Archive for the ‘Tutorials’ Category

How to send a text message to your cell phone

Monday, September 24th, 2007

A little over a year ago I created a web page that shows how to send a text message to your cell phone via email, since then I’ve unintentionally buried the page and have had a few requests to bring it back - so here it is! Essentially, every cell phone has an email address and my tutorial just shows you how to use your current email client to send a message to your cell’s email. Enjoy :)

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The Secret to Video Cloning Effects using After Effects

Wednesday, July 4th, 2007

Ever want to clone yourself on video? Make it look like you had a few extra brothers or sisters hanging around? But how would you make it look real, make your video actually look like you were really able to multiply your body, just like in the Star Wars or Matrix movies? There is a secret that many people do not understand when it comes to cloning objects or people. It is something I learned from trial and error experience and can sum up to you in just one word… “tripod“. Yes, get yourself a tripod for your video camera. Keeping your camera steady in between clone takes is a must and is the key to creating effective and believable clones videos. If you’re interested in learning more about the specifics of video effects cloning, visit my tutorial on creating clone effects.

I did a clone video a few years back on the track field at Cal State San Marcos. Watch the finished movie below:

This movie is by far the largest attempt on my behalf to clone something (myself). I started in December of 2004 and finished in March of 2005, filmed this over a period of 5 or 6 different days. I may have spent a bit too much time on it but I think it turned out pretty good. In the end, I had no filming help from anyone except for my tripod - it was my camera man.

I bought my tripod at Frys Electronics for about $40 dollars. You can purchase cheap yet effective tripods at just about any major electronics store that also sells camcorders, i.e. Frys, Circuit City, Comps USA, etc. So just remember, if you need to clone something and all else fails, use a tripod.

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Laser Gun Tutorial Updated

Sunday, June 17th, 2007

I’ve updated my laser gun tutorial that I started about a year ago. Finally got some time today to wrap that up. This tutorial assumes you have gone through my light saber tutorial because the steps and concepts involved are built on the methods from creating star wars styles sabers. Let me know if you need more details.

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