I bought Cyberlink PD14 Ultra a couple of weeks ago after trying as many free programs as I could find and doing the same with lots of the ones that ask for money, to be honest few were better than WMM 6.0 and some were a lot worse. I didn't like the way some of them wanted a lot more money for not very much in the way of 'upgrades. I must admit I didn't look at the very expensive ones because my videos are quite simple.
After many years of single image photography I decided to teach myself digital art montage. I'd prevaricated for thirteen years thinking it to be a mountain of expertise I couldn't possibly climb. Eventually I became so angry at my failure I put everything else to one side and plunged into it.
This led me to the before and the after of montage making, I was delighted to find some CSS code that would cross fade two images. From there I found that cross fading single images could be made into videos. Once again I had to climb another mountain and learn how to use even more software and how to make and edit sound recordings. Having started with one idea in mind I have reappeared at the other end with something which is to me entirely different and opening up a whole realm of possibilities.
I began making montages with the idea of making figurative images and started by using unrelated background images and merging them in different ways. As I progressed the idea of the anonymous 'Everyman' emerged, so I posed for the figurative images wearing a coverall body suit.
This video is made up from some of my first montages with background images taken from areas local to my home. The first one from a local quarry and the woodland above it and the last from the site of an old mine dating back to Roman times.
The sound is a combination of a recording made with the microphone placed outside our house and one made from Ray Wilson's "Weird Sound Generator" circuit which I constructed myself.
What I enjoyed most about making this and similar videos is the long crossfades they reveal my thoughts and technique as they slowly unfold.
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Cheers - Jem