I am an American working in Tokyo and get paid in Yen. I have way too much Yen now, and I want to change to USD, especially because the rate is relatively good at the moment. I would like to hear any anecdotal evidence about the cheapest way to change JPY to USD. [more inside]
I am fascinated by 70s/early 80s motion graphics, most often in the form of TV station bumpers and network identities. A great example is this show reel from 1978. How on earth did they get these effects with (I'm assuming) optical printers and mirrors?
A see people use a harness to hold the camera to eliminate jerking, up and down sideways Is there a way to get the same effect on a smaller budget? Or an inexpensive harness for a rather smallish light weight camera. Making special effects, like a robot walking around would add amusement to the deal. I have a program called FxGuru on my phone, which can add some limited special effects and I like that. But I would like just a little bit more control. [more inside]
I have a lava rock fireplace. Let's make it erupt! [more inside]
What are iOS apps like Snapseed and Filterstorm, but for video — to add basic effects and color correct videos shot with iPad, iPhone? VideoFX Live doesn't do the job because it only allows shooting new videos, not edit existing.
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]
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?
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]
I'm making a web page that has two scripts on it - a mootools script that shows/hides a div, and a JQuery cycle slideshow. And they aren't working together. [more inside]
Was the "shing" sound in this logo animation created with a synthesizer? If so (or if it could have been done that way), how? I have the typical audio FX software installed and would like to know how to create a nice synthetic SHINGGGG! sound. [more inside]
I want to record/create/find the kind of groaning/sudden pinging/twanging noise you get when a large metal structure is under a lot of stress. Suggestions for how to achieve this? [more inside]
What do Linux people do for realtime music effects? [more inside]
Where can I find some interesting effect pedals? [more inside]
On the February 11th episode of FX's show "Damages", I saw an actor in a small part, who I know from another show, but I'll be damned if I can remember him, and I missed the credits! [more inside]
How do professionals handle sound effects? [more inside]
What is the essential difference between guitar effect pedals in different prices ranges? Also, are the DIY stompbox kits worth it? [more inside]
I am permanently moving from the US to Europe in about a month. I have about $50K in savings in HSBC high (and ever-falling) interest account. I am at a loss as to what to do with this money. Money-savvy Mefites, please come to the rescue. [more inside]
Any opinions about foreign exchange brokers? How can one even tell who does only trades & who actually converts currency? [more inside]
Would the stars really look like that? [more inside]
I'm looking for a safe way to generate a lot of sparks for a film. [more inside]
I am getting pretty serious into the vfx industry and wanted to know where to look for accountant to deal with my taxes as a freelance artist... [more inside]