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May 18th, 2005

Discotheque icon @ 06:41 am

sapphires13:
I'm currently feelin: accomplished
I'm currently hearin: Discotheque ~ U2

I decided I needed a new U2 icon, and that I wanted a mini-movie icon, but I didn't know what from.
The answer came to me while laying in bed listening to my iPod (just the U2 music though, I keep trying to listen to other artists, but when I do I just wish I was listening to U2, so I give up) and Discotheque came on. So I was laying there listening and picturing the video when I decided that I must make an icon from it.
So I got right out of bed to work on it. Because I'm strange like that.

**points at icon** Tada! Free for the taking, just credit me.

In other news, I was watching Oz and some guy had on a tie with fat red and black diagonal stripes, I pointed to the TV and said "That is such a Vertigo tie."
Though really the correct term would be a 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb tie' but close enough =P

U2 is taking over my life. Not that I mind of course =P
 
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From:glitterkittykid
Date:May 18th, 2005 12:05 pm (UTC)
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Oh that's pretty neat! I used to have a discotheque themed journal and that would've been neato.

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From:zoostation
Date:May 18th, 2005 12:56 pm (UTC)
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Awesome!

I really need to figure out how to that. Actually...just PSP in general.
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From:impossible87
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:03 pm (UTC)
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That's an absolutely gorgeous icon - whenever I do a "mini-movie" icon like that, the quality tends to be bad :-/
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 18th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
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It's a lengthy process. The first trick is to not try to take your own screenshots. There's a free program called VirtualDub that does it for you. And a tutorial on how to use it here.
Once you've got all of your screenshots exported. Get rid of at least half of them, you won't need them. Also, LJ has a 40k filesize limit, so you have to keep that in mind.
I usually take a seperate screencap from whatever video I'm using and use it for the base for the icon. As I did here with the disco ball. I also recoloured it. Add any text, and the box for the animation. To figure out the size the box will be, take your first frame and crop it however you like, and then resize it so it's no bigger than a quarter of the total icon size and then position it on the icon, then you can draw a box around it, and this box will be where all of your frames fit.
The lengthiest part is cropping and resizing all of the frames, and inserting them into the base. You also have to make sure that when you crop the frames you crop them all the same amount, so that the animation doesn't wobble (if you take 10 pixels off of the left, and 3 off of the right on the first frame, you have to take off the same amount on every frame). Also, every frame must be resized the same size.
Once you get every frame done it's just a matter of animating them and hoping the filesize isn't way too big. If it is, remove more frames, and keep optimizing it until it's perfect.

That wasn't a real tutorial, but you can find some here.
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From:zoostation
Date:May 18th, 2005 02:19 pm (UTC)
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But did you do this with photoshop or PSP?

That sounds like something that can be done on PSP with less effort. I think. I'm pretty sure...
O_o
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 18th, 2005 08:53 pm (UTC)
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Paintshop Pro 7 and Animation Shop 3 (which comes with it). I've never used Photoshop, and don't plan to ;P
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From:zoostation
Date:May 19th, 2005 03:00 am (UTC)
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*needs to fiddle more with PSP and Animation Shop*

I have them, I just haven't used them.
;)
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From:hbpen
Date:May 19th, 2005 12:34 am (UTC)
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Thanks for these links! This looks like something I *can* do! Yay!
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From:hbpen
Date:May 19th, 2005 01:59 am (UTC)
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I capped & made something from concert footage from May 10, 2005!
Not great, but, again, my 1st!! :D
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From:sapphires13
Date:May 18th, 2005 08:55 pm (UTC)
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This is my first U2 mini-movie icon, but I've made a few others before. Some Harry Potter ones, some Madonna ones, and a No Doubt one. Even though they take forever, the end result is worth it.

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