Posts tagged “Video Editing

Stop Motion Love [Part 2]

Using the stop motion treatment is the up coming trends when it comes to Pre Nuptial Videos. Depends on how they style and shot the sequence, it inevitably shows the creativity and quirkiness of the soon-to-be husband and wife.

Most of the Stop Motion inspired prenup videos found on YouTube are inspired by Oren Lavie’s Grammy nominated music video “Her Morning Elegance”, wherein couples will do sequences while lying to the floor.

Neil and I started using stop motion treatment on our Prenup Videos with Kate and Seth (check here and here). Using continuous shots, we’re able to capture some of their moments frame by frame thru series of photographs, stitch it with after effects and there you go, a stop motion video .

Now, even Neil is currently based in Dubai, were able to do another collaborative project and that’s the prenup video for Shy and Abet. I must commend Neil on calling the final shots, it made the “stitching” more easier.

please do check out what Neil and I did with their Prenup videos

btw, Sara Bareilles’ “Kaleidoscope Heart” is one of my favorite albums and I insisted her song “One Sweet Love” to be used on the first video and I think it matched the mood of the photos :D

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless :D

(btw, please do check out my facebook page for our upcoming video projects. just type :  The Ureiqn Project, then hit like, thanks)


DEMO REEL 2012

Yey! at last, finished at last. :D

This  reel is a montage of some my works from 2008-2011. As a self-taught video editor and videographer, I was able to shoot and/or edit music videos, infomercials, documentaries, audio-video presentations, and a digital film.

Thank you for those who believed in my works and entrusted me their projects.

Clients from Philippine Information Agency, North Caloocan Doctor’s Hospital, Ronnie Colors Videography, Creative Vision, Mr. Paul Aviles from Canada, newly weds like Kate and Seth, LA and RJ and other. Students and organizations from various colleges/schools such as First City Providential College, Our Lady of Fatima College, College of Languages and Linguistics – PUP, College of Business-PUP Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Carlos L. Albert High School Grand Alumni Council

Too bad that almost half of my archived DVDs were destroyed by moist and my pc cant read them anymore, most of those are made from Macromedia Flash MX. I should invest more on external drives. haist. lesson learned
Proficient in Sony Vegas (100%), Adobe Photoshop (80%), Adobe After Effects (50%?), Ulead Video Studio (100%) hehe :D

Still trying to learn Adobe Premier, FCP, Corel Draw and Illustrator :D

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So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless :D


Stop Motion Love

I’ve been visiting YouTube lately for possible peg for my project. It would be for my final requirement to complete my summer workshop. I do not own a video camera so I decided to make a stop motion short. Stop motion is no rocket science; all you need are the following: digital camera, tripod [or sturdy/steady] piece your camera can lean on and a computer.

I checked some stop motion videos in youtube for some inspiration and it didn’t failed me to do so. I feel so motivated seeing Oren Lavie’s  “Her Morning Elegance”. Oren is an Israeli award winning musician and theater director. He directed the music video “her Morning Elegance” that won him a Grammy for Best short form music video”

I must say, I watched the video hundred times already and it didn’t tire me. I always discover new details every time I watch this video. I love how they caught the model in stop motion, she runs on a bed sheet with elegance. So apt with the title.

you can check here how they made this awesome video :

To start : Place the camera in position in front of the object you want to animate. It will be important to the final product to make sure the camera does not move. It can be placed on a tripod to keep it steady. Click the first picture with the digital camera. Then move the object or objects very slightly and shoot the next picture with the camera. Be careful the camera does not shift each time the button on the camera is pressed.  Repeat the actions involved with step 2 for as long as you need in order to produce the desired effect. Because each move of the object is slight, you almost certainly will take at least 100 photos for even a 25-second video. Then load it to your PC, use any software you like, Windows Movie Maker, Vegas or simple Ulead [no need to be high end] then drag them to the timeline, you can select the clip duration, than export it as a video, then poof! You have a stop motion film.

Well for me, I tried to apply this to one of my AVP projects and see how it works, unfortunately I have these shaky hands, I can’t make objects move slightly, thus the pace is so fast. But when I import them to my Vegas and set the clip duration, the clip turned not bad at all.

Check out my first attempt[s] on stop motion on these two prenup videos I made for my college friend wedding. Oh, how I love doing AVP especially for a friend

Well that’s for now, I think I need more practice and planning to do my stop motion film. Someday, I’ll create a stop motion film like Coraline and Fantastic Mr. Fox. But for now, I will start to do storyboards  and as I planned almost a year ago, I’ll feature  my beloved mannequin couple; Adam and Eve.

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless :D


AVP for all seasons :D

Whether it’s about your kid’s 1st birthday, or your niece celebrating her 18th hurrah or your brother’s dream wedding; when it comes to sharing your memories, nothing beats a good AVP (audio video presentation) .   Showing an audio-video presentation in an event is a nice way to share treasured memories to your invited guests.

Having your guests watch a 4-6 minutes of moving pictures will make them feel part of your life as you show not only pictures but a part of your history.

I do AVPs on my vacant time, and even I feel the same way every time I tweak, crop and animate photographs of my clients. Through those pictures, I witnessed a kid’s first vacation to a foreign land. A lad’s adventures on her chosen field, how a piece of candy made a couple deeply in love with each other and how a group of friends  celebrate their mid-20s.

Digitizing memories in form of jpegs and memory sticks have it’s own advantages. It’ll not discolor, you can transfer, send it and manipulate is anytime you want. There’s no need to print it just to share it with your folks. You can do whatever you want and making it into an AVP is one them.

It’s been three years already since the first time I did an AVP for a client. Even though It caused me some sleepless nights, It is so rewarding to be a part of a certain celebration. It game a chance to discover some video editing tools as well. I do remember promising a tutorial on how to do AVPs by using various free and common softwares but I think it’ll take time ; I think I need to make my voice more articulate so  you’ll be hearing a credible [and hunky or husky?] voice hehe :D

I know it’s a month early, but I want to share you guys some AVPs I did for the past 3 years. It’ll be some sort of yearend report of my home based studio.

So guys, here are some treasured memories of my clients and friends : Enjoy.

One of my fave AVP I created for my SYNCOMASS family way back 2008. I don’t know Sony Vegas way back then. I only used MS Powerpoint and Moviemaker to create this overnight. It was shown on a bus while we are on way to Cavite. It is special to me, because it’s about our college graduation memories. Our 4 years of love-hate classroom relationship came to an end but even though some of us have to leave the country or disappeared literally, I’m glad that most of us are still connected to each other. Thanks to Facebook [before : Friendster : ]

It was requested by a college friend for her 21st birthday. Too bad she didn’t come to her own party. But she was able to have a copy of this a year after. Weird. But I enjoyed  making this AVP while discovering hidden talents of Ulead Video Studio. I also put a personal touch on this : Matt Nathanson’s “Come on get Higher”.

Time flies fast. I did an AVP for  the baptismal of this kid before and last thing you know,  he’s celebrating another birthday. Nice to get a client like this. I was able to witness how that kid grows. Daig ko pa ninong hehehe :D

AVP for the 3rd birthday hurrah of Coco, God knows how the whole clan loves him :D

Freelance work for Creative Vision Photography. This is one of my fave projects because of the freedom given to me. I was able to play a lot of colorful graphics , choose the song and even the pictures to use. For me, it came out good. The whole thing was done in Sony Vegas 8

Corporate videos shouldn’t be boring and dull. I created this party by using sleek transition and paint splats. Even nostalgic to use Hansons “Mmmbop”. [okay, I’m guilty, that’s one of my fave songsthat should be  played on my funeral. Odd. Hehehe ]

And to wrap up, would like to show you a closing billboard of a project that took almost 5 months in the making. My friends over at CLL hard worked for this one and to end a serious College AVP is a funny blooper reel. I enjoyed having some sleepless lugaw nights with them.

So there you go for now. I’ll be posting my wedding AVP next time; I have to collect them first but hoped that you enjoyed watching my fave projects.

BTW, check out my AVP, OBBs,and 2D animations on youtube. Just Youtube search : UREIQN and more videos on  my portfolio site : www.ureiQn.multiply.com. For post prod, 2D animation, AVP and photography services rates, just  email me at allen_ahz@yahoo.com [heheh promote? :D]

So that’s for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless :D



Glam Envishion 2010 : the experience

Neil invited me, Jonathan and Tin in his event. Well, ironically, the attire for that event should be casual but I ended up wearing my Batman t-shirt. But It doesn’t matter, actually they’re expecting me coming in t-shirt, shorts and pair of crocs. It’s a plus that I wore jeans that day; at least I was able to surprise them a little. :D Anyway, going back to the event, Neil has this event entitled GLAM ENVISHION 2010

I was invited to play some AVPs I made for that event. I was thrilled to do that task. Good thing, I’m in my trusty shirt, I sweat like a pig when working as one of the technicals or at any kind of production. The program was started with a prayer, then right after that, it is my turn to play that teaser I made for the event. And here it goes…

Then it’s the finalists turn to show their entries. Each got its own identity. They walked through the catwalk with such confidence and angst. The entries I used to love last photoshoot were gone. All of those entries evolved into more exciting eye-candies. Some I cannot recognize at all, I think because the dress got its major overhaul or too much decors. Still they able to show their interpretation of the categories they were assigned to. Those categories are futuristic, long gown, psychedelic and fashion of the decades [70s and 80s]

then after the catwalk heat, the tabulation must be made and thus, my turn again to play another AVP I made for the event showing the guests what happened to the pictorial which took place last Saturday. and again, here it goes :D

And after some minutes of debate , they announced winners in each four categories. I am surprised with some winners but mostly not because almost all my bets won

That event reminds me of “Le Vogue” in college. the creations are great and I can see all the participants and their supporters happy and proud. The night is remarkable and some college friends made it more special. It was too late to go to work that night so I decided to hang out with them and spent the rest of the day. we exchanged jokes and stories in a fast food joint.

That project is my fave this year. it gave me opportunity to study Adobe after effects and I am proud with the results. well, it’s been a long post so I have to call it a day so that’s all for now guys.

So Till Then and Godbless :D



scenarios inc. [13] : Demo Reels I like

Learning by watching demo reels  is fun.  It gives you opportunity to get fresh ideas and visuals to use in your future projects. Famous editors and motion graphic artists also watches various demo reels as it offers vast line of design that can be recreated, modified our make an original piece bit inspired by a certain  demo reel. Also demo reels set a goal and gives inspiration to those self taught editors, motion graphic artist and animators.

So here, I would like to share some demo reels that inspired me to learn video editing and 2D animation, hope you’ll be inspired by these :D


Ramon del Prado’s work is something to look forward to. The progression of his animation skill is something to admire. Too bad I don’t have that patience to learn Maya or 3D studio Max. I can do flash animations but not as sophisticated and quirky like his works. Hope guys like him got a break in mainstream media, that a major TV station will give them a project that will showcase original Filipino content animation.

SITE : http://www.ramondelprado.com

Rianne Hill Soriano is a Director, Independent filmmaker, Writer and critic and an Educator. I was able to watch some of her works like “Karsel” [Prison] and “Aninag” [Light’s Play]. I remember working as a Production assistant in one of StreetPark Production  Projects wherein she worked as an Associate Producer. Her vast knowledge in production for me is overwhelming, I learned some  techniques about filming from her, but that time I have no idea who she is until I got time to search the net and saw her works in Youtube. I don’t know that she is filmmaker behind the short “Karsel”. Anyway, I love her recent demo reel; hope I got a mentor like her in near future. As of now, all I know she’s in Vegas doing some projects. She is a  regular content contributor as well for Associated Content. Check out her reviews and sorts in http://www.associatedcontent.com/user/755346/rianne_hill_soriano.html

SITE : http://www.riannehillsoriano.com

Rocketsheep Post is One of the Inspiring Pinoy Posts around . This tiny home based post got a lot to say when it comes to their freakin’ portfolio . A lot of their projects dealt with animation and special effects, and boy they executed it very well. Their clients varies from food to clothing brands, mainstream Pinoy music artists and corporate. I like their treatment to  Yeng Constantino’s “Time In” music video. It is so Pinoy.  I heard that they’re the brains behind a feature film that combined 3D-2D animation and live action vid called “Saving Sally”. Since they normally works with Ad agencies and Music Vids expect that the feature would be an extravagant eye candy. Sneak peek of the “Saving Sally” production can be seen here : http://www.savingsally.com/gallery.html

i don’t know what happen to that feature, the last thing I heard is that they’re looking for a new Sally :D

SITE: http://www.rocketsheep.net/

Chibibotoons is the Production behind the first Filipino made animated interstitial that aired in local Filipino TV and that is BARKADA TRIP. I miss this toon bits much.

Buddy Gancenia is One of the premier wedding and events videographers here in the country. I once worked with his team in a certain wedding and boy, they’re fast and the outfit is superb. We didn’t felt the stress at all. The team literally runs from the hotel to the church up to the reception area and still they’re enthusiastic and creative when it comes to shooting lensflares in a certain event. And I will tell you they’ll surprise you with their onsite AVP :D

SITE : http://buddygancenia.com

A newcomer when it comes to  wedding videography, MAYAD Studios  got nice wedding AVPs on their vault I must say. One of them is Tisha and Donald Wedding AVP which starts with a nice multiframing. They’re also responsible to the well celebrated  lovely wedding AVP in facebook. It is the wedding of Coy Placido + Izel Sarangelo [a.k.a. Tuesday Vargas]

SITE:  http://www.mayadstudios.com/blog/

Now here are some of my faves when it comes to International  Posts.

Vector Meldrew Motion graphics show reel projects made using a mixture of Animation, Graphics, Live Footage and 3D. I want to learn the Software used: After Effects, Cinema 4D they got Clients such as: adidas, Rolls Royce, Levis Engineered Jeans, Wincanton Defence Systems, Olympics 2012

SITE : http://www.vectormeldrew.com

Then Mi Ultimo Faborito [huh? Hehe] Mark Coleran is a visual designer who has worked in a wide range of design disciplines from print graphics to motion design and visual effects. His work in motion graphics has included television show titles and branding through to his specialist area; the design, creation and animation of fantasy user interfaces for film. Over the years this work has seen him create interfaces for such films as The Bourne Ultimatum, Tomb Raider, Mission Impossible 3, The Island and Mr and Mrs Smith. Currently he is working with the Canadian software developer, Gridiron Software. He is creating the user experience and interface for a next generation creative workflow application; Flow. It is so admiring how film outfits have budget and effort to make a specialized live playback for  sets that so techy. I haven’t seen a Pinoy film that uses Techie Live playback for it’s “Cyberspace” themed sets, usually the “playback” is inserted during the post prod, so as a result, the actors are clueless about the interface they’re “using” in a scene and the interaction is choreographed and fake.

Anyway there you go, Hope these demo reel inspire those who wants to be an Editor, Motion Graphic artist or Animator.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed :D



Amherst Ureiqn Studios : “Flash”back

The course of my life changed when I tried to learn some editing software when I was in college . First, learned Adobe Photoshop, created some crappy lay-outs and later on explored some tricks during the process. Followed by Audacity which I first used to make a 15-second radio plug for our Multimedia project. I got the prime of that learning curve when I tried to explore Macromedia Flash MX and boy, I got a blast with that software, everyone knows that Flash MX  is utilized for web lay-out and even games, but for an AVP?

Well, it’s so easy, just make a layer, put in an object, then convert it as a flash object, add some keyframe then tweak the object’s position on the  last keyframe and you got an instant animation of that certain object.[all you need to do is export it as a videoclip, then import it to your moviemaker to put tome audio clips and or connect them with other flash-made vids.]  It’s sounds hard at first but when you get along with it , I bet you’ll bid your old moviemaker goodbye.

As a result, I ended up doing my college AVPs with Macromedia Flash and moviemaker. Well, my PC way back is sort of primitive and I can’t use Adobe After effects and Adobe Premiere on it. So I ended up working with some unusual resources and on that note, Macromedia Flash helped with as it uses around 200+ MB of my disc space.

Just to prove how amazing we can use Macromedia Flash for AVPs, here are some of my samples [sorry for the quality, I made it almost 4-3 years ago]

CLIENT : OUR LADY OF FATIMA UNIVERSITY
SONG CREDITS : “Ironic” by Alanis Morisette

my first ever full length AVP made entirely with Macromedia Flash MX, i made this for my barkada whose taking up nursing that time.

CLIENT : First City Providential College | College of Nursing | Angielica Agana
SONG CREDITS : “One in Me ” by Akafellas

AVP about ectopic pregnancy, this is used in a forum organized by another friend who’s taking up nursing as well.

CLIENT : First City Providential College | College of Nursing | Angielica Agana
SONG CREDITS : “Push” [A capella version] by Harvard university Callbacks [not sure]

Made for the same friend who used the second video. This is one of my fave material on my video vault, not because of the poor thing featured on the clip, it is because how we incorporate the thought of Abortion with the choir-like rendition of Matchbox 20’s “Push”

Ironically, I only got good copies of those I made for my friends, I don’t know where I lost my college works, I think from now on I will think of a plan on how to back up things, specially my video vault.

So that’s for now, I’m thinking of having a video/AVP making tutorial here…hmmm, let’s see.

So till then and Godbless :D



Just for now

It’s been a crazy month to start the latter half of this year. Post productions here and Day[night] job there, it’s like doing the same balancing act every day. But thank God, even though I didn’t get enough sleep, I still do enjoy both.

But lately, having enough sleep is getting harder and harder, it is more challenging than the calls I got everyday as a technical support. Well at least, it does not hard identify the reasons why.

First, the call “cenner” paranoia like getting irate callers at the beginning of your shift, escalations, accidents while on your way to work, etc. those fears begins to hunt me every time  I’m planning to get a shut eye. Those realizations will be accompanied by “last song syndrome” , horrible is, you’ll not hearing some straight-to-the-hell tunes, but some freaking ambient noise of the office like the collective murmurs of the technicians while they deal with their callers and the repetitive noise of the computer keyboard.

Second is too many thoughts, too many plans, so little time. Many plans are running inside my head this time, from re-editing our digital film”Relica”, some photography stints up to planning to redo my  opening billboard and updating my demo reel. Well, I think I can sleep now, must survive the 4th day of the week with a bang, very excited with the weekend. I think I can do some of my plans by then. And about those “call cenner” related nightmares? Well, I think I’ll hug an Avaya-inspired stuff toy, count irate customers until I fall asleep. Hehehe :D

[about my lil studio’s opening billboard; care to share any suggestions? check out this OBB I'm currently using on my projects ]

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed :D



Evolution of the Motion Designers Toolkit

Digital Juice is trying to outwit VideoCoPilot.net for the past 2 years with their products they’re releasing lately. It started with VideoCoPilot’s “Evolution”.  As a video editor, I am must aware of the trends when it comes to post prod applications and sorts and “Evolution” is one of my fave. Not to alienate everyone, Evolution is a collection of high quality decorative design elements for creative video. You’ll get the idea after the jump

and undeniably, after the it’s launch, Editors all over the world got their claws on this product, able to use and exploit it. Syempre, di pahuhuli ang Pinoy. Our editors here became instant fan of this and was able to use it on everything, from AVPs , music videos, TVC, OBB [CBB] and sometimes, it’s templates on print media.

That’s what we called the “Evolution” era. On that moment, we see a lot of swirling effects on our local TV and not conscious that we already saw that effect on other shows or MV. For example, on the Pinoy MV scene, I first saw Evolution on Nancy Jane’s “Love Song” :

It gave the vid more sparkle and club feel. then after that, a lot of our MV started using Evolution, like this one.

Notice the same animated swirly designs used one both videos.Well “Evolution” in undeniably a hit on most editors. It is simple to apply and tweak, just put it on your vid and by using after effects, you can give them a nice glow effect, color, transition, anything just to make the evolution element compliment the video or better yet, owning the animation by putting some twitch effect or grungy texture. Editors was settled into a long hiatus, satisfied and fulfilled with this collection then suddenly Digital Juice came up with “Motion Designers Toolkit”

As usual , editors like got loco with these set. Even though it’s pretty obvious that the idea of this set of collection came from the VidoeCoPilot’s “Evolution”, It didn’t stop editors to notice and use this one. Well, I must say, this one kinda handy than Evolution because there’s many designs  and themes to choose from, compare to Evolution’s set of limited flourishes. on MDT [Motion Designers toolkit] , there’s a design on every post prod needs. Want to have glassic feel? use the gradient frames, Banners or Hoolanders. Want your vid to have that grungy look? Use paint splat, circular grudge or brush strokes. Want to be playful or have that pop thingamajig feel, use circularities or  my favorite Pen strokes.

Compare to Evolution, you can play more with MDT because of the enormous set, same as Evo, you can set these elements on glow or any after effects trick to own the MDT design you used on your vid.

Well, some editors still uses Evo because it got a mood that the MDT dont have. The frame second speed of Evo is quite better than MDT, ahead of its time, I must say. Evo got this feel of calmness, then you can just set it into FPS  that you want. MDT on other hand, I noticed that the FPS is too fast and all yo can do to achieve that calm feel for a specific vid is to stretch the time frame of the video element.

Well Digital Juice didn’t stopped there, they released the Part 2 and 3 of the collection, but this time, it concentrated on techno graphics and animations. sort of when you’re doing a techno, sci-fi, computer geeky or android POV videos, those sets are perfect for you. check the elements use on this vid. This used MDT part 2 and 3

It is cool right? and the set will literally help you execute such futuristic videos. And if you an action film or war of the techno worlds sort of project that need playbacks to complement your Art design. I am sure, these sets are for you.

Part 2 and 3 have a lot of themes to offer and these are some of them [well, I picked up my faves :D]

Fortunately, I got a copy of the first set of MDT and very glad to use it along with my Evolution but sad part is, the frustration started when I saw the last 2 parts of the MDT collection. I [literally] drooled when I first saw it’s demo reel on this official site Digitaljuice.com

I mean “really?  am I only  dreaming? ” that’s the only thing I said when I finished the demo reel. The collections are full of colorful elements, hand painted and very detailed. It is like having your very own graphic artist handy. Each element splashes with big amounts of hues all over the place, there’s no need to color, adjust settings or put some twitches or glow on that, it is pure work of art.

You can check the demo reel on this link

and let Digital Juice Intro introdue you well to the product

Taking off where Motion Designer’s Toolkits 1, 2 and 3 left off, volumes 4 and 5 in the series (MDT4 & MDT5), explode the MDT line with two unprecedented packages of dynamic animated elements. Over 8 months in the making, these volumes of lively, richly colored organic animations involved a team of over 40 different artists from a wide variety of artistic fields — pencil and tablet sketchers, vector design pros, and traditional fine artists — as well as a dedicated crew of animators.

The painstakingly handpainted animations in these volumes include real watercolor, oil paint and ink effects which were scanned at super-high resolutions, expertly cut out and then animated in a way that allows the user maximum flexibility to use the elements as-is or customize to suit a specific job. Each volume contains 11 unique categories of artistic looks from Watercolor and Oil Paint to Dry Brush, Swirl Filigree and Thought Bubbles. There has never been a package like this. It blurs the line between fantasy and reality, bringing a real life, energetic, full color fine arts feel to any type of project.

And I must say, they do what they say, I mean check out these sets. [note: prepare your hanky for unexpected drooling :D]

Like what I mentioned earlier, it is something to drool over. Unfortunately, “nobody” intended to “donate” these sets. I am kinda frustrated having those 4 sets and I am must say, I am willing to spend some dollars just to have those. Anyway, September is near , hope my “Law of Attraction” works. Please…please dont bother to put it on a nice giftwrap, just hand it to me and I’ll assure you, I’ll thank you for the rest of my life..hehehe… ‘lil exagerrated

Anyway, for those who have those last 4 sets, please create a torrent and share it to the world , dont be greedy okay? having these MDTs from the other side of the world is not easy.

For now, I’ll control and convince myself to be contented with the MDT part 1 and Evolution and Riot Gear [btw, Riot Gear is another collection from VideoCopilot, just check it out after the jump :D]. So far I’m learning how to use a certain element and compliment it with another element from it’s rival set. Collections like these make an editor play with his imagination.

Well that’s for now, sorry for a geeky comeback. Just want to share this info as a video editor :D

So Till then and Godspeed :D


scenarios inc. [8] : Election Eye Candies

Almost a week ago, Filipinos witnessed two major changes in Philippine History:  Our first take on Automated Election and second, the coverage war between two major TV giants.  My favorite aspect of every past elections is how Media tried it’s best to present the news to us, how to present numbers, exit polls and such without getting bored or annoyed. This year’s election coverage is way different.

ABS-CBN 2, GMA 7 and TV5 utilized 3D graphics the way we never seen before.  All of them cashed out a large amount of money just to polish their graphics, use high end technologies and memorable war rooms.

WAR ROOMS

I am an avid fan of election coverages, whether it’s HALALAN or ELEKSYON. I always love to compare both stations when it comes to studio set up or “set design”.  Way back high school, I wondered if they have a term on the set made just for the special coverage. I noticed GMA only tag theirs as studio, while I first heard the term “WAR ROOM” when some random ABS CBN news anchor [don’t remember] coined their studio set up as the “war room”, a place where they can monitor all  live points set  all over the country and numerous news bureaus around the globe. It is full of monitors [which from CRT turned flatscreen turned borderless…cool] , computers , wires  and a giant screen that plays the looped version of their animated branding or logo.

This year’s war room set ups served as another benchmark on Philippine Television when it comes to set design. GMA 7 designed their “war room” more spacious than expected. Then every organization that they got we’re being clustered into some egg-like decks. Then the main news desk  was placed in the center. It is enormous, pearly white; complementing the wide space of the floor they’re trying to keep clean for some unknown reason.  Also I noticed that every closing spiel, the main news desk  will rotate like the revolving studio used in Rachel Ray. I think it’s awkward because you’ll be given an opportunity to check what’s under the anchors’ table, unfortunately some handbag, kikoy kit , tissue and more scripts. While the GMA set up seems to be spacious, TV 5 tried to make it more simpler, and correct me if I’m wrong , I think they used the set of AKSYON, modified it slightly and there you go,; a news room set up for ANG PAGBABAGO coverage. Designed in hues of red, it complements the network’s logo.  The design is minimal and good for couch interview  set ups. ABS CBN 2 on the other hand used 2 studio, the main war room where all monitoring was being made which to me, looks like an expanded editor’s/director’s bay, but accented by a large widescreen loop playback of their news branding logo. It is more compress than before. It is where they put their interns, star Boto mo Patrollers, STI students and representative from various partners. ABS CBN used 2 studio for obvious reasons, the war room is for live updates and monitoring all infos from various sources [twitter, facebook, BMPM sites, PPCRV } and the main newsroom is where they put their anchor for their spiels and reviews. Again , like what GMA 7 have, ABS CBN 2 newsroom do have a slightly large amount of floor space in their set, polished to the max leaving their audiences about their floor wax sponsor.

SCREEN WARS

All three major networks have one accessory in common and that is the infamous touch screen. Being first used by an Australian network for their weather reports, TV 5 launched it to our marvel as their part of news program AKSYON, where it is being modified for the show. TV 5 is the one who first introduced this technology to us but for obvious reasons, some of us might think GMA 7 or ABS-CBN 2 is the one who first used this kind of technology. AKSYON used the technology for about months already and they’re the best I’ve seen so far when it comes to designing graphic lay-out for their touch screen presentations.  Also Kudos to Paolo Bediones who mastered the technology. He presented exit polls very quickly, without sweat and it seems that the screen was made for him. Also kudos to the TV5 for having a good graphics designer for their touch screen presentations. Every layout seems easy to navigate and easy to read.  And every presentation is made to complement the station’s over all“graphic branding”.

On the other hand, GMA 7 got a bigger screen than TV5, the presentation lay outs are amazing, and it is cooler that they got it designed after the shiny interface template of iPad, but they owned it by using the shades of blue, green and colors used on their ELEKSYON 2010 graphic branding. But there’s a problem,. Their touchscreen seems not to cooperate with their anchors. For example: One the first day, Vicky Morales have to do some updates about their You Scoop feeds. The videos are ready in their touch screen , and 2 cameras are locked to the set up to cover  different angles. Then Vicky started her opening spiel, introduced You scoop and started to navigate the touch screen. She opened the first video, narrated the summary of the video and lastly gave credits to the sender. Then cut to the second cam, which is fixed in the front of the touch screen monitor. The horror started. Vicky missed to check the name of the sender indicated below the video player displayed on her touch screen. She gave credits of the video to [Juan dela Cruz] but the name indicated below is [sent by : Uncle Ben].  She is too busy reading feeds from her teleprompter, she overlooked the info indicated on her large touch screen..which is mounted in front of her.  Then she flipped the next video, narrated the synopsis then missed the real name of the sender again, which is supposed to be the sender of the next video. She did fail 4 times in a row. It was broadcasted live, real time, so there’s no room for mistakes and apparently, corrections. Also, there’s a conspiracy theory circulating Youtube about GMA 7’s touch screen; that it’s only a regular large screen and anchors only pretending touch those  “navigation / menu buttons”  of which seems to be a video playback. That anchors do receive signals from the floor director when to touch the screen. Conspiracy started when Mel  Tiangco got her first take in using the technology. After Mel touch a certain button, Mel will stare into blank space [at times smile to audience] for quite some time then go back to the screen  to touch another button, It made some audience jump to conclusion that Mel is receiving orders from one of her Floor directors. Well for me, GMA is using touch screen technology; they only got a problem in navigating it. I think don’t have much time to practice navigating the gadget. To me, Mel’s attempt to use touch screen is not a fail but frustrating.  She touches one of the candidates then the screen starts to display Google map then zoom to the candidates’ voting area.  She seems waiting for a perfect timing when to push the marker of that area to give segue to the video feed.   She keeps doing the same routine, push a button, wait, smile,then after 5-10 seconds, she will go back to her screen  then push another button. If you’re one of her audience, you’ll say “Pindutin mo na..tagal”. Well in fairness to her , she tried her best to utilize new technology.

Then there comes TJ Manotoc, monitoring feeds from Twitter , Facebook and SMS,  ABS-CBN got the largest touch screen ever. It most gave their cameraman to adjust the contrast and angles of cams with ease.  The navigation is effortless, seems TJ , and other anchors who used the gadget , got enough time to practice and familiarized with their presentation. The only thing is, the presentations made for the enormous screen is simple. Sweet concise simple, no more glamorous 3D lay-out, just straight presentation of text and graphics.

Speaking of touch screen, I cringed when Mike Enriquez keeps bragging this new technology, a touch screen technology, after  using words such as “touch screen” , “high tech” and “technology” many times, the cam was cut to an iPad. My golly geez. iPad? So last year. Some pinoy got that gadget already.

3D OR NOT 3D; THAT WOULD BE THE QUESTION

It’s the cherry on top, the apple of everybody’s eyes and inevitable eye-candy on your screen. This year’s election coverage not only casted votes for the presidentiables, but also the viewers who enjoyed [and literally drooling] over the “technologies” utilized.

Stations tried to use 3D technology to the next level, trying to amaze us and avoid audience boredom. TV stations tried to use the Augmented Reality or AR mostly throughout their coverages. To those who don’t know AR means , let’s have some detour with some help from Wikipedia:

Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery. It is related to a more general concept called mediated reality in which a view of reality is modified (possibly even diminished rather than augmented) by a computer. As a result, the technology functions by enhancing one’s current perception of reality.

In the case of Augmented Reality, the augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, such as sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally usable. Artificial information about the environment and the objects in it can be stored and retrieved as an information layer on top of the real world view.

Augmented reality research explores the application of computer-generated imagery in live-video streams as a way to expand the real-world. Advanced research includes use of head-mounted displays and virtual retinal displays for visualization purposes, and construction of controlled environments containing any number of sensors and actuators.

Remember those sparkly clean, wide floor space? Well that’s for the AR to use. 3D graphics starts to come up from their sparkly floor, making some illusion as if it is a part of their “high tech set”. Well the point is given. Like what Maria Ressa says that most viewers remembers if they were presented through effective visuals. Thus effects such as AR were being utilized to show us live coverages from various live points, past and present exit polls, background check of the candidates and updates from various sources.  Video feeds on glossy 3D screen suddenly begin to pop up from their floors.  Bar graphs starts to rise from their floor, complete with demographics presented with slick animation. 3D animation introduced new benchmark for Philippine news and current affairs.

AR WARS

Sadly to say, the idea of using AR came from CNN and BCC, well, we already know that both new organizations set standards and new trends when it comes to news gathering. However our broadcast technology here is striving hard to meet international standards and set new benchmarks. Still it wasn’t enough. I learned during my college days that ABS-CBN 2 was testing HD channel, I think that is almost 3 years ago, but still no updates about it.  The latest feed I got from my colleagues that NTC stopped them from transmitting HD signals. They thought ABS is not ready. Well ABS tried to broadcast HD shows , started by “Nginnnig” [Shiver] which gained international recognition and hyped Pinoy visual storytelling through it’s crispy HD look. If all shows we’re shown in HD, we’ll get shows in letterbox since majority of Filipinos do have 4:3 aspect ratio televisions, well that’s for HD for now. Let’s go Back to AR.

Well AR we’re being utilized by both network giants, they also sought some help abroad like Orad Hi-Tech Systems Ltd. [ABS-CBN 2] and VIZ-RT [GMA 7]  to make the technology work. As a result it made both network coverages interesting and something to look after. Giving their audiences more eye candies.

Well ABS-CBN 2 owned AR based on what I noticed while watching both channels.  Channel 2’s AR is perfectly jiving with the camera movement done by their cameramen, as if their AR is really part of their set, as if that giant Philippine Map is real, can be zoomed in and out, it interacts with the background, it’s anchors and gladly it was presented complete with sound effects, like twitching some cyber thingamajig.  Unlike GMA 7’s “AR”, they can’t zoom their ARs in; their cams were locked into a certain angle. They tried to move their cams while presenting ARs but it made their AR looks 3D graphics being ordinarily imposed to the screen. It should have been nice graphics for an AR but moving their cams making the effect to fail big time. GMA’s AR just looks like ordinary graphics imposed on a live video feed. No interaction with the anchors or with set as well.

Then there’s the Hologram Controversy. GMA 7 first used hologram but they misinformed Filipinos that they’re using technology not an effect, speaking of credibility. Mike Enriguez and Jessica Soho bragged their Hologram technology many times, that it was use by CNN and a first on Philippine TV. Well they failed because most of Pinoys are techie enough to know those effects, I mean, hello…an ordinary high school dude can do and understand the principles of Chroma key effect by using ordinary softwares like Ulead or Sony Vegas. GMA 7 got landslide comments from techie followers in Youtube because of the wrong info. Their misuse of the word “technology” were even scrutinized by their rival, explained on how the real technology works and how technology differs from effects. GMA 7 obliged to correct the mistake and started to use the word “effect” rather than technology. But even though, rants over youtube never stops, comments are overflowing on the effects of both stations. Majority noticed the flaws of 7 and praised the utilization of technology of the channel 2, even some the die-hard fans known as Mga Kapuso managed to acknowledge ABS-CBN for the job well done. Well like , what happened to GMA 7, CNN received rants from various websites about their misuse of the term “hologram technology” . ABS-CBN 2 silently used the effect without bragging anything, but they called it “Virtual Presense”.

Well actually I do participated on various AR wars on youtube together with some friends who happens to be media specialists, we we’re thrilled that majority of the people know how to see and appreciate effects nowadays, they don’t just watch , they analyze what they see and tried to compare it to others. As a video editor, we tried to educate everyone through our comments how the effects we’re done and  how various technologies should be used. We’re not Kapamilya either Kapuso, kabarkada or kapatid or Ka-Q, we’re just mere techies that can’t stop ourselves in reacting on such matter.  Terminologies should be carefully used, it is a part of your credibility your trying to build. So please be careful on the next election coverage. What’s the use of bragging on-air  the cost of your production, how credible your organization are,  and how high tech your gadget and newsroom is if you can’t use a simple terminology correctly?  And please don’t brag CNN? Other station can do their coverage straight without bragging a name of an international news org…well unless, you turned out to be one of their subsidiaries. Even though how techie and costly your way of news gathering and broadcasting  are, please keep in mind that you’re on air to tell us news, not to brag new “technology”, just give us the news and let your gadgets or “technologies” do the talking… You don’t need to brag your credibility.

Well that’s for now…

So Till then and Godspeed :D



You’re on 3rd AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS; nice.

March last year, me and some from the Silver Luna Gang agreed to do a business out of my hobby. A little home based studio for Audio Video Presentations, catered for birthday, weddings, seminars, other events and as giveaways. We named our “company” as “ARTEBIDA”.  Audio Video Presentation projects came in and made me busy for a while which is good for business. The Tarp we posted  on our gate is our only advertisement, it is also reminds our strong friendship every time we look at it.

But I can’t stop myself to use the first name of the Studio which is AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS. I don’t know, I think I’m still attached to it.  Amherst Ureiqn studios reminds me of college and it is so hard to let go. Projects overflowed my calendar till now. I managed how to balance work, my health ,stake outs with the barkada and my bankable hobby with is Video Editing.  I do Video post productions for various schools and universities now. Every client came in is another addition to my Demo Reel and Portfolio, but still I use my hobby to help some friends , did some AVPs for free, still I enjoyed watching the end product, making it one of my favorite, “PUSH” for FCPC is one of them. The flash animation I made about  abortion, scored by an a capella  / choir version of Matchbox 20’s “PUSH” made it unforgettable and  until now, I look forward to do something like that.

This hobby gave me opportunities to meet various people, to gain more techniques in production and made me land a job as a high school teacher for a special project and sometimes give talk to various colleges.

Almost a year passed, many happened that changed me also the state of my studio. I also realized what is the use of a tarp that don’t bear the name of the studio that I’m currently using, plus, I lost my phone twice, so contacts embedded on that ad is not useful anymore. So I decided to change it for the better. With the permission from my friends, I decided to take the old tarp down and produce a new one. Promoting the studio I had in my dreams. A studio named AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS. minimally inspired , I designed a simple tarp, my logo against white backdrop, services rendered and contacts on the right. It is nice to be proud showing everybody the name of the studio  I made couple of years ago.

Now I would like to take the opportunity to thank my  family, friends, clients and students I had before. You made my hobby productive; it made me more passionate about it. Thanks for new projects that challenged my creative juices these past few years. Thanks. The studio I named out of my codename last 2007 became a striving underground business.

Thanks to my friends at SYNCOMASS for allowing me to edit those AVP, flash animations and sorts, it served as my training ground. My clients from First City Providential College,studes and friends from  College of Languages and Linguistics, College of Communication, Advertising and Open U of Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, Our Lady of Fatima University Lagro, TIP Cubao, Gregorbelle Preschool, ePLDT Ventus, Creative Vision photography, Ronnie Colors, Montana Luz catering, Philippine Information Agency, My co editors, my friends specialized in different editing software, various Medi speciliast I met and became one of my friends, my studes at PWU and IHMU, to the Silver Luna Gang,  to my family, and the God above. Thanks.

Check out my portfolio site where I posted some of my works, from graphic design, video editing up to AVPs and 2D animation: WWW.UREIQN.MULTIPLY.COM

[my first ever demo reel made last 2008, If ever got a chance , or time on that matter, I'll do another demo reel..hmmm...]

Well, Happy 3rd Anniversary , AMHERST UREIQN STUDIOS : eyecandies since 2007



Optical Flares by VideoCoPilot.net

“Haist. if only I’m rich…”

That’s always my reaction whenever there’s a an Video editing feature launched to the market. In general, I’m a follower of the stock footage of Digital Juice and Effects plug-ins of VideoCoPilot.net. And like any amateur [and professional ] video editor/ media specialist, I wished to be the richest person in the world in able to buy any of those packages.

I do have some of their products like VidoeCoPilot’s infamous “Evolution”, “Riot Gear”, “Action Essentials”, Twitch and Grudges, Digital Juice’s Motion Designers Toolkit, someof their jumpbacks and Proscores. I know that this entry begins to look nerdy but my love in visual effects won’t stop me to celebrate such things and eavesdrop on those feature that I can’t have.

Each Effects feature costs a huge amount of dollars, HUGE amount of dollars. I only satisfy myself by looking some sample on youtube or watching the preview over and over again. And then last week, VideoCoPilot added something to my agony, it’s the OPTICAL FLARES. If you know len’s flare or Knoll lights, this product is for you, for those fanatics of sparkly metalsworks in video or gleaming effects. this is for you.

Optical Flares took the knoll lights and lensflare effects to the higher level, adding qualities of natural light and having the quality that doesn’t looks like computer generated overmanipulated.

As I watch the product demo reel, I got amazed on how Optical flares turns ordinary shot into a high-end eye candy imaginable. Lights and flares doesn’t look like fake and it’s very good to use whenever your aim is to produce natural looking yet flamboyant eye-candy flares or just to play with your viewer’s eyes :D.

According to VideoCoPilot.net, here are some features of the OPTICAL FLARE

Video Copilot presents the all new 3D lens flare studio: Optical Flares!

Key Features include:

  • 3D Position & Light Tracking
  • Real Texture Mapping
  • Includes 60 Presets (Pro Preset Pack Available)
  • Realistic On-Lens Simulations
  • Automatic Luminance Tracking
  • Dynamic Triggering (Animation without Keyframes!)
  • Creative Tutorials
  • and much more!
  • Optical Flares Uses:
    • Add final touches to Motion Graphics
    • Simulate Concert or Stadium Lighting
    • Fake Volumetric Lighting
    • Help Blend 3D Animations
    • Build a virtual Light Array for Music Videos
    • Add Realism to your Virtual Sets
    • Add Flares to Live Action Footage
    • Simulate Visible Atmosphere with Lighting
    • Simulate Bright Lights in your scene
    • Draw focus to a product or graphic
    • Accentuate Highlights or contours
  • 3D LENS FLARES
    Optical Flares will automatically calculate size and intensity based on your 3D Lights.
    • Generate lens flares from AE 3D lights
    • Works with lights exported from your 3D applications
    • Create multiple flares with 1 instance of Optical Flares
    • Choose to render Flares for specific lights only
  • REAL TEXTURES
    Add realism with lens artifacts from actual photographic elements to create the most genuine lens flares ever seen!
    • Over 25 built-in textures to choose from
    • Use custom layers from your project in a flare
    • Auto-rotate textures towards light for realistic movement
    • Custom layers can be still or animated

The very day I discovered the package, it made me dreamy, daydreaming having this effect in my video effects arsenal but the the info following the feature’s description burst my bubble.

Select your package:

OPTICAL FLARES PLUG-IN: only $124.95
Includes the Optical Flares Plug-in, 60 Presets and 5 Video Tutorials.

OPTICAL FLARES BUNDLE: only $139.95 (save $10)
Includes all the above, plus the Pro Preset Pack with 50 high-end flare presets.

The Pro Presets are available separately for $25.

Add More Flare!

The Pro Presets is a collection of 50 detailed high-end flares set up with shimmer animation, edge flare-ups and more.

This collection offers greater versatility to the 60 built-in presets as well as providing creative ideas and usage of elements

Also, each object can be saved and combined with your other lens flare presets.

Only $25.00 Save $10 with Optical Flares Bundle. Damn. :P

Haist. I just included it in my post-Christmas-wish list. Hope some video editing fairy or genie will grant my wish. Haist…OMG,. is this real? I think frustration is eating me alive. hahaha, because of it, I kept on grunting?  can’t believe it LOL, anyway, sooner or later, I’ll have a copy of this package :D [hmmm...you're asking me how? hmmm...secret..Hint: starts with letter B and ends with letter T :D---hahaha]