Tablet Apps for the King’s Centre For Visualization in Science

For the past two years, I’ve been working at the King’s Centre For Visualization in Science producing educational applets in Adobe Flash. This past summer my task was to begin transferring these applets from online, Flash form, to apps made for Apple’s iOS and Google Android, as well as producing new apps specifically for the platform. The apps we have available for both platforms are available in the Google Play Store and on iTunes

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EXTREMELY Home For the Holidays Cooking

This semester I’m in a film production course at my university, with two film projects to be made in the course. For my first project, I made a short, 5-minute long cooking show with my roommate that features a character that you may recognize from Hotel Calefornia, as well as a recipe for delicious waffles. This was shot on a combination of my roommate’s Canon T3i and my Panasonic GH2 in my dorm room kitchen. Watch it on YouTube after the jump.

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Airport Anarchy

The Drama Club at the King’s University College (No Fools For King’s) has a single night, live improvised dramatic performance at the end of each year. The one at the end of the 2011/2012 academic year was called Airport Anarchy, the story of several travelers stuck in the Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario due to a pilot’s strike (conveniently, Air Canada workers went on strike the day of our performance). The video is embedded on Youtube after the jump.

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For The Benefit of Mayor John Dough

For all of Fall Semester 2011, I was in two improv courses at university. One of those was Drama 249: Introduction to Dramatic Process (the other was Drama 399, where we made Hotel Calefornia). This course’s final performance was a 3 episode long live, improvised soap opera and murder mystery – we created our characters beforehand, then went up on stage and played out the story without a script, or necessarily an idea of where things were going. I recorded all of these episodes and cut them together, and now they’re available in HD on youtube – you can watch them embedded after the jump. I apologize in advance for the audio – unfortunately, all I had to use was the on-camera mic. I’ve cleaned it up as much as I can.

 

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Panasonic GH2 Test Footage

I recently purchased a Panasonic DMX- GH2 DSLR not for photos, but for shooting video. The great thing about the GH2 is the easily modifiable firmware – while the camera’s stock 24Mbps video is nice, using a good patch (as OSG films describes) really makes this camera shine. Right now I’m running with a 100Mbps patch, aiming for a good balance of recording quality and recording time. Right now at 24p I get about an hour and a half on a 64GB card (a nice, fast SanDisk class 10 like OSG recommends), which is OK for most of my purposes, though for long shoots I may have to drop the bitrate down to 50Mbps (which my patch also supports).

Incidentally, if you’re using a camera like this that records to SD cards at very high bitrates, I’d highly recommend getting a card reader for your computer. I picked up a little Kingston USB3 one, and it can max out the transfer speed of my SDXC card (45MB/s or so), where using the camera’s own USB connection only gets me about 7.5MB/s.  It’ll make your footage-pulling experience a lot less tedious.

After the jump is some of the video I’ve already taken with it, via Vimeo and Youtube (I am experimenting to see which is better for me).

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Developing With Adobe Flash Professional and an Asus Transformer Prime (Or other new tablets)

Sometimes, the software you’re trying to use for a project doesn’t quite work with the hardware you have, which is the problem I’ve been having at work recently. I’ve been porting digital learning objects developed in Adobe Flash over to AIR for Android, so that users can use them on tablet devices without an internet connection. To do this, I’ve been using Flash Professional CS5.5, and now CS6, along with an ASUS Transformer Prime (TF201). This is a bit problematic, due to a bug in both CS5.5 and CS6 – when trying to debug on or deploy to the Transformer, Flash can’t see the tablet. It took a bit of work, but I figured out how to fix the issue.

 

So first off, I had to figure out what caused the issue. Looking into the Adobe AIR SDK folder, I noticed that it had a copy of the ADB utility from the Android SDK, which is used to interact with Android devices in development mode via the terminal. This was clearly how Flash was detecting Android devices, and installing debug or release versions on the device, and it just wasn’t seeing the Transformer, where the ADB from the Android SDK was. That’s when I got the idea for the fix.

 

All of this is done on Windows, but it could be adapted to OSX pretty easily – I just don’t have an OSX install available to get the paths from.

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Hotel Calefornia

For all of Fall Semester 2011, I was in two improv courses at university. One of those was Drama 399: Special Projects in improv. This course’s big project was a 6 episode long live, improvised soap opera – we created our characters beforehand, then went up on stage and played out the story without a script, or necessarily an idea of where things were going. I recorded all of these episodes and cut them together, and now they’re available in HD on youtube – you can watch them embedded after the jump. Read More »

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City in Chalk Pastels (Concept Art for a Project)

City in Chalk Pastels

I’ve been working on the concept art for an animation project lately, and decided to do some traditional work, in addition to digital assets. This particular piece was done with chalk pastels on pastel paper, finished with fixative.

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