Monday, February 28, 2011

Black border in Premiere Pro

I have made a video in Premiere Pro with still images, but it has this black border all around the video when it is exported, as seen in the screen shot below.

 Formats that I used;

All pictures are are 1920 x 1080 in dimension, before imported to Premiere Pro

Premiere Pro export  Format H.264
                                Preset HDTV 1080p 25 high quality

What am I doing wrong?

The Supplement: Edmund Dulac

Edmund Dulac was a French illustrator (of the 'Golden Age of illustration') celebrated for his images for the fairy stories of Hans Christian Andersen, The Arabian Nights and The Tempest. I'm showcasing his work simply because I love his stuff; the delicacy, the whimsy, the complexity and the incredible, opalescent use of colour. They feel properly magical, with a softness and almost pearl-like sheen. You'll find more of Dulac's illustrations here.

A Higher Destiny

Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On

Even Death Listened

Is It Possible?

The Poor Fisherman

Entomologist's Dream

Snow Queen On A Winter's Night

The Snow Queen On Her Throne Of Ice

The Real Princess

The Mermaid King

The Bright Liquid

She Saved The Prince


Elves And Fairies



Dreamer of Dreams

CGAA One-A-Day: The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar

Out there in the CGAA community, students are taking on the literary heavyweights - Oscar Wilde, H.P. Lovecraft and Edgar Allan Poe. As authors dealing with heightened moods and feverish visions, their respective works lend themselves to strong stylisation and gothic excess. Poe's rather nasty 1845 short-story, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, depicts the gloopy consequences of keeping an otherwise dead body 'alive' via the power of mesmerism; said consequences are outlined in this squishy concluding passage:

"As I rapidly made the mesmeric passes, amid ejaculations of "dead! dead!" absolutely bursting from the tongue and not from the lips of the sufferer, his whole frame at once—within the space of a single minute, or even less, shrunk—crumbled—absolutely rotted away beneath my hands. Upon the bed, before that whole company, there lay a nearly liquid mass of loathsome—of detestable putridity."


Below is another illustration by Harry Clarke, whose work was featured recently in The Supplement. The horror of Valdemar's super-accelerated decay is conveyed here in startling fine-line filigree...

Bahij Jaroudi's animated transcription of the same story adds delicious black comedy into the mix - oh, and a comedy cat. Jaroudi is an animator and illustrator working in Beirut. Visit his blog here.

Need some Premiere Pro help.


Does anyone know why Permiere crashes everytime I trie to render? I put normal MP3 files and even tried WAV, yet it still crashes saying that an unexpected error occured.

I am confused.

Retro-Fest Awards: The Results

Ladies & Gentlemen it's award season.

Congratulations to all those involved.

KLED Animation Studios

Gremlin Box Studios

KLED Animation Studios

Void Canvas Studios

Please note: A panel of ten professionals reviewed your work. All judges were independent of the festival project and in some cases of the University. Phil & I did not cast votes.

@ Help Please

I'm having problem posting my storyboard - I tried uploading JPEG (it displays too small to read), then TIFF (doesn't upload at all).  I then uploaded it to scribd, and it works fine, but whenever I try to embed it the document comes out blank.
 At the moment, I've put up the JPEG along with a link to the scribd page to let people actually read it, but this is not a good situation

Creating and printing your hand-in CD. Advice.

Hi all,

I believe it has been asked of you to have a lovingly presented hand-in disc for your final crit. Printing discs at the University is very simple and can be printed at the IT Offices down the hallway.

Printing from the office costs £2 I believe. The office does have a small stock of blank CD’s but I’d wager a bet that if 30 CG Arts students rushed into the office Friday morning asking to print CD’s then they would run out very quickly. If you don’t have the means to print your own CD’s then get in their ASAP!

My suggestion would be for you to pool some funds with some of your colleagues and head down to Staples and buy yourselves a big bulk of plain white printable discs, which will last you for the rest of your time on the course.

Also, bare in mind that the IT guys aren't always around, so give yourself enough time to get your CD produced. You can always print your disc on say Tuesday and burn the files on Friday.

Printing quality tends to be decent. I’d suggest something clear and bold. For example the two I submitted for my Minor Project:

The blue one came out much nicer.

You can find CD templates from a billion sources on the web. Here’s one such website:

A step by step guide:

  1. Using a template and Photoshop, create your CD image. Make sure your dpi is somewhere between 150 and 300.
  2. Save the image as a JPEG.
  3. Put that image on a memory stick and head to down to the IT office.
  4. Either with a CD bought from the office or with a CD of your own, get that bad boy printed.
  5. Go pay your debt to society round at the counter in the Modelmaking and Theatre department.
  6. Easy!

Sunday, February 27, 2011

FAO CGAA Yr 1: Unit 4/Storytelling - Final Crit Presentation Content Guidelines

In terms of content for your crit on Friday, 4th March, please present the following:

  • Your 'Art Of' publication (as Powerpoint, pdf slideshow or Scribd).
  • Your Animatic.
  • Your CG Pre-viz.
  • Use your blog to present from if all content is uploaded.

L1 will be open at 9am - students are to copy their work onto the computer in readiness for the crit to begin PROMPTLY at 10am.

The order of presentations will run z through a, which means we're starting with Alex!

Remember - Unauthorised non-attendance at a final crit = non-submission. If you're running late, please let Ann Price know ( - as Jackie Andrew is on holiday.

Good luck!

Blog Update - Help Needed...

Hey People,

I need your help, I changed my blog name and address and I need to know if my updates are coming through and you can select my new blog address in the side thing on your dashboard.

I know that my old one ( is still there but saying its removed. Dan also says that my new updates are not coming through...

If you just leave a comment saying whether I'm still visable or why I'm not is greatly appreciated...

Will I have to change back to my old address?

I've temporarily changed the web address back to see if that's what is causing the issue. I don't mind keeping the old address, as long as the title is different...

It seems to be because I changed the web address. I've changed it back, so could you see if my posts are coming through again, and what my title is on the following dashboard thing, that'll be great :)

FAO CGAA Yr 1: Unit 4/Storytelling - 'Think Calm'

I saw this and thought of you:


"A powdered feed essential, suitable for all horses to help maintain a Calm outlook. ThinkCalm provides a rich source of bio-available magnesium and natural acid buffers to support a healthy digestive system. Also includes a blend of herbs and a unique plant extract to support the production of calming hormones"

  • Feeding Instructions:
  • Horses: 2 Scoops (90g) Daily
  • Ponies: 1.5 Scoops (67g) Daily

I don't know how many scoops of ThinkCalm a CGAA first year might need in crit week to stave off any last minute panics or creative 'brain freeze', but what I can prescribe more confidently is the following advice:

  • Look back at the brief - (do it right now!)
  • Create an '@Phil' post if you're unsure what is being asked.
  • Back-up your work.
  • Proof read your written assignment: check that the content of your main body corresponds with your intentions as stated in your introduction. Have you used the Harvard method correctly? Are your quotations italicised? Is your bibliography and illustration list all present and correct?
  • Be ready to print your Unit 4 essay on Thursday after the Symposia (Don't do it on Friday!).
  • Get your branded submission disc designed tonight - and printed on Monday/Tuesday (There will be a queue).
  • Keep calm and carry on.
  • Be amazing.
I'll be following this post with another outlining the content for your crit presentation. Watch this space. In the meantime, I just wanted to say how much I've enjoyed seeing your development over the course of unit 4; there are some great stories out there, and your commitment to this unit has not gone unnoticed. I want your crit presentation to have a celebratory feel on Friday - no apologies, no non-submissions, no partial-submissions, no self-consciousness and no stupid mistakes. This is your 'coming-of-age' crit and I want every last one of you to go home happy (if exhausted!)

Best of luck for the final push!

The Supplement: Kent Williams

Kent Williams is a little known American painter who has a beautifully expressive style and approach. His work is often intense and explores narrative through his use of multi-figured compositions. For this reason, Darren Aronofsky used the artist as the writer and artist on his graphic novel for "The Fountain." Aronofsky stated, "I knew it was a hard film to make and I said at least if Hollywood fucks me over I'll make a comic book out of it." For anyone who is interested in Williams' work, check out this graphic novel, you won't be disappointed. You can find his website at...

Microsoft Office

Does anyone have a spare registration key for Microsoft office Home and Student 2007 or 2010? I understand that most of the time it comes with 3. I would be incredibly grateful.

(If this post disappears swiftly, I will understand)