Wednesday, November 23, 2011

1 Minute Instructional Video - Editing

After I had filmed the shots I needed, the next stage was editing. I had a problem with my clips as even though I had imported them using Final Cut Pro, I didn't use Log and Transfer. This resulted in my clips being in H.264 - not suitable for editing, they should of been Apple ProRes. Luckily I was able to convert my clips over to the Apple ProRes format - I will be certain to use Log and Transfer next time.

When it came to editing I previewed my clips and cut them down to a suitable length. Even with all the relevant clips cut down I found that the whole video ended up being a lot longer than a minute. Someone pointed out that I didn't need specific clips as I was almost repeating myself, I didn't notice this until they said this. After that I found it much easier to cut out extra bits and in the end I managed to get my video to a minute.

There were a few specific things I did to my video to make it how I wanted. There was a part where I wanted to show the water boiling, however if I showed the whole sequence it would have been far too long. To reduce the time length down I thought of speeding up the clip, I ended up speeding it up by 800%. I think it worked quite well and I separated part of the clip off to bring it down to normal speed to show a specific action. If I didn't do this it would have resulted in that part being too fast and the viewer not being able to catch what was going on.

Once I had got the desired length of time and effects in my video I watched it back to see how it flowed from one shot to another. I saw that it worked quite well, however I wanted to put a fade in at the beginning and a fade out at the end. To do this I changed the opacity on the first and last clip, setting key frames in the appropriate places. There was another way I was shown, by putting in a solid colour matte and having the clip fade in from that, however I found that changing the opacity was a much easier and quicker way of doing this.

Originally I was going to have a voice over in my video. (I tried doing it straight from the camera however my voice ended up being too echoey in my kitchen.) I thought about using the sound recording booth in uni, but after watching my video back I realised it was pretty self explanatory anyway and there was no real need for a voice over. From this I decided to have a look at what music I could put in it to make it a bit more interesting rather than just having a basic video. I was told to look through - where you are able to obtain legal audio downloads which can be used for your own personal use (some may have other restrictions though). I couldn't really find what I was looking for and as there was such a vast library, I couldn't even begin to search what I was trying to look for. I wanted something happy and cheery yet with no lyrics. I decided to check out Soundtrack Pro - a programme where you are able to edit and compose your own tracks from either your own media or media from their search library.

This was much easier to search for what I had in mind and shortly I was able to find my desired track. I had to edit the track slightly as it was too long for my video and I particularly wanted the ending. It took me awhile to find the right point at which to cut it at and then combine it with the ending. I had to make sure the whole thing sounded right and there were no obvious jumps within it. After I had done this I saved it as an AIFF file in order for it to be used in Final Cut Pro.

With sound you have to make sure that on the audio metre the sound does not go over -12, as anything above this will not sound right and be too high pitched. You can just drop the decibel metre down however by doing this you may reduce the sound too much and it can be too quiet. To be more precise I used the pen tool to add points and manually raise and lower them to get the correct levels on the sound. I wanted the sound to be even and be at the right tempo.

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