Making The Tear Drop Jim Picture

I had so much fun making the picture of me crying me, meaning what I now call Tear Drop Jim, as the featured image for my blog post, “Jim’s Only Kidding Endlessly” (which by the way contains the acronym JOKE).

The tearing and light sensitivity after the retinal detachment surgery was a nuisance. It’s gradually resolving.

I made a screen recorder video of how I created the image using PowerDirector 17.

The Double Trouble Double Green Screen

I finally got the elevator pitch green screen YouTube trailer done right—I think. It took me 4 tries. The difficulty for me was getting the green screen video actually to open up in sync with the elevator doors. What you’re supposed to see are the elevator doors seemingly opening up to an interesting scene, which is a green screen production. See my April 1, 2022 post Quick and Dirty Green Screen post.

Recall the first one I did. I moved into the elevator and stayed there where I gave my elevator pitch. See my March 18, 2022 post, New Elevator Pitch. I’m sure a lot of people knew what was odd about that. I tried again a few times, each time not feeling right about the results.

I finally had a look at PowerDirector University Malik’s tutorial (the Land of Oz Effect mentioned in the description, along with a link) on it and realized what I had to do. I actually made two green screens. I made one the right way with me giving the elevator pitch and superimposed on an old video of Niagara Falls which Sena and I visited on a vacation.

Then, I made another green screen production using the free elevator clip green screen download and Niagara videos. What I kept doing wrong was placing the elevator introduction and the Niagara clips on the wrong tracks in the PowerDirector video editing software. When I reversed them (the downloaded free elevator clip below the clip of me giving the elevator pitch at Niagara Falls , it worked—with a little nudging of the Niagara clip.

New Elevator Pitch

I just made a new and much shorter elevator pitch video for my YouTube channel using green screen yesterday . I grabbed a free elevator clip from Pixabay to make the 20 second video. Getting my lines right took the longest time. See my Greenhorn Green Screen post from yesterday for instructions using Power Director software. Or use the software of your choice!

Greenhorn Green Screen

Yesterday, the Elgato Green Screen arrived and unboxing took longer than deploying the green screen itself, which just pulls up and pushes back down into its case. You can see how it works on my YouTube channel. I had to update this post this morning when Sena reminded me that today is St. Patrick’s Day!

Actually, making a green screen video was harder—but not terribly hard. I think the software for processing a green screen project probably differs from brand to brand, although I can’t swear to it. Anyway, I used Power Director and the instruction from PowerDirector University were really helpful. Frankly, I tried so many times to make a halfway decent video that I got plenty of practice.

I even tried to make a really bizarre green screen by wearing my green shirt. Much to my surprise, it didn’t really make any difference, which shows how little I know about this.

I was a little worried about the lack of light control I had. I have big faux wood blinds in my office but I moved the screen closer to the back of my chair and that seemed to help. I had to be very mindful that it was right behind me so I would avoid running over it with my chair.

The first few videos I made I looked like a monster because my eyeglasses, my eyes, and even the inside of my mouth gleamed with bright, ghostly lights. The more I tinkered with the chroma key and denoise control, the less prominent they got. If you notice, I still look a little green around the gills. I need practice.

The screen came with a few instructions:

Use the central handle to extend or contract the screen; try to avoid touching the screen itself.

Be careful when setting up near children.

Only use the central handle to raise and lower it so you won’t jam your fingers.

Use the stabilizer feet; otherwise, it will fall over.

When not in use, lay the screen horizontally on its feet.

Don’t leave the screen exposed to direct sunlight.

Don’t attach items to the screen.

Don’t set it up in areas prone to strong air currents, which can make the screen and move and compromise image quality.

Keep the screen free from dirt and dust; if it needs cleaning use a soft cloth with water and mild, neutral detergent. Never use benzene, thinner, and other volatile agents because they can cause permanent damage.

Don’t iron the fabric; small wrinkles will smooth out with time.

Have fun!

Green Shirt Green Screen

In a couple of days, I’m going to get a green screen delivered. I hope it works to create special photo and video effects I wouldn’t otherwise be able to pull off—unless I used an old green shirt like I did for the chicken wishbone video. The wishbone is obviously way out of scale compared to the chicken, which is one of several sculptures on the Iowa River Landing Sculpture Walk in Coralville installed in 2013. It’s called Iowa Blue: The Urbane Chicken.

The green screen I’ll get is more professional and will likely take alien guidance to learn how to use it properly. Since aliens never reply to emails (greenguy@galaxy9dotorg) or take phone calls, I’ll have to get directions elsewhere. The link is to a website where I saw the abbreviation TLDR for the first time; it means “too long; didn’t read.” It’s very long, but I did read a fair chunk of it.

I used the green shirt sleeve to help me edit my video in order to make a composite of the wishbone and The Urbane Chicken. I just set the chicken bone on it and made a short video of it. Then I used video editing software to clean out all the green from the chicken bone video and superimposed it on the big chicken photo, making it look like an alien object hovering next to the chicken.

I know it doesn’t make any sense, but I did it anyway. I’m hoping I’ll have better luck with a real green screen, if I can figure out how to use it.

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