PapaJohn Productions

Newsletter #189
Gloodle
 

 
I downloaded Gloodle about a year ago, and liked playing with it... but as with so many things, I hadn't gone back. A recent post on the windowsmoviemakers.net forum reminded, and an email from Blaine suggesting I do a newsletter about it drove it home. Good idea! I like video doodling and Gloodle fits right in.
 
It hasn't changed since over the year... in fact it hasn't been revised in 10 years, an oldie but goodie. Here's the link to the wondertouch website where it's a free download.
 
Gloodle
 
The website says... in Gloodle you just draw on the window and cool things happen. Not much thinking required. All software should be that easy.
 
For this week's demo, I made a 45 second clip in Movie Maker, using two input clips from Gloodle...
Click this image to view it... easier to understand by watching rather than reading.
 
composite 
I made the clips using XP, but Gloodle works just as well on Vista.
 
In this newsletter I'll take you through the steps of this Gloodle and Movie Maker project... before going into details, here's...
 
a couple notes...
 

 
CheckerboardTemplateAfter last week's newsletter about countdown clock project templates for Photo Story 3, I made another template using a 'checkerboard-like' style...
 
Here's the link to the sample
 
The downloadable project file is on the website on the Photo Story 3 > Do Amazing Things page.
 

 
I'm in the middle of another software review for Bright Hub... something right up my ally, a video editing/disc making software suite...
 

 

For vimeo website hosting service fans, I noticed in their FAQs that a high-def uploaded video is first produced in 'draft' quality, so you can see it soon. Then as time permits, the file is converted to full HD quality to replace the draft. I put two of them up last night, just to test the process, and I'm still waiting for the HD quality ones to kick in. 
 
 
... back to the main subject  
 

 
Making the 'Gloodled' Sample Clip
 
A forum poster asked how to make clips of marked maps like they do in Indiana Jones movies. One of the responses pointed to Gloodle. For this week's sample, I dug out my vintage 1999 Hi8 video clips from a visit to the MGM Studios attraction in Disney World.
 
The steps to make this sample involve a number of software apps from my toolbox, as usual.
 
Some thinking before jumping in...
You get the picture!!! I needed to work in Gloodle using 720x480 pixels... yet the final saved clip will be a WMV file at 640x480 pixels. Square pixels on the computer and rectangular ones in the DV-AVI files. To do that, I'll distort still pictures as needed to keep things in sync. 
 
The seven working steps are...
 
 
 
Step 1 - get a video clip to Gloodle
 
New DrawingMy vintage 1999 videos were shot on a Hi8 camcorder, and copied to mini-DV tapes. I remembered having a couple minutes of video footage, so I searched my database for the word 'Indiana' and saw it started 9 minutes into mini-DV tape #19A.
 
A few minutes later, the captured DV-AVI clip was in Movie Maker.
 

 
Step 2 - get a picture of a map
 
I reached into my library of old maps... pages cut from an 1875 encyclopedia... and scanned part of northern Africa. That seems like a place Indiana Jones would go.
 

 
Step 3 - open Gloodle and load the background image
 
From the larger scanned image, I used IrfanView to crop a 640x480 pixel area, something across the desert that made for a nice and easy path marking place.
 
The 640x480 size is 4:3 aspect ratio... but to put it into a DV-AVI file, I want it at 720x480, so IrfanView is used to resize/distort it before loading it into Gloodle.
 
Here's the slightly distorted image in Gloodle as the background image. 
 
Load Background
 

 
Draw PathStep 4 - Annotate the map with a marked trail
 
That's done by drawing lines as a series of globs. Pick a glob shape and whatever line drawing settings you want.
 
Drawing HistoryNotice the little Drawing History window... it puts a marker on its timeline each time you stop pause your marking.
 
You can use the slider to go back and forth in the history of your path globbing line drawing.
 

 
Step 5 - Create a movie of your path marking...
 
Create MovieThis is the first of two AVI files for the project, the other one being the transition clip with the swarm of globs. 
 
After selecting a folder and providing a file name, tell it the number of frames you want. At 30 frames per second for a DV-AVI file, 300 frames gets you a 10 second clip.
 
Number of FramesYou can speed it up or slow it down as needed with a Movie Maker effect. Don't spend too much time doing the math.
 
As mentioned before, compression options include the Panasonic DV Codec.
 
Codec
 
The rendering of such a short clip is quick. The animated path file is ready to use in the Movie Maker project.
 

 
Import ImageStep 6 - Make a transitioning clip
 
While I was in Gloodle, I looked to see what else it could do of interest to a movie or story project... and decided to make a custom transition to go from the marked path of the opening clip to the first frame of the Indiana Jones main feature.
 
Freeze FrameI took a snapshot of the opening frame of the video clip, using Movie Maker, taking the snapshot in the collection for highest quality. From a 720x480 DV-AVI clip, the frame snapshot is a 640x480 JPG file.
 
To align the snapshot with the Gloodle canvas and DV-AVI clip size, I resized the frame using IrfanView to make it 720x480 pixels before importing into Gloodle.
 
Import Image Settings
 
The settings I opted for when importing the image into Gloodle included...
The snapshot below shows the globs coming in as the  import happens. You'll see them in the sample clip.
 
The saved movie clip will show the globs without the image settings window...
 
It'll be just right to use on the timeline of the movie project, between the animated path clip and the start of the Indiana Jones video. 
 
ImportingImage
 

 
Step 7... make the movie project
 
This part is familiar and easy, the project timeline in MM2.1.
 
I used the standard slow down and speed up effects on the clips from Gloodle... flavoring the animation speeds to taste.
 
I used a copy of the frame grab from MM2.1 between the Goodle clip and the beginning of the Indiana Jones clip.... so I could apply a fade into the still picture from the globs. This picture is the 640x480 sized one made by Movie Maker, not the 720x480 used in Gloodle for the DV-AVI file. 
 
The Indiana Jones clip starts a bit after the beginning of the full clip from the camcorder. For audio during the first 20 seconds (Gloodle doesn't do audio), I used the sound from the part of the clip I didn't use for the visual. The clip on the Audio/Music track is part of the DV-AVI file, dragged down to the audio track.
 
Movie Project
 
The final touch was to add a title.
 

 
Conclusion and Closing... and What's Next?
 
I Gloodled some more in the days after making the sample, but didn't find anything else that struck a chord with movie project...
 
What came the closest to the map trails and custom transitions was using a plain blue canvas in Gloodle, and using the bluescreen transition to overlay the animations on video clips, something you can't do with Gloodle. To do that you need some great looking Gloodles... something I don't have yet.
 
Have a great week....
 
PapaJohn