3D Graphics/Virtual Reality/computer art

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Pat,
I am wanting to put something on the youtube, as a one time "trailer".  I have a poem that I wanted to post.
I am thinking of putting it on a painting background, in white writing - I would like an effect of a pen writing as the video goes along, then lastly, I wanted to hook up a song in the background.  Does this sound like something do-able

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Hello, Leah,

Yes, people do that all the time. I think they probably use some software, but I have never done it, so I can't tell you which software you need. You need animation software. You would be making successive frames with the writing slightly more complete each time. The software may be expensive; I have never priced it.

I get emails from various doctors and health care advisers who make videos in which this is done. You may have seen one of these. You might want to contact them and ask them what software they are using. I don't know what format these are in, either, since they are being live-streamed, so there is no filename for me to discover. You might also try a Google search on "animation software" and see what you come up with.

People used to animate by hand. You can also do that, but it's more tedious, but cheaper. I have Paint Shop Pro with Animation Shop. I can make individual frames for an animation, and combine them into a .gif sequence. If you want it to be in the format used on YouTube, however, you won't be using .gif. I'm not positive, but I THINK they use .mp4 files. I want to be able to post on YouTube eventually as well, but since I don't have a way of making digital movies at the moment, it's a project for the future.

I don't know how helpful this is, and I realize there aren't many experts in this category, so it's possible there's no one else here who knows more. I'm sorry I can't be of more help. Good luck!

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I have done extensive work in computer art, including digital landscapes, particularly in Terragen, but also in Bryce and Vue d'Esprit. I also do fractal art, and I use Ultrafractal, Apophysis, and Xenodream. I am familiar with some of the theory behind fractal art. I am familiar with unusual techniques for making abstracts in digital landscape programs, such as Hubism.

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I have been making computer art, including fractals and digital landscapes, for approximately the past ten years. I participate in various online communities, particularly in the area of fractals. I have no expertise in virtual reality, or computer generated scenes involving figures, human or otherwise, or objects. My expertise is strictly in abstract art and digital landscapes in Terragen.

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I have a bachelor's degree in art from Ohio Dominican University, where I mainly studied ceramics, and I also do glaze calculation and fiber arts, such as creative needlepoint. I studied fractal artistry in Ultrafractal with Janet Parke.

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