Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Here's how you watch streaming videos from you computer on Google TV

When I first got the Google TV I needed a flatscreen TV and Sony had a great deal where I could purchase the 46' TV for 700.00 so I jumped on it. I had an outdated rear projection screen monstrosity that worked only at about 40% and I was just finished with it. I got the TV and hooked up my Xbox and home audio and it was off and running.

On my Xbox I would use Connect360 to watch AVI's over my wireless connection. Unfortunately quite a bit of my film formats wouldn't work on the Xbox.

The Google TV though has the most video formats that it can play out of any device I've checked out. Now I needed to do a bit of research to find a good DNLA Server. After several attempts I found one in Twonky Media Server. I purchased it for 20.00 and it was worth it.

First: I put the videos all on a 2 Gig hard drive.

Second: I installed Twonky Media Server. It works through an internet browser so it works on any type of OS. In the settings of Twonky I designate the hard drive and restart the server and allow the DNLA server to do it's job.
Note: The file format of the hard drive is reflected in the Video Player when it's displayed. I use it this way. If you go to the CONFIGURE area of Twonky, and select "First steps", Choose under "Navigation Tree" and select "By Folder". I make Genre files like "Drama", "Comedy", "Horror", etc. This makes finding films much easier.

Third: On the Google TV I make sure that it's on the same network as the Twonky. Add your passwords and such to get on the network.

Fourth: Open MEDIA PLAYER on the google TV and choose your video through the Navigation Tree and VIOLA! You have your own networked media server!


Thursday, March 22, 2012

A quick tutorial about inking and scanning artwork.

People ask me what I use to do my illustration and how I prepare it.

I like to use smooth bristol board for my art. For my pens I use this pen It's the best brush pen EVER! For the detail stuff I used to use rapidographs, but now I use Faber Castell pens. These have a good line variation where as the radiographs are pure technical pens.

First I pencil the art out as much as I can. Thinking about the shadows and how they'd fall on shapes. That's all technical stuff though. Different strokes, etc...

After the artwork is finished, I do the following in photoshop to make the artwork purely black and white.

• In photoshop Scan the image in at 600 dpi. in greyscale.

• Go to Image/Adjustments and select LEVELS. Eyeball it and move the black slider, the little black triangle on the left to the right. The more you move this the more black your blacks become. Now move the white slider, the one on the right that's white. Move it to the left. Your whites will become less grey. Try and get it as close to black and white as you can.

• Go to Image/mode/bitmap and Make it a bitmap.

• Make it 50% threshold at 600 dpi. This will make your art purely black and white. No grays whatsoever.

• Go to Image/mode/greyscale and make the size ration 1 in the popup. Press OK.

• I usually clean up here, making sure there aren't little off lines here and there.

• Your artwork is now ready to be colored if you'd like. What I do is make it a 300 dpi RGB image and color it using the wacom tablet.