An animated commercial in progress

One of our customers is currently working on a commercial for a crowdfunding website. The goal of his project is to research African vernacular architecture in various African countries.

This animation is still in the draft stage, but we are already impressed with it. We wanted to share it with you as an example of traditional animation that is being created at the St. Helena Branch Library production lab.

What tools were used in this production?

First he used iStopMotion to capture each frame. He then used iMovie to split up the original footage and control the speed (frames per second) of the film. (This can also be done in Final Cut, but iMovie allows more control.) Finally, he used Final Cut Pro to edit the video (make the white drawings on the textured background), and add text effects and music.

Want to give it a shot?

Stop by or call the St. Helena Branch Library to set up a short orientation with Computer Lab Instructor Melanie Florencio.

Connections: Explorations in New Media Exhibit at University of South Carolina Beaufort with the St. Helena Library

If you live in the Beaufort, SC area you should take the time to visit the Connections: Explorations in New Media exhibit at the USCB Sea Islands Gallery. The works featured include video mapping, video projection, and lots of 3D modeled/printed items from the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. 3D modeling programs include

The St. Helena Library is responsible for assisting in portions of this exhibition via the CreationStation’s Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer.

Useful FREE 3D Modeling Programs

Want to try your hand at 3D modeling? Here are some more great, FREE programs you can download and use.

Tinkercad

Tinkercad is great for beginners- you slide geometric shapes onto a 3D workplane. You can group shapes and even create holes.

Sculptris

Sculptris is a program where you can digitally sculpt using a variety of carving tools. Your design will be symmetrical but there is a lot of possibility.

Blender

Blender is designed for the true 3D modeling enthusiast. Completely free, you have access to digital sculpting tools along with animation capabilities.

Autodesk’s 1-2-3D Catch

1-2-3D Catch is a great way to freely laser scan objects (or yourself) by using your smartphone or tablet computer.

USCB’s “Connections: Explorations in New Media” Exhibit with Assistance by the St. Helena Branch Library

If you live in the Beaufort, SC area you should take the time to visit the Connections: Explorations in New Media exhibit at the USCB Sea Islands Gallery. The works featured include video mapping, video projection, and lots of 3D modeled/printed items from the Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer. 3D modeling programs include Sculptris, Blender, and Kinect 3D scanning software.

An example of featured 3D printed work:

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The St. Helena Library is responsible for assisting in portions of this exhibition via the CreationStation’s Makerbot Replicator 2 3D printer.

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Make sure to check out this interesting exhibit at:

  • USCB Sea Islands Center Gallery
  • 1106 Carteret Street
  • Beaufort, South Carolina 29902

Maker Monday Club

Maker Monday Club was recently held at the St. Helena Branch Library! On January 13 attendees ages 8-adult had the opportunity to play with the littleBits kits. As you can see from the pictures, a lot of fun exploring, tinkering, and making was had.

The next Maker Monday Club at the St. Helena Branch Library will be Monday, February 17th, 5:30-7:30pm. Hope to see you there!