Yes, Virginia, you can use the Artiste for that

ArtisteHUD_IMAGEA month or so ago, I decided to focus on learning/re-learning the Artiste HUD and associated products.

I’d used the Artiste before, both in its incarnation as the SILVER and as the GOLD.  I did a Christmas routine last year with the GOLD (which I’m hoping to revamp and share before the end of this year).

However, after that routine, I wasn’t dancing as much and so the Artiste was left to languish in my inventory.

This year, I began doing routines that were a hybrid – using the Artiste HUD and a different mover.  But I wanted to get to know this system a lot better – learn all the ins/outs, especially since I will be teaching classes on it in 2016.

So I set out to use the Artiste HUD and palette system exclusively for several routines.  I’m proud of how they turned out.

It took a bit of re-learning things I’d used before, as well as learning some new things, as Yummy is always adding new and fancy features.

I managed to find time this weekend to have my husband film one of the routines I created.

If you can’t see the embedded video, click the link here to watch it.

I wanted to see if I could accomplish all the same things with the Artiste that I could using various other products.

In this routine, I wanted to be able to chat commands, in order to fade the sets in/out.

I was going to be adding/removing items, including a costume change, as well as various particle effects.

I would be moving around the stage, so I needed a mover.

I was able to do everything I needed with just the Artiste HUD and the palette.

The HUD handled my dance sequence, my chat commands for fades and particle effects, as well as all of my costuming adds/removes.  If I had done emotes for this routine, it would have handled those as well.

The palette was used as a mover for this routine.

Using the Artiste does require you to do some thinking and planning up front.  I spent probably an hour or so planning out my costume changes and other add/remove items so that the changes would be as seamless as possible.

For those of you who have wondered what you can do with the Artiste system, I hope the video demonstrates what is possible.

And this isn’t even a very complicated routine!  One HUD, one palette, and a rezzer, and you too can make your imagination come to life. 😀

Spot On Stage Manager

I came across this video in my Google feed.

SpotOn Stage Manager

The new set rezzer/stage manager from SpotOn has a couple of features I thought were cool.

I like the ability for it to remember more than one stage – if you are a performer who does acts at more than one venue, that alone will be a huge timesaver.

I also like that the position/location of where you put the rezzer/manager doesn’t matter (unless I misunderstood the video).

For locations where you can’t ‘restore to last,’ trying to figure out where to put the rezzer can be a headache.

And then you have to move the rezzer and your set around until you have it placed correctly.

You can already include your movers as part of your set with other rezzers, though personally, I don’t like doing that.

With most rez boxes (including this one, from what I could tell), you can only rez one set at a time.

So if you like to rez your movers ahead of time in order to cache dances and get everyone in place, that’s not possible if you include them as part of your set.

I have seen some dancers use two rez boxes, one for sets and one for movers.

I’m not sure exactly when this will be available or what it will cost.

But it’s another option for those of us who perform.

Success!!

This is how I felt after finishing this routine! Image Source: www.timothysykes.com
This is how I felt after finishing this routine!
Image Source: http://www.timothysykes.com

As many of you know, I have spent the last several weeks trying to learn a new system.

I was going to call it a HUD, but it’s really so much more than that.

The Artiste is a suite of products to help you, as a performer, do more.

Is it easy?

No.

Is it fast?

No.

Is it rewarding?

YES!!!!!

For me, this is a trailblazing product.  With the tools provided in the Artiste suite of products, I now have so many more creative options at my disposal.

Things that, previously, I would have had to either purchase, beg, borrow, steal, or sleep with a scripter to get.  😛

I have spent the few weeks on a roller coaster – up when I was successful at something, and down again when things didn’t go right.

Sometimes the downs weren’t my fault, most times they were.

I persevered.  Pure stubbornness.  Refusal to give up.

Sometimes I would have to walk away.

But I always came back.

After finally completing a routine, I am so excited about the many tools I still have left to learn.

What I accomplished may not seem like much to some.  I am so proud of this routine – because when I watch it, I see all the successes and failures, and how much I learned along the way.

Plus, I finally get to use these ADORABLE gingerbread avatars I got from the MadPea Scrumptious Sweets hunt.  (Created by Chandra Meehan at deviousMind – the hunt is still on, so head over there and pick them up yourself.  The HUD is $100L, but well worth the price, for these avatars alone!)

I hope you enjoy this little holiday routine as much as I do.

It’s Cold Outside

Merry Christmas!

Dance Experiment – Video #3

Whew!  It’s been a busy week – scheduling shoots, filming videos, and then getting them all ready for you.  The dancers are busily working away, and I should have two more videos for you shortly.  We’re down to the last 3 or 4 videos, and then the dance experiment will be finished. 😦

In the meantime, here is the latest video from the experiment, from the incomparable Babypea and her ensemble cast.

As always, any flaws in the video are my fault (or my computer’s or my ISP’s), not those of the dancers.

Broken Ones – Babypea Von Phoenix and cast

Dance Experiment Video

Image Source:  www.lissyonok-wookiee.ru
Image Source: http://www.lissyonok-wookiee.ru

You thought I forgot, didn’t you?

In some previous post threads, I asked the question whether dance in SL is a form of art.  Out of those conversations, an idea for a dance experiment was born.

Give dancers the opportunity to create a routine, but require that each dancer use the same song.  A number of dancers volunteered for the experiment.  They were/are free to create anything they wanted, as long as they used the song I chose.

They could build a set (or not), they could emote (or not), they could use effects (or not) – all creative choices left up to them, except for the music.  I think it will be very interesting to see what happens.  🙂

To the dancers who volunteered, thank you!

The first video is from Sarah Elisabeth Brenham, who has been interviewed on the blog.  The video is embedded, but if it doesn’t show for you, simply click on the link below.

Sarah Elisabeth Brenham – Dance Experiment

Keep watching for more videos from this experiment.  🙂

New Videos

I have added some new videos to the Dance Video page – be sure to check them out.

If you come across any videos or have one you’d like to share, please let me know.

Enjoy!

Dance Videos

Today I came across two new dance videos.  I’ve been pondering for a while whether to make a page for video links (if for no other reason than to kick my own inner Muse into gear!).  So, until I get that project completed, here they are.  If you can’t see the embedded video, click on the link below it.

Dragon McMasters (La Oro’s Unleashed Ladies and Gents):

Link here:  I Could Win If Only I Had a Brain

I love the use of non-dance animations for the scarecrow.  I am always on the hunt for poses and/or weird animations I can use in a routine.

Setsuna Hirano (Club IMAGE):

Link here:  Spider

I love the feel of this dance – the monochromatic color scheme, the slow pace of the dances.

Romance of The Faery Court

A lovely dance, but the credits left out one important person – who was the choreographer???

The Artiste HUD

Here is the latest video produced using The Artiste Performer’s HUD:

I have the Silver version of the HUD, and am anxiously waiting for the release of the Gold version, which will hopefully include the Palette.  The Palette, I’m told, will have a whole host of options, including letting you move avatars.  The HUD lets you run a sequence, emotes, and adorn/remove functions.

When the Gold version is released, I’ll let you know!

*Note: if the embedded video doesn’t show for you, click here for the link.