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ScuzzBlog: Diaries November 2018

Entry 8th November 2018: Post 01: Clara Veiga

The very lovely Miss Clara Veiga
Clara Veiga is my Amiga Clara Veiga created in DPaint Captured with VidiAmiga and used as my very own Amiga screensaver
One common theme running through my collection is the appearance of one Clara Veiga. She seems to pop up all over the place. It all started when I first wrote a series of stories about nothing. The idea of the concept of nothing and more important the existence of something, which we call life, came to me one day whilst driving to work. There have been many theories regarding the essence of time and space and I guess I have read none of them. However the idea that we are all travelling through nothing and then are captured for a lifetime in something began to stir in my mind. And so I ventured into the world hidden behind the something we call life to uncover the masters of the web that trapped us here. Enter the beautiful Clara Veiga. In one of the first chapters the main character in the story is taken prisoner by hunters. There are two men and a woman. I give all my characters real life personalities or peoples images. I have no idea why Clara popped into my head as the character in the story. I had never intended her to become the main driving force behind all the stories. One minute she was not in my train of thought, and the next she pretty well dominated the whole story... and each subsequent story. She has been so powerful. The character has assimilated the avatar of Clara Veiga and so now Clara lives eternally as she was in 2003 trapped in my world. There just wouldn't be a story without that image. And so it is little surprise that when I am creating pictures, files and drawers on the computer I call upon the image of Clara to best represent my private world. It has been a long standing tradition with Amiga users to have females as their leading ladies when it comes to naming things. After all Amiga means 'girl friend'. No doubt you are aware of the music CD ' Everybody's Girlfriend '. If you watch the history of the Amiga you will appreciate the history of why so many chips have girls names. Clara Veiga has been a source of inspiration and has driven me to create even more in the series of stories. She never fails to surprise me and although she is not intended to be the real life woman I always hope in some way by celebrating her she will live on as the beautiful creature I recall from those catwalks of 2003 on Fashion TV. Here are odd images that I have used when creating blogs. I am sure there are more. I do thank the real life Clara Veiga who I am hoping does not mind me using her face to represent an Amiga icon... of my creation.

My very special Amiga

Even Clara is back to her old self.

Clara looks OK but Kirsten has vanished.

Here is the image that I created
based on Clara Veiga. The image was
taken from a DvD using VidiAmiga.
The full route to this icon as follows

Recorded using a SONY video recorder and
taken from FashionTV on SKY back in 2003'ish.
Important to use -r DvDs as you want lists
of files, whereas the +r will save one
continuous file. The VOB file is taken to
the PC and I do convert to MP4 by editing to
single tracks using say Avidemux. However my
DvD hooked up to the Amiga can read VOB files.

I locate the selected video clip and then
fire up VidiAmiga. I set the frame rate and
contrast and then proceed to play the video
in double speed in pause mode. ie I pause the
animation and play in single frame mode at
double the frame rate. This allows single
frames to be captured by the Amiga. With a
little trial and error you get the Amiga frame
rate working with the saved rate.

I then save the animation on the Amiga and
use DPaint to save brushes and images in BW.
I work the images using DPaint and PPaint.

I use the icons on all my Amigas and so
it's important that they are designed
with a limited colour palette.

The finished drawer icon for my
special tools disk using Clara Veiga.

Clara Veiga on Fashion TV.

Back to the Workbench screen and remove
Clara Veiga from the disk drive. [ she has
all me essential tools in her .. sexy vixen ].

When the computer is idle I have a
DPaint animation running in the background.
I have hundreds of them. The one shown
is Clara Veiga. I just grab off the DVD
using VidiAmiga and edit in DPaint and
run from DOpus. Much better than seeing
a Workbench screen.

First up animation with DPaint and
the wonderful Miss Veiga who I use... ooh er
as a screen saver on most of my active
Amigas. So you will find a Clara Veiga
folder on all the machines with screensavers
that get fired up when inactive. And what better
vision when idling away than the very splendid
Miss Veiga strutting her curves

Video is taken from Fashion TV DvDs
on the whole captured from SKY TV of old
I tend to use VidiAmiga and Main Actor
for video conversion and frame editing
and then into DPaint

DPaint has the best animator for the Amiga
You can create any length of animated brush
and then paste down in the number of frames
you want to use ... Easy peasy

The animation can be any length and
you have full control of each frame

The Control panel is very easy to use
and you can remove the tool bars from
the edit screen with the F functions
and slow move frame by frame using the
number keys. You have full control over
frame rate etc and it really is just a
breeze to use with all Amigas

Add to that software like Main Actor and
you can save in differing formats

Some like tropical fish screen savers
me I tend to stick with Clara... She's
kinda symbolic now of the Amiga to me
as I get so use to her being on all the time.
Clara Veiga is the face of my Amiga world...

Albeit a little less 'fractalised' which
only happens when you drop down your menus.. ooh er !!

Sorry can't show the anim cus its a still camera

Image manipulation

Not sure who is manipulating who

The A4000d 040 does do everything incredibly
fast. And so image manipulation and video editing
is done at great speed and you do notice this.
Kinda a shame that all Amigas were not as fast
but then in time I guess they would have been.
For now the heavy work gets done here.

And means you can see the main file plus
it's icon as a separate file from the main
DOpus interface. So important when you
need to edit ToolTypes and the like.

And welcome the very lovely Clara Veiga.
The book is about her after all.. I digress.

I do love the smaller boxes for carrying around
This one has my Clara Veiga screen-savers inside

Books of DoNEmRysPrca

Written by me scink [ scuzz ]

I give you just a taste. Obviously I'm not going
to disclose the full works. After all they are written
for my own amusement.

HE||o - Your journey starts here


Journey with Clara to Chandraise Kingdom where anything is possible


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