[sf-lug] stop-action video animation editing on GNU-Linux at the Creative Arts Charter School!
michaelshiloh1010 at gmail.com
Sun Mar 7 23:34:21 PST 2010
This is wonderful news. Congratulations!
Christian Einfeldt wrote:
> Thanks to the work of Grant Bowman, Aaron Cohen, James Howard, and
> others, the 7th and 8th grade students at the Creative Arts Charter
> School will begin editing stop-animation video with KDEnlive this week
> in Maria Jenerik's social studies class! It is really awesome to see
> what the students are doing. They are painstakingly drawing cartoons,
> taking a single shot, redrawing, taking a single shot, etc until they
> have 500 individual shots. Some students are working with clay and
> doing the same thing. Some students are using video to do the same thing.
> In any case, they are then going to load the video onto Jaunty Ubuntu
> machines and editing the action with KDEnlive. They will be able to
> lengthen and shorten individual scenes; add music; add voice-over
> narration; add title clips; and add special effects and transitions, all
> with Free Open Source Software on re-purposed legacy PCs with 1 GB of
> RAM. Many of you on this list have helped to triage and build these
> machines, and so a great deal of thanks is due also to each of you for
> making this effort possible.
> I recall in 2003 when I first wanted to start shooting the Digital
> Tipping Point movie, thinking that in order to make FOSS and GNU-Linux
> attractive to the mainstream, we need to be able to do sophisticated
> things with video, music, and photos. If we want to avoid being boxed
> into a fringe movement on the desktop, we really need to reach out to
> people and help them do stuf that has emotional impact like video and
> music. As Shuttleworth says, we need to make Linux beautiful. We need
> to make it relevant to the lives of end users, people who understand the
> benefits, but not necessarily the features or freedoms of Free Software.
> It was a lot of hard work to get all of these videos put together today
> out of the various components that we had here. Grant Bowman can add
> the details if he feels like it. Mostly, the problem was due to the
> fact that we had some odd-ball video cards on some of these machines,
> and a real mish-mash of RAM as well. Getting up to 1 GB on all 5 of the
> machines that Grant put together today was not easy, given the
> components that we had available to us. Also, it was a really long day,
> and we did not break for food all day long, and ate only snacks.
> We are also lucky that we are working with a highly dedicated teacher,
> Maria Jenerik, who has the grit and determination to pull together
> donated SLR cameras, video cameras, tripods, and work all of this
> equipment into a very complicated curriculum for 40 wiggly 7th and 8th
> graders, and all of it during the worst economic crisis in 70 years, in
> the face of mind-numbing budget cuts. If you don't think that teachers
> are dedicated to their job, you have not met Maria Jenerik. She is a
> miracle worker.
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