Man Video - Animated Backgrounds
Man Video - Animated Backgrounds
Quicktime Looping Video
Sets - $49.99 on CD or DVD
Clips can be bought individually for between 3 and 10 dollars
downloaded directly from the site using pay pal.
Review By Steve
I've reviewed many sets of animations over
the last few years; some were better than others though all of
them were good and had something to offer. Just recently I heard
someone mention the G Man Animations and, though never having
heard of them, looked them up and received a healthy sampling
of what they had to offer. Proffering animations in both looping
Mpeg 2 and Quicktime formats, the animations I received had to
have been some of the finest quality I have viewed to date.
When I first received the discs
I couldn't understand why they would not play smoothly. I, being
no wiser than the next, had failed to read that old "Read
Me First" text prior to using. If I had than I would have
known in advance that the QuickTime player cannot play full screen,
PHOTO JPEG @ 100% Quality (uncompressed), 30 fps video smoothly.
Because PHOTO JPEG is a very high quality codec, your computer
simply cannot read the data fast enough to play it smoothly.
You will need to bring the clip into your NLE and render the
movie in the codec suited for your system. Once I got over that
foolish feeling and called myself a dummy a few times, I simply
copied a few of the clips onto my desktop, imported into FCP,
did a very quick render and off I was.
Chris G., hence the G Man moniker,
has produced some startling real life animations here, many of
them of photographic quality that even the sharp eye would have
trouble discerning between what was real and what was not. His
animations using water and waves are beautiful renditions of
very high quality ocean scenarios easily useful whenever required.
Each is more than a moving picture; they create their own esoteric
atmosphere. The Seawave clip provides one with the desolated
feeling of being in a barren wilderness surrounded by a beautiful
but frightening loneliness while the GmBlue Sea provides a different
sort of beauty against the glowing moon of a star filled sky.
His animations cover a variety of themes
from various Abstract and Organics, Clouds and Skies, Worship
and Religious, Water and Waves, Space and Planets and other,
more difficult to categorize animations.
The Gm Asteroid clip presents meteors
passing over a planet, their shadows following them in a unique
outer space clip. You can see the entire clip on the Gman Video
Another theme collection is their Stars
and Stripes set consisting of a myriad number of flags, glowing
and circling stars and globes. Easy to put your own website logo
on these and use them for background motion graphics.
'Who me? Self-promotion?
I was very impressed with the sampling
from the Clouds and Skies set, his Plasma Sky clip provided a
gorgeous night sky as a backdrop for most anything your imagination
or project demands.
Most of the G Man video clips provided
are easily looped. They can be downloaded as Mpeg 2 clips on
site, purchased individually by clip or collection, or purchased
as QuickTime clips via CD or DVD.
I can't recommend these animated clips
strongly enough, their diversity I haven't seen in any collection,
their cost is inexpensive and their quality is rivaled by only
the very best out there.
Steve Douglas is
an underwater videographer and contributor to numerous film festivals
around the world. A winner of the 1999 Pacific Coast Underwater
Film Competition, 2003 IVIE competition, 2004 Los Angeles Underwater
Photographic competition, and the prestigious 2005 International
Beneath the Sea Film Competition, Steve has also worked on the
feature film "The Deep Blue Sea", recently contributed
footage to the Seaworld parks for their new Atlantis production,
and is one of the principal organizers of the San Diego UnderSea
Film Exhibition. Steve leads both African safari and underwater
filming expeditions with upcoming filming excursions to Kenya,
Bali and the Red Sea. Feel free to contact him
if you are interested in joining him on any of these trips. www.worldfilmsandtravel.com
copyright © Steve
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