Please Look for Link to Other ST Moments sites.

Please Look for Link to Other ST Moments sites.

Friday, 9 August 2013

Exclusive look for my blog readers of episode 85. before the final edits public upload.

Hello Inter-Web-Land

This is my first offline edit of Data's Day but it is much to long and I will have to cut it down to a more reasonable size. The Romulan storyline will just have to go I think if we are to keep all of the other good stuff. Anyway if you have the time see what you think and any constructive comments would be welcome.

Not sure if YouTube has finished processing it yet but it's up if you want to take a look.
ST Moments 85. Data's Day Offline Edit

All the Best. DarMok.

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Data's Day Edit Started

Hello Inter-Web-Land.

Well I have finally started the Data's Day edit, the evidence is below, I'm up to the scene where O'Brien asks Data to speak to Keiko again and try to convince her that the wedding should go ahead. I have decided to create an edit based around Data's narration of the episode, which will also touch upon the secondary storyline of the Vulcan Ambassador. As usual the hardest part of creating these edits is what to cut out while keeping the essence of the storyline. What I find it easier to do is to create the edit trying not to think to much about who long it will be and then when it's finished, treat it like an offline edit, which can be reduced as needed.
But it's that process which can be very difficult when there are so many scenes that fans remember as their own personal favorites. I don't know whether to eventually cut the secondary storyline out completely and just have the wedding and the dancing scene which will be quite long when I get to it. Decisions, decisions, this is why I started this blog to try and get some input of the other fans of the series to help me make these ST Moments (NextGen Edition) as good as possible, which is what I am trying to do. I am also having a few problems with my choice of codex for the HD edits, I am trying to keep the quality good but the file size down, currently using, any suggestions would be welcome.

Codec: H264-MPEG-4 AVC(part 10)(avc1)
Resolution : 960x720
Frame Rate : 23.976023 
Decoded format : Planer 4:2:0
MPEG AAC Audio (mp4a)
Sample Rate : 48000 Hz
I will keep at it and see if I can get it right, people seem to like the longer edits anyway so we could end up with a 10-15 min version.

 All the Best DarMok

Screen grab of Premiere episode 85 Data's Day HD edit

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Data's Dancing Day

Hello  Inter-Web-Land.

This sequence has been created as a experiment to see what would be the best format to upload HD to YouTube. I needed something to try out as a HD version of a ST Moments edit and to be honest I got a little distracted with the process of creating this edit.
            As happens a lot with the compositing I create in Adobe After Effects, because there are so many possibilities of what can be created. I started with a simple idea when watching the Sick Bay scene between Data & Beverley Crusher. An extra walks passed them and hears a little of what they are talking about, Data's wish to learn how to dance. I created a double take of the extra at what he had heard and then thought this needs some music and it continued from there.
             In the holodeck scene I wanted to throw a surprise in for the choice of the music, so started with Scott Joplin's "Solace". But as Beverley begins to teach Data his first few tap steps, it tunes into  Disco time with "The Hustle" by Van McCoy,  in the J. J. Abrams tradition, the lights come on and its time to get down. The idea just stroke me as funny, that this would be on the show, Data's Disco Dancing Day.
          This process has helped me in a round about way to work out what format I will be using from now on for producing the series of ST Moments. Now all I need is to reproduce a banner in the new HD size and my mean worry that I have hardly any room left on my hard drives for these large files. But by Huck or by Crock, I will find a way to get them done, so for now all the best and I hope you all enjoy this bit of fun I have created, when I should be hard at work continuing the series, soon very soon.