Dissecting a Muppet Whatnot Puppet

Dissecting a Muppet Whatnot Puppet

FAO Schwarz wants you to believe that their Whatnot puppets are real, genuine Muppets. After tearing mine to pieces, I’m almost certain these puppets have very little in common with the real deal. Perhaps the most striking thing about the Whatnot I ordered was the overall shoddy craftsmanship and cheapness of the materials. The facial features were sloppily glued in …

Transform Your Scanner Into an Animation Studio

Transform Your Scanner Into an Animation Studio

So you’ve read the tutorial on creating stop motion animations with Entangle and avconv, and now you want to make some animations, but you haven’t got one of those fancy digital cameras. No sweat! You can transform an ordinary scanner into your own personal animation studio. Scanners are much cheaper and easier to get a hold of than digital cameras. …

Write a Twitter Bot with Python Tweepy to Follow New Followers

Write a Twitter Bot with Python Tweepy to Follow New Followers

It’s hard being popular: everyone wants to follow you on Twitter but you don’t have time to follow them back. You could get an assistant or you could automate! In this tutorial, you will write a Twitter Bot with Python using the excellent Tweepy library to automatically follow new followers. First, start a new application at http://dev.twitter.com After that, create …

New Youth-Oriented Web Series Makes Computer Science Fun and Accessible

New Youth-Oriented Web Series Makes Computer Science Fun and Accessible

A new series of videos and tutorials creates an approachable and positive learning environment for students taking their initial steps in computer science. Using puppets and animations, The Hello World Program teaches programming, web development, and information technology. The Hello World Program is the creative collaboration of brothers Jared and JR Nielsen. Growing up in rural Utah proved to be …

Lightworks Video Editing: Advanced Trimming Techniques

Lightworks Video Editing: Advanced Trimming Techniques

If you followed the basic timeline editing tutorial, you should now have a very rough assemblage of clips on your Lightworks timeline. When creating an assembly edit, it’s best to cut for audio and not be too concerned about how the video looks. This also makes sense if you are following the general editing rule to only cut when new …

How to Compile a Stop Motion Animation Image Sequence with avconv

How to Compile a Stop Motion Animation Image Sequence with avconv

Now that you’ve captured all of your stop motion animation frames with Entangle, it’s time to compile your images into a video. You should have a folder located at ~Pictures/capture that is chock full of images labeled “capturexxxxxx.jpg”. This is perfectly formatted for feeding an image sequence into avconv, but remember we made mistakes and deleted files along the way, …

Create Stop Motion Animations on Linux with Entangle and avconv

Create Stop Motion Animations on Linux with Entangle and avconv

Having grown up on Wallace and Gromit, Things That Go Bump in the Night, Moonwalker, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, stop motion animation is near and dear to me. I loved it so much as a kid that I developed a technique to make my own animations with my parents’ MiniDV camera by rapidly stopping and starting the record function. …

How To Reply to Tweets with a Python Twitter Bot using Tweepy

How To Reply to Tweets with a Python Twitter Bot using Tweepy

Why do people use Twitter? Attention. Give them what they want with this simple Python Twitter Bot. We’ll be using Python and the excellent Tweepy library to search for tweets by key word and post a reply. If this is new to you, please see our introductory tutorial, How To Write A Twitter Bot with Python and tweepy. First, visit …

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