Monday, May 14, 2018

Two eagles

This image of two eagles on a branch is posted on Ace yesterday.

Explain yourself:

Their two heads on the source pic made it irresistible to Photoshop. One looking straight on, the other looking to the side. Two fine eagle head aspects. Both heads can be switched, and reversed. It cannot be left alone. It just can't. This gif has no meaning.

The file is incredibly long at 86 frames, and that's just not done. Nobody does that because it's ridiculous. You can tell a joke in less frames than that.

Extravagantly, luxuriously, wastefully, profligately long.

It's saving grace comes from having a single background. Only the heads move. Each new head must cover the head below it so additional tree is placed around the edges in spots taken from different areas of the background tree.

So the largest portion stays the same throughout and that kept the file size to minimum. But minimum was still at 1.2 MB. So the file was saved at 128 colors instead of 256 colors to bring down the file size. Then optimized by 100% to bring it down further to 451 KB. A considerable savings. A good exchange, file size for quality. This way it loads faster on computers.


deborah said...

Very nice. How much time does something that long take to make?

Chip Ahoy said...

I wasn't timing. I don't know.

Maybe half an hour.

There were only 5 layers + dialogue layers.

Only needed to select around two heads, double them and flip two .

Then build up around the heads like a halo of new background to cover the head under it.

Then create frames two by two. That's what took time, to anticipate how it will run, check the timing. Try to make it read like a conversation, judge how many extra frames for delays, that sort of thing.

But i'm very fast at this. Yeah, about half an hour.

MamaM said...
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ricpic said...

Wow, a shaggy eagle story.

MamaM said...

Nice???? Even the addition of a very doesn't do justice to the creativity, understatement, and invite into a joke present in this one. The "aha" didn't happen for me until the end. I first thought the "frankly" was going to be followed with "I don't give a damn"! When what I was expecting didn't happen, I opened to wonder where it was going, put guessing aside, became intrigued with watching their heads turn, didn't catch the tip off of the tennis ball into a fish thing, and was primed for the punchline at the end. Which made me laugh at myself, the show, and the simple but complex cleverness involved.

My response people to people who ask how much time a creative endeavor has taken me is to either accept their query as lame but genuine and respond with a general ball park answer that appeases (while inwardly wondering what are they going to do with that info and why they need it?) or go with my preference which is to gently say "As much time as needed" and then respond and redirect with my own query (What comes up for you when you see it? Is there something you noticed and like/don't like about this?) Time is often fluid for me when I'm in process and imagination is involved. How does one quantify the time in between the "Spirit hovering over the deep" and a "This is Good" awareness and proclamation?