rice grains - food for thought

Sunday, September 18, 2005

1st Adobe After Effects

I wanted to go back to Curd Rice office today, just to play around with Adobe...and i am happy that I have made some improvements. I managed to do some animation with the text. I think this is the most basic it can get, but I was clicking some buttons, and there it was.

I only know a drop in the ocean of After Effects, and I hope to learn more asap.
This will be challenging to me, but I should be able to handle this.

Well, it is already so late, its already past Saturday, and we are into the wee hours of Sunday. There is our first Curd Rice official programme shoot later, so I better get some sleep.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

First Job

We wanted to start our first job officially today; went to our Thomson Hills office at about 10.30 am. The mission was to transfer some 13 VHS tapes into DVD. But we faced some major technial difficulties. At first there didn't seem to be any video source coming in throught the VHS deck into the PC, and we fixed that, but the audio was too distorted. We came to the conclusion that the fault lied with the Pinnacle Capture card, so Muru went down to purchase a capture device.

After taking almost 3 hours to install the hardware and software, we faced a similar problem; the video could be captured, but there was no audio. After painstakingly trying out several modes of capturing, we realised that there couldn't me much done. Muru literally spent his sweat and blood trying to get the problem fixed (He got his finger cut twice by a the shaprp edge of a capture card).

Then the sun set, and we left the place, not having the problem solved. Whatever it is...the problem has to be rectified over the coming week, or we are dead.

Now we have set up a basic editing studio, with some 5.1 speakers, a Windows XP system, Pinnacle, and some other basic editing softwares, for the time being, a DVD-VHS deck, the Video Capture System, in a room.

Of course, time wil improve this set-up. Now we have a place to call our own, instead of using Muru's office space, and his laptop for editing.

Thats Muru, carrying some of our equipments and coming down the stairs leading down our office space at Thomson Hills, after a hard day work of trouble-shooting.

But I guess all the trouble-shooting practices will pay off when we face similar problems in the future. There are some hurdles to cross to get where you want.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

curd rice advertisment

We have decided to place a half-page ad on the upcoming Dhool 2005 event magazine by Megastar Productions.
This is actually our first advertisment, to create awareness about Curd Rice Productions itself.
A copy of the ad is below.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

light moments

The curd ricers had another SGM (Sunday General Meeting) today. We visited Devagi's to have a small meeting. Just to share some of our light moments.
This is daniel, our logistics I/C seen in devagi's office. Her office has a very cosy atmosphere. We enjoyed her marble cake, chocolate swiss role, tea, and of course her warm hospitality.

After our meeting, we decided to further discuss Curd Rice over dinner.

Thats Muru, our Director attempting to pose for a photo. We'll reserve further comments.

On a more serious note, we have almost confirmed an official spot for Curd Rice Productions. basically facilitate editing, hold meetings, and a place to call our own. We are also working towards our logo design, our first few projects, and our company ground rules.