Hunna Acre Woods

All was good in the Hunna Acre Woods, Pooh was selling his honey on the black market, Roo just got his first girlfriend, Rabbit’s modeling career had reached new heights and he was the new spokesperson for Guy Gardner’s, Owl had became a successful pilot in the Air Force, Piglet overcame his fear of loud noises and opened up a bumping nightclub in New York City, and Tigger’s rap career had taken off. He had just released his first EP and the whole crew was getting together for the preview party. However, Eeyore was down in the dumps. While all of his friend’s lives were just beginning, he still didn’t know what he wanted to do. He had become very discouraged and even more depressed than his usual self. He hardly smiled, even his Snapchat stories revolved around sad selfies of himself.

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Later on at the EP preview party. They heard one of Tigger’s new songs. However, because Roo and his girlfriend were there they had to censor the song.

While at the party Eeyore realized how nothing has changed in his life. He still lost his tail and his house of sticks still fell while he was sleeping. He needed a change. He needed to find what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. He talked to Pooh who may have been under the influence of substances, but he explained to Eeyore about The Land of Milk and Honey. Pooh had always wanted to journey here, but his business was booming and he didn’t have time to leave. Eeyore decided that a journey is just what he needed. So he set off on his adventure, hoping to discover his true calling in life.

He traveled through forest and up mountains and finally arrived at The Land of Milk and Honey.

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He watched as the bees cultivated honey and the cows produced milk. However, Eeyore was too big to get into the hive and couldn’t produce milk. The Land of Milk and Honey was not the place for him, it was the place for a bear like Pooh. As he was leaving The Land of Milk and Honey he saw an ad on one of the honey bottles and finally decided what he would do for the rest of his life…………..

At that very moment Mrs. Robin decided Christopher Robin needed to grow up, get a job, and move out of her home. She knew that the only way to make him grow up and leave his childhood behind was to burn the book that encompassed his childhood, enlarged his imagination, and kept him from growing up.

x Kelsey

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What is Remix?

Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could ba a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record (we do not need to hear them again).Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.

I began by watching RiP: A Remix Manifesto and I was really confused at first I thought I was watching Project X. But then they started talking about Girl Talk. A band that remixes music, then they narrator started talking about copyrights and the legality of it. I though the concept of ideas being property was really interesting. Personally I think that ideas should be shared and manipulated in order to create new ideas. I understand copyrighting product ideas in order to make a profit, but ideas of the internet are different. The video focused on music. Asking the question who would have a problem with two videos being put together. When we started thinging about music I think of the Taylor Swift and Spotify debacle. At first I didn’t agree with Taylor Swift but once I heard her side, I thought she was correct in her argument. Swift argues against Spotify allowing listeners so listen to music for free while paying artist minimum by saying,

In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

This is somewhat different then the argument in the video, but still somewhat relevant. The concepts being brought up include; is creativity being limited?, artist build on past work, singing Happy Birthday is a copyright infringement, copyright was designed to encourage people to create, downloading music from the internet and the copyright infringement problem. I learned about copyright through this video, but I somehow don’t understand how it’s so terrible and worth suing and criminalizing. I liked the comparison of citing an authors work to using video. You can take a passage from an author and cite it and that’s okay, so why can’t you do that with video?

Everything is a Remix Part 1

  • Remix: To combine or edit existing materials to make something new
  • Covers and knockoffs are legal remixing
  • Covers: Performances of other people’s material
  • Knockoffs: Copies that stay within legal boundaries

Part 3

  • Xerox: Modern computer in 70’s- Alto and Star
  • Apple: Lisa and Machintosh
  • Mac copied Xerox but made it a household appliance
    • Combinations

Buffy vs Edward: Twighligh remixes

  • Using scene from both
  • Alternating
  • Making them work coarsely
  • Remix
  • Color difference- creator said intentionally left

I was still confused about the difference between the two so I googled Remix vs. Mashup. I ended up finding a really helpful page where the question was tweeted out and responses were tweeted back. The page was created by Adam Levine, whose name I automatically recognized as a member of the DS106.

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

Remix

  • Revisiting a piece of content
  • Creative personal reflection of a song/video
  • Reworking or adaptation of an existing work, may be subtle or completely redefined, may add elements from other works, but generally efforts are focused on creating an alternative version of the original
  • Scrambling something
  • Changing a work, adding new elements, reordering

Mashup

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

I decided to teach my dad about remix and mashups and here’s our recording that I did on Audacity.

x Kelsey

 

 

Cars in love or hate?

When I used the remix generator this is the assignment I got:

Original Assignment

Splash The Color created by Alan Levine
Color splash is a technique to emphasize details- you remove all color from a photo, and then restore original color to a single object, e.g. a green apple on a table. Think of the Girl in the red dress from Schindler’s List.

You can do this in a number of ways with photo editing software or using mobile apps. The answer lies in the Google

bouncyRemix Card: “Mood Swap”

Flip the mood of the assignment. If it’s light, make it dark. If it’s sad, make it happy. If it’s exhilarating, make it not so exhilarating.

I used this splash the color assignment and mood swapped it. I started by saving the picture from the assignment, then I used paint to create a car accident. However I tried to stick with the color scheme and so I made different shades of grey and black smoke above and then a colorful fire by the cars. The original picture demonstrates the couples cars “car kissing” and gives off a cute and vibrant mood. In order to swap that I decided to remix the picture in a car accident.

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Here’s the original picture.

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This is how I started in Paint.

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And then here’s my final project.

x Kelsey

Pondering Dad Emoji

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For this assignment you are to take a picture of one of your friends or just a person that is in the moment doing something exactly like an emoji and then mash them together for comparison.

This assignment was extremely simple, besides finding a model. Once I found a model choosing an emoji was also tricky but after that it was just snapping the picture, blowing the emoji that the picture was modeled after up in Snapchat and then making a pic collage of the two images.

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So I took a picture of my dad, pondering how to cook the turkey.IMG_8776

Then took a picture on Snapchat of a black background.

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Then using the third button from the top right I placed the thinking emoji on the screen.

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Then I made the emoji fill the whole screen.

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I then went to Pic Collage and selected the two pictures.IMG_8780

And made this! Which I then saved and then wahlah! I was done!IMG_8781

x Kelsey

1D in 10

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This is some sort of variation on Katy Chase’s The Contest That Nobody Could Win assignment, but instead of clips from a TV show or movie, do clips from your favorite songs and see if anyone can guess what they are. Or at least the artist. Do two or three second clips using 4 or 5 songs. Make them all different. Use soundcloud to post!

I decided to do One Direction because I’m in love with their new album. I decided to start off with their first song on the X Factor, then their first single, their most popular song (Which is probably when I first heard them), and then two songs off the last album that I like.

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First I had to download Audacity again. Then I googled One Direction songs.2

I then converted the videos to sound files using the converter I usually use.

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I ended up downloading 5 songs, that way each song would get about 2 seconds of sound.

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Here’s all the songs in Audacity.

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And here’s my final project. I then exported it and uploaded it to SoundCloud.

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x Kelsey

Dwight Schrute Mashup

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For this assignment you are to mash together a video of clips or photos of your favorite TV character or personaility.

I decided to do this assignment on Dwight Schrute, because is there really anymore funnier than him? And who wants to watch a long video of boring TV characters?

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First off WordPress changes their layout and it’s weird or maybe it’s been a new updates but I just got it since I had to wipe my whole computer clean. And since I had to do that I had to download Movie Maker again before I could start this assignment.

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Then I went to the internet and started looking of videos of Dwight.

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I converted them how I usually so with the video converter.

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I then pasted all of the videos I downloaded into Movie Maker and then went through and just cropped all the different segments, since I was downloading videos that were already compilations. I decided to do categories of why Dwight is the best in order to spice up the assignment. So then I went through and made title pages that summed up multiple videos. I added a title and animation to the slides and then wahlah I had my finished products.

x Kelsey

Week 13 and 14 Daily creates

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The assignment was to draw a place in your dream. Immediately I thought of this reoccurring dream I keep having. In the dream I am a finalist in the last HOH competition of the hit reality game show Big Brother. The final HOH competition is between the last three players in the game. It’s divided into 3 three different competitions that each challenge a different aspect of the play. The first is usually endurance, then a strength/puzzle type competition, and the final is usually questions dealing with the house guests. The winner of the first automatically goes to the third and the winner of the second competes against the winner of the first. That person then chooses who they will take to the finale where the evicted house guest who became jury members will vote who they think should win. I always have this dream where I’m competing against an ex best friend and her sister, but the two of them are working together. In the competition we must carry over the round circles and  stack them on the other wall, but you must use them to climb up to the spot where they belong. The first time I had this dream I won and the second time I woke up before I finished the competition.

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Today’s daily create was to take a picture of the happiest part of your day. The happiest part of my day was lunch at Olive Garden with my mom. See the part of the external hard drive at the bottom of my picture. Yeah the worst part of my day was when I realized it didn’t save the documents and all the files on my computer and I had already wiped my whole computer. So bye bye documents! ):

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Today’s daily create was to take a picture of something red. My roommates boyfriend got an Xbox…….. and put it in our living room. So yay just what I always wanted him here all the time and now taking over our TV. So while he was setting it up a color choice was red. I don’t know why it’s saying that my picture isn’t available, however there it is above.

x Kelsey

Conversation with yourself

This assignment entitled have a conversation with yourself was required and 5 stars however it should break the star ranking because it was incredibly challenging. I’m taking a break from trying to complete it to write about what I have done thus far. So at first I thought I’ll just sing a song and put it in the new acapella app that everyone is using and that will be a lot easy then this assignment. However, after recording myself and listening to me sing and entire song I decided not to do that. However, I might just do the singing assignment and pray no one I know ever finds it.

So after deciding to do the video assignment I recorded myself on one side of the couch in a dress complaining about a volleyball game and asking questions that most people ask when we watch volleyball together. Then I played that audio through headphone and recorded myself in Longhorn gear watching a volleyball game and responding back to the questions. I then began looking for ideas on how to overlap the two videos. Eventually, I found this video:

Which I was really excited about until a minute in it states you cant do it with Windows Movie Maker. He then says that there is another program Windows Expression Encoder that allows you to overlay. So I download that and get to work and it’s not what I want. This program allows you to put a video on top of a video however you can’t make in opaque. So there’s just two videos playing at once. I then looked up and downloaded some other ideas and then didn’t work. I tried looking at other projects but it seemed everyone was just recording them selves at different angle so you only saw one person at a time. This was not what the assignment asked for so I decided to keep looking and trying different things. I tried the tutorial that was made but it was only if you had certain software which I didn’t have. I then tried to use my roommates Mac and do it on iMovie but my roommates iMovie wasn’t updating and after trying to update it for over a day I decided to try different ways. I thought maybe if I could crop one of the videos I could overlap it in Windows Expression Encoder. And this too failed because the software I used to crop it does not allow you to save it in the file that Microsoft Expression Encoder uses. I tried time and time again to convert the file and open it but it did not work.

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Here’s the 2 videos I filmed in Windows Movie Maker. I filmed them with Movie Maker through my computer.

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This is the program I downloaded to crop the video.

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And this is what it looked like to crop the video. This was a very useful program however it didn’t allow me to convert the video to a different file. So after trying and trying to do this I finally decided to do it a different way. I would film two videos like a facetime and that way there were two people in the shot at once and it was more difficult then filming just from angles but it didn’t require me to overlap two images.

So I filmed the two videos in Widows Movie Maker. However I found out that you can’t edit the videos if you want to put them in Windows Encrypter Encoded. Which desn’t makes sense since they’re both Windows programs but you cant so I then recorded it multiple time until it lined up perfectly. Here is my scrips for the video:

Hey oh my gosh I miss you soooo much

Same how’s school?

Ugh really good. I love all of my classes, but I have this one online class called digital storytelling and we have an assignment this week that we have to have a conversation with ourselves and like put two of us in one video and I’ve been tryng to do it all day yesterdat and for hours today and I just cant figure it out

Hmmm wow that sounds really challenging! Is this one of those star videos you talked about where you can do any combination?

Yeah it’s one of those but this one is required

Dang that sucks… hmm have you tried doing it on a mac?

Yeha I tried for about 3 hours on a Mac using iMovie and some really fancy $600 dollar video editing tool, but to no avail.

Have you heard of Windows Encoder Encrypter it lets you overlay videos? Maybe that will work

Yeah I tried that to but it just takes the whole video and placed it on top so I had two couches. So I downloaded an application to crop the video but then once you crop it the format cant go into Eindows Encoded Encrypter.

Dang so what are you going to do?

Well I worked with Erin my suitemate for a couple hours trying to figure it out and I’ve googles everything under the sun and then I asked someone in my class and they just changed the angles Which I feel isn’t what it is asking for but  that what everyone is doing. So I’m just going to have to do something like that.

Hmm well I really hope that works for you! I’ll let you go so you can get to work!

Okay wish me luck! I’ll facetime you after I finish!

Good luck!

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So I recorded the two videos in Windows Movie Maker and then had to play one in Windows Expression Encoder while I recorded the other to get the timing right.

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Here’s what it looked like in Expression Encoder. However, I can only open it with that so I can’t upload it so I’m just going to upload the individual videos because that’s the best I can do. But I tried extremely hard to get this to work. Also if you just play the videos at the same time they should respond to each other so basically the same thing!

x Kelsey

Dolphins love Taylor Swift

This assignment worth 4 stars was to create a video of animals dancing to music. My first idea was Shake It Off by Taylor Swift and the “birds of paradise”. So I got to work!

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First I looked up a YouTube video of Shake It Off and then I converted it to a sound file which I would later put into Windows Movie Maker as background music. I then looked up videos of Birds of Paradise dancing, but most of them couldn’t be downloaded. So I began looking through other videos. I found this really good video of spiders dancing to YMCA so I thought I would share.

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Again I downloaded the You Tube videos with a downloader. However the birds of paradise one wasn’t able to download. So I started looking for other animals. I decided on dolphins and downloaded a half an hour performance from SeaWorld which I then went through and cropped. The video was approximately a half an hour long, so I had to get rid of a lot. I copied different parts that I wanted to show up multiple times throughout the song. I then added music to the video clips I had and rearranged them to make them cohesive with the song. I think this turned out really well and I’m really excited to show it off!

x Kelsey

Selfies while hiking

The forth video assignment I did was called selfie story for 4.5 stars. The directions instructed you to

Narrate a story using selfies. It can be any story you’d like (crazy night out, movie night with friends, just the average day, etc). You can use a combination of selfie clips or pictures, it is all up to you. Create a 1-2 minute video montage of all the selfies to tell the story. Try adding music or effects to keep it interesting.

I decided to narrate my best friend Heather and I’s hiking trip. Which ended up being a lot more adventurous then an average hiking trip. As we had no cell service and therefore had no directions to get there. So along the way we stopped at apple stands, glass blowing shops, and little shops along the way to explore. Finally I had enough cell service to screen shot the directions to Old Rag and then off we went. However this was definitely a more strenuous hike then we were use to. It also was a lot later by now and by the time we came back down the sun had set and we were hiking in pitch black. I put the pictures together on my phone using Flipagram and then put All Star by Smash Mouth as the background music. Using the tools provided in the Flipagram app I added captions to some of the pictures in order to narrate the story a little better. To upload it to my blog I had to upload it onto WordPress from my phone. I tried emailing it but it wouldn’t let me and so I couldn’t get it to upload on Vimeo and Facebook wouldn’t let me upload it because of a possibility of not having rights to the content. Which I’m guessing is the song because the pictures are mine.