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Media Objects: Editing Assignment

 

This editing assignment proved quite difficult and frustrating for me, not in the technical aspect, I have edited many times before, but in the creative element. Editing together photos, audio and video of completely different things proved difficult. The final video, in my opinion is not very good but it is the best I could do with the limitations the criteria of the assignment set out. The assignment criteria, editing the photos and audio with a different theme to the one shot video, as well as finding royalty free footage to also put in, was really frustrating and does not allow me to accurately show my ability to edit. My biggest issue was trying to figure out a way to edit together a basketball video with photos of flowers and then put in audio completely different to both of them. After several attempts, the best way I found to edit random photos, video and audio together was the effect of zooming out of one part of Melbourne and into another part to connect the different videos, audio and photos. Before I started the editing I decided to attempt to follow the ‘flow’ theme rather than the impact. This required to have some sort of ‘story’ to adhere to some form of continuity. The idea of ‘what is happening around Melbourne’ seemed to, in my opinion, have some form of continuity to the piece. My aim prior to beginning this assignment was to adhere to some form of continuity, and the transition effect of zooming out of Melbourne and into another, although it needed more refinement, did created a sense of continuity.

I used Adobe Premiere which is a great program, much better than Final Cut Pro and it links to Adobe After Effects really well, which I used for the title of the video. For the title I used several techniques to achieve the effect including Masking, Blur effects, Pixel Polly and a plugin from videocopilot.net called Optical Flares. The royalty free videos I found were from achieve.org, which meant most of the footage was very poor quality. Unfortunately there was not much I was able to do to the videos except put an After Effects plugin on them called Neat Video which removes some of the grain in the videos. While this helped a little overall, as the videos were such poor quality, it did not make the difference I was hoping for.

For the zoom effects I used images from Google Earth and then matched closer images with further away images to achieve the effect. When I decided to use this transition effect I needed to find out what the copyright was for using Google Earth images. Fortunately Google allows users to use the images as long as the logo remains in the images. That is why the logo and writing from Google Earth is still on the zoom effect.

The sound effects were downloaded from freesound.org. The camera sounds I downloaded were high quality and I did not have to edit them in any way, which made the editing easier. The other sound effects I used were from a sound effect pack I purchased from Videocopilot.net a while back. These sound effects are really high level effects and ones I have used many times before and will continue to use. The sound effect I used from my previous audio assignment was a baseball hitting a fence which I used for the basketball hitting the backboard in the final video.

One aspect of the final piece I did not like was the cut from the zoom to the video and especially cutting from the video to the zoom effect again. The effect was abrupt but there were not many other ways I could have done it with the videos. I did try a fade transition from the video to the zoom but that did not work very well. Ideally if I had filmed a video knowing I would use that effect I would have a shot above what ever activity I was filming and then cut to the zoom effect. That transition would have been smoother but for obvious reason I was unable to do this. It is insightful however as with more refinement and no Google logo the effect could look a lot better.

Overall for my editing assignment, attempting to follow the theme of ‘flow’, in my opinion, was relatively successful. There were a few problems, bad image quality, logos on Google Earth images etc., but overall they were minor problems and the final video follows the criteria of the assessment.

 

Credits

Videos:

England Athletics Promo

Source: archive.org/details/JulianWellings-EnglandAthleticsPromoVideo603

Viewed: 25/5/2014

 

Name: Boat Ride

Source: archive.org/details/Boat_Ride

Viewed: 25/5/2014

 

Audio:

Author: Bratok999

Name: Click the camera

Source: freesound.org/people/Bratok999/sounds/173564/

Viewed: 26/5/2014

 

Author: Andrew Kramer

Name: Motion Pulse

Source: videocopilot.net/products/motionpulse/

Viewed: 26/5/14

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Media Objects: Single Shot Video

The Basketball

As part of the Media Objects assessment we were asked to film a one-minute video on the theme of success. The video was a one-minute, one continuous shot video. To get the video completed in time the group went through several different stages to have the process run as smoothly as possible. The steps we followed were:

  1.      Planning
  2.      Rehearsal
  3.      Filming

Planning out these steps and following them, rather than skipping some steps and going straight to the filming proved very helpful.

Planning

The planning stage was fairly straightforward. First we needed an idea. A requirement for the video was that the story needed to follow a three-line story. As the classroom was close to a basketball court, an idea revolving around basketball was viable and that became the idea. The three-line story we decided was:

  1.      A woman finds a basketball shoots it and misses
  2.      A man picks up the ball and offers to help
  3.      She takes another shot and succeeds

The idea was simple enough that we could finish the video in time without too much stress. As part of the planning stage we did a storyboard of the shots we wanted and a short summary of how the story was going to go.

Rehearsal

The rehearsal stage of the video was important as it gave us time to plot out how the story would look in real-life rather than on a piece of paper. It gave us time to sort out any issues we were having without the pressure of the camera being on. During the rehearsals we were able to get all the timing right so that when it came to the filming stage we could take as little takes as possible to get it right.

Filming

Even with time spent on rehearsals, sometimes things are just out of your control. This is one thing we found out when it came to filming. Some elements are just out of our control. One element out of our control was the weather. As it was a poor day during the filming stage it started raining, which interrupted the filming somewhat and gave us less time to shoot the video. As well as the rain being a poor day also meant that the lighting conditions were also not ideal. Another element, which was difficult to control, was the basketball. The basketball sometimes did not go where we intended it to go. It became difficult when we had to run around after the ball while filming because the ball hit the ring in the wrong place and went off in a direction that was not intended. Eventually after we had completed around fourteen take we had one we were happy with.

Overall we succeeded in making a video we were happy with. This success was mainly due to the planning we did in the beginning and also the rehearsals. Without those first two stages the filming would have been much more difficult.