Going into Raid 1, I expected myself to have trouble writing 500 words, especially since I didn't think my literary failure had much substance to it, however I was surprised because I wrote beyond that.
I was definitely more worried about the video I had to make though, and it mostly had to do with my comfort zone. Everyone hates listening to themselves talk, and having to make a video where that was the primary focus was definitely frightening. Also I'm pretty good with technology, but I'm pretty bad when it comes to learning new things, and making videos is something I've never really done. But I worked through those barriers, and I felt I made a decent product in the end.
When I first started to use Adobe Premiere, I had to have a open mind. This was my first experience with the program, and I had go into it assuming I wouldn't know how everything worked, but that I would eventually figure it out. This is what ended up happening. The program has a lot of nuances and it difficult figuring out certain things in the beginning, like how to cut clips at the right time. There was also a learning curve when it came to my workflow. Being a new program to me, I had no idea how I could efficiently work in the space, but for the Remixing a Favorite quest, I found myself working much faster than I did when making the Day in a Life video. I also had to have an open mind when it came to recording myself for the Day in a Life video. That was definitely stepping out of my comfort zone, so I had to keep an open mind throughout the process.
In class we talked about 6 different factors that one needs to think about when designing anything: Emphasis, Contrast, Color, Organization, Alignment, and Proximity. In an article by Ruth Walker, for koozai.com, she lists 5 key factors to having successful content on the web: Quality, Powerful Titles, Useful Content, Creativity, and Frequency. I think these 5 factors are all apart of the 6 factors above. Quality content can be achieved when you organize your content in the most productive way, powerful titles are achieved by emphasizing the most important part of your page, useful content comes from having good organization on your web page, creativity can be created through variations of contrast, color, and alignment, and frequency can be achieved through having good proximity of links on your page.
Source: Walker, Ruth. “5 Key Factors for Successful Content.” Koozai.com, 14 July 2015, www.koozai.com/blog/content-marketing-seo/5-key-factors-for-successful-content/.
My experience with the collaborative work done on Raid 2 went pretty well. We would plan out when we would work in class, and we stuck to those plans. When we wrote the the draft, our research process was mostly individual, initially just finding sources for each section that we wrote. However when we worked on the final, we help each other find sources to help any part of the review. Splitting the writing was interesting, mostly because I our experiences were a little different with the software, however our conclusion was the same. I would say that revising the work together was definitely better than revising papers by myself in the past, because we both were able to see different things that needed work, and I think that made the review better overall. If I were to do future collaborative work, I would make sure that my collaborator and I set time to work in together in person, rather than just working from home. We discussed our plans in class, but I think we could have benefited from doing work together in person as opposed to just texting one another.
My experience with Raid 4 went pretty well, after some initial bumps in the road. When I sat down to gather the gameplay footage I had a few options. Because I'm playing on Xbox and don't own a capture card, I could either play the game like normal and use the built in capture feature to record 2 minute segments, or I could stream from my console, and then screen record the stream on my PC. Ultimately I chose the latter because I figured it would save me time. However when I checked the screen recording, it turns out I had recorded my other monitor the entire time. So I now had to go into the games theater mode, and replay the entire 2 hour game and make sure that it was recorded correctly this time. This was obviously pretty annoying and I definitely just thought about giving up and doing the tutorials on Premiere Pro instead, but I persisted. But after that, everything worked out fine. The editing process went smoothly, it was time consuming, but it nothing bad happened along the way. I cut of the clips I needed, edited them together and recorded my voice over with OBS. The submission process went well too, although I took me a second to figure out how to make a playlist and share it. Overall, I'm glad I stuck it out, despite the initial setback, because I had much more fun doing this, then I would have if I did my tutorials on Premiere.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Activison, 2018
My Four Most Important Habits of Mind
Openness - This habit of mind has been very important for me this semester, in both my school work and in my personal life. There were many assignments, like the ones in the class, that I had to keep an open mind about, such as the video assignments. I haven’t ever had to make videos before, especially ones that I had to have commentary over, so I knew I had to keep an open mind throughout the process. I know there will be more things in the future that will be new experiences for me, so keeping an open mind about those them will allow me to have those experiences.
Persistence - Persistence always is a crucial component in getting me through most of my school work. I have a very procrastinative personality, and so I really have push myself to finish projects or homework. Persistence will have to be something I maintain in my future career, because I don’t believe my personality will change much after college.
Engagement - Being engage in what I’m doing is sometimes hard for me. A lot of times I really have to have a strong interest in the material in order to be able to stay focus on it. I think this is the reason I tend to struggle in some of my classes, like Physics, that are just elective requirements. In the future, I hope to find a job that I’m fully interested in doing because I know it will help keep me engaged and help me do better work.
Responsibility - Being a responsible person has always been important to me. I hate to disappoint the people that care about me or the people that depend on me. At the beginning of the semester, I was working at Mellow Mushroom while also going to school, and it was a hard balance for me. I loved the job, and I didn’t want to quit, but I knew I had to because it was affecting my school work, which comes first. I hope that in the future I can continue to be a responsible person that makes the right decisions when he needs to.
I think that after taking this class I’m much less apprehensive about using digital software. I previously would ever use Photoshop to make memes out of boredom, but now I feel like I have the skills to make real projects, especially if those projects involve making videos. The work we did with Premiere Pro has introduce me to the video editing process, and I think I’ll be able to use that knowledge in the future. I also think my writing and ways of thinking have improved over the semester. I feel more comfortable writing than I ever have before, and I feel like I can think about problems on a more critical level.
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