Prisma- Turn Your Pictures Into Art

I recently discovered Prisma through the Apple App Store and I've been blown away. I have been amused playing with the filters exploring all of the different looks I can apply to my snapshots taken with my iPhone. Some pictures I have in my library were taken with my Sony A7 or Sony A6300 which I have more control over aperture and focal length giving me some interesting looks which are multiplied when Prisma filters are added. 

Here is a shot of Delta I took about a month ago with my A6300. I've added filters to the picture and saved out each example so you can take a look.  

Not every filter is going to work for every picture so as with most filter apps you'll have to find the right filter for the right situation. Once you've applied a filter you can drag left of right to change the percentage of the filter applied. There is also a handy "split" feature where you can see half of the picture before and the other after. 

one thing I do not like is the app forces you to apply a square or 1:1 aspect ratio to your picture. I would like more freedom in the editing of my pictures, there are some photos that are landscape I would really like to use in this app but the square format ruins it for me. 

You can apply these filters up to 15 seconds of video and the results I experienced were good. However expect three things: 1. Your phone will get hot from all of the processing.  2. The wait times for the filter to be applied are exceptionally long to those of you who are not video professionals or serious hobbyists. 3. Your battery will go down quickly applying filters to video on your phone. Nature of the beast. 

Check out my results below and leave a comment on your favorite and also on your experiences with the app. You can find it on the Apple App Store here.

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Here is the original shot.  

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Here is an example of a different picture including a human being. Me.  

Here is an example of a different picture including a human being. Me.  

How to remap time in Premiere Pro CC, AKA Time Ramp

Remapping time inside Adobe Premiere is simple and yet, has seemed like black magic to me. I have always wanted to play around with time but when I do, I tend to have universe (timeline) shattering repercussions. Something about time that I cannot wrap my head around.

Well, I am happy to report I figured out the right way to do it and I can show you.

First thing you have to do is unlink your Audio/Video. Why? Because changing the time of the image will not change the speed of the audio. If you did you would change the pitch and things get messy.

Right click on the clip with both the Audio and Video selected then select Unlink. You are now separated....

not divorced. Bad joke.

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Next you right click and select Show Clip Keyframes down at the bottom. Hold over the arrow and a submenu will show. Eventually select Time Remapping> Speed. 

Command (CMD) Click the left mouse button while the cursor is over the "rubber band." You will then have placed a keyframe. Make sure to place this keyframe in the spot you want to time ramp to happen. 

If you want time to return to normal at a point, add another keyframe where the footage begins to return to normal speed. 

Each keyframe looks like a shield split in half. Drag one side to the left and one to the right. This is showing the point where time will begin to speed up from normal and where it will level off at the new speed. 

Now take the rubber band and lift up or down. Up is to increase the speed percentage. Down is to slow down. Has you adjust the first keyframe, the clips duration changes. This is why it is important to place your markers before hand. 

Play back your results and adjust the rubber band to taste. Once you get the hang of this, you really can start having fun playing with speeding up and down in a clip.

 

If you need further help you can contact me and we'll see how we can work together!

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How To Reset Time aka Start Time on Timeline in Premiere Pro

You may run into a time when you receive edits based on the video timecode your clients used but your timeline doesn't match. How do you match your time code?

Click on the three dashes or what I call "the hamburger" and select start time. From there enter in  your desired timecode. If you want to start at zero, type "000000" a few time and hit enter. 

Done.

External Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Mac OS X

Let us go on a technical story and explain a key simple fact I overlooked.

What you see below is the Terminal app included in Mac OS X. I resorted to using this app because I have a 4TB Seagate External Hard Drive that wasn't being recognized when I am connecting it to the Trash Can Pro (Late 2013 Mac Pro.) So I went to Google and did my normal search.

Skip to the second section if you are looking for ideas of how to recognize the disk.

An option was to use the diskutil command line, which I did. I was seeing the hard drive but whenever I tried repairVolume or repairDisk nothing was being fixed. Then I found a KB article on Seagate saying to make sure the AC adaptor is plugged into the actual wall, not a power strip. I kept pulling my hair and then tried eraseDisk as seen below. 

On a random whim, I thought to change out the USB 3 cable and see if that was the issue. Son of a bitch, that was the culprit preventing this drive from showing up in Disk Utility or Finder. Swap cables our first if you have issues with your external hard drive on Mac. 

If you continue to have problems, then take/raise the appropriate levels of force gradually. No hammers kids.


Section 2 - Ideas on how to fix.

Open Terminal - CMD Spacebar and type Terminal or go to Utilities under the Applications folder and then select Terminal.

 

Type diskutil list  This lists the names of the disks and more importantly the identifier. You can see this used in the next GIF, I am targeting a disk called disk3s2.

Type diskutil list 

This lists the names of the disks and more importantly the identifier. You can see this used in the next GIF, I am targeting a disk called disk3s2.

Here I type, diskutil verifyVolume /dev/disk3s2 diskutil tells terminal I am performing a disk command. verifyVolume is the disk utility common. /dev is referring to your computer i.e. my Mac Pro.  /disk3 is the hard drive and disk3s2 is the partition of the drive I am working on.

Here I type, diskutil verifyVolume /dev/disk3s2

diskutil tells terminal I am performing a disk command. verifyVolume is the disk utility common. /dev is referring to your computer i.e. my Mac Pro. 

/disk3 is the hard drive and disk3s2 is the partition of the drive I am working on.

Using diskutil you can use other commands to work on the disks like:

repairVolume - 
example: diskutil repairVolume /dev/disk3s2

repairdisk - A whole disk must be selected to repair a disk, not just a partition.
example: diskutil repairVDisk /dev/disk3

eraseDisk JHFS+ (Note, you will need to identify the file system e.g. JHFS+ and then list the new name of the hard drive)
example: diskutil eraseDisk JHFS+ Audi S8 /dev/disks3s2

I hope this helps. This is how far I have made it in Terminal researching the internet and trying out commands.
 

You can also check out this article - Disk Management From the Command Line

My Top 5 Repeat Viewed Movies

The Best Batman Movie out there because Heath Ledger killed the role of the Joker. So creepy and so deranged, he left me wanting more of the chaos. The mannerisms and quirks acted out by Ledger is sublime where every viewing I notice a new tick.

Christian Bale as always did wonderful despite the deep almost undecipherable speech when wearing the cape and cowl. This is the first movie that you can truly connect with Batman and his feelings, his needs and wants. you can innately understand his motivation moving the story along to this three way debacle involving Harvey Dent, who later becomes Two Face, with The Joker causing chaos for the sport and Batman trying to contain the criminal.  I love feeling he could actually exist in the real world, exploring his human choices. 

The Dark Knight Rises

The dark social tones of the story coupled with Hans Zimmers score keep me watching this over and over. The chant song is so stirring that you cant help to feel anything when in the pit. Couple that with the back and forth exchanges in the prison in the pit between the doctor, caretaker and Bruce Wayne, this movie has me emotionally tied every time. Dark and not campy.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

I was surprised how much I liked this movie because Ben Stiller is the lead actor. What makes this movie is the camera composition, production design and soundtrack. The story is simple and I like it because it makes me feel good. Patton Oswalts character is endearing and I wish he was my life long friend. 

Life Cycles

A simply stunning film because of the story. About bicycles. Bicycles? Yes! I know I couldn't believe it but I was sucked in a viewing during a down day at film school when the teacher had an emergency. A fellow student started watching and asked me check it out. I found myself then standing for 10 minutes before I grabbed a chair and finished the film.

The narration is all knowing and full of bass, appropriate as the narration weaves in anecdote's from his grandfather's and personal experiences paralleling life and bicycles. Done in a series of short sequences in new settings, each mirrors the narration. The cinematography, sound design, coloring and soundtrack are all mixed to a perfection. Original soundtrack was produced by Data Romance which is worth listening to on its own merit over and over,

Superb. 

Star Wars: The Original Trilogy and The Force Awakens

Because I love Sci-Fi. Period. No further explanation needed.

I am now vlogging!

I was challenged to start vlogging because blogs and such are great ways to become known and have your work seen. And lets face it, how am I not vlogging since I am a video guy? So here is the inaugural vlog!

Adobe releases Fall (Winter?) Updates

#Adobe released some new updates to many programs today. I love this splash screen from #PremierePro. Others I have seen only include #Illustrator being updated.

 

#Premiere has some great new features included dragging a clip onto the program monitor allowing many new functions only associated with keyboard shortcuts or menus. This is based on many new touch interfaces coming out.

#Premiere also has audio normalization included in the export dialog under Effects. You can have your audio normalized to LUFs with is amaze balls. #Adobe keeps getting better and better. And I haven't played with all the other goodies yet.

Interesting iPhone 6S photo examined.

I created an overlay of lines and circles to highlight why I think this image was interesting.
Original image edited inside Adobe Lightroom Mobile. Something about this scene caught my eye and I quickly shot a photo with my iPhone. 

Original image edited inside Adobe Lightroom Mobile. Something about this scene caught my eye and I quickly shot a photo with my iPhone. 


Tip: Look for a way to take your picture from a different angle.

I created an overlay of lines and circles to highlight why I think this image was interesting. The eyes are close to the top right intersection in the rule of thirds. The cigarette falls on the left third of the image and the hand on the bottom third of the image. The eyeline is on an angle off camera looking to something, creating interest. The lighting contrast, the dark shadows and bright spots create interest. 

I created an overlay of lines and circles to highlight why I think this image was interesting. The eyes are close to the top right intersection in the rule of thirds. The cigarette falls on the left third of the image and the hand on the bottom third of the image. The eyeline is on an angle off camera looking to something, creating interest. The lighting contrast, the dark shadows and bright spots create interest. 

Tip: Keep the points of interest on the 4 intersecting points based on the rule of thirds. The points of interest are the things that tell your story. 

CMYK Error in Premiere Pro - The FIX!

As a videographer/video person/filmmaker or whatever you chose to go by, you will 100% run into an issue where you have to use graphics or images from a client, friend or priest. Every once in awhile that person happens to be a designer priest... or designer. They work in the realm of CYMK which is a color mode for print. We video peoples work in RGB. You can receive an File Import Error from Adobe Premiere. A tell tale sign that is a color (mode) issue is the Error Message: The Video Bit Depth of this file is unsupported. This can apply to .PNG, .JPG in this instance, .PSD or .AI. Here is how to fix it.

Open the file in Photoshop. Click image > Mode > RGB Color. Then click File> Save

Import the file into Premiere Pro and breath easy. Everything is okay. Throw a shoe at designers for not saving a version in RGB. 

Let me know what you think and if this has helped you out! Took me a minute to learn this one back in the day.

1 simple way to remember where you downloaded a sample file

If you are like me, you download preview or sample music to work off of to provide a rough. You can't commit to the cost of the file until your client is sure. But how do you keep track of where you found the file? CMD - I in Mac. Command I opens the info section of a file that is highlighted and near the bottom there is a section where you can add text information, this is where you can copy the location of the file as a reminder later on. Simply copy the URL of the files web location and paste that into the comments.

Bonus tip, use CMD - L to select the address in your web browser then follow your normal copy/paste shortcuts.