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Cinematography: What changed on Doctor Who between Davies and Moffat?

This week I watched a Doctor Who episode from the Russell T. Davies era with David Tennant as Doctor 10. I cut my teeth on the Matt Smith episodes, so I always find the older episodes so different in terms of production quality. But what am I seeing, exactly? What were the technical changes in production between the two series? [more inside]
posted by fremen on Aug 22, 2014 - 5 answers

What's wrong with my rackmount effect box?

My Digitech Studio Quad 1u rackmount box gets unhappy over time (hours). As it warms up, the input levels drop and it becomes unusable. Turned off for a few hours, it comes back to life. Is this terminal or repairable? Should I get something new? Is there a comparable product (multiple ins/outs, flexible routing)? [more inside]
posted by erebora on Aug 7, 2014 - 5 answers

Simulating an image that is out of register

I have a JPG that I want to appear as if it is out of register. It's to depict the idea of something being counterfeit. [more inside]
posted by divinitys.mortal.flesh on May 29, 2014 - 15 answers

Rope jumping overdose?

Hypothetically, what would happen if one were to jump rope for 10 minutes of every hour of the working day, i.e. 10 minutes of rope jumping x8 every day, separated by 50-60 minutes of sitting at the desk. I'm looking for good and bad here. Would it kill your knees? Do wonders for your legs? Do not have much more effect than if you were to jump for only 10 minutes 3 times a week?
posted by Skyanth on May 19, 2014 - 19 answers

Trippy music video featuring a train with special effects?

I'm trying to find a trippy music video featuring a train. The whole video follows the train for the most part. As the music gets more elaborate, the train gets a bunch of effects including changing its color and brightness. Another music video by the same band involved a fake PSA or television broadcast that devolves into a song. Does any of this ring a bell? I think the band was electronic, but don't quote me on that.
posted by yaymukund on Apr 2, 2014 - 9 answers

Pet Owners Have You Ever Used Certifect To Treat for Fleas And Ticks?

Has anyone used Certifect (a relatively new drug put out by Merial (the makers of Frontline) to treat for fleas and ticks? What is your personal experience with it? Was it effective? Did your pets have any negative reactions? [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Jan 16, 2014 - 7 answers

Need help finding animation tutorials/classes for this style?

Hi Everyone! All of my clients are asking for this style of animation/screen casting (SFW): http://youtu.be/RYZ7IkboW7M It's the manic screen twisting animation with text and simple images displayed over basic color backgrounds. I am moderately skilled in After Effects (and own the suite) so I'd love to accommodate them, but I am more accustomed to creating explosions, light sabers and monsters than this kind of stuff. I would like to know if anyone knows of specific online classes or easy to follow tutorials for this specific style/type of animation? I've found many After Effects tutorials, but I'm looking for something specifically geared to creating a video similar to the one posted above. I am happily prepared to pay for these as I really need to be somewhat proficient in this by early 2014. Thanks a million!
posted by MeetCleaverTheatre on Nov 8, 2013 - 7 answers

Representations of 'The Phantom Zone' (in the original Superman films)

In the original Superman films General Zod and his accomplices are trapped in The Phantom Zone, which in the films is represented as a 2D 'crystal' prison sent spinning through space. I am looking for any writings/insights into how the visual effects for this were created, and exactly by whom. Any other insights, from comic book lore, about how the Phantom Zone was represented - especially visually - would also be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Jun 3, 2013 - 3 answers

Help me identify this music video

I'm thinking of a music video by a Japanese rock band that starts with a long tracking shot of a huge guitar effects pedal chain. I know it is an amazing song but I can't for the life of me recall the name.
posted by mhjb on Mar 24, 2013 - 4 answers

Specific Text Animation in After Effects

Looking for a text animation in After Effects [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Mar 2, 2013 - 3 answers

Question regarding coming off of anti-depressants

What was your experience coming off of anti-depressants? When you were on them, did you experience blunting of feelings and emotions and when you were tapering or went off cold turkey, did you feel a return to your former self/return of your personality? [more inside]
posted by BlueMartini7 on Feb 25, 2013 - 14 answers

Will we ever witness the perfect drug in our lifetimes?

From a medical/science standpoint, what are the limiting factors that make it difficult to produce pharmaceutical drugs that do not have negative side effects?
posted by 6spd on Feb 17, 2013 - 22 answers

Numbness as a side effect of the mini pill?

YANMD, but how paranoid am I being? Also some general birth control questions and angst. [more inside]
posted by celtalitha on Dec 14, 2012 - 18 answers

What creative programs allow users to 'explore' with randomization tools?

Are there any consumer or professional creative programs that offer randomization tools along the lines of 'Brainstorm' in Adobe After Effects? [more inside]
posted by artradio on Nov 29, 2012 - 2 answers

choose the right pathe

I would like to know what options are available to me to enhance (or indeed the opposite) video streams - What I'd specifically like to do is download specific youtube footage (personal use) and render it with a jumpy black and white Pathe film-like quality. What would be the best approach to achieve this? - And please take into account that I have no Apple products to hand and very limited experience in manipulating the moving picture.
posted by mattoxic on Nov 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Looking for noisy, spacey, atypical guitar pedal effects...

I'm looking for guitar pedals that can create noisy, spacey effects like this that can be manipulated live and while recording. [more inside]
posted by critzer on Nov 26, 2012 - 13 answers

How do I emulate this digital texture?

Digital artists: What is this cool, grainy Photoshop texture used in webcomics and how do I make it too? [more inside]
posted by iadacanavon on Nov 6, 2012 - 5 answers

What is this effect for the guitar?

What is this new guitar effects device or pedal that has become popular in the past few years? [more inside]
posted by critzer on Oct 22, 2012 - 16 answers

Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation?

Can I Convert Video Footage to Animation? We are making a video documentary about college students and their attitudes towards dating and sex. Much of the documentary involves one interviewer interviewing different people on the same set. As you might guess, many of the potential subjects are reluctant to speak candidly onscreen, BUT, most of them will consent to their voices being used…I am wondering if there is some not-crazily-expensive way to take a video interview and, using some kind of software, animate it, turning the interviewer and subject into animated avatars. The animation does not have to be super super high quality—a fairly simple avatar for each of the people onscreen will do…We have a lot of technical and post-production people on the crew, so someone involved probably has access to almost any software program available…Any help—especially specific programs or plug-ins—would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by laswingkid on Aug 30, 2012 - 13 answers

It's closest I'll ever get to time-traveling

Is there a resource online for searching films/shows by time period depicted? [more inside]
posted by stroke_count on Aug 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Can Paxil make me more suicidal after only four days?

Is it common to experience a ramp up in negative thoughts after being on Paxil for just 4 days? [more inside]
posted by kanata on Jul 12, 2012 - 11 answers

I'm looking for sound.

Tell me about sound effects for games. I'm designing the specifications for a mobile app, which will be a game. I need sound effects, preferably royalty-free, to accompany the game. [more inside]
posted by dfriedman on Jun 2, 2012 - 4 answers

I just want to be myself again. I need to clean up the mess of the last few months.

Birth control filter : BC linked to risky/daring behavior? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on May 23, 2012 - 9 answers

Link my mood to my food, man.

How can I be better at making a connection between what I eat and how I feel? [more inside]
posted by brappi on May 14, 2012 - 8 answers

I know I need a degree, but in what?

I'm 24, I've been kicked out of college twice, and I want a degree that will be a good springboard for going into the guitar effects/amplification field. Also, a >$40k salary starting out would be nice. Is electrical engineering the right fit for what I'm looking for? [more inside]
posted by bumpjump on Apr 27, 2012 - 30 answers

Chroma/Luma Key for OS X Browsers

Is it possible to make a browser window and the background of web pages transparent but to leave the text and images opaque? This would be applied to all web pages viewed in the browser, not just for specific pages I am creating. I've looked at several plug-ins and applications that offer transparent browser windows, but nothing so far gives options for selecting colors to leave opaque. I essentially want something to act as a luma or chroma key for browser windows. I'm using OS X. [more inside]
posted by davidriley on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Programmable Big Red Button?

Where can I get a programmable "big red button?" [more inside]
posted by Marky on Apr 14, 2012 - 10 answers

I want to learn to make motion graphics. Is After Effects a good way in? Whats a good way yo begin learning it?

I want to learn to make motion graphics. Is After Effects a good way in? Whats a good way yo begin learning it? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Feb 19, 2012 - 9 answers

Help me identify the clichéd sound effect used to label locations in certain films and tv shows.

Is there a real world referent for that bleeping typing noise used in some films as a text (usually a location note) appears on the screen? It's a similar thing to that chunka-chunka typing sound used in the X-Files when the location of a new scene would be announced, but it's like a very rapid, high-pitched "beedeebeedeebeedeebeep" sound played while the letters appear. [more inside]
posted by col_pogo on Jan 18, 2012 - 20 answers

singulair side effects

Hi, I was prescribed Singulair for seasona allergies. After taking for a couple of months, I started having anxiety and panic attacks. I stopped taking it almost 3 weeks ago and the symptoms have diminished greatly but not completely. Has anyone else had an experience with this? I'd like to know how long it will take for the sure effects to completely go away.
posted by Shanachie on Jan 2, 2012 - 8 answers

Guitar pedal that makes me sound like the band?

Does a guitar FX pedal or computer program exist that let's me plug in, select a song, and then start playing my guitar with the exact FX the original guitarist used?
posted by WhereAmI on Sep 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Will Zoloft side effects subside?

After 3 weeks on 75 mg of zoloft (previously was on 50 mg) the side effects are helping with my intense anxiety. In fact, I'm pretty apathetic. I'm also having difficulty sleeping and then difficulty waking up, to the point that I slept well into the afternoon today (very unusual for me). I find myself clenching my jaw and rather jittery. And I feel strangely separated from reality, as if I'm in a fog. As hard as it is to fall asleep I feel like I'm fighting sleep all day. Has anyone experienced these symptoms but stayed on the medication and found that they were able to stabilize?
posted by bunderful on Aug 13, 2011 - 12 answers

Should I moderate my sweet tooth?

About 1/ week, I have a major sugar binge. It's always candy and never cake or other sweets. I usually end up eating more than a couple servings of candy in these binges. Now, I am a healthy weight, and my diet in every other way is balanced and healthy for the most part. I am wondering how bad of a health impact these sugar binges can have? Especially in the long term. I am in my mid-20's.
posted by Equiprimordial on Aug 1, 2011 - 13 answers

Which knob am I supposed to turn to 11?

Continuing on my progression to Rock God status, I hoped you could enlighten me with everything you know about getting particular sounds out of amps and effects--both as a general proposition, and with respect to the infinitely tweakable Line 6 Pod HD. [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Jul 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What are the components of Lenny Kaye's guitar sound?

Geetar-filter: What axe/fx achieved the sound of Lenny Kaye's wonderful solo on "Pissing In A River"?
posted by Trurl on Jun 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Orpaxel, Xelapor, Rapoxle, Opralex!

I'm weaning off Lexapro under my doctor's supervision. Because I'm not going to keep bugging my doctor about this (she's on vacation anyway), I figured it'd hit up for guys for some withdrawal symptom advice. I've been having some fun ones, and I want to make sure everything is fine. I'd also like to find out what might help me feel a little bit better. [more inside]
posted by your mom's a sock puppet on Jun 11, 2011 - 10 answers

Guitar multi FX vs stomp boxes

GuitarFilter: Multi FX vs. Pedals. In particular, I'm trying to figure out whether I should buy a $100 floor controller for my Line 6 Pod XT, or stump for a couple of pedals instead. Lots of snowflakiness inside. [more inside]
posted by unSane on May 30, 2011 - 12 answers

The Admiral Haddock Experience

I'm getting back into playing my electric guitar. Two questions: 1) how do I tell whether it's worth throwing money at the existing guitar vs. getting a new one (details inside, I'm in Boston); and 2) what's a good effects processor these days (details also inside). [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on May 26, 2011 - 16 answers

silence of the shams

just how unrealistic is a gun silencer as presented in films, something about twice the size of the barrel making a pistol barely audible? how close to the "polite sneeze" sound of a silenced pistol can you get in reality with a similarly-sized muffler?
posted by dong_resin on Apr 16, 2011 - 19 answers

Isotypes and Heath

Cancer Knowledge: With the recent radiation fears in Japan, how does radiation cause cancer? Also, looking for an expert here - given the huge investments towards cancer research, how far away are we from a cure? Or is it not so simple?
posted by Funmonkey1 on Mar 18, 2011 - 21 answers

Vintage Digital Multieffects Pedal

What is a cheap, crazy sounding vintage multi effects unit? [more inside]
posted by bigspoon on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Advanced After Effects classes in NYC?

Advanced After Effects classes in NYC? [more inside]
posted by mattsweaters on Aug 16, 2010 - 1 answer

What can I expect after an abortion?

Someone close to me will be undergoing an abortion in about a week. My role will be to support her during and afterward. We don't know yet whether it will be the medical (plan B pill) or surgical procedure. What kind of physical and emotional side effects can we expect to deal with? Can anyone who has gone through this offer advice or wisdom? The patient is 18 years old, athletic, and otherwise in good health.
posted by leafeater on Mar 31, 2010 - 28 answers

What alcoholic drinks/cocktails are less sedating?

What kinds of alcohol are least and most sedating? Whats a good strategy to enjoy a few drinks in an evening without the sedating effects? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 28, 2010 - 29 answers

Make my movie weiiiiird, maaaaannn.

What film editing techniques can I use to create a "psychedelic" or just plain unusual look. (There are a few caveats.) [more inside]
posted by drjimmy11 on Feb 17, 2010 - 13 answers

Cool Slideshow software needed!

New to this! I need to impress some co-workers with a cool picture slideshow. I need one that has a boat load of cool effects. I have both a Mac and a PC. [more inside]
posted by johnd101 on Feb 10, 2010 - 4 answers

Speak the speech trippingly. Or pitched low. Or with a mumble.

Is there a resource that lists and explains the various effects one can use to accessorized speech, such as altering pitch, speeding up, slowing down, etc.? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 23, 2009 - 5 answers

Help with a javascript effect please!

I'm trying to implement this moo tools javascript effect to fade in, and then fade out a single image element, and I need help to make it work. This is my attempt. [more inside]
posted by bonsai forest on Dec 7, 2009 - 3 answers

Will antianxiety meds take away a temper?

Will antianxiety meds take away a temper? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 30, 2009 - 18 answers

Live bass guitar looping - how DID he do it?

A little while back I heard a bass guitar player with some kind of amazing live looping set-up - what on earth was it? I keep wondering what he was doing. All I could see was that he was grabbing (sampling) things he was playing, as he was playing them (ie while he was continuing to play), using foot pedals of some sort, and then incorporating those loops into the rest of the track. Amazing. But how?
posted by monster max on Oct 18, 2009 - 20 answers

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