Adobe After Effects Earth Zoom from Dun Laoghaire Marina

Decided to do another one of those tutorials from VideoCopilot. This time I attempted the earth zoom. I took some snapshots of Google Earth at various altitudes and in the tutorial you are shown how to put these all together and create the effect.  The zoom starts at Dun Laoghaire Marina and pulls out to space. Enjoy!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwEwCJSL1pY

Here’s the Marina on Google Maps


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Adobe After Effects Particle Explosion Title HD

Decided to spend a few hours this evening mucking about with Adobe After Effects. I headed over to VideoCopilot.net and came across this title tutorial. He’s got some really nice tutorials up there and he talks you through every step. Just make sure you have the pause button ready and alt+tab back and forth from your browser of choice to After Effects!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHNcZdeHyxU

White Water Rafting in Rotorua, New Zealand

I put together a little video slideshow from the photos we got when we went rafting in Rotorua, New Zealand. I saved it in HD so you should check out the full quality version!

The whole thing lasted about 30 minutes and it was so much fun! The guys who ran it were great craic too…. utter lunatics!

httpvh://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMgCBtLXlwY

My New Percussion Instrument – Cajon

I bought a Cajon box drum a few weeks ago from www.thomann.de, I’m really enjoying it!Its a pretty simple design; a hollow box with a hole on the reverse side, and behind inside the front panel, there’s a series of thin guitar like strings to give it a nice snare rattle.

As you play you notice the different tones you can get out of it. The top edge sounds like a snare and closer to the middle, a bass drum. You can fill in the rest with delicate ghost notes, these can be your hi-hats. You can also change the pitch of the drum by running your foot up the front panel as you play, do this with a nice fill pattern and these could be your toms.

So there you have it, kick, snare, hi-hats and toms in one box!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9l4Pu8SdGE

Dun Laoghaire Band Stand – 3D

Old Dun Laoghaire Bandstand
Old Dun Laoghaire Bandstand

I made this back in 2004 for an old college project. Its a model of what the old Band Stand in Dun Laoghaire used to look like. It has recently been knocked down and rebuilt.

I’m by no means a 3D artist or anything. We had a module in 2nd year and we did some 3D Studio Max work for a few months.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ibUxDnCedc