Prompted by the success of a previous post
, I have another special effects question. Is there a term of art for the stuff like extra model kit parts and other doodads glued to a model to give it a sense of scale and complexity? [more inside]
posted by bartleby
on Oct 8, 2009 -
many programs and devices have a function that slows down or speeds up audio without changing the pitch.
my rockheaded layman's theory on illustrating how this must be done is that it divides the whole audio track into something like audio pixels that are so short that they can be shortened without actually removing any of the details that you're hearing--
it's just you're hearing every small detail for less of an amount of time (likewise with slower speed, it lengthens the amount of time that you hear every of those little "audio pixels" so that it is twice as slow). [more inside]
posted by candyhammer
on May 28, 2009 -
On NBC's Heroes, what is the shot or effect called when Matt Parkman uses his telepathy? Bonus points if you can also point me to tips for emulating this in After Effects. [more inside]
posted by cramer
on May 5, 2009 -
I just got a nice keyboard with no on-board effects. What are some good effects equipment for keyboard? Should I just string along some MXR pedals? Invest in a Roland Space Echo? VST?
posted by plexi
on Feb 3, 2009 -
I want to get a handle on how to put together specific electric guitar sounds using effects pedals. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore
on Jan 2, 2009 -
Can you remember the 1970s disco songs that start with sound effects such as machine gun fire, door opening slowly , and a man laughing ominously? [more inside]
posted by cluelessguru
on Dec 22, 2008 -
Does anyone have any real life experience with taking hoodia? Does it work? Have you noticed any unfortunate or alarming side effects?
posted by AuntieRuth
on Aug 24, 2008 -
Can I apply an equalizer or other effect to songs as they are encoded? Can I decode/re-encode songs and do this so they sound better on my ipod? [more inside]
posted by kenbennedy
on Aug 5, 2008 -
Is there an automated (or "simple") way to undo iPhoto effects? Some look difficult, but the "pop art" effect in particular looks like if should be fairly easy to get something like the original image back.
posted by d7415
on May 23, 2008 -
I want to recreate, as closely as possible, the Busby Berkeley effect where the faces go all kaleidoscopic and hazy, like in 42nd street. Here is a still.
Does anyone have any ideas on how to do this, via plugin, or motion paths? Also, for extra credit, how did they do this in the 1930's?
I use After Effects and Premiere.
posted by idledebonair
on May 10, 2008 -
How do I age someone for a film? Looking for something relatively cheap/easy. We don't have any proper makeup experience. [more inside]
posted by es_de_bah
on Apr 22, 2008 -
What is the essential difference between guitar effect pedals in different prices ranges? Also, are the DIY stompbox kits worth it? [more inside]
posted by spiderskull
on Mar 17, 2008 -
What movie's characteristic sound effect was caused by using a tube to blow bubbles in a toilet? [more inside]
posted by Addlepated
on Mar 4, 2008 -
After Effects CS3: Newbie question driving me nuts. Can't paste a path as a Motion path. [more inside]
posted by robbie01
on Nov 20, 2007 -
Illustrator CS3. Is there a way to "apply" the effects (from the Effects dropdown menu) I've done to vector illustrations in the same manner as I can Expand a complex shape I've created with Pathfinder (deleting the extra shape)? [more inside]
posted by Wink Ricketts
on Nov 1, 2007 -
Ouch! Why does this medication hurt my stomach a day after I've taken it for the last time? Please explain before I have an ulcer or an alien growing inside me or something... [more inside]
posted by sneakin
on Jan 18, 2007 -
What's up with that annoying fast-motion digital effect that's been popping up in movies the past few years? I think it's supposed to make things look scary, but it really has the effect of making everything look like a bad Benny Hill comedy.
Is this something that directors do to their movies on purpose, or is it a byproduct of some sort of digital processing? [more inside]
posted by Afroblanco
on Oct 13, 2006 -
GuitarGearFilter: I'm a semi-skilled guitarist looking to add pedals and effects to my rig. I like the idea of those several-pedals-in-one processor thingies, but I'm baffled by the array of stuff out there and a bit wary of the opinions of the possibly-commissioned staff of the local music store. [more inside]
posted by Schlimmbesserung
on Aug 4, 2006 -
Has anyone ever heard of an individual not able to experience the effects of THC after consumption? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 7, 2006 -
I'm trying to install the Eve3 framework on a Powerbook G4 in order to run the Magic Bullet Suite 2.1 plug-in for Adobe After Effects Pro 6.5. I have the downloaded framework file, but when I copy it to the Frameworks folder, the UNIX Eve3 executable file changes into a document, rendering the thing non-functional. [more inside]
posted by Toolshed
on Apr 4, 2006 -
Flash masking effects: I'm trying to duplicate the flash slideshow photo transition at http://www.247consult.com/
(minus the menu). I've found a file on istockphoto
that's close, but very difficult for me to customize to my own photo dimensions. I've yet to find a decent tutorial on masks much less one that creates the nifty "box" effect. Furthermore, I don't know what this type of mask is generally referred to....Ideas?
posted by masymas
on Apr 2, 2006 -
I am working on a student short and I am need of good sounding 'punch' sounds for my film. Are there any good leads on the web where I could find some that don't sound cartoonish? Thank you.
posted by cheero
on Jan 15, 2006 -
What is the effect on Steve Hackett's guitar solo on the live version of Counting Out Time? It's definitely weird pitchy and I'm boggled as to what it is...My first thought was a Mutron Biphase, but I after listening to it a few times I don't think so...If any early Genesis/Steve Hackett fans can help, much thanks!
posted by vurnt22
on Jan 2, 2006 -
I'm editing a low budget movie now and I need the sound of a silenced pistol shot. The only place I can find it is in extremely expensive CD collections. Where can I get this single sound, preferrably high quality and .aif format?
posted by clockworkjoe
on Sep 18, 2005 -
How did Kubrick film the psychedelic 'stargate' sequence of "2001: A Space Odyssey"? Some of the movie's special effects are obviously crude CGI (like the cockpit displays during spacecraft rendezvous) but the ending seems far more sophisticated. Regular old animation? Looks too... digital. Articles on 'the making of' I've seen never discuss this all-important visual (although it's cool knowing about the spinning set used for example in the jogging scene).
posted by Rash
on Sep 15, 2005 -
Yesterday, a friend called from L.A. and made me listen to this guy 'playing' his bicycle through guitar effects. Anyone know who this was? It was incredibly wierd but cool. And I want to listen to more of this guys stuff. [more inside]
posted by geekhorde
on Aug 28, 2005 -
Anyone with Hodgkin's Disease out there? Have a question about the wonders and side effects of ABVD chemotherapy. [more inside]
posted by Moondoggie
on May 23, 2005 -
My daughter's birthday is in 3 weeks & I'd like to get here an effects pedal for the stratocaster she appropriated from me, but I'm largely clueless. Would like to keep cost around $100-150. Any suggestions on brand/model/features?
posted by Pressed Rat
on May 3, 2005 -