Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Latest Halloween project: an undead bride resting quietly for eternity in her coffin. Suddenly she sits up and practically throws you the bouquet. Fun, eh? I made the coffin from fence boards. The bride's head is a prop readily available on the web and the wedding dress was a 5 dollar garage sale find. The pop up mechanism was made from PVC pipe. A pneumatic cylinder drives the prop.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Saturday, July 03, 2010
These are my weapons of choice for this job. A soldering iron and an unsoldering iron. It has another name, but who cares? It comes in handy.
Solders are looking pretty good. I have my good days and bad days, soldering-wise. Otherwise, everyday is a good day.
This is about halfway through. Notice the two puck-shaped potentiometers that look exactly the same? They are not the same and you have only one clue to tell them apart. Good luck!
Here it is completed and connected to the small offset motor from a kid's toy. The interval timer serves to turn the motor on and off at set intervals. I know better than to define a term by using that term but, hey, it's the Internet where people are always "loosing there minds", so I feel entitled.
Thursday, July 01, 2010
Family Fun with Flip
and Audacity and Movie Maker. Well, not so much Movie Maker. I thought it was slow and rigid and not nearly as user friendly as the Sony software I used to use. But that was a few years and several iterations of Windows ago and we are now on a bit of an austerity program and I can't just go out and buy software on a whim.
This whim was two years in the making. I wrote the script two years ago. Last year, we tried to film it but the kids and I just got frustrated with each other. Apparently it is easy to be James Cameron nasty when your project is in the hands of uncooperative actors, even if they are your own children. On several occasions I was heard proclaiming, "I'll never work with you two again!"
"They're only children! You're a tyrant!" my husband shot back.
"It's MY movie they're destroying!"
The movie project was put on indefinite hiatus.
Finally, this year we hit upon a winning formula. We recorded the script on the computer separately and then just filmed the scenes afterward. I cut and pasted everything in a purposely sloppy way to give me some leeway for syncing up the audio and visuals. Since I wanted to mute the video's onboard audio track and add my own audio and soundtrack, I used Audacity. Audacity is freeware that makes you wonder why it's free. It's like magic. It is as flexible as Movie Maker is rigid.
The extra long opening is my indulgence. I deserve it for what I've been put through over this project. James Cameron would understand.