from the beginning
It was all about video. Flash video. FLV. That was it.
The idea — as I remember it, and I do remember it because I wrote it down, knowing that I would veer off into other territory, as I do — the idea was all about putting the entire site into some form of video. Video of people holding up banners as menus. Talking head stuff - me on me. Me on Zoetrope. Me. Video, in containers, able to be moved. Drag and drop.
About the time I had added a third level of menu to the idea it became apparent that I may be going to over run the pitiful space that we get given, allotted, by our cable provider. How it works is you pay them a lot of money and they give you broadband and a tiny bit of your own space with the longest URL in the world.
Video, as in, real video was out. Suddenly Flash video was in, and in in a big way. Been looking for a decent excuse to use it since it finally got easier in Flash 8.
FLV. Just what we wanted. Shoot in video, convert to FLV, load up behind the scenes. Might look a bit blocky, but we had already decided a distinctly amateurish, gritty look would not only look good, it would be all we could produce.
That was about the time the camera got involved. The little Canon. It got involved because of the yellowarrow project I had fallen in love with was going to need a faster image turnaround than running off a 35mm, sending it out for processing, bringing it back, scanning images in, uploading them..
Too much drama. We already had the little PowerShot. Hadn't done anything with it. Didn't know too much about it.
Used it. Loved it. Documented all this before. You don't need it again. We're digital. All of a sudden we're digital. Shit, at 72dpi any camera will do after all.
Soft. Blur. Who cares. I'm starting to eye off the camera in the V3 - it seems to be able to take photos and movies as well. Where have I been. The photographic purist in me has got up and run off.
If the phone can take a movie what about..? Hell, yes, this little digital thing can do the movie thing as well. Astounded. Still looking at grungy movie footage, and holding a grungy movie maker in my hands. I would have had to concentrate really bloody hard to get some of those grainy effects with the 35mm, now I'm getting them in moving footage from something that weighs nothing.
By this time we have indeed veered off the track. The site has been forgotten while I grapple with this revolutionary idea that I can take photos and mini movies anytime I want and bring them home with me, plug myself in to the Dell and download them.
Site forgotten, too much going on with the yellowarrow thing. We've already done proof of concept stuff in movies - it's here, prior, somewhere. We're fooling with formats, messing about. In amongst all this we have discovered, while trying to make multiple photos of a Google map, a zoom effect, to illustrate an arrow, that Maps not only zoom, but you can do all sorts of incredible things with them - getting right down to ground level, exact coordinates of a building, one that we have photographed with the digital thing.
Now you get the photo and the exact location. The exact location and notes as well, after spending a day figuring out adding notations and custom icons.
Then we fell into that bit about mobile video too. Got all over the place making phone videos, emailing them to myself before I realized I can connect the phone to the computer too.
Found out that I'm an URBEX - something I didn't know I was. Didn't even know it existed. Urban explorer. With phone. And arrows.
So, now we end up with videos shot with a digital powder puff, Premiere'd out to 3gp and loaded into the phone, loaded on the site, next thing will be instructions for arrows delivered by mobile phone. The joys of MMS.
The site - what site? I just remembered it today when I found the original notes I
made about video menus for it.
That's why I make notes.
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