PatMarrNC - all messages by user

2016/6/27 14:00:16
Things I'd like to see in Muvizu. I'd like to see a staff member's response to your question too.


Although I agree with most of what you said, I think predicting the demise of Muvizu for the reason above fails to account for a lot of other factors that I believe will keep it alive for quite some time.

Whereas it may be true that Professional animators (and even serious amateurs) will hit a dead end eventually with Muvizu and move on to other solutions, it's worth noting that they aren't Muvizu's core demographic. There are already a bunch of high end animation packages competing for the business of a handful of pros... but there's a whole WORLD full of amateurs on a limited budget who want to try their hand at animation, and Muvizu is head and shoulders above anybody else in terms of "bang for the buck"

The companies at most risk of going under are those who have invested deeply in the pro market, because there is already too much supply for the demand. At the entry level, where Muvizu excels, the sheer number of people passing through and buying it for under $50 to try for a while before moving on could be a never ending stream if it's marketed correctly.

It's easier to find ten customers for a reasonably priced product than it is to find one customer for a product that costs ten times more.

I say all this because I've incorrectly predicted the demise of several products and services through the years, and in each case the factor I failed to consider was that the product or service appealed to a HUGE entry level demographic. At that level it doesn't matter if its the BEST product... what matters is accessibility, ease of learning and enough functionality to keep people interested for at least a year. Muvizu has all that.

During the year of interest, people will buy accessories , keep the forum active etc. The trick is to keep new people flowing through the cycle.

2016/6/27 1:14:12
Hello from SoCal Rocque... you are a sailor? Very cool! Tell us about your craft.... do you sail alone? Do you talk like a pirate? Do you fish?

Enquiring minds, you know the drill.... ;-)

Oh, and what other interesting hobbies do you have?
2016/6/26 22:05:42
Hello from SoCal mysto wrote:
Kind of looks like he may have tilted the camera back and forth.

now that you mention it, yeah, it does.

I made a ship experiment using keyframes to add pitch to the craft, (which didn't change the water).

I guess in reality, the ocean would have swells in the same direction the ship was leaning, so the technique of tilting the camera probably yields more lifelike results. Looks good to me, anyway!
2016/6/26 18:37:01
Depth Of Field Lookin' GOOD there Bob! Can't wait to see the full production!

Where did you get the audio? It works well with your story!.

I liked the overhead camera at the beginning when the central character died. It was reminiscent of all those stories you hear from people who have had near death experiences, and afterwards they describe the room as though they were viewing it from above.

Hey, I viewed your portfolio and I see you're in North Carolina too! Maybe we can meet for lunch one of these days....
edited by PatMarrNC on 26/06/2016
2016/6/26 17:30:16
Hello from SoCal Marc, that looks AWESOME!

I like the stylized water texture! I notice when the ship rocks, the direction of the water texture also changes... which prompts me to ask if you animated the rocking in Muvizu, or in your video editor? Please elaborate on how you "rocked the boat"

Also, where did you get the background music and sound effects? It all works together so well!
edited by PatMarrNC on 26/06/2016
2016/6/26 17:20:25
Coming Soon 2016 MrDrWho13 wrote:

I've started a project but I'm not sure if I can make it funny enough, so I may enter this, something else, or maybe I'll wait for the next competition.

"Funny enough?"

Gee, I'd hate to think there are humour police who get to declare where the threshold begins at which anything can be declared to be funny. My own take is that unless a video is clearly meant to be taken seriously, then it qualifies.

Personally, I like understated tongue in cheek humour.

Having said that, only you get to decide whether or not to participate. But I've hired some thugs to help you decide, and they're on their way to your house now....

2016/6/26 17:11:36
Coming Soon 2016
(but some users are so focussed on what it CANT do they never get around to exploiting what it CAN do!).

What he said ^^^^^^
2016/6/26 17:09:58
Coming Soon 2016 ukBerty wrote:
PatMarrNC wrote:
Anybody know if any of the other Moguls will be participating in the contest

I am following with close interest, but I'm afraid I won't be participating. Beware the Eye of Amun-Ra is approaching five years in production and if I want to finish it before one of us dies I need to focus and crack on.

I wish everyone good luck and may join in next year when this damn thing is done

I respect your dedication to task! Can't wait to see the final product!

(And, FWIW, I'm also hoping nobody involved in the project dies!!)
2016/6/26 14:33:14
Coming Soon 2016 keep us posted on the new house! Sounds exciting!
2016/6/26 14:28:31
Finger Pistols Are dangerous Casting I like the stylized horses!
Lookin' good Clayster! Can't wait to see the first episode!
2016/6/26 3:27:42
Coming Soon 2016 Ziggy,
you are indeed the scene Meister!

Anybody know if any of the other Moguls will be participating in the contest/challenge/whatever we decided to call it?
edited by PatMarrNC on 26/06/2016
2016/6/25 23:56:32
Finger Pistols Are dangerous Casting Speaking of good mics, Musician's friend has a daily sale item they call "Stupid Deal Of The Day", and they often have pretty good mics for not a lot of money (comparatively speaking). If you sign up for their SDOTD mailing list, every day you'll get an email of that day's StupidDealOfTheDay.

Or, you can just click this link (It updates every day)

If you want to get on the mailing list, scroll down from that link and look on the right side of the page about 2/3 of the way down.
2016/6/25 21:53:49
Depth Of Field welcome to the forum Robert! I look forward to seeing your first video!

I hope you'll participate on the forum whether you have problems to talk about or not. I think you'll find that the people here are not only helpful, they're also just plain fun to cut up with. ;-)
2016/6/25 21:49:49
Finger Pistols Are dangerous Casting
Excellent voice work there!
I'd recommend you get a fairly good mic since you might even be able to monetise your talent.

Indeed Marc, you sound great, but the mic sounds terrible. (I know it was just a demo and that's probably why you used the most convenient mic)

ESPECIALLY in collaborations when a lot of people are contributing audio that will be joined together later it is important to have a clean signal on all the audio tracks... otherwise hearing the snippets back to back it becomes obvious very quickly that it's an amateur project.

The hollow sound in your demo isn't just due to the mic, it's also due to room reflections (that's why recording studios have that acoustic foam on the walls.. to absorb sound that would otherwise reflect and sound like reverb)

If you get serious about voice acting, you can buy a baffle that will keep all that from happening. (It's a lot cheaper than sound-prepping a whole room)

Or, you can accomplish approximately the same thing with blankets or a pillow or other absorbent material on the other side of the mic. The pillow doesn't look as cool, but you probably already have one. ;-)
edited by PatMarrNC on 25/06/2016
2016/6/25 18:22:24
Finger Pistols Are dangerous Casting Clayster, even if you don't get Finger Pistols officially "published", you should look into monetizing your Youtube videos.

The Music industry has taken advantage of bands for years, offering them bad contracts in exchange for all the rights to their music. Lots of people are finding out that they can make almost as much by marketing their work themselves than they can get with a record deal... and they still own the rights to their music! You might find the same to be true for video.

YouTubers LOVE funny videos, and if you set up your account as monetized, youtube takes care of putting the ads on your page, and you just get the money. It's not much at one time, but it keeps trickling in forever. And the more videos you have, the more it trickles.

Also Facebook is aggressively promoting their own video, and due to the way people on FB can easily link to anything posted there, it works well as a way to build a following. I'm not sure if Facebook video can be monetized though.

If that sounds like too much hassle, consider delegating it to somebody else. The bigger your production gets, the more you will benefit from specialists.
2016/6/25 14:04:06
ROBOT VOICE SOFTWARE regarding the sound of the robot voice program:

If you need a cowboy accent, you can get different results based on the way you spell the words. Sometimes nonsense syllables can yield interesting pronunciations.

Also, purposefully using more words like "tarnation", "yayhoo" and "Varmint" etc can make the point that he's a tex-bot as opposed to a yankee-bot
2016/6/25 13:43:55
Finger Pistols Are dangerous Casting LOL... Marc, you are gonna fit right into this crowd! Funny western themed pickup lines! Clayster is the man who would have to approve though.... it's his project! And he's TOUGH!
2016/6/25 13:41:08
Hello from SoCal yeah, welcome to the forum! Ditto on the idea of posting links to your video!

Where in Southern California are you located? There's at least one other active forum member from California...
2016/6/24 1:25:10
Patient lying in bed I'm already envisioning a jar with Mandy's head in it.... Xs on her eyes....
2016/6/24 1:19:33
Make Me Laugh ( Comedy Competition) clayster2012 wrote:
ecintransigente wrote:
Donde hay que enviar la información para la competencia?
edited by ecintransigente on 23/06/2016

Not sure what is said, can anyone translate?

it says (paraphrased) "Where do I send my information (video?) for the competition?"

Google translate is a good way to get a fair translation:
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