Over the past week I have been working on creating a video from my artist book, The Power of the Indian Stray Dog. Why did I do this, you may wonder. Well, I did it mostly for the shear joy of experimentation. I wanted to see what would happen. I found out that there were things I could do with video that I couldn’t do in the book format – such as leading the reader’s eye and music. But there were things the video missed such as the tactile beauty of the paper. I’m hoping that the video format will help expose the work to people who might not otherwise discover it. And, if nothing else, doing the video gave me a chance to learn a new medium.
    Here are the steps I took to make it happen:

  • I used iMovie, but I am sure there are other programs out there that would work well too.
  • This would probably work best with a book that uses words and images to communicate, rather than a book that uses structure and/or materials to get it’s message accross (such as a popup book or an altered book).
  • The book I made into a video didn’t have a very long script and so I put the text into titles. If a book has a longer text, you could make it into an audio track.
  • I had previously scanned the book’s images and saved them as jpgs, so they were easily imported into iMovie.
  • Control clicking on my images then clicking on “show photo settings” allowed me to edit the photo settings.
  • Using the Ken Burns effect, I was able to start the pan over the image and stop it where I felt it was most effective.
  • I used the transition “cross dissolve” to get the words to flow into the images. The transitions require clips to be over a certain length, so I sometimes needed to lengthen the clip under photo settings (moving the slider from the rabbit toward the turtle).
  • P. recorded the sound track in Garage Band and I was able to move it into iMovie. [note: Make sure to save it with an iLife Preview (located in preferences) or it won’t be usable in iMovie.]
  • Thanks to the help of Dave Liske, I exported the video as a Quicktime file using Expert Settings – selecting Options, Video Settings, Compression Type MPEG 4 Video and Quality=Best.
  • Finally I uploaded it to Youtube.
  • Here is the result:

    Let me know what you think!