Thursday, January 21, 2010

tRicky T-Day!

We made a new friend on YouTube the other day - Tim and his poodle Tassilo - and we were inspired right away to learn a new trick from Tassilo's video! Tassilo does is much better than me and also does more than I do, but I wanted to show off my new trick any way for this week's tRicky T-Day!

Actually getting that far was pretty easy - mom rolled up the towel and told me, "Nose" and I went right over and started unrolling the towel! Then mom just had to say, "Down"! She wants to call the trick something like "Let's go to the beach" so she is starting to say, "Beach, nose" to me - you are supposed to put the new command before the old one when you are teaching a new command and then eventually you can fade out the old one. And in the video, you can't see mom but she isn't doing anything other than what you hear - like no special off-camera signals and no telling me to lie down - that's all part of the trick now. Maybe someday I will learn how to roll my towel back up and carry it away like Tassilo does!

We're still trying to figure out how to edit Flip videos - all the videos we have made lately were put on YouTube directly out of the Flip software. So they take FOREVER to upload but come out looking awesome in HD. This one we made for today by converting the MP4 to AVI (with free converter software called AnyVideo converter) and then put it into WMM. So we got to use WMM , and the upload time was quick, but the video quality is horrible - even though we used an HD camera. This is crazy. We might end up having to spend money on editing software, but it's too bad because WMM does enough stuff for us and we are comfortable using it. Why can't everything just be compatible with everything else? Can't we all just get along - lol!

Gotta zoom!



Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Woo are so furry pawesome!

Great work!


Sara said...

Awwwwww, that's a really cute trick! Good job Ricky, and thanks for always being a great sources of ideas!

elbouwii said...

waaw Ricky!!!!

that was so asome! you are just to smart!! you are a super dog

El'bow & Hauwii

Dawn said...

Giggle! How cute was that!?! I haven't gone to watch the other dog yet. I'm going to watch yours again first! :)

Marie said...

Adorable! That is a great trick. Your videos always make me smile. Thanks for sharing them with us.

Diana said...

What a cute trick! Diana

Priscilla said...

Awesome trick!!!
What a clever boy you are :)

Ludo van Doggy said...

ah Ricky, you is so clever, what a super cool trick!!
~lickies, Ludo

Nat said...

I've always loved that trick, great job with it!! I love how positive your mom is with you, Ricky!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Ricky - what a cool, cool trick!! Now you've inspired me! My human always wanted to teach me to learn to push things with my nose (like my soccer ball) instead of grabbing with my mouth and now you've really inspired us to get a move on and start learning it properly! :-)

My human uses WMM to edit all my videos (they are downloaded as AVI from the camera) and she finds the quality is OK - you can even watch it in full screen and it looks fine. BUt the trick is when you click on "Save to my Computer" - don't choose "Best Quality for playback on my computer" - instead, click on "Other" - and then there is a big list of different sizes you can save your film us - my human always chooses " High Quality Video (LARGE)" (not "Small") - and then it might take a while to save - and also a while to upload to YouTube but the quality seems to come out good then.

Hope that helps!

Honey the Great Dane

Lian said...

WOW! You guys are getting so creative! I love that trick!