Thursday, July 1, 2010

Goodbye MeMaw

My Grandma went to be with God on June 17th. Our family is both sad and happy at the same time. We are sad because she was a very big part of our lives, and she isn't with us anymore, but we are also very happy for her. She has no more suffering or pain. She is with her husband again and in the presence of Jesus. Thinking of the immense joy she is experiencing brings us joy.

When she became a Christian, MeMaw (that's what us kids called her), heard how the butterfly is an object lesson of salvation. When we become saved, we are a new creation, like when the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Ever since then, MeMaw loved butterflies. There were butterfly decorations all over her house.

Mom put me in charge of creating a slide show for her funeral. I decided that I would try to make a little swarm of butterflies moving across the screen be the transition from picture to picture. My plan was to make the slide show on Windows Movie Maker with a simple wipe across the screen for a transition, like this:

I then animated some butterflies in Blender like this:

I then overlapped the two videos at the point of transition for the finished result:

This project was quite a challenge for me, mainly because I didn't know much about overlapping videos in Blender. Also, in order for all this to work, the butterfly video had to have a transparent background, which I had no idea how to make. I did figure out how to do it though, and just in case there are some beginners like me who read my blog, I'll explain how I did it.

When you are in the render panel (F10), and you are selecting how you want your video saved, select Quick Time. A window box full of settings will then pull up. In the Depth drop down menu choose "Millions of Colors+". That "+" stands for transparency. Also be sure to press the "key", and "RGBA" buttons also in the render panel. If you've done all that, then you will have a transparent background to your animation! There is probably other ways of doing it, but that the only way I know of.


The Cole Family said...

Thank you Joshua for all your hard work. The video turned out great. I appreciate your diligence and perseverance when it got really hard and you weren't sure what to do. MeMaw would love it and be so proud of you. So amd I!

Love you,


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your grandmother. The video looks great!