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Nuxified Video - building a plot

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One of the reasons why is the new Nuxified theme, dubbed "NXFD" still not released is that I planned on making a video that would be launched with its release, upon which we would also kickstart the Nuxified Cluenet Tournament. So it's basically a sequence of events that is poised to create a buzz like no other we created around Nuxified.org before, not to mention the slight shift in focus to be more specifically to all Free Software and Free Software everywhere, not just GNU/Linux.

So, I apologize for the delay, but I think you can fairly consider this a calm before the storm. Yes sir!! Laughing out loud

Anyway.. one of the most challenging things about making a video, something which I actually never done before, is building a plot. What exactly is it going to show and how? The goal is to promote Nuxified.org and what it stands for - with it promoting Free Software - enticing people to check the site out.

Still, knowing that this would be my first, our first, I am not necessarily shooting for anything spectacular. Still having a promotional video in itself is a great thing.

So.. I have a simple plot proposition for starts, and you can make further suggestions about either modifying it or coming up with a new one.

The video would show screenshots flashing one after another, perhaps to the rythm of the beat of a song that will be playing. These screenshots would show general shots of GNU/Linux, BSD, Solaris, Haiku, even Plan 9 and other Free Software OSs, screenshots of OSes running within OSes (in qemu) and screenshots of various Free Software applications. This represents a whole universe of Free Software in various shapes, sizes, themes etc. Free Software everywhere, sort of. Smiling

After the run of screenshots with a thrilling music behind it we show some slogans:

Free Software empowers you.
We support Free Software.
Everywhere.
(quick flashing of words follows)
GNU/Linux
Ubuntu
Debian
Fedora
SuSE
FreeBSD
OpenBSD
OpenSolaris

even

Mac OS X
Windows XP

(stop quick changing of words)

We support you.

And then show a screencast video of something significant being done on Nuxified.org itself, such as uploading a screenshot, opening or responding to a topic, writing a blog entry... or something like that.

And then one last slide:

Get Nuxified.org.

.. featuring the new Nuxified.org logo.

So this may be a bit simplistic, but I think with the good engaging music it could be cool. Changing screenshots to the rythm would probably be a nice build up, then slogans identifying what these screenshots represented (Free Software which empowers you and which we support everywhere, hence supporting you. Sticking out tongue) and then showing an example of using a site that this is about concluding with a suggestion to get Nuxified. Smiling

Oh well, I tried.

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Well, the idea isn't bad.

Well, the idea isn't bad. The screenshots could be taken with Gimp, and maybe made a video also with Gimp or with Cinelerra. The part about something being done could be recorded with recordMyDesktop.
This could be put together in, again, Gimp or Cinelerra.
The music should be something freely available, best would be something one of us made.
If it isn't necessary that it's done with free software I could wipe the dust of my 303 and try some tunes. But for that we'd need a rough idea what kind of style we'd want. I'm actually mostly into Acid and Electro, but I can also try other stuff.

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I think the right music for

I think the right music for this might be something classical ;-)

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Classic?
free-zombie wrote:

I think the right music for this might be something classical ;-)

And I always thought Techno would be the right music for everything... ;-)

Well, do we have anybody here that could do something classical? In case we'd agree on that.

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It would be nice to let the

It would be nice to let the screenshots show nuxified in a browser on each OS, a simple visual way of saying "nuxified is for this OS too".

As for something being done on nuxified, I think the best thing to show is how easy it is to get an account and ask a question, followed by a posting of an "introducing myself" message and the friendly replies to that.

It's probably best to show the new member story before all the screenshots, otherwise people will think it's just a boring screenshot video.

Here's another idea: show "before joining nuxified" (a video of an ugly XP home edition blue screening) and "after joining nuxified" (a super slick compiz). That might be a little over the top, though...

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Something similar
tbuitenh wrote:

Here's another idea: show "before joining nuxified" (a video of an ugly XP home edition blue screening) and "after joining nuxified" (a super slick compiz). That might be a little over the top, though...

I had something similar in mind.
It would show XP browsing around with IE, and suddenly a hell lot of popups storm the desktop, until it ends up in a BSOD.
After a transition we could either show a free OS (probably Linux) or Windows again, but with free software like Firefox, OpenOffice, etc.

Another option, but more complicated would be having Windows with different non-free apps which transition to free apps. Like a transition from Photoshop to Gimp, IE to Firefox, Word to OpenOffice Writer, etc.
In the end the whole desktop could then blend from Windows to KDE or Gnome.

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Wow, great response, great

Wow, great response, great ideas. Smiling

reptiler wrote:

The screenshots could be taken with Gimp, and maybe made a video also with Gimp or with Cinelerra.

I can take screenshots with only the print screen key in Ubuntu, but yes in other OSs it would be gimp, though we already have screenshots of some other operating systems, just not Windows. Sticking out tongue About Cinelerra, I'll try it. I'm not sure yet which program to use to put the actual video together.

reptiler wrote:

The part about something being done could be recorded with recordMyDesktop.

That one didn't really work out for me. But no worries, I've tried xvidcap and it works like a charm. Smiling

reptiler wrote:

The music should be something freely available, best would be something one of us made.

Of course, that was the idea. Either something cool taken from Jamendo and such sites under a license no more restrictive than CC-Attribution-ShareAlike. If you'd like to make something that'd be cool, as it has an advantage of being made my a Nuxified member. Smiling Of course though, the quickest way would be to just choose among many available free songs.

As for the genre, I'm a trance hot head and would easily find something from that genre which I feel fits the video best, but I'd be fine with finding something from the other genre if it really fits the video as much. I actually already had one track in mind last night, though mostly because of its beginning. It's the first song from an Electronic Vibrations album by Mdg Dj called Techno Melody. It has a minimal beginning to which the screenshots could flash at every second beat.

free-zombie wrote:

I think the right music for this might be something classical

Hmm, it's possible, if we could find a good free classical tune and see if it could fit well.. If you find something let us know. Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

It would be nice to let the screenshots show nuxified in a browser on each OS, a simple visual way of saying "nuxified is for this OS too".

Seems like a good idea. The exception would be screenshots of specific applications though, if that's what we'll show considering the new ideas you guys brought. Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

As for something being done on nuxified, I think the best thing to show is how easy it is to get an account and ask a question, followed by a posting of an "introducing myself" message and the friendly replies to that.

Sounds good. Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

It's probably best to show the new member story before all the screenshots, otherwise people will think it's just a boring screenshot video.

I'm not sure.. Maybe we could show a short testimonial at the beginning or some other short way of saying that it isn't just about screenshots. But besides.. the title of the video will mention Nuxified so.. we'll see. Ideas welcome. Smiling

tbuitenh wrote:

Here's another idea: show "before joining nuxified" (a video of an ugly XP home edition blue screening) and "after joining nuxified" (a super slick compiz). That might be a little over the top, though...

reptiler wrote:

I had something similar in mind.
(...)

I don't know which of these I like better. They're all great ideas IMO, but so the basic premise would be to show a process of switching from something bad like Windows to something good like any Free Software OS helped by Nuxified. Smiling

Now I got another idea. As we start showing screenshots of a better OS, we could actually show shots sent by actual Nuxified members and then put their name next to the screenshot in the video, adding a sense of real community existing around this, real people. Smiling

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Shots
libervisco wrote:

Now I got another idea. As we start showing screenshots of a better OS, we could actually show shots sent by actual Nuxified members and then put their name next to the screenshot in the video, adding a sense of real community existing around this, real people. Smiling

Sounds good. Although I have to say that I for example don't tweak the looks of my boxes very much.
For once I actually like what KDE looks like, the Plastik-theme is already pretty nice, usually I just put something on the background, on my PC it's Shodan from System Shock for a while already. Before I had an F3-racer which I photographed last year on the Macau F3GP. Don't know yet what'll be next in case I feel it's time for a change again.
But as said, it looks pretty much "default" Nothing special. The only "tweak" is the GTK-QT-Engine, so that GTK-apps look like KDE-apps. ;-)
But hey, somebody has to stay default if we want to post our shots, that way we have different tweaks and also a setting that pretty much looks like what new users will get. ;-)

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Well, some will use KDE

Well, some will use KDE default, some KDE modified, some GNOME and some perhaps Xfce and other environments so it should all nicely add up to the diversity. Smiling So you running a default KDE shouldn't really be much of an issue.

I'm currently running Ubuntu with its default looks. Got bored with the blue I usually set up and orange turned out to be a nice alternative and default Ubuntu theme is all about orange. Smiling

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Feel free to send your

Feel free to send your screenshots either in attachments to your replies here (we have that feature now!) or on this email address: libervis {at} libervis dot com

Edit: You can put your shots in our screenshots gallery too. Smiling

About doing videos of blue screens and/or popups on windows... I first need to get it to do that for me.. hmm shouldn't be hard I suppose? Laughing out loud

I'm not yet sure which exactly way to go, but I suppose the first stage is just about gathering all the material I could need for the video and then putting it together. I'll do the animation stuff in gimp (animation pack) and then probably just paste the screencast and music in PiTiVi or some similar tool.

Cheers

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Practicing a bit with GIMP

Practicing a bit with GIMP animation I've done an animation of the new logo (look at the attachment). It's almost 2 MB though, not really fit for the web. Best to download it and run from disk for normal speed. Smiling

I'm wondering if and how can I export gimp animations to real video formats like xvid or ogg. Gifs wont be good for this as their quality is too bad even if they can be converted to real video..

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Considering it is taking so

Considering it is taking so long to get this video going I am considering doing a launch before the video is out and then releasing a video once it's ready. I doubt it would be much less effective that way than it would be if the two events coincided. It would just emphasize the promotional efforts of a new site. Smiling

What do you people think?

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libervisco wrote:

About doing videos of blue screens and/or popups on windows... I first need to get it to do that for me.. hmm shouldn't be hard I suppose? Laughing out loud

How about using the BSOD-screensaver for that?

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That's not a bad idea.

That's not a bad idea. Smiling Thanks.

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Actually, combining all

Actually, combining all your news in one message sent to news sites is bad strategy. The more separate messages you submit, the more exposure you get.

Just make sure the name "nuxified" still sounds vaguely familiar to a large audience of news reading people when the video is released.

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Indeed, good point.

Indeed, good point.

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After making those gaming

After making those gaming tourney videos I got some experience which will help in making this Nuxified promo video.

But I was thinking.. aside from making a promo video for Nuxified itself it could be good to make promo video for Free Software in general, under the Freedomware brand, with Nuxified.org logo and address at the end. This way we do promote Nuxified.org as a site behind these promotional efforts, but in a perhaps even more substantial and valuable way - truly presenting ourselves as the Free Software support site.

With each next video we can get better.. we can do interesting plots with exciting music which will leave the users absolutely wanting to get Free Software a go... and where else to go than to the first site being splashed at the end of the video: Nuxified.org.

This may not be the most humble thing to say but we are already pushed as the forum of choice for Free Software support by the makers of getnix.com / getfreedomware.org. That site isn't released yet, but imagine.. when it does, with our promo videos for Freedomware and their reference to us, we could really accelerate our growth. Smiling

The goal is to become THE support forum for all Freedomware. And we are the best for this exactly because we focus on all Free Software everywhere, not just "Linux" support like LinuxForums.org or LinuxQuestions.org. We have our niche!