Home

Christmas day has come and gone, Shrek 3(!) is on the telly (this version has a particularly irritating script), and I realise there is no post ready for December. So instead of a lengthy bit of writing or observation I thought I’d post a video of me creeping up on my Welsh Terrier Dog. Now he was pretty nonplussed with the whole 30 seconds, or however long the video took to record. Typical of the breed – playing it cool as always and pretending to be not the least bit interested in iPhone plus owner hovering low over the bed to greet him. I’ve added a few minor 7th-y chords on the acoustic for some light-hearted drama. Whether that has been accomplished is up to you…

Happy New Year Y’all!

This is the ident I made for the just-released ‘Wootton Bassett Rocks! Wake Me Up When September Ends’ video, now showing on You Tube: http://youtu.be/NCvQa3cX0Cc

It was designed to go with the logo graphics designed by Lime Park Studios and animated by Rendermedia. The sound is a composite created by playing both the start riff notes and the solo notes at the same time, taken from the ‘Wake Me Up when September Ends” song. The guitar riff was played on my trusty Epiphone ’56 Gold Top with Fender Brownface amp setup, and was overdubbed 4 times and processed with a stereo flanger, multi-tap reverse roll delay, along with a medium reverb. Guitars are accompanied by some sizzling and plane sound effects.

The official music video can be downloaded on iTunes: http://bit.ly/vhnwdO.

Copyright © 2011 Hudd Sounds.

BREAKING NEWS!

An automatic sound design system was announced this morning, and is set to revolutionise the way sound is created for films and television soundtracks.

Called Autosounder, the system works using a special camera that analyses the moving footage from a film or TV sequence. The advanced processing system then determines what sound effects are required in the production. It then generates the appropriate sounds from the extensive library of over one billion sound effects. The system uses a special high resolution camera that is evenable to detect the motion of a pin drop on screen and then add the appropriate sound in automatically. All in real time!

For example the all important sound of footsteps can be easily created as the system can detect not only what footwear the actor is using, but also on what surface the actor is walking, and their relative distance from the camera.

Clothes sounds too are created with precision accuracy by analysing the movement of, and type of clothes the actor is wearing.

Atmospheres can also be generated accurately and creatively as the system is able to compare a particular scene with it’s library of over 1 million different scene scenarios and then select the most appropriate atmospheres, all delivered in a choice of either 5.1 or 7.1 formats, ready to lay up to your project.

In fact with the optional extra, Autolayer, the system will work with a digital audio workstation (DAW) of your choice to laying up all the sounds automatically to your timeline, perfectly synced and well organised, ready for mixing.

The second optional extra, Automixer is able to take the files generated by Autosounder and laid up by Autolayer, and provide a perfect theatrical, DVD, TV or mobile sound mix.

Finally Autodel ensures those all important deliverables such as 7.1, 5.1, LCRS, stereo, optical, magnetic, beta*, M+E, two-plus-four, four-be-two, mono, etc., are all handled automatically.

The system has been received very warmly by the Film Producers Club. One excited producer commented, ‘The sound post can be effectively completed in one day, so we can spend the rest of the week selling the film!’

However the sound unions have reacted in a somewhat more sombre manner. One official commented, ‘Sound constitutes more than fifty percent of a film presentation and is the real emotion behind the pictures. Where, might I ask you is the emotion in Autosounder?’

The Autosounder system is shipping it’s first units in May to an undisclosed location. Company representatives were a little cagy as to who the new clients were, and were unwilling to provide any pictures to go with this article.

*Requires Betatrans add-on for effective operation.

END OF ARTICLE.

Last week I provided camera and filming services (representing Dreambase Studios) for a Liverpool based film maker, who is developing a documentary about the Wootton Bassett Repatriations. Using a two-camera shoot we obtained footage from the event and conducted interviews with members of the public, many of whom attend the repatriation services on a regular basis.

The event was extremely moving at times (even though as a local resident I’d attended repatriations before) and getting the balance of obtaining film footage and paying the utmost respect to the five repatriated soldiers and their families was a very difficult challenge. When the cortege came through I felt that I should at that moment leave the camera alone and pay full respects to the service. The place fell silent at the tolling of the bell at St. Bartholomews church.  I set the shot and pressed record and left the camera to do it’s thing.  All around me all I could hear were the sound of camera shutters from the amassed journalists, augmented by the cry of two white doves flying off in the direction of the Town Hall and church. A further sound then became apparent: that of the mourners, upset and grieving as the hearse vehicles drove through past the war memorial. This is always the difficult part and I defy anyone present not to be moved by this outpouring of grief.

The idea behind the documentary film is to show what it’s like to really be there – something that’s not often portrayed on the news reports. I took along the trusted EX1 camera, shooting in 1080i. The day was a little overcast so the clips do a look a little dull but it did match the sombre mood of the occasion. Afterwards I uploaded the clips (over one hours worth) to the clients hard drive to take away.

Web video article

March 8, 2010

I recently wrote a brief article dealing with web videos for SMEs and online advertising plus a very brief history of the web so far.  It’s aim was to put into some context the enormous rise of the web and the potential to business of video advertising on the web whilst maintaining high quality and engaging content in order stand out from the crowd.  The article was published on the Entrepreneurs Club Website but the extract marketing sheet is included here also.

Click on the image to enlarge