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Real-world example: The Wilderness Downtown

From: HTML5: Graphics and Animation with Canvas

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A really great example of using HTML5 canvas to produce some really cool effects is a site called thewildernessdowntown.com. And this is a pretty immersive site built by Arcade Fire and some other folks. I am running this in Google Chrome. It's actually pretty cool! You type in the address of a place and then the site builds a sort of customized music video around the location you give it, complete with some interesting HTML5 canvas effects.

Real-world example: The Wilderness Downtown

A really great example of using HTML5 canvas to produce some really cool effects is a site called thewildernessdowntown.com. And this is a pretty immersive site built by Arcade Fire and some other folks. I am running this in Google Chrome. It's actually pretty cool! You type in the address of a place and then the site builds a sort of customized music video around the location you give it, complete with some interesting HTML5 canvas effects.

You can see the birds are being chased away by my mouse over here. That's actually pretty cool. All this is HTML5 that you are seeing right now. So, let's give it an address, and I'm going to use the address of lynda.com's recording studio, and we are here in beautiful Ventura, California. I am going to click Search. Okay, so now it's going to go build out that music video. Right, we are ready to go, so we can play the film. So, now as you're watching the movie, I am going to point out some of the canvas effects that are happening.

(music playing) First, you see the video come up. (video playing) This is being accomplished right now via HTML5 video. (video playing) So, now here is an example of the canvas being used to draw the birds flying around the sky up there, those guys right here.

You can see they are still responding to my mouse. (video playing) (video playing) So, now here is the combination. We have a video that's using an image that's been pulled from the Google Earth service. Those birds you see being drawn there are drawn using HTML5 canvas and you can see that there are various windows coming and going.

This is the HTML5 canvas being used to render an image. You saw it there, and it was faded out a little bit to make it look like it was a bit old. You can see the effect over there. So, the colors have been sort of washed out a little bit using the canvas effects. (video playing) You can see the image is now being rotated. There is some more canvas with our location.

You can see that as he's turning around the video down there, it is synchronized with the video up top. (video playing) That's pretty much it. That's a pretty great use of canvas.

You can see here that at the end it gives you an opportunity to write a little postcard to yourself and the contents here are drawn using HTML5 canvas, really great example of using canvas technologies to augment existing media, like video and audio and different windows, and just a nice immersive experience.

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HTML5: Graphics and Animation with Canvas

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  1. 4m 54s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 3s
    3. Using the HTML5 Canvas element in the real world
      1m 48s
  2. 10m 31s
    1. Real-world example: CanvasMol
      2m 9s
    2. Real-world example: Raphaël-JavaScript Library
      1m 47s
    3. Real-world example: The Wilderness Downtown
      4m 1s
    4. Real-world example: Sketchpad
      1m 10s
    5. Real-world example: Pirates Love Daisies
      1m 24s
  3. 3m 28s
    1. Installing the tools
      1m 29s
    2. Exploring the Canvas examples used in this course
      1m 59s
  4. 8m 58s
    1. Introducing the Canvas tag
      6m 30s
    2. Understanding the differences between Canvas and SVG
      2m 28s
  5. 5m 36s
    1. Identifying the Canvas element's methods and properties
      1m 40s
    2. Using the Canvas drawing context
      3m 56s
  6. 43m 14s
    1. Setting and using colors and styles
      3m 19s
    2. Drawing basic shapes: Rectangles and lines
      10m 21s
    3. Understanding the Canvas state
      5m 15s
    4. Drawing complex shapes: Arcs and paths
      9m 15s
    5. Drawing complex shapes: Bézier and quadratic curves
      5m 46s
    6. Rendering text
      9m 18s
  7. 32m 35s
    1. Creating shadows
      6m 41s
    2. Drawing with patterns
      7m 20s
    3. Drawing with gradients
      6m 18s
    4. Using clipping paths
      4m 46s
    5. Drawing images and video
      7m 30s
  8. 35m 42s
    1. Transforming objects using the translate tag
      4m 18s
    2. Scaling objects with the scale transformation
      4m 7s
    3. Rotating objects with the rotate transformation
      4m 33s
    4. Applying a custom transformation
      6m 58s
    5. Compositing in Canvas using globalAlpha
      6m 36s
    6. Manipulating raw pixels
      9m 10s
  9. 41m 23s
    1. Building an image slideshow control
      4m 24s
    2. Using smooth transitions in a slideshow
      4m 28s
    3. Creating a basic animation
      5m 42s
    4. Creating animation with double buffering
      13m 13s
    5. Incorporating Canvas into a real page
      13m 36s
  10. 48s
    1. Goodbye
      48s

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