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Music video progress: Blender on Ubuntu sound playback issue fixed!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 05/10/2021 - 11:00am in


Animation, Blog

How I fixed the issue I was having with audio in Blender on Ubuntu

I've been animating a music video in Blender Grease Pencil because I wanted to learn how to use it. 

But in a previous video, I was having a super annoying problem with the audio as I was animating the lip-syncing. The sound kept crapping out on me.

After posting that video update I actually got a lot of really good comments and emails and messages sent to me from people trying to help fix the issue which I thought was really cool! 

In this video, I'm gonna take a look at what finally worked and why it's specific to Blender on Linux and Ubuntu in particular.


You can check out some of the animated scenes I posted here - ANOTHER 5 YOUTUBE SHORTS FROM OUR BLENDER GREASE PENCIL MUSIC VIDEO PROJECT

5 more music video scenes animated - Shore Leave

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/09/2021 - 3:21pm in


Animation, Blog

Animated more scenes for our version of "Shore Leave" in Blender Grease Pencil

I had mentioned in a previous video that I got the idea to turn the song we're working on "Shore Leave" by Tom Waits into video shorts. 

I'm drawing them and releasing them as I go using the free animation software Blender.

Previously, I had finished scenes 1 and 2.

This time I have a collection of scenes 3 through 7 done.

Scene 3

"A shore leave wristwatch beneath my sleeve"

The camera has zoomed in on the pencil sketch man as he continues to sing the song into a payphone motioning to the person on the other end.

Scene 4

"I rolled down the gutter to the blood bank"

Pencil sketch man starts to get more comfortable singing into the phone and his arms accent the rhythm of what he's saying as he looks into the phone.

(Related post - How I animated these videos in Blender Grease Pencil)

Scene 5

"I was in bad need of a shave"

A slight bounce while talking before grabbing the phone with both hands.

Scene 6

"I slopped on the corner on cold chow mein"

The arms continue to shift up and down while still holding the phone with both hands.

Scene 7

"I bought a long sleeve shirt with some horses on the front"

In this scene, I did a long pan of pencil sketch man's body from the feet up to his face. This is what happens during this part in the Tom Waits movie "Big Time". So I was trying to stay true to that.

More on the way!

I've got more scenes for this music video on the way. I started this because I've always wanted to record this song in Lorenzo's Music style. Also, I've wanted to learn how to use Blender for a long time so it was a way to do both!

If you missed the first two animations for this song - FIRST 2 SCENES ANIMATED FOR SHORE LEAVE VIDEO


Progress on animating our "Shore Leave" music video in Blender Grease Pencil so far

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 21/09/2021 - 3:18pm in


Animation, Blog

Going over how I've been animating this music video using Blender Grease Pencil

We've been working on a cover of the song "Shore Leave" by Tom Waits. I've been animating our recent video in blender grease pencil I kind of wanted to go over how I'm doing it and also one of the problems I'm having that's actually made it really frustrating!

- Tom

Check out some of the scenes from the video - 5 MORE MUSIC VIDEO SCENES ANIMATED - SHORE LEAVE

First 2 scenes animated for Shore Leave Video

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 18/09/2021 - 3:38pm in


Animation, Blog

Check out the first two animated scenes from our Shore Leave video.

Animated the first two scenes so far in Blender using grease pencil.

Scene 1

The first scene starts out with the character I drew as a see-through pencil sketch on a white background holding his hat up in the air. He's standing next to a payphone and throws his hat aside and makes a call.


Scene 2

"I just roll down the Nashville stroll"

In the second scene for the animated video here, the song begins and the camera closes in on the pencil sketch man who starts singing the first line of lyrics into the phone.

More scenes to come...

I started this song and began animating it and to make that task a little more doable I decided to start animating and releasing them in short segments. Sharing the video as I go instead of waiting to release the whole thing later.

I explain the concept and give you a sneak peek of how it's done in this video here - I STARTED WITH A SIMPLE BEAT AND IT TURNED INTO SOMETHING BIGGER...

A series of gifs - Creating Animated gifs for our music video "With you" using FlipaClip

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 10/02/2021 - 8:47am in


Animation, Blog

I recently did an animated video that was made entirely out of gifs and it was for a song that was called "With you".

One of the things I did when I was making the song itself was just kind of drawing some stuff. I had this character that I did once when I was just trying to do some animation in a program called Blender while we were doing our Spaghetti Mid-Western EP.

I was just trying to do an animation idea and I thought I might want to do a video for it. Then the EP was finished and I was still learning how to do Blender and it got kind of backed up so I never did.

This character is from that.

image of gif animation illustration

I had been reading some old 1950s four-color mystery/ghost comics and I watch a lot of old monster movies and things like that. I wanted to do something in that realm.

While we were recording this song "With you" I was using a program on my tablet called FlipaClip which lets you make gif animations. So what I had done is I drew these pictures and I decided to bring them into FlipaClip and make these gif animations.

These are different scenes from it and all these are pretty much between two and three seconds. I just animated certain parts like starting out here with the car. 

animated gif car illustration

It's just going over a hill. I drew the background and then I drew the car. I had it come up from behind the background and that was about it.

Then the next scene I did this guy here driving. 

animated gif illustration car interior

I drew the interior, I drew the guy and animated him blinking. Its kind of like each one of these are comic book panels but they're animated. 

It's sort of a throwback to not only the old monster movies and the old comic books but there was a series of Marvel Comics animated cartoons that was put out where what they did is they actually brought in comics that were drawn by Jack Kirby and they would just take pieces of it and do camera tricks that made it look like it was animated. And that's what this does.

Just like here, the car is just sitting there static but a bird is flying in the background creating the mood.

animated flipaclip gif illustration artwork

And then this one's just a quick little head turn.

animated gif illustration head turn flipaclip

Here the woman standing in the doorway of the mausoleum or whatever call it where you bury people, I forget.

animated gif illustration flipaclip

But that's where she's standing up there looking at him and the only thing I did is I animated the hair and the dress and the rest of it's just a static background.

This one's actually probably one of the few complex scenes.

Animated gif illustration artwork flipaclip walking

It has three layers. I drew a background I have the guy and the guy blinks first, then he moves up and down like he's going to take a step and then moves forward and the light turns on.

They all happen one after the other to give like make it look like tons of stuff is happening.

animated gif illustration artwork flipaclip

Here's another one where the guy walking away.

animated gif illustration flipaclipAll these different things are just gifs that I created using FlipaClip. 
animated gif illustration flipaclip
animated gif illustration flipaclip
animated gif illustration flipaclipand then of course the driving away scene.
animated gif illustration flipaclipYou can check out the finished animated video for "With you" here!

State of the Art

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 24/06/2020 - 4:00am in


Animation, Labor

Canada’s lucrative animation industry is hollowing out an art form

Resurrected Mosaics

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 28/11/2019 - 9:01am in

Working on new tessellating animated gif tiles led me to revisit my older tile experiments, and repurpose for website backgrounds. I originally made these animated mosaics in Macromedia Flash 8 for my section of the feature film The Prophet.

I tried recreating the mosaics in Moho, but quickly became frustrated. Moho’s masking is very unlike Flash’s; in fact Moho’s everything is very unlike Flash’s, and where Flash excels at this type of mechanical construction, Moho favors the organic. Rather than figuring it out anew, I fired up the ol’ 2007 PowerMac and dug into my old Flash files. I exported as Quicktime Video with an alpha channel and copied to my less-ancient 2014 Mac Pro. Moho couldn’t read the old Quicktime format, so I exported again as Apple ProRes 4444, dropped it into Moho Pro, fiddled about with sizing, and eventually exported this transparent gif that will permit cartesian tiling even though the underlying shapes are hexagonal.

In the process I discovered this cool website that will generate a “sprite sheet” from your uploaded gif. This would have been convenient back when I was designing morphing tile fabric patterns, but back in those days – the days Flash still worked – I had to do it manually.

Speaking of Flash, Adobe just announced it’s dead forever. Wouldn’t it be nice if they released Macromedia Flash (you know, the GOOD version from before they bought and ruined it) so others could develop it?

Tessellating in Time and Space

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 27/11/2019 - 2:12am in

I’ve been collaborating with Alex Gleason on a new social media website, and he proposed a background of the animated fish from Seder-Masochism:

But how to scale it up for a full background? The gif above is 1.6 MB, it can’t be any larger without significantly slowing loading times (and eating up data on mobile devices). I thought I could maybe make a tessellating animated gif tile, and so did Alex, but it turned out to be much trickier than I’d anticipated.

In a way, a looping gif is a tessellation of time: it seamlessly begins where it ends. That isn’t so hard:

I actually notice a little blip in the time-tessellating here. Can you find it?

But it doesn’t tessellate in space. If you tile the fish above, you’ll see “seams” at regular intervals. Making the fish line up seamlessly, while moving, required going “under the hood” of the original animation, re-sizing and retiming everything, and carefully positioning and scaling by eyeball. I won’t go into all the details and mistakes, but after some hours I eventually got something that works almost perfectly:

I changed the colors, obviously.

Now get this: it’s under 160 KB. That’s right, less than one-tenth the filesize of the gif at the top of this post; smaller than most jpegs of similar dimensions (360 x 360 pixels). But it covers an entire browser window, no matter how large. Here’s a screenshot showing it tessellating in space:

Yes, you can still find teeny-weeny seams, but at 12 frames per second they’re hardly noticeable.

To see it tessellating in space and time, click the image above or go to .

Update: I made a smoother version. Above is 12 frames per second, below is 24 frames per second. This makes it smoother and less headache-inducing, but doubles the number of frames and therefore file size, and the seams are more visible.

40 frames long, 24 fps, 268 KB.


Boys! Boys! Boys!

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 23/11/2019 - 9:44am in

Every girl’s dream


Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 20/11/2019 - 3:54am in

Ütérûs is a fake-European short arthouse film, so it has fake-European film titles. It’s one of those fake multi-country collaborations.