October 30, 2013
HD DREAMS is here!
This is my latest labor of love, a look at the Southland through the lens of my new HD camera, edited on my professional editing rig, and available for all to enjoy! (For some reason I can't get the actual video embedded here on Xanga. Drat. But the following link takes you to YouTube!
Back in 2006 I found a use for dozens of unattached shots from miles and miles of DV footage. I made a pastiche internet movie called "Arbitrimage Dreams". part of my "Dreams" series of art videos. The title was compressed from the words "Arbitrary Images." The purpose of these vids was to present interesting imagery, matched through editing and music, to make an overall impression. Either spiritual or intellectual, I sometimes didn't "get" my own projects until after spending hours editing the "footage".
HD Dreams, my very first overall 1080p full HD MikeVideo Production, is sort of like "Arbitrimage Dreams". Not only do I use a series of seemingly arbitrary places and images (although the overall video is sort of a valentine to my "hood", the whole of Southern California, for the most part.)
I've made the comparison in writing quite a few times over the past decade or so that for me, creating one of my little "Internet Movies" is the closest thing I, a single man who's never sired children, been a woman, nor married another person, can get to the experience of giving birth.
My artworks, whether a drawing, a computer generated composite image, a stunning photograph, or an "Internet Movie", are my children. I've got hundreds, thousands, perhaps millions of artistic endeavors, virtual "children", which, thanks to advances in digital imaging technology and the emergence of the internet and social networking platforms, are easily viewable and available, and which, when complimented on their art or entertainment value, give this single old bald guy a almost motherly aura, and help me to immerse myself in the process of creation.
I feel creation is the most important thing mankind can energize, behold, and pass on into the future.
I realized I was a wee bit behind the times when I upgraded to Sony Movie Studio HD Platinum, and could create full blown 1080p HD movies, but the images from the antiquated DV tape camera I was using weren't even recorded in HD, but merely 480i, so the images were SD! I put off videomaking for a while until I could upgrade to a powerhouse modern camera. Plans were also made to upgrade to the professional Vegas Pro 12. In late September, Sony offered Pro 12 (Studio) for half price ($250.00). The LCD screen on my old DV videocamera whited out at about the same time. I decided to upgrade to the pro video editing program, and get a top of the line HD videocamera online. The prosumer Panasonic camera, coupled with the editing program, has afforded me the chance to create in sharp, bright full 1080p HD for the first time.
The video lasts a bit over 13 minutes, and is actually about half a dozen "segments" which I edited separately, then coupled together. The images shown in this post are actual screenshots from the 1080p YouTube version of the video. When watching the vid on YouTube, if your computer and monitor can support full HD 1080p without problems, go to the little gear icon on the lower right corner of the video display screen, and click "1080p" at the top of the scrollbar for the best presentation. It looks real good in full screen!
It took me about a month to shoot, assemble, and edit the new video, and I'm proud of my efforts. I hope you like it too.
Michael F. Nyiri, poet, philosopher, fool
(MikeVideo for over 25 years!)
Now Showing! CLICK HERE: http://youtu.be/-YUw1lX3qPI