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      Animated Tutorials (NEW THREAD)

      INTRODUCTION:
      Quote Originally Posted by Aquanina
      So I think it would be extremely helpful (and entertaining) to have a few of our tutorials animated. Like...flash walk through animations that would allow someone to get a feel for what it might be like to experience some aspect of LDing. Some people, like me...are visual learners and would greatly benefit from this.
      I agree with Aquanina, but unfortunately the thread in which this was posted was several years old, and as such it was closed down. So that's why I'm making this thread.

      The benefit of animated tutorials seems immediately obvious to me. I don't know how many people I've led to dreamviews.com only to hear them say "I checked it out, but I didn't want to spend that long reading tutorials." Funny thing is, they usually tell me about all the youtube videos they watched that day...so maybe the problem isn't the tutorials themselves, just the way they are delivered. Newcomers who don't yet have an appreciation for lucid dreaming would probably be far more willing to watch an animated tutorial than read a bunch of long posts.


      THE PROJECT:
      So I would like to revive the project of animating the tutorials...and actually get something done. I have written a screenplay for the Dream Signs Animated Tutorial to get us started:

      Spoiler for script:


      I don't have time to fully animate the whole thing today, but I plan on getting a sort of storyboard version up before the day is over, and then we can work from there.


      TOOLS: One of the most frequently mentioned/asked about things in the other thread was what tool should be used. Of course if you are lucky enough to have the professional tools like Flash or After Effects, those will do just fine, but there are other, free alternatives that can do plenty good enough with a little effort.

      Synfig - An open source cartoon animation tool with Windows, Mac, and Linux binaries. A good example of Synfig animation can be seen here.

      Pencil - Also open source, with binaries for Windows, Mac, and Linux. It is different than Synfig in that it is a more 'traditional' animation program.

      Feel free to mention/use your own software as well, these are just two to get everyone started.

      So lets get animating!

      EDIT: Storyboard video for above screenplay
      Last edited by LiveInTheDream; 04-08-2010 at 02:17 AM.


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      Hey, I'm willing to help
      I know how boring it was to read through the tutorials the first time so I'm glad to help... if it's ok.

      Also, how about just pictures with a narration to them, mainly because I am on Dial-up and it takes for ever to download anything.

      My idea is that we have one picture about the subject with the narration about the picture and how it can help?

      For eg.

      Then the narration something like: "In dreams electronic devices may not work properly, your watch may have a weird and unbelievable time"
      Picture change to a picture with a lamp in the corner but the lights coming from the other corner
      "Light may be coming from a different spot than the light source itself"
      and it continues like that, also pictures would be of much greater detail.

      Anyway it's your idea so it's up to you I am about to Try download Synfig before my brother wants to go on and cancel it. I'm willing to help as much as I can
      Last edited by Dylan xD; 04-09-2010 at 06:42 AM.
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      Well, if we do pictures with text, you can use the above storyboard video to see how fast it will load on your connection (since that's pretty much what the finished thing would be like). Without being able to create SWF files with Adobe Flash, we'll have to stick with videos, and at that point, it doesn't matter if its just pictures with text or a fully animated, fully voice-acted animated sequence; it will load at roughly the same speed on your connection either way. Sorry

      You can definitely still help out, though! Once you've figured out Synfig a little bit, feel free to take a shot at any part of the screenplay that is [background="green"]highlighted green[/background]. [background="Red"]Red highlights[/background] are what I will use to indicate something that's already being taken care of or is already finished.

      Thanks!

      EDIT: I can't edit the OP any more, so no highlights there after all . I guess I'll just repost the screenplay with new highlights each time someone claims a part of the animation. The reason why some parts of the wizard's spots in the screenplay are red and green is because I'm getting the animation done, but there's no voice actor yet.

      Spoiler for Screenplay - Version 2:
      Last edited by LiveInTheDream; 04-09-2010 at 03:58 PM.


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      I'm so sorry, I can't help for about 2-3 weeks. This morning went to turn on the computer... nothing happens Were sending it back to Compaq but that will take a fair bit. Right now I'm on a crap laptop from the 90's -.- So I'm sorry, but when we get the tower back and working I will still be willing to help (If it's not finished by then)

      Once again sorry

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      That's quite alright; just as long as we don't do another 2 year bump I don't think this thread will suffer the same fate as the last one for animated tutorials.

      I'll try to work on/finish up all the wizard sequences during your PC's absence and post my progress if I remember to.

      I got a laptop from the 90's myself, and there's no way I could do animating on that thing, it's so dang slow ...so I feel your pain


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      Quote Originally Posted by Dylan xD View Post
      I'm so sorry, I can't help for about 2-3 weeks. This morning went to turn on the computer... nothing happens
      I hope you remembered to do a reality test

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      Well, I am in no way tech savvy or anything like that, so I'm just gonna sit on this thread and see what happens . I think it's a very good idea! For me, I didn't really read much of the tutorials...a few, but I tended to gain most of my lucid knowledge through experience, and articles which I find more interesting.
      If you see a strange typo in my post, blame my iPad for that.

      Short story series about LD'ing:
      http://www.dreamviews.com/artists-corner/140705-short-story-series-community-involvement-needed.html#post1990516

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      Alright, well, just thought I'd update everyone on the progress...which isn't much.

      I've got a full-color wizard made in After Effects and it's jointed so that I can animate it easily, but so far I haven't really done much animating. I blame allergies for messing me up


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      This is A great Idea, and sounds like it could benfit many newcomers. Keep up the good work!
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      I like this idea.. Too bad I can't do any animations on an iPad

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      This idea is awesome... thanks for the links, I just downloaded Synfig... though it will probably take me awhile to walk myself through it and get a good grip on it

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      Wow, way to necro-post, guys

      But I'm glad there are still people excited about the idea of animated tutorials. I never did get around to fleshing out the storyboard of the first one I made, and right now I've got two rather big video projects going on, so I can't really take on a third, but if other people still want to team up and make the animated tutorials I'm sure a lot of people would really appreciate it

      And I'll try to be here to help out along the way, too, of course. Right now I just can't do entire videos on my own


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      Wow way to necropost- oh.

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      Quote Originally Posted by amberlewis View Post
      Wao this is good thing to do.I appreciate your initial step.Keep it up.
      Wow, way to Necro post.

      I would, however, be very excited for something like this to happen. I think that it would be great if we could get this project up and running again.
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