Archive for June, 2008

June 19, 2008
Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Ollie Cronk on 19-06-2008

Ever wanted to produce a movie style (okay Movie-ish!) DVD cover for a personal video project? Well I’ve come up with a photoshop template that allows for printing on to A4 card (and then trimming to fit) to do the insert that goes under the clear plastic on a standard DVD box. Note that this folds so the section on the left will be on the back, the middle will be the spine and the right will be – yep you guessed it – the front.
DVD Cover template thumbnail

You can either buy new DVD boxes (tesco sell them reasonably cheap) or take an old DVD case (like the ones you get with free DVD’s you get with Magazines or old game cases) and remove the existing insert replacing it with your own. If you print / trim carefully you can get it to show the label along the spine perfectly – this sometimes takes some trial and error!

This photoshop template is quite large (as its high res and designed for good quality print output) so I have zipped it up – get it by clicking this link. I’ve also exported it to JPG in case photoshop is of no use and you want the general idea. You can be as simple or as creative as you want with this basic design – I tend to throw a few stills from the video (or even better similar shots from a digital camera as they are better quality) on the case.

Hope this is useful – I am making this available for non-commerical usage only – please contact me if you are using this for profit making projects (although I’d doubt you would want to – as its not really polished enough!)

Whilst doing this I discovered mediafire.com which is where I am hosting the file from as its quite large – pretty impressive and very quick (no registration is needed which is a bonus).



June 18, 2008
Filed Under (Life) by Ollie Cronk on 18-06-2008

Its Kat and I’s 3rd wedding anniversary today. Happy Anniversary Kat!

Top picture is when we got angaged at the top of the Eiffel tower and below is when we recently returned to Paris.

For the anniversary and as a gift to Kat I finally finished the DVD of the Honeymoon – its only taken me 3 years!! Here is some of the cover artwork:

Those that know me quite well can look forward to being bored by it the next time they pop by!!!



June 17, 2008
Filed Under (Environment, Web Development) by Ollie Cronk on 17-06-2008

Really impressed with the work my colleagues have done on the new AEA website (http://www.aeat.co.uk). This also includes the ecopath website which will be vastly expanded in due course.

AEA home pageI can’t claim to have been hugely involved (other than some bits and pieces behind the scenes) although this is partly because they kicked off the project whilst I was in Paris (talk about quick turn around!). The plan is to move it to the Silverstripe CMS in due course which will make management and updates easier.




June 04, 2008
Filed Under (Life, Travel) by Ollie Cronk on 04-06-2008

Have posted up my pictures from Kat and I’s recent trip to the french capital – We went on Eurostar for my birthday and stayed in a hotel with a view of Seine just down the road from the Eiffel tower (somewhat better than we went to get engaged!!)

Got some quite good shots (amongst the silly ones!) shame the weather was a bit dull.

Particularly pleased with this one of the Louvre:

Louvre Water

And of this one at Versailles:

Versailles from Lower Fountain

Will have to get a digital SLR camera one of these days!

More pictures available here and photos of our Engagement trip from a few years back are here.