Very helpful information. When you first start sculpting you immediately figure out why artists study muscular structure first.
(I had to move this thread because the tutorial section is for member created tutorials).
Those tea lights that I saw at the store - the plastic flame was fully illuminated but it is by reflection. It is lit by an LED light that is underneath it. The little plastic flame part is not a light. But, it looks like it is the thing that has the light in it. When the Luminara candle first came out in 2011 I got one. The technology and the color of the LED has improved since but it's still the basic design that I'm showing here in the video I took (back in 2011):
Yes, in fact, generally each year I pick an icon prop and design the whole haunt around it. There's a big reason for that. Only have so much time to build the haunt for that year so the hardest/time sucking prop is built first. Then, the time remaining is used to help sell the theme of why that prop was created. Here's a quick picture of each year's prop...
2006: Giant Spider
2007: Terra's Throne
I remember that day and it was a lot of fun to watch the numbers creep up ever higher and finally leveled off at the 19,000. Was really hoping it was going to hit 20k but alas.... I believe April is was when Halloween planning hit it's Zenith. We have a lot of lurkers who come here for the tutorials and ideas and April is very busy for that. That's my theory anyway :)
Yeah, that 'fricken wind is what drove me into the garage. BUT, with a garage haunt you are amping up your liability. Pluses and minuses.... If you want to have an outdoor haunt - it's just better to design everything with wind in mind. I'm talking 40 mph sustained. 3pm had that wind hit and shredded the haunt back in 2007. It was horrifying...
Sorry i can't compare other video editing programs. I've stayed with the Adobe Premiere forever because of that learning curve. Once is enough for me.
As for your computer I consulted the hubby (computer nerd) and this is what he said. "Processor and memory sound fine. Hard drive not an issue. But, you need to make sure you have a powerful video card. Other than that you should be fine."
So, basically the processor, memory and the video card are the three that work really hard crunching...
I use Adobe Premiere Elements. It's got a heck of a learning curve but if you stick with a basic formula of how you like your videos to look than once you figure it out - it's easy. They like to update it every year but I only buy a new copy every 3-4 years. I'm still on Premiere Elements 9 and they are already on 13: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere-elements/features.html
Oh, editing video (especially HD) tasks your processor like mad. You need to have a relatively fast computer.
Hallowindow looks terrific blasted onto the side of the house. Those bouncing skele's are always a favorite :)
You embed the video bu copying the URL in the box that opens up when you select the Filmstrip icon in the dialog box.