Posts Tagged ‘Flash’

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

April 20, 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Open House 2012

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia invites you to their Open House 2012

// Tuesday May 1, 2012
// 4PM – 7PM
// Studio Huddle
// 97 Niagara Street, Toronto

Come see the latest in Mobile, HTML5, Flash AIR, Augmented Reality, 3D and more!

Our Post-grad Graduates would like you to meet them and view their portfolios.
Partake in refreshments and mingle with the Interactive Industry.
Please bring colleagues and you are encouraged to pass along the invite.

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/openhouse/2012/

http://facebook.com/events/289635944448455/

See you there!

Dan Zen & IMM Crew.

Professor & Coordinator
Sheridan Interactive Multimedia
Canadian New Media Educator of the Year 2008
http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/

PS – portfolios currently online are still being completed.

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour

July 2, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Visual Tour
We used this picture as a visual tour for the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario to show them some of the works of our students.

For the presentation, we used a Flash AIR app called OrbitZoom (By Professor Dan Zen) to show the picture.  Being an AIR app, it works on the desktop as an image viewer or can easily be converted to mobile as AIR is on or can be published to iOS, Blackberry Playbook and future Blackberries, and Android devices.  There is a Web version CLICK HERE  Click the picture zoom and click the picture to stop zooming.  Press A for actual size – pan around by dragging.  Double click to return to full picture.

The Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program is accepting applications for this September.  Please see our site at http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca.

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students’ Fist-Bump App a Success at FITC Conference

May 6, 2011

The Sheridan IMM Fist-bump booth at FITC 2011 - Scan Screen

FITC, one of the largest and longest running design and technology conferences in the world, had its 10th anniversary and the Sheridan Interactive Multimedia students provided an installation piece using Flash and FLAR (Augmented Reality) connected up to Facebook for a social media connection.

The installation let visitors digitally fist-bump each other (10 year anniversary) with the winner being the person with the most fist bumps.  The process was to first find out who they were by scanning a FLAR marker on their conference badge then to capture their face for a customizable avatar.  At this point they could also connect their marker to their Facebook account.  On a big screen, they scanned again to fist-bump a challenger who had followed the same process.  Big fists did the bumping, the totals were tallied and the winner was presented along with the custom avatars.  It was always a laugh seeing people’s avatars.  Your bump partner’s contact info was then sent off to Facebook.

Visitors at the Fist-bump installation + custom avatars

Animated fists doing the bumping - 10 fingers!

Overall there were about 400 unique fist-bumpers and lots of smiles and contacts made.  Congrats to the group for their hard work: Abeiene Nejar, Antonio Carito, Cherry Argana, Darren Neville, Jacky Kam, Joanna Ong, Justin Howlett, Tyler Lindo and Tyson Leslie.  The students explored a wide range of advanced interactive technologies such as augmented reality, face recognition, social media API’s, as well as traditional work with coding, motion graphics and database work.

Some of the members of the Sheridan IMM Fist-bump Team

If you would like to talk to the students or find out more about the project and program, please note we are having an open house on Friday, May 13 – click SUPERSTITION to find out more.  Thanks to Shawn Pucknel at FITC for providing the students with such a great opportunity.

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Creating Sites, Apps and Social Media for The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, FITC Design Conference, and Almost Naked Animals Sites through Sheridan Interactive Multimedia 2011 Client Projects

February 19, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia 2011 client projects consist of sites, social media and apps for The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, the FITC Design Conference, and the Almost Naked Animals TV show.  We are doing a couple projects for each of the latter two and working with the Sheridan York Design program on His Honor’s site.  The client projects are part of the one year post grad curriculum and are managed through our Project Management course drawing from each of the other courses for content design and creation.  http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca

THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OF ONTARIO
It was a great experience for our faculty and student to meet His Honour and hear his vision for a more interactive and social Web presence including facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels.  The students look forward to the challenge of designing for fresh ideas while reflecting our heritage.

Sheridan Interactive Multimed Designs the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Website and Social Media

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Group (right) Meets with His Honour

FITC DESIGN CONFERENCE
FITC Toronto is one of the largest and longest running design events in the world: http://www.fitc.ca.  The students are creating an interactive installation at the conference combining spatial id (RFID tags or QR codes) with head/eye tracking video and Adobe Flash.

FITC Design Conference Features Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students

ALMOST NAKED ANIMALS
Students are making games for Web and perhaps Mobile for Almost Naked Animals the TV show that airs on YTV Kids television network .

Almost Naked Animals works with Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Students


So… certainly a variety of projects for this year’s designers and developers in the one year post grad, Sheridan Interactive Multimedia program.  If you are interested in seeing what the program entails, please visit our http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca site and check out the Course Outlines.  There are also links to apply for September.  So please pass along the news.

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Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grad Update – Cam at Disney, Club Penguin

February 19, 2011

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia Grad at Disney Club Penguin

Just sent off a little “hello, what’s up – any news for a grad-update blog post?” message to Cam Warnock, IMM 2006 and here a response that is always nice to get 😉

Hey Dan,

Well the last little while has been really busy. My wife and I just moved to Kelowna, BC after I got a position at Disney Online Studios. I’m an AS3 programmer on their Club Penguin product. Club Penguin is a MMO for kids where you create your own penguin and and then proceed to play games, chat, complete quests, take care of pets, etc.. It’s a really great gig! You can find out more at http://www.clubpenguin.com/

Before that I had been going full tilt on developing iPhone apps at Indusblue. I was the lead programmer on apps for CTV, Rogers, MTV, Much Music and CityNews. It was a really hectic year, but I gained a lot experience wise.

Here are some links for the apps I’ve worked on;

CTV Olympics – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/official_mobile_app ctv_olympics/
Rogers Cup – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/rogers_cup_iphone_app/
MTV 10 Spot – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/mtv_10_spot_iphone_app/
Much Concerts – http://indusblue.com/portfolio/post/muchconcerts_iphone_app/

Hope all is well. How’s program going these days?

Cheers,
Cam

Sheridan Interactive Multimedia IMM Grad on CTV Olympics Mobile App

We love to hear from grads so send me an e-mail or facebook message anytime!

Dan

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Sheridan Hosts the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Awards with help from Animation and Interactive Multimedia (IMM) Volunteers

December 7, 2010

The three-screen setting for the OMCA Quiz Bowl

The Sheridan Faculty of Business was responsible for hosting the 2010 Ontario Colleges Marketing Awards.  Keith Barnwell approached Animation and snagged Professor David Quesnelle but realized that he wanted interactivity with an animated co-host for the Quiz Bowl.  They were led to Sheridan Interactive Multimedia and found Professor, Dan Zen (me).

Dan Zen thought to use his animating to sounds in Flash skills to make the idol mouth, eyebrows and arms animate to the voice of an unseen actor (David) behind the curtains.  Yes… very wizard of oz – prompting facebook status lines, “I am off to be the wizard”.

Osci head animates to voice at the OCMA Quiz Bowl

The Quiz Bowl was amazing!  14 teams of four students each in an energetic round robin trivia showdown!  The teams were made up of mixed Ontario College students in Business and Marketing.  What energy in the crowd with fans all dressed up and chanting and energized by vases of candy!  See the Flickr pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/danzen/sets/72157625547244278/.  Perhaps view as a slideshow.

Peggy (Questions), Keith, Dan Zen, & David

Keith, David and Dan worked hard for a few months (356 emails) creating the tools and screens to operate the Quizbowl.  Dan Zen built the tools in Flash with characters from David and direction from Keith:

  • Main Screen: Osci talking Idol Head and score board
  • Scorekeeper Tool: remotely connected to the main screen to change the scores
  • Team Screens: two team screens with bobble head Hollywood mascots and questions, answers, timer and trivia
  • Team Tool: brought mascots on and off stage, operated round robin questions and timers

Keith was the Master of Ceremonies, David was the man behind the curtain with Osci, Charlene was the scorekeeper, Dan Zen operated two computers each with dual monitors to coordinate the team screens and Joanna, a volunteer from IMM, helped keep Dan  on track.

“I felt like I was a VJ mixing sounds and videos for a crowd of ravers!  We had a curtained off booth with all this equipment and the crowd was so into the game and teams!  Wow – what an experience!” recounts Dan Zen.

Osci and the Host had banter going all the time bringing up the score board and tucking it away – commenting on scores and team mascots – like Maryln Monroe made him melt…  Dan Zen would bring teams on and off and handle questions and timers as follows:

  • Mascots are dimmed and bobble heads stopped as the question is read
  • If a team buzzes in before the question is fully read, they get a 30 second timer
  • If they get it wrong, the question is fully read and the other side gets a 15 second timer
  • If they first team gets it right, they wave flags and the timer gets put away
  • If the question is completely read initially then the question is shown on both screens and both teams have 15 seconds to buzz in
  • There are 10 questions per game and dozens of games over 4 or 5 rounds with tie breakers and extra questions
  • Teams have to go in and out on their own screens and trivia is synced across two screens

These requirements made for quite the complex tools and operations but with the right hotkeys and menus, the event went almost flawlessly.  There was a time when the question was flashed before it was read, the question was read and judges judged both teams had an opportunity to read it.  There was also a contested question reading that resulted in a rematch including extra questions.  The system handled this perfectly and it was a very proud moment to have planned so well.

Team Screen for OCMA Quiz Bowl

Here are links to the tools with the Team Screen just set to animate randomly.  The tools need to be run together in slightly special ways to work fully.

  • Main Screen: SCREEN STATES:  P – peek,  Z – nothing,  X – idol,  C – score,  V – idol & score, SPACE – toggle idol, 0-9 – volume (0 is off 9 is most sensitive),  left / right – head tilt  down – look down, up – head reset to normal,  \ – head spin.
  • ScoreKeeper Tool – (sample will not actually change the score)
  • Team Screen – need to run the Team Tool in another browser to operate Team Screen
  • Team Tool – run with the Team Screen to control the characters and questions

OCMA Quiz Bowl Team Tool

All in all, it was a wonderful experience using interactive multimedia for a presentation show like this.  It was very successful.

The skills needed to make applications like this are learned in the Sheridan one-year post grad program, Interactive Multimedia.  Sheridan also has a number of excellent animation and business/marketing programs.  It should be noted that Sheridan swept the Marketing Awards held the following night.

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Amazing native 3D in Flash plus Hardware Accelerated Video and Mobile Advances

October 28, 2010

3D with GPU acceleration is finally coming to Flash – with support for custom engines built on top and controllers.  You can watch Adobe talk about it here:  http://tv.adobe.com/watch/adc-presents/molehill-3d-apis.  Also here is a note from Unity 3D, currently the hottest 3D tool and plugin on the Web:  http://blogs.unity3d.com/2011/02/27/unity-flash-3d-on-the-web/.

Flash also recently added hardware acceleration for video with stage video as outlined here: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/devices/articles/video_content_tv.html.  Any earlier gripes about video in Flash being slow on the Mac are now solved going forward.

Flash has also finally there in mobile with Android well supported with AIR and Blackberry playbook supporting (and interface created by) AIR.  Flash is now allowed to publish to native iPhone/iPad code, Nokia is using the latest Flash lite, Windows Mobile, check.   The tooling for making mobile apps is happening http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/flashbuilder_burrito and device central, etc.  with support for multitouch and tilt technologies.

All in all, amazing response from Adobe to all constructive criticism.

Dan Zen

Flash CS4 Animation Tutorials – Motion Editor, Inverse Kinematics IK Bones, 3D

February 23, 2009

blog_bonetool

TUTORIALS

Please come see the Flash CS4 tutorials featuring animation with the MotionEditor, Inverse Kinematics (IK Bone tool) and work with the new 3D or x,y and z properties.    The tutorials can be found at:

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/tutorials

 
SPACEMAN

blog_spaceman

http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/code/inversekinematics/

It is fun working with the IK Bone tool – I did a little spaceman for an in-class example.  You can move the parts like a doll.  It uses code to adjust the helmet with respect to the angle of motion of the body.  You can use the figures to animate or you can let the user move the figures.  In this second setting, you can also use code to move parts – that is very tricky and still being worked out a bit in this early version of the feature.

Dan Zen

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Dan Zen Gives Talk at PHUG on Chat for Designers and Animating to Sound in Flash

January 22, 2009

phugg_talk

PHUG at http://phug.ca is an open source community group based out of Toronto and guided by Brendan Sera-Shriar.  Brendan and folks are very passionate about the open source community and provide workshops, contests, organize conferences, etc. to help the cause.  Please have a look at their site and subscribe to their RSS.

Professor Dan Zen of Sheridan’s Interactive Multimedia Program in Oakville, Ontario, Canada presented a double presentation on Chat for Designers and Animating to Sound Frequencies or Waves in Flash.    The PHUG post can be read here: http://phug.ca/index.php/flash-media-server-and-beatmaker-workshop/

Dan Zen would like to thank the 40 odd people who came out, many of whom chatted afterwards to help share knowledge of stories they are working on, VJ tools, etc.  They were a very warm and welcoming crowd.

Have a look at the code section of our blog to find some of the code discussed.

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Working on Tilt for Mobile Devices

November 27, 2008
Tilt Emulator for Mobile

Tilt Emulator for Mobile Devices

We are working on Tilt and Translation games and applications for mobile devices this year.  The project ideas are really cool and we look forward to showing them a the Spring Open House.

More information can be found here:  http://danzen.wordpress.com and a video of the emulator in action can be seen here:  Video: Tilt Emulator for Mobile Devices.  The emulator was built with PaperVision3D and AIR to leave XML as to tilt and translation information.  These technologies are also explored in our Sheridan Interactive Multimedia one year post grad program.

For more information about the program please visit http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca or our facebook page at http://imm.sheridanc.on.ca/facebook.

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