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Stephen's AR Adventure in PA visiting with the Mangigians (My First Mixpo Video)

VideoAd by Mixpo Still fooling around trying to figure out how to use Mixpo. Today's experiment is mixing a few photographs with some video footage of the little minion blur running around Susan's yard. It was surprisingly simple to put together using Avid Studio Plus 12 Ultimate, my Korg N364 and Sony Acid 4.0. Stephen was having a field day and we all really enjoyed ourselves. Here's a brief video of Stephen's AR adventure at the Mangigians.

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Comment balloon 48 commentsC Tann-Starr • September 01 2008 05:30AM

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C,

You are doing a great job with keeping up with Stephen.....this is really great.....

Posted by Julie Chapman, New Homes Sales Ormond, New Smyrna, Daytona Be (DR Horton ) about 12 years ago

C,

You are really getting the hang of this stuff.  Good job ma'am.

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) about 12 years ago

Good Morning C - You are up early today!  Cute little video, like the music.

Posted by Lisa Friedman, Central New Jersey Real Estate (Alliance Realtors) about 12 years ago

Carolyn,

Great job with Mixpo...the music seems to have been written for the action taking place...was that coincidental??? Thanks,   Fran

Posted by Fran Gaspari, "The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ (Patriot Land Transfer, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, I wish I had cleaned up the pool area a little better!! Great video!!  But you promised not to show my behind!!  Lol!!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 12 years ago

Cool!  Good job!  Can you just imagine the little minion seeing this ten or twelve years from now.... "Awwwwwwwwwww, mommmmmmmmmm!!!!!"  :-)

Posted by Cheryl Johnson about 12 years ago

Great video Carolyn. You experimentation paid off and I liked how you mixed movie, still, and background music.

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, That was wonderful---surprisingly easy?  I don't know what you mentioned you used to put it together---I will need lessons in this.  I think you did a fantastic job!

Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 12 years ago

So, C - did he EVER get in the water????  He sure was skirting that pool for a long time!  HAHA way too cute.  Great job with the video and way more than I want to learn at the moment.  BUT BOOKMARKED!

Posted by Leesa Finley, RED Properties - Raleigh NC Real Estate (RED Properties) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Julie. Stephen was quite the busy little bee roaming all around the house and grounds. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Don. We're still shooting all over the five boroughs trying to put a really nice cityscape together.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Lisa F. The minions refused to go to sleep at the same time, which is always a challenge. They keep me very busy when they get up in the wee hours. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Fran, the cool thing is you can drag, drop and clip the visual time line to manipulate what is being seen and what is being heard. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Aaaw geez, Susan, I forgot about the butt thing (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Cher, I have so much digital tape on them they are probably going to be horrified (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Gary. There's a lot you can do with Avid and Mixpo. I've hundreds of effects and transitions I've yet to use in Studio 12. The kids are making it very interesting. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carole, I think you guys would really love playing in Avid. The plug ins are fantastic and storyboard mode is very user friendly.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Leesa, he put leaves, fingers, toes and the puppy in the water. Somehow, Stephen managed to escape going in himself (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Your video's just keep getting better and better.  Love the Korg background music, did you write that?  Let me know if and when you might need any assistance with the Mixpo console. Links, syndication, SEO, editing etc.  Happy to help if you ever need it. Great job C. :-))

Posted by Brad Andersohn, ActiveBrad - 707.646.1876 (Executive Director of Education at eXp Realty) about 12 years ago

Hi C,

You are doing well, keep up the good work, if you have the strength left after keeping up with the minion.

Posted by Harold "Hal" Place (A1 Connection Realty, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn.. You have come a long way with the technology.  Pat yourself on the back... great job.

Posted by Valerie Osterhoudt, ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889 (Johnson Real Estate, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn ~ Great job on the video! Susan was funny trying to keep up with him (sorry, Susan)! : )

Posted by Kathy Passarette, L.I. Staging/Decorating (Creative Home Expressions) about 12 years ago

Carolyn - You did a great job with the video.  Your son is really cute but when he was running around the pool I had flashback of how nervous I use to be with my son whenever we were near the pool, he was so unpredictable.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 12 years ago

Brad, I am very glad you like them and we do our own arrangements for our active rain projects. We figure if we put the music together ourselves we can stay out of trouble (LOL). The cool thing about the Korg N364 is that it is fully programmable, has an on-board computer and LCD console with over 2,000 musical voices and combination patterns. My keyboard workstation can accept midi patterns and loops from other programs and allows me to create my own patterns and store them for every available synth voice to use. I also have a drum machine hooked into one of the midi through ports, which is great for creating patterns and converting them into other musical voices.

Sony Acid 4.0 gives me additional tracks on top of the 99 that my Korg holds, plus other really neat tools to quantize, scrub cut and loop the wave files. Acid also has a fantastic professional loop library (which is royalty free and mad fun) so if a person does not know how to play they can cut and paste their way into a new musical arrangements for just about anything. Very cool! Very useful! People who know how to play use the library a lot, especially for independent movie scores. Digital Performer and Sony Acid are two programs that ROCK if you are looking for a great set of tools to make music. I use them both and my kids are crazy about them. If you are a programming computer geek like me, or a complete novice, you get to merge the best of both worlds because they are very user friendly. I love the fact that it allows my six year old to keep up with me. Little Man makes his own music and drags pictures into the storyboard timeline to make his own slideshows (LOL). 

The absolute best part about the Korg on-board computer is that it allows you you move the notes around individually or as a group. I usually move them one at a time after I've played something to fix all of my mistakes. I make lots of them because I do not read sheet music well. I listen and play and let the computer convert what I do into sheet music later. (yes, I am digitally lazy that way - LOL) I love the fact that I do not have to play perfectly, I just have to record something, then tweak it or merge it into a pattern that already exists to create a new pattern. 

We work in very small measures side by side and when it starts to sound good, we merge the tracks and keep building the notes up until we get the pattern we think that we want. We test it out with a drum, a piano, a guitar and a trumpet. If it plays well across the musical voices, we keep it. If not, we tweak it or dump it to start all over again. Noah likes to record in loop mode using a four four count. He will hit one key let it loop around a few times, then hit another key and keep building until the whole pattern fits the measure. (Thank God for headphones!) Stephen just bangs keys. We never save anything he does, but we do like to let him play along and if he starts dancing then we know we are on to something decent. :-)

I will probably need quite a bit of help with Mixpo, SEO, and a few other AR things so thank you for offering. I will take you up on it one day. Regards, C. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hal, the minions have so much energy I wish I could bottle some. I just don't remember being that busy when I was little. My boys are very self-directed, which keeps my life extremely interesting. Thank God school starts tomorrow! I am soooo looking forward to having a couple of hours to myself. I miss my turtle runs and have really got to get off my bloggers butt and hit the streets. I gained a few pounds on my three week vacation. Funny thing is, I don't mind a bit. The food was excellent! :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Valerie, thank you. I've got a long way to go. There are some really wild features in Avid and I have been all over the map experimenting with it. You can purchase Hollywood FX plug ins and do what the big boys do. How cool is that? I have a couple of hundred of Fx settings I'm trying to figure out now. I plan on testing Mixpo to the limit to see just how far I can go with these little video shorts.  I've been having a blast with the kids running around the City of New York capturing snippets of the cityscape for a really nice montage.

We've been at it for a while now and I hope you guys really like it. We want it to be a nice real estate and landmark tour of all five counties, so it will take me a while to get enough footage to make it interesting. I'm also experimenting with the various lighting during different times of the day and it has been really tricky trying to figure out the best time to film in Digital Hi-8. I like the miniature tape format but my relatives have been trying to get me to upgrade to a disk based system. Truth is, I find that the tape is much more forgiving when thrown by a two year old, so I'm gonna hold off for now based upon his predilection of destroying DVDs during Stephen's version of "movie Frisbee (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Kathy, I was cracking up the whole time we all were trying to keep up with him. That's why he's known as the blur minion. Dude is quick and really tricky to get a photograph of. I figured I'd bring the Sony Handycam just in case. Sure enough, I couldn't get a good shot of him with my Nikon. Stephen even turned his head at the last minute in the group shot. It wasn't until after we looked at the photograph in the view finder that we realized we had another shot of his bald spot again (LOL).

That tip-toe walking and running he does is part of his PDD-NOS diagnosis, so he needs physical therapy and occupational therapy to try and teach him to correct his stance and balance. We've been working really hard on getting him to plant his feet. Now, in response to "don't walk on your toes," the little minion stomps on the floor, marching with a huge grin because he knows the noise makes us crazy. Go figure... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Jennifer, that kid gives me heart palpitations every single day. My hubby has me cracking up because when he gets his fill he makes the official announcement, "Okay, that's it-- everybody back in the car. I've had enough!" One time he even said it when we didn't have the car. Too funny! Noah can be reasoned with, however Stephen can not. He's easily distracted though, so when all else fails, we produce food. I can't wait for the terrible twos to be over. My only question is what do you call the threes? I can't imagine the minion blur calming down anytime soon so we need to figure out what to call the next phase (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

oh my word - i have no idea what you're talking about.......(grin) but the video was amazing - sound - fade outs.......etc....wowowowow

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 12 years ago

C~ Babies and Puppies, what could be cuter?  Looks like you've had a great summer! 

Susan has a Nice butt! ; )

Posted by Pam Pugmire, Meridian Idaho Real Estate (Silvercreek Realty Group) about 12 years ago

Liz, thank you. The little minions and I are having a blast running around together and I loved getting to play with the cameras and editing software. :-)

Pam, too funny! I am sooo gonna get it for forgetting about shooting Sue's butt (LOL).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C - great job on your first Mixpo - it doesn't look like a first - or sound like it!  I'm sure Susan is pleased that you put her butt all over the internet.  :)

Posted by Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR, Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS (Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale) about 12 years ago

Haaaaa! Virginia, that is certainly one way of looking at it (LOL). I am soooo gonna get it after she reads your comment (LMAO). Oh my word... :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Hi C - I really need to get going and start to make my own mixpo vids. I have a flip camera so there are no excuses. Have been working a lot on my localism posts.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) about 12 years ago

Bill, I am really looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Mixpo is such a great tool. It works well with a lot of the non-linear editing software on the market. I've only just started experimenting with it but I have to say it will probably soon be my number one choice for syndication. The Mixpo Active Rain Video Dashboard is awesome. You should definitely play around with it. You can save your work without publishing it to see what it's about. I believe you will get the best results by combining your efforts with dual software. I like experimenting with video effects so I'm using Avid for the bulk of my work, then Mixpo as a finishing touch.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

To whom it may concern.... I would have worn basic black if I had known my butt was going to be in this film!!  Yikes!! Stripes on an Italian behind is not necessarily a good look!!  Carolyn... you are soooo in trouble!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 12 years ago

Haaaaa! I knew it! The writing was on the wall the moment the lovely Miss Virginia weighed in. (LOL) Susan, you can spank me later for my inadvertent infraction. I promise to only film your butt in black from now on. I will even spring for the black swim wear. Ooooo... my guys will be looking forward to that! They like pretty women eye candy. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Susan, this video is being embedded on other sites and I am getting very lovely email about how beautiful your home is. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Carolyn - I am about to start experimenting with Mixpo and some other video tools myself.  Good stuff!  I am going to include this one in the Family Ties recap (complete with Susan's backside!). 

Posted by Jason Crouch, Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653) (Austin Texas Homes, LLC) about 12 years ago

I'm on board w/mixpo, my video camera, my tripod, you name it.  I'm doing videos for my clients and buyers from out of state but it takes a lot to produce a "professional and quality video".  I'm working on it and there are many here at AR that are watching and waiting w/me.  We'll see and good luck.

Posted by Tracy Santrock, Raleigh - Cary Realtor/Broker In Charge (Fonville Morisey/Santrock Realty Group, Inc. ) about 12 years ago

Carolyn, my dear friend, my butt is making the big time now that Jason has included this post in the Family Ties Recap.  Good news for you!  Bad news for me behind!  I swear I am wearing black every time I see you from now on!  You and that camera area a menace!!  Lol!

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) about 12 years ago

My darling Susan, who knew? I had no idea this would be such a popular item (ROTFL). I think your ___ is flawless. So there! (LOL) Yes, do wear black my dear for we are coming for another visit (LMAO).

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Jason, too funny! Thank you! What a lovely compliment. I love Family Ties. Awesome group. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

Tracey, we'll be rooting for you! Mixpo has opened the doors to a lot of possibilities. I've had two conversions so far and am hoping for more. If I close with one of my Mixpo prospects I will be sure to blog about it. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

I was waiting for him to jump in the pool!   Have a great day C!

Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) about 12 years ago

Kara, we weren't sure what the little bugger was going to do. He didn't jump in, but he did tip the dog into the water... Poor JJ... He was not anticipating participating in a minion blur moment. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

C...

Wow, this was so cool ... I'm not ready for video yet, but that's a whole new post! Susan has some beautiful flowers, doesn't she? Too bad it was raining a bit, but it looks like everyone had a great time!

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 12 years ago

Thank you, Richard. I'm surprised how well this thing is doing on-line. It was picked up by a number of websites. My Google alerts has been going off weekly. I found out yesterday some teen site embedded it as a "how to do video on Mixpo" example. I was tickled pink. Enjoy your day, love C.

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) about 12 years ago

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