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Unless you have been in a cave, you know that animation and video effects are taking over the web. The trick is to have unique content to bring visitors to your site. Adobe has released several new tutorials to keep you up to date with the newest technology.

Check out the latest video and let Techsnoop know what you think.

Adobe Character Animator Tips & Tricks (December 2016) from Adobe professional video on Vimeo.

HP Envy Review DKemp DesignsTech Upgrade

Hello fellow geeks, technophiles and those who need translation of geek-speak. Wondering what Techsnoop has been up to? Wonder no more! Techsnoop has been busy learning many new software tricks. This put a massive strain on Techsnoop’s trusty Toshiba laptop which has served faithfully for many years as a design ninja.

Shopping for new tech is one of Techsnoop’s favorite activities, but not when there is a ticking clock. The stress of getting the best value in a crunch situation is not fun. But the Geek Gods were with Techsnoop, and a great deal appeared on an unlikely contender: the HP Envy x360. A convertible laptop was not even on the list of shopping items in this replacement foray. But the specs on this model were irresistible.

The Look

HP Envy CaseA sleek aluminum body with subtle curves, makes this a beautiful laptop even when closed. Under the hood, 12GB of ram, 6GB of video ram and a 1TB hard drive offer speedy response and lots of room for large design files. Altogether this created the need for a closer look. This is a Windows 10, 64 bit system with a 6th generation i7 processor and the price was so great, Techsnoop can’t even print it. Let’s just say many laptops with lesser specs were much more expensive.

 

Spectacular Specs

The official roundup:

Design – slim, lightweight aluminum body makes this beautiful to look at, hold and show off.
Weight – about 5 lbs, average and not too taxing to carry around. The trade-off is no optical (DVD) drive, but not a deal breaker.
Screen – bright, crisp, saturated colors. Not retina, but very close.
Touch – the touch screen has great sensitivity and seems calibrated correctly, with 95% or better accuracy.
Windows 10 – much better than Windows 8, Windows 10 allows you to configure and work the way you want with minimal distractions from the UI. Kudos.
Battery – five to six hours of use on a charge, Techsnoop gets between 4 and 5 hours with heavy applications and video playback.
Keyboard – keys are sensitive and responsive. A small dip keeps keys flush with the tray so keys don’t get pushed when in tablet mode. And there is a backlight button so you can keep working in dim lighting.

In fact, Techsnoop was working smoothly during a recent power outage in the Metro area! (But no internet :-()

Fun on the Go

The tent style is fun and efficient for watching video, learning tutorials or following recipes, while the tablet is great for taking notes, sketching or collaborating. No matter which form is used, the HP x360 is a solid computing tool to have. While Techsnoop will be adding more tech to the family, the HP Envy is a welcome and fun addition.

HP Envy Tablet HP Envy Stand

Great design requires inspiration and preparation. Sitting at a desk for long hours can cramp muscles and distract the brain from inspiring thoughts. So Techsnoop has a great solution for you inspired by the perennial geek favorite, Star Wars.

If you have been spending too much time at the keyboard or desk and need a break, try this great Tai Chi routine led by none other than the great former Jedi Darth Vader himself. And while you are getting your geek exercise, maybe the great animation will inspire you.

Thanks to John Leo for the great work on this animation project. Techsnoop feels inspired already.

Star Wars Tai Chi from John Leo on Vimeo.

Happy Friday everyone.  Today we bring you a new video from DKemp Designs using After Effects to create a 3D environment.  Please let us know in the comments what you think.  This is part one of a 3 part movie short.

And if you like animation, be sure to check out Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel today at 8:00 pm EST.  Techsnoop and SmuttyCat will be there.

 

If you have been sad since Star Wars The Clone Wars ended, try getting your fix in the games.

SWTOR, or Star Wars The Old Republic is now a free-to-play game with intensely rich and beautiful graphics.  Lightsabers, blasters and jetpacks, oh my!

The characters are detailed and richly colored, the ships and space stations are nearly real-world level.  In addition, the characters and objects are expertly animated so the movements are smooth, not jerky.  And of course, the sound has that other-world quality we have associated with Star Wars since Episode I.  Even on the free level there are great stories to follow and action to enjoy.  As with all free-to-play games, there is fine print or restrictions.  Read them here.

But what makes this game great are the graphics.  You feel that you are in a movie especially if you opt to plug into a large monitor or HDTV.

Click the image below to view the video trailer for SWTOR.  And let us know if you had fun playing.

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Credit: Yahoo! Movies

Credit: Yahoo! Movies

After Earth is the latest movie pair up of Jaden and Will Smith.  Jaden is shaping up to be a true chip off the ol’ block when it comes to acting chops.

But Jaden and Will both have to compete with the effects in this beautifully crafted movie. The creatures, landscape, technology and space scenes all hold their own as supporting acts.  And to complete this digital masterpiece, the website for After Earth is sublime. The scroll changes scenes, backgrounds, pages and creates character moves similar to the Iron Man 3 website. And all without Flash.  Techsnoop predicts that this trend will continue. While Flash will have a place in some games and apps, as a web animation, it is losing steam quickly.

While this level of interactivity could be distracting on most business sites, for the movie industry this is becoming the gold standard. Movie productions are followed closely in social media and websites have to go up far in advance of the actual opening. Adding interactive and animated elements keeps visitors coming back for updates and generates buzz.

It also provides a continuous marketing presence that the public promotes for the studio. A true win for the movie when it is a good one like After Earth.

Darth Disney?

Darth DisneyThe takeover of Star Wars by Disney has many fans fearful for the future of the franchise.  Star Wars has a strong following over many generations of fans.  Even with Jar Jar Binks, a sappy unbelievable love story sub-plot and killing off the Jedi, the franchise stands strong.

Disney has a great track record with the Marvel franchise and many other beloved characters, but sci-fi fans stand in a category by themselves.  They don’t want their story lines drifting off center.  Don’t believe me?  Star Trek Enterprise anyone?  What killed that story was the radical shift from the known Star Trek universe.  Don’t play with my backstory.

So let’s give Disney a chance to expand upon the great foundation they inherited from Lucasfilms.  There is a wealth of material still to be explored, especially with The Clone Wars series.  If you haven’t seen it, tune in to Cartoon Network and catch a few episodes.  It is a great accounting of how Anakin transitioned from promising Jedi Master to Darth Vader.

If you are one of the many upset about the Disney buyout of Star Wars,  here is something to help you sulk it out.  A fantasy take on George Lucas’ revenge as if the buyout was a sinister plot.

Hey, designers.  Ever had a great 2D photo you wished you could make a movie clip with?  Didn’t want to be stuck with a flat, boring slideshow?

Well Techsnoop has the answer to your problem with this great tutorial from JSWoodhams.  Thanks for the great video showing how to achieve this effect with Photoshop and After Effects.

So, break out the Coke or coffee and pay attention!  Oh, and please let us know if you want more of these tutorials to be posted in the comments.  Have a great week.

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(Credit) Rovio

If you like Angry Birds but were secretly rooting for the pigs, this game is for you.  The new game Bad Piggies brings a new level of interactivity to a great game franchise.  Build your own transportation to fit the environment of each level and get those birds!

Rovio has done it again and none of us will get anything done for weeks.

 

Happy Monday.  Time to crack open the coffee and Coke and get back to the design grind.  If you have no current projects, this is a great time to pre-solve some tricky procedures.

Unless you are a design guru, Techsnoop is sure many aspects of using files in After Effects has you scratching your head with “now what”.  Importing files and transforming them into spectacular works can be different every time.  But this great tutorial from Adobe TV should help clear the fog, at least with files created in Illustrator.