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Wednesday
Mar202013

The New Video Intro - why, what and how.

I know that some people dislike the idea of intros on videos - but I think they can be useful. Beyond the obvious branding function, they give the viewer time to adjust the volume, set the resolution and make the video full-screen. The best intros are also entertaining - like the Luxo Jr animation at the start of the Pixar Movies

My new intro is 12 seconds long and utilises a mechanically created persistence-of-vision effect. I've had this idea in my head for a few months now. To achieve it, I purchased an old mid 1970s reel to reel tape player off ebay (a Philips N4414 which I'll continue to use after this video). The message is displayed using a bike wheel led message display (also bought from ebay - which worked just long enough to make this). My computer no longer recognises the USB component - so no new messages for me.

Because the low-light conditions played havoc with the focus on my Sony HX-100V I ended up shooting this with the Sony HDR-AS15 action camera due to it's fixed focus and excellent low light capabilities. I used it in the AKA-LU1 case so I could use it's tripod mount as well as the LCD screen to accurately frame the shot.

The sound was created by layering tracks up in Garageband on my Macbook until it sounded right to me - I'm not a musician but I wanted a swell and then a tail-off with a bed to talk over.

The overall feeling I am attempting to convey is about having fun with gadgets to achieve interesting and entertaining results. 

If  you are old enough to remember late 70s or early 80s UK children's TV - I was very influenced by contraptions created by Wilf Lunn's appearances on 'Vision On' or the contestants on 'The Great Egg Race'. 

I may have more to come regarding reel to reel recorders because I've become obsessed with them for some bizarre reason.

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Reader Comments (6)

wow, the great egg race, i remember that. I liked the contraptions, but i bet if i found an episode on the internet i would be disappointed.

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdave w

Season 1- White Lettering on Black Background.

Season 2- Moving Blue Pixelized Letters on Textured Blue Background.

Season 3- Repurposed Real-to-Real Tape Recorder with LED display.

Season 4- ?

Season 5- ?

Part of the fun of film making is trying to make up images that no one has seen before.

Good job!!

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCapt Nemo

Capt Nemo - I'm not sure where I'll go from here - but I think that this intro will run for quite a while (perhaps with the odd tweak).

March 21, 2013 | Registered CommenterTechmoan

Sorry you lost me Matt, we were Mostly watching Rubarb and Custard at the time :@)

March 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaul

Really cool new intro. But rather than the great egg race, I was thinking more along the lines of chockablock: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sPHoDI315mA

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJonny

Love the videos - especially the retro-hifi ones - keep 'em coming.

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