There are so many blogs and websites sharing pet expert information and recommendations that I feel it's not worth my time to add my point of view, which would essentially amount to, "Yes, I agree. This is a good idea." I don't want to retread what's already out there, especially if it really serves its purpose. I'm happy to share any videos, blogs, or articles I believe my clients or my audience would enjoy or benefit from seeing, but I feel my Furry blog and my other media outlets should focus on something more entertaining and creative - stuff I would like to see. And to that end, I'm set on exploring and expanding Over and Out Petsitting on Youtube, Facebook and Google Plus with animation. I would love to animate my dog and cat photos so they talk and move. It's silly and I wouldn't mind spending hours doing that, which says a lot about me. LOL. This direction will set my brand apart from other pet websites and not for nothing, adding animation to my skills would be a lovely little feather in my proverbial cap.
Last week I created a new Over and Out Petsitting video with original music in Garageband and iMovie. It's been a little bit of a journey. It took a little while to get used to all that Garageband and iMovie do. I had to watch a lot of tutorials and search the web for some answers, but the video came out pretty good. If I had to do it over, I would let the phone number stay up longer. I don't really expect to get clients from this video, but I wanted the experience of putting the video together with original music I created in Garageband. Okay, it wasn't completely original. Garageband comes with a wonderful set of music tracks. I used three background tracks and then I recorded my voice, using different channels and effects. The WOOF WOOF in the music is actually me saying, "WOOF WOOF" into my hands and then lowering the pitch. I think the overall effect is entertaining and I enjoyed the experience. I recommend playing around with Garageband. It's free and fun and you might discover some hidden music talents you didn't know you had.
The slideshow below I already posted, but it's cute and it features many of my cute fuzzy clients, posing like the little stars they are. That's reason enough to repost it. ; D The music was free in YouTube's Creator Studio. Any Youtube account can have a Creator Studio. Just click on the UPLOAD button in the upper right of the screen and YouTube will introduce you to a simple, but powerful editing, titling, music-adding program, which when all is said and done can be monetized (add ads, if you make your videos public). Even if you don't plan on uploading public videos, it's worth poking around Creator Studio, which can also be found if you click your account ID on the upper right of the screen. CS is actually easy to learn. My slideshow was created just clicking on YouTube's slideshow button, selecting my photos I wanted to include, and uploading. I picked out music that I thought fit best, adjusted timing, and then uploaded the entire thing to the public. Yes, there's a lot of trial and error here, including one day's work that just didn't upload properly. Oh well. But I conquered in the end. Huzzah! Oh. Please notice the little doggy in the lower right of the video. If you click on it, it takes you to my Over and Out Petsitting YouTube channel. That's "Branding" and it can be added inside Creator Studio's Channel, which can be found on the left side of the screen. It couldn't be simpler. I just added a picture to the Branding section and Youtube did the rest. You can also add "Annotations" or I-Cards, both of which are different ways of adding text or links on screen while the video plays. You will see those in the video. All are pretty nifty and fairly easy to implement.
And what was I saying about 2D photos into 3D animation?
I've been looking at animation programs for a week or two. I've seen other videos that do it and frankly I always enjoy those videos. I guess that's the kid in me. I bought the CrazyTalk Animator 2 over the free online Animator, which is still an amazing animation program, but it didn't do what I wanted. I want to make my pet photos talk, remember? CrazyTalk does an impressive job of making a 2D photo talk by syncing it to audio you record in the program, but it's also a powerful 3D animation program that comes with libraries of objects and scenes. I was hoping to take a CrazyTalk Animator 2 seminar today, but it was moved to next week. I'm excited to get into the program. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube that I'll be watching.
Hmm. What should my pet photos should say or sing? Maybe I'll post a photo one week, gather dialog suggestions from viewers, and then post the animation the next week? Suggestions welcomed.
Stay tuned. Woof! Woof!