Apologies for being quiet lately.
Anyway, I recently had an interesting project. Kind of a hybrid ‘white board video’ but using live action.
In this case, the client wanted, in part, to show off their new facility–an innovation center where new clients can come in and be advised on specialised packaging using multi-functional computer screens, 3D printing, small scale models–and just about anything they’d need to determine the precise packaging they will require for their products.
As this would be the sort of video that would play on a loop in reception (in addition to being a sales tool), it was decided to have no spoken audio track.
Instead the ‘actors’ would more or less pantomime while white-board-style hands would write on captions and the speech content would be in cartoon ‘talk bubbles’.
Not being a fan of pure ‘white board’ videos, I thought this was an interesting challenge.
It was my thought that to come off it should have a bit of a cartoon aspect to the live action, so I tried some existing programs I had from Pixel Film Studios, but found they were limited in parameter controls.
Eventually I found a great company with lots of cool FCPX programs that are very rich in parameter control: FCPX Effects.com.
I bought and tried out their ‘Cartooner’ program and submitted a version.
The company opted for the version without the effect, so I’ll show the full approved version first, followed by a short sample of the same video with the cartooner effect for info as I think some of you may find this useful either for production purposes or just for a bit of fun.
The following video was directed and produced by Leapfrog Marketing (Alan Myers – 0116 278 7788) in association with The Video Whisperer.
Cartooner Effect Test