Video animation

Last year, professor dr. Sérgio Pena of Laboratory GENE asked me to create a RSA video animation for him about how much alike all humans are, from a genetically point of view. He was very enthusiastic about the final video animation and asked me if I would be willing to create more animations with him in the future.

Thats why it was not a complete surprise that professor Pena asked me to make a second video animation, this time for the Non-Invasive Prenatal Test (NIPT). It’s a test that can check for DNA deviations via the maternal blood, comparing maternal and fetal DNA, after only 9 weeks of pregnancy.

Again, he gave me a powerpoint presentation with an image and a paragraph per slide and a voice-over recording of his smart phone to begin with. I redrew some images in Illustrator and Photoshop and used Flash to animate parts of the slides in sync with the voice-over. The intro with the drawing hand and marker was again a very time-consuming part.

After the first, basic version of the video, there were several adjustments, changes and additions. Sometimes it were only changes in color or text, sometimes whole slides were replaced.

All in all it was a 70 hour project, spread over 5 weeks. Finally we put it on YouTube:

This time, the voice-over is in Portuguese. That’s why we added English subtitles for non-Portuguese speakers. The subtitles can be switched on via the ‘CC’ (close caption) button.

Again, professor Pena was very content with the final video animation. He used it at a talk last friday and wrote me that ‘It was a hit’.

The YouTube version of the video animation is available up to 1280 x 720 pixels, 30 frames per second. For emailing purposes, there is a version that is somewhat scaled down to about 75%, at 12 MB, in .mp4 format. Finally, there is a ‘projector’ version: A video that acts as a standalone app that has a Flash player build in, so you don’t need an internet connection or even a browser to play it.

If you have a talk, product or event that can use a little extra explanation, why not contact me and we’ll see what the possibilities are.

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