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since the last time I posted here for any reason. I've been sort of taking a sabbatical from icon making, not that I was burned out or anything, just at times I have spurts of interest and that was one of them. I'm still screen capping NCIS episodes as they come out the pipeline, though now that we're past May sweeps and the end of Season 6 all we have to do now is wait for Season 7 to begin in September.

In the interim I've also developed an interest in 2 additional shows; Criminal Minds and The West Wing. So much so that I bought the entire West Wing series on DVD and have been in the process of ripping converting the DVDs into a form that can better be screen capped. With 157 episodes to cap its slow going, I sometimes get a little tunnel-visioned watching the program I use sometimes stutter and stop in the middle of converting, and have to start it all over again. One of the things that I've discovered as I continue on through this is that Vista isn't as viable a platform for some of the programs, they run much better on XP; something to think about if I ever get the chance to upgrade my computers to Win7, I just might be better off leaving one computer running the antiquated technology, just to be safe.

I have the first 2 seasons of Criminal Minds on DVD, but with it being such slow going converting the West Wing DVDs, its almost easier to wait before I get embroiled in doing the same thing to this other interest. Even so, I've set up portions of my icon website for their eventual inclusion, so when I get them finished they will have a home.

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Been awhile since my last post but I've been busy doing a lot of different things. I finally got down pat the method of making the movie icons and have made a few more since I posted about it. With the coming of St. Patrick's Day I thought about making a bunch of icons to celebrate the day, but of course with my proclivity towards procrastination I really didn't do anything about it until the day arrived. Even so I thought I would post what I had made and if anyone likes them the work was well worth the effort.

So without further ado, here are my St. Patrick's Day icons.

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I've been trying for near forever (or at least it seems that way) to understand how people make the mini-movie icons that are rife and rampant throughout LJ. My biggest problem to date was getting the movie part of it, not really understanding the hows of it, like how does one get the clips from the video in question, in the snippet and so on, not to mention the later problem of how does one place an animated icon into a still one -AND- manage to make it small enough to get under the 40k limit that LJ imposes on icons.

Saturday afternoon I finally decided to take the bull by the horns and figure it out. I had a lead on how to get the clips, using a website that lets you re-download older versions of programs like PSP7.0 (that has Animation Shop bundled with it, a necessary evil) and PowerDVD6. I bought the latter program at one time and somewhere around here I have a CD of it, just haven't been able to locate it. Fortunately, my CD key still works so the trial version I got I was able to upgrade to the standard version I had a year or so ago (2 computers ago actually!) so I could screencap without having to worry about the program stopping on me.

I popped in one of the NCIS Season 4 DVDs, there was a scene that I wanted to capture a little snippet of. In the episode Friends & Lovers, Officer David is showing the 'kids' how to throw a knife correctly. Agent Lee has a rather humorous toss where instead of throwing it forward she lets it fly backwards, the knife slamming into a doorjamb just in front of SA Gibbs as he exits the elevator. Very funny little sequence of events and well worth animating, along with the look on his face as he hands the knife back to the embarrassed Agent Lee.

I cropped and edited the picture of the look on Gibbs' face as he handed the knife to Lee and used that as my base. According to a tutorial from crumblingwalls that was posted several years ago (the corresponding pictures no longer existed to assist unfortunately) I needed to make the base and copy it to Animation Shop, duplicate it enough times in a new animation so it would have the same number of frames of the animation I was about to create. Since I wasn't sure how many frames I was going to need, I started PowerDVD, went to the right time index and started to capture frames so that the sequence of the knife hitting the doorjamb was present, and Gibbs' reaction to it. I ended up with 40+ frames, which I knew was going to be too many, so I had to make a decision. What would be the fewest number of frames possible and -still- get the point across? I finally hit on the right sequence, and it ended up being around 25-26 frames in length. Next I copied them all to Animation Shop in their large form and was able to crop it down so that the screen credits were no longer present.

Now that I had the two major components, I had to find a way to marry them. The tutorial was for PSP7 and AS3, so I had to extrapolate that some things had changed in the interim between that version and the PSPX2 that I'm currently using. The tutorial said that I needed to have the base duplicated as many times as the frames in the animation I had made, then select all the frames, drag the first one to the second (new) animation. Well that didn't work. What did work (I actually stumbled upon the solution through trial and error) was selecting all the frames of the new animation, copying them, and pasting them into the second animation. Just had to make sure where I was pasting was the correct place and voila, it worked like a charm.

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Been awhile since I posted what I've been doing vis-a-vis icon making, and of course my topic is NCIS, just can't seem to get enough of that show.

I've been using the new PSP program and its working out rather nicely. As I've said before; Just a word of warning, ALL of my icons are hosted on my own web server so I'd appreciate NO hot linking, bandwidth is expensive enough without having to host for everyone else that likes your pictures, so please, PLEASE if you want it, copy it to your own hard drive, thanks very much.

If you're interested in any of them, you're more than welcome to them, but I'd appreciate the credit if you don't mind, thanks. If you don't know -how- to credit, its really easy, I included a picture at the bottom of this post, just follow the directions.

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Crediting is extremely easy, all you have to do is fill in the "Comment" box in the section where you are uploading the icon that you want to use.
Just as in the below picture, copy what you see, either of them is fine as the community is my own.

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I recently bought a new computer and have been getting back into the swing of making icons again. For awhile there I had taken a break as I was having moderate to immediate problems with the computer set-up I had. Now that things are (for the most part) settled in that regard, I can make use of the new version of PSP that came out (X2) and do some interesting things. Corel has finally seemingly understood that not bundling Animation Shop with PSP was a bad idea, since not too many people want to pony up $40 for what used to be an addendum bit of software when Jasc was running its own show. When I bought the upgrade version of PSP ($55 versus $100 for the full version) they offered me AS3 gratis. Since I already had a copy (actually multiple copies) of the program I declined but its good to know they're at least apparently listening to their clientele rather than just going on their merry way without giving a frig about what all they're doing.

I also have gotten back into posting some of my work to communities that have competitions to see how I stack up against other icon makers. I got a nice compliment from a new acquaintance (citymusings) who's seemingly starting out making her own icons and is going to be dipping her foot into the PSP pool with version 9.

So without further ado, here's what I've been doing of late:
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In my icon making travels I've discovered that I'm getting really good at static icons, but really am a veritable novice when it comes to the ones that move, jump and dance. I have ideas in my head that I want to bring to fruition, but am stymied by the lack of knowledge about how to bring them out, along with the fact that they rarely behave the way I want them to when I seemingly do get them to moving status (that and they're normally never under the 40kb threshold that LJ demands for usable icons). I go to the icon communities, read the tutorials and try to duplicate them, but get frustrated after a period time, shelve the whole thing and let it sit (I'm a procrastinator by trade, thanks for asking). When I go back to it after a little while, I'm still left with the fact that the less I know completely dwarfs what I -do- know and I'm usually in many ways back to square one, as I've forgotten what I knew before and have to look it up again (mind like a sieve at times, yes).

Case in point, I have a desire to have an icon that has a theme of "I have a need, a need...for speed", that little line from the movie Top Gun, but using icons and pictures from the WWII era of aviation, not modern jet fighters. I've been lately watching the History Channel show Dogfights it focuses mostly on that era's most infamous aerial battles, some of which I remember my father telling me about, he was in the US Army during WWII, in the Pacific Theater. Its for the most part a very informative and entertaining show, it takes the battles, breaks them down and using CGI tells the story in a visual way sometimes bringing you right into the cockpit so you can get a different view of how the battles unfolded, getting the 'feel' of how it was in that so very different era of rudder and stick flying, more by the seat of your pants than today when its more of a video game. Radar then was still a hit and miss prospective, there were no satellite imagery, very little between you and the enemy and imminent death was always by your side...very gripping at times. Getting back to the icon I want to make, I want to have (or at least I think I do) different pictures of the planes of the day, not just scrolling static pictures, but having them appear to be flying, with the words I chose interspersed with the pictures. It doesn't necessarily have to loop, it can run a couple of times and stop. Getting the requisite pictures is easy, I have more than enough stock shots of the planes, just putting them together is proving difficult, and annoying.

Just have to keep at it and try different combinations. I figure having both PSP and PS I have the tools to make what I want, just have to get it done...eventually.

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I had a request from someone on my FL for some specific icons that had to do with the days of the week (DOTW). Specifically she wanted certain themes along with DOTW on them somewhere, she gave me a list to work with and left the creativity along with the pictures themselves up to me. Now of course she picked a tv show that I don't normally watch, don't particularly like but that really didn't stop me from getting some good screencaps from it, I just had to dig a little to find them on various LJ communities and websites that I don't normally traverse.

I emailed her last night to mention that I'd made some progress with it and she should check it out. I was pleasantly surprised this morning with an email from her heaping praise for my efforts, made me feel pretty good about the work I'd done. :-D

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I like what I did, gonna keep going as I have one more DOTW to go along with some other topics she offered me that I didn't address yet.

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I've been having some fun over the last few months making icons, but only recently started to get into it in earnest. Have been concentrating my efforts on the tv series NCIS, with pretty good results. Just a word of warning, ALL of my icons are hosted on my own web server so I'd appreciate NO hot linking, bandwidth is expensive enough without having to host for everyone else that likes your pictures, so please, PLEASE if you want it, copy it to your own hard drive, its appreciated.

If you're interested in any of them, you're more than welcome to them, but I'd appreciate the credit if you don't mind, thanks. If you don't know -how- to credit, please ask, I'll steer you in the right direction.

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Have been working more with making icons, and have another 50 to offer up to anyone interested, again my focus is on the tv show NCIS, but that's just my current fixaton. Just a word of warning, ALL of my icons are hosted on my own web server so I'd appreciate NO hot linking, bandwidth is expensive enough without having to host for everyone else that likes your pictures, so please, PLEASE if you want it, copy it to your own hard drive, its appreciated.

If you're interested in any of them, you're more than welcome to them, but I'd appreciate the credit if you don't mind, thanks. If you don't know -how- to credit, its really easy, I included a picture at the bottom of this post, just follow the directions.

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Since the cold recently, I decided to keep my brain warm by making a few icons. Up til yesterday I'd been concentrating on the TV series NCIS as well as Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy as my fodder for icon creativity. That was up til I got The Pet DVD in the mail, I set to work doing a bit of screen capping and then making a few icons, just for the fun of it.

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x-posted to my LJ

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