sound tracks.
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02/05/2016 15:00:26

PatMarrNCMuvizu mogul
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Well, thanks again for all the positive vibe. It encourages me to do more.


which is exactly my intent!
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02/05/2016 21:49:09

MrDrWho13Muvizu mogulExperimental user
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Rocque wrote:
I also find the dialog system very annoying. All my files show up as "unamed". Why even give your recorded dialog in Muvizu a name if it does not use it?

This sounds like a bug, have you told support?
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04/05/2016 09:12:05

ikesMuvizu mogul
ikes
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Hi,

I have found a work around for the dialogue system. check this post for a video tutorial.

http://muvizu.com/Forum/topic5678-work-around-for-the-dialog-system.aspx
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