Archive for February, 2008

Feedback from product proposal

February 27, 2008

Dear All,

Many thanks for your proposals, based on your ideas we would like you to develop a product that meets the following requirements:

1 – A product which showcases the talent of local bands and performing artists.
2 – Including one interactive element/game.
3 – Is branded as an identifiable product for the Big Screen, Leeds.
4 – That includes a series of marketing materials for promotion (e.g. Video teasers / email mailouts / web banner adverts etc
5 – Produces at least 5 media components that comprise of the delivered product (e.g. Video content / 3D content / Audio content / Interactivity / Images)

For the Milestone One presentation the client expects (minimum expectation).

– A polished 30 second teaser which can be used to advertise the Big Screen product being developed.
– All finalised branding materials including logos and text designs etc.
– A list of local bands or artists that have been contacted and plans for the gathering of materials and vox pop interviews (would be ideal to see some)
– A full list of roles being undertaken by each group member (consider working in sub groups on different components) with timescales and expectations.
– A full specification of what the client can expect to have delivered at the final presentation.

We are concerned that little progress is being made and that none of the submissions met the requirements of providing a one page overview of a product idea with clear indication of how the product was to be developed. None of the submissions had any reference to other examples of work which we were able to sample as tasters of what you were trying to develop. If these proposals had been destined for a professional market they would not have met the required standard. Please try and consider yourselves as a professional company and as such present any material in a professional manner.

We look forward to seeing the material on 12th March at the Milestone One presentation.

Simon & Richard.


Bouncing Balls with webcam interaction

February 19, 2008

This is a test of using colour tracked images from a usb webcam as a surface for the balls to bounce off, works ok, need to try it with frame comparrison instead. Ignore the stupid sticking to each other thing the balls do, I’m gonna fix that now:P

I was thinking maybe some sort of game where there is only one or two balls and you get points for keeping them from hitting the edge of the screen and they gradually speed up? Could work well I think.

Jitter Bouncing Balls Mockup

February 18, 2008

Here is a short vid (no sound) of some shapes I made in Jitter (the visual part of MaxMsp) that react to eachother (ish) and bounce away and change speed.

The idea is to further this so that the Spheres react to images picked up from the live feed but that is still in progress.

A interesting effect that I will try to get a video of on here is that you can apply videos as textures to the shapes seen in the video. I.e, we could have some promo vid or whatever playing in each of the flying shapes. If it all works 😀

Edit: Here we go, same thing as before but with video mapped as a texture to the shapes. Made them 2d for clarity, different vids can be mapped to different shapes if you want, we need to keep in mind processing power though.

Client pitch – initial plan

February 12, 2008

1. Annual debate on license fee has increased in intensity over the last couple of years due to steep increases in the license fee charge. This recent license fee debate requires the BBC to prove its worth. As such it is felt they need to carry out a more wide-reaching campaign of

  • Explanation of services
  • Awareness-raising of services

It is felt that the Big Screen could play a useful role in this campaign due to its prominent position in Leeds and the high amount of traffic it experiences as a result of this.


2. As such we plan to produce a selection of content which showcases the variety of BBC content and services available over their 3 main formats – television, radio and the internet (computer). Alongside these 3 formats we will also be highlighting the services of the Big Screen – noteable upcoming events as well as past successes (e.g. screening FIFA World Cup 2006)


3. Research into demographic of Big Screen footfall – varied:

  • weekday: business people/students/hospital visitors
  • weeknight: students/18-40 year olds – bars, restaurants
  • weekendday: families/students

Resulting from this initial analysis it was decided that the content should be designed to have broad appeal.


4. ‘Family’ of characters idea was formulated (television, radio, internet & big screen) to more obviously link the promotional content to the relevant delivery vehicle.


5. [Example ideas] – explanation – refinement of characters needs to take place to ensure they are likeable and not ‘annoying’.


6. New ‘characters’ will feed into creation of a new, stronger brand for the Big Screen – currently felt to be slightly undefined and weak.


7. Content will have a pseudo-interactive element, the characters will be animated into a sequence wherein they interact with each other, this sequence will then be broadcast over a live feed taken from Millenium Square so it will seem as though the characters are walking around in the Square.


8. Content will also have a real interactive element, the audience will be able to decide which character’s footage they want to view by the majority of them in Millenium Square moving to a point in the Square relevant to that character’s position on the screen – this movement will be picked up by the camera already present on top of the Big Screen.


9. Television – content will be a selection of AV material, each showcasing an element of the BBC’s television content – e.g. Sports, Kids, News, Drama etc

Radio – content will be a selection of audio-heavy material (accompanied with visuals) to showcase the wide variety of BBC radio available

Internet – content will take the form of informative videos pointing out the various extra interactivity that is available via the BBC website. E.g. BBC iplayer

Big Screen – content will take the format of a promotional video highlights reel


10. The element of people interacting with the screen should mean the content will have a greater impact as the audience will feel they have ‘chosen’ to watch it as opposed to just being subjected to it as they walk past.


11. Plan – rough timeline – explain it is tentative and possibly subject to change over the next week as more details are finalised regarding the project.


Question for Ben

February 12, 2008

Would it be possible that each character has a set of say 3 possible videos or whatever that they could play – if the character is ‘chosen’ by the audience then one of these videos is picked at random. From my basic knowledge of Max I think this is probably possible but I thought I’d better check before I put it in the client pitch!

Max/Msp/Jitter Specs

February 7, 2008

“Although the Jitter architecture is general, it is highly optimized for use with video data, and performs with breathtaking speed. A robust set of mathematical operators, keying/compositing, analysis, colorspace conversion and color correction, alpha channel processing, spatial warping, convolution-based filters, and special effects deliver the building blocks for your own custom video treatments.

Jitter includes extensive support for Apple’s QuickTime architecture, such as the playback of all QT supported file formats, real- or nonreal-time file creation, editing operations, import/export capabilities, integrated real-time QT effects, video digitizing, QTVR, file format conversion, and more. QuickTime audio may be routed into MSP to exploit MSP’s powerful audio processing capabilities. For the production environment, Jitter provides support for digital video (DV) camera control as well as input and output via FireWire, and multiple monitor support for performance situations.”

Hope that’s helpful, please ask if you have any more specific questions about the programs. I’ll get an example of motion tracking in the next couple of days.


Meeting 02a – summary

February 7, 2008

Masters Group Project
Meeting 02a – 6th February – 17:30-19:00

Ash Mann, Sebastian Budniak, Parag Oswal, Vijay Raj Dagar, Shazad Akhtar, Pan Vafeiadis, Paul Bradley, Ben Thompson

Matt Jones, Richard Doherty,

Discussed items:
Refine content idea
Presentation 01 – client pitch
Next meeting

BBC Blast animation

February 6, 2008

Possible ideas for our own ident? – I particularly like the flash through the various delivery vehicles at the end of the animation

BBC Blast animation

BBC branding

February 6, 2008

BBC Radio brand updates

BBC blast

Big screen documentation

February 6, 2008

Below are all the documents that were circulated in meeting 02 – if you were absent then please ensure you read them.

Big screen content

Big screen consent

Big screen tech spec

Big screen faq

Big screen submission guidelines

Big screen case study

Meeting 03 – schedule

February 6, 2008

Meeting 03 is scheduled for 12:00-14:00 next Wednesday (13th Feb) – we are in room 127 in the library.

We have our first assessed presentation next Wednesday so could everyone ensure they attend this meeting

Meeting 02 – summary

February 6, 2008

The notes for Meeting 02 will be going out today. Any questions – please contact me.

Meeting 02 – 5th February – 12:00-14:00

Ash Mann, Sebastian Budniak, Parag Oswal, Vijay Raj Dagar, Shazad Akhtar, Pan Vafeiadis, Will Brookes

Matt Jones, Richard Doherty, Paul Bradley, Ben Thompson

Discussed items:
Update contact details/skills assessment
Target audience
Presentation 01 – client pitch
Technical spec
Next meeting

Pics for logo ideas

February 5, 2008


Non-linear music

February 5, 2008

Film Music Magazine article on non-linear music

Film Music Magazine article on ’empowering the interactive composer’

Big Screen information

February 5, 2008

Guidelines for content:

Research links

February 4, 2008
Here are some relevant links that Pan has sourced:


BBC – Leeds – Features
Find out all about the BBC Big Screen in Leeds’ Millennium Square.
bigSCREEN :: Leeds
BBC Big Screen – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
BBC – Big Screens – Home
Big Screens – index page
Leeds Metropolitan University – Latest News – Leeds Met on the big screen – 19/07/06
BBC – Derby – Big Screen – The Big Screen, Derby
With a 360 degree camera on top and ability to interact with events below, Derby’s Big Screen is much more than just a big telly. Why not make sure you’re on it?
BBC – Big Screens – About
Big Screens


Luminvision Ltd – Interactive Software Development – Minority Report Style Interfaces
Supplier of the ADVIS Advanced Interactive Floor Projection System, Digital Signage Software and Display Solutions for Advertising, Marketing and Entertainment
Dorgem – Open Source Webcam Capture Application
Dorgem is a OpenSource Webcam capture program that can place captured images on your web site. It has a web server for still images.
How to use your PC and Webcam as a motion-detecting and recording security camera – Simplehelp
Mobile Linux device stack gains motion detection
News, views, articles, and discussion on using Linux in mobile and embedded devices.
Motion Detection In Flash (AS2 and AS3) and C# « [ draw.logic ]
Myron (WebCamXtra) – Computer Vision & Well Connected Motion Tracking
Mobile Linux device stack gains motion detection
News, views, articles, and discussion on using Linux in mobile and embedded devices.
Adobe – Developer Center : Webcam Motion Detection: Using the BitmapData API in Flash 8

Meeting 02

February 4, 2008

Meeting 02 is scheduled for Tuesday 5th Feb, 12:00. We are meeting in the library at Headingley Campus. If everyone could bring some initial ideas about possible content and brand identity.

Meeting 01

February 4, 2008

I’ve sent round the notes from last Wednesday (30th Jan)’s meeting – if anyone hasn’t received them then please let me know and I will forward them on. I will also start to post summaries of each meeting on here – just so people can see who was at each meeting and what was discussed, e.g.

Meeting 01 – 30th January – 17:30-19:30

Ash Mann, Sebastian Budniak, Richard Doherty, Ben Thompson, Matt Jones, Parag Oswal, Paul Bradley, Vijay Raj Dagar, Shazad Akhtar, Pan Vafeiadis

Discussed items:
Individual skills/strengths
Technical capabilities/constraints of the big screen
Possible forms of content
Group organisation
Feedback from tutors
Contact details
Next meeting