Unit 5, 6, 7 – skills log

Unit 5-

Premiere & Soundsnap:

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Firstly, once I had finished editing a scene in the application, Premiere, I would go onto soundsnap.com and find suitable sound effects to add into the scene. This website is very useful for finding un-copyrighted sounds, and all you have to do is search on the website for a specific sound. For example, if I needed the sound of a mobile phone receiving a text message / alert, I could search that and it would show we loads of possible sounds that I could use.

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Once I found the sound that I wanted to add into my timeline on Premiere, I would click the ‘mp3’ button which downloads the audio to the computer that you are on. After it downloads; which takes a few seconds – depending how long the audio is – you can drag and drop it onto your timeline.

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To adjust the volume of the audio, double-click on the empty space where it says ‘Audio 1’. The audio clip will expand and a white bar will be in the centre of it. Then, all you have to do is if you want the volume louder, drag the bar upwards, and if you want it to be quieter, drag it downwards. We this used most times we added a piece of audio in because we wanted it to sound as realistic as possible, therefore, adjusted the volume to how it would be in real life.

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If you want to make the piece of audio fade in or out, go to the top bar and click ‘effects’. The effects panel will then appear and you can choose which audio effect you want to add. Drag in the one you want to use above the piece of audio you want to adjust, and either put it at the beginning or the end of the audio and then drop the effect. You can then adjust this even more by dragging the effect which is on the audio; allowing you to choose when it starts to fade in or out. In our interactive video, we used this when we had an establishing shot and wanted to add some evening ambience to it. We then wanted it to fade out when it went to the next shot of the bedroom so the sound did not just suddenly stop.

To ensure that the audio was good and not choppy in a scene, I used the same bit of audio from one take of the scene and replaced it over the other takes so that it flowed well. However, if the actors mouths were not going in time, I had to use parts from different takes.

Unit 6 / 7-

Premiere:

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In order to make the interactive video, we used the application, Premiere, which is a video editing software. We imported all of the footage that we had recorded onto it by clicking ‘file’, ‘import’ and then selecting all of the videos. After importing, all of the videos appear in the library on Premiere. When editing, you do not want to grab the whole video and audio and drag and drop it onto the timeline because you do not always want to use it all. Therefore, you double-click on the video whilst it is the library and it appears above the library – a lot larger – so that you can edit it.

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For example, when editing all of our videos, we always had to crop out the first couple of seconds because you could hear either Anna or myself saying “action”. To this, you could either drag the little blue cropping tool, or you could use the shortcut which we used where you click ‘i’ on the keyboard. This stands for ‘in’ meaning that this is where the beginning of the video will now be. To crop somewhere else on the video; where you wanted it to finish, you would press ‘o’ on the keyboard; standing for ‘out’. From what you had selected, you now had the choice to either drag the audio, video, or both onto the timeline. I always started with the video so that you could see what was going on. I then would have dragged the audio over.

Every time I finished a scene, I would save it and export it, ensuring I had chosen all of the correct settings so that it was the right quality and file. After Anna and I had finished editing all of the scenes, we made a new file, and imported all of the scenes into the library.

Finally, we put all of the scenes into the correct order, the option pages, as well as adding the opening title sequence at the beginning. We made slight finishing touches to it if we thought that there needed to be another audio effect added in, but then we exported it again.

YouTube:

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The next stage was to go onto YouTube on our college channels, and upload the video. Whilst uploading, different options come up such as what you want the thumbnail of the video to be, what you want the video to be called, and if you want to write anything in the description of the video. I chose to change the thumbnail to a photo of Holly which was more suitable and showed more of what the video is about, without giving away any details. I then named it ‘Interactive video – Insta-lker’ because I wanted to be clear the type of video it was and then include the actual name of it. Then in the description we both added this text that we had to put in about the audio that we used in the opening title sequence so that we did not get copyrighted.

Once the video has uploaded, go to ‘video manager’ and choose ‘annotations’ so that you can start adding links in it which will make the option pages work; allowing you to actually choose which path you go down. Once we had chosen the timings for the annotations to appear and how long we wanted each one to appear for we clicked ‘save’ and ‘apply changes’. Whilst I was annotating it, I had another tab open of the same video so that every time I added an annotation, I could refresh the page and ensure that it definitely worked and took it to the correct part of the video.

Photoshop:

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To be able to create the option pages we had to go onto the application, Photoshop. I had to have the screenshots of the video from where the option pages appear from so that I could set it as the background photo. I also needed to have the screenshots of the two options I was showing on the page.

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Once I had set the background photo, Anna and I wanted it to be blurred so that you could still see it, however, it was clearly shown to not be the main focus in the image. To add a blur effect, we went to ‘filter’, ‘blur’ and ‘gaussian blur’, then chose how blurry we wanted it to be. Every background photo was different, therefore we did not have a set number of how strong we wanted the blur to be.

We then went onto dafont.com and found the font that we wanted to use. As we were unable to download the font, we typed what we wanted it to say then took a screenshot of it. Then we went back onto Photoshop and clicked ‘file’, and ‘place embedded’ the photos we wanted to add; including the two which showed the next options. As the photos of the text had a white background to them, we ‘rasterised’ the photos by right clicking on the specific photo in the right side bar, chose the magic wand tool and clicked the white background and the back button. This then caused the background to disappear. If we wanted the text to change to white, we clicked ‘image’ at the top bar, ‘adjustments’ and ‘invert’. Sometimes we had to do this if the background was dark so you could not read the text. Also, the outline of the text could be rough so we went to ‘image’ and ‘adjustments’ again, but clicked ‘exposure’ which when dragging the little bar, changed how smooth the text was; making it look tidier.

After placing everything where it should be, we added a countdown in and screenshot it every time we changed the number. After doing this for every option page we added it onto the final editing stage of the video.

 

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