melted crayon art: a music video for “texel”

The internet says that you can do awesome things with crayons, glue, a canvas, and a heat gun, and my wife did exactly that on the weekend, with very colourful results. I figured the dripping wax might look cool on film (or on an SD card, rather), so I grabbed the camera, and as it turned out, it looked awesome:

The music is my most recent track, Texel, which seemed like a good match for the video. It was all shot with a hand-held Canon 550D and a 50mm f/1.8 lens, hence the shakiness — it took some time to go through all of the video and find the usable bits, where the camera was both steady and in focus.

I used Kdenlive to edit it all together, and I’m glad to say that it was much more solid than it was during my last video editing project. In particular, it automatically cropped the extra lines out of the 550D’s 1920×1088 files, so I didn’t need to transcode anything. I didn’t apply much processing this time, which may have helped — there’s just a few simple transitions and some colour correction work.

Kdenlive’s ability to use proxy clips — small, low-resolution copies of your original high-res clips that are used during editing — helped keep the preview playback smooth while editing. The original clips are used while rendering the video, though, so the proxy clips don’t affect the final output quality.

5 thoughts on “melted crayon art: a music video for “texel”

  1. This is awesome dude !
    Texel is such a great track, hearing it again and again just reveals more and more of all the nice little details like gems in a rock.
    You are really gifted man.
    Adding a nice video to texel is a nice bonus. Keep up !

    DoosC

  2. I was hoping for some Texel sheep disappearing in the mist, or some pictures Saturn’s moonTitan sliding along. But these colorful crayons fit the music quite well too actually! And I completely agree with DoosC, each listen reveals new details. Love that kind of tracks.

  3. Thanks for the tip, orbisvicis! If it’s in MLT now, hopefully that means it’ll be in the next major release of Kdenlive, too. The example video looked so good that I wanted to try this right now, though, so I hunted down some instructions and gave it a go.

    I edited out a couple of short clips of video, and then tried the videostab filter on one, and videostab2 on the other — you can see the results here. The output definitely looks less shaky, but it looks a bit wobbly, almost “jelly-like”; I’m guessing that may be due to the de-shaking making the camera’s rolling shutter effect more obvious.

    I didn’t play with settings at all, though, so I’m hopeful that with more tweaking I could get better results. I’ll look forward to having this functionality built in to Kdenlive!

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