Digital Learning Journal Kevin Klott

Assignment 7: Final Reflection

This was my first course with Adobe Education Exchange, and I can honestly describe it as a fantastic, challenging and rewarding experience. I always wanted to learn Premiere Pro, but I never had the opportunity to sit down and dedicate the time to allow someone to teach me. Thank you, Adobe, for putting together such a wonderful course.

I would consider myself an expert at iMovie, so switching my mindset to a different movie-making platform was quite challenging. There are so many more buttons to press in Premiere Pro that it feels a little overwhelming. I found myself going back to the tutorials many times in order to remember how to do things that are very simple in iMovie. I enjoyed making projects using my own footage as well as creative commons footage (which I never knew existed). I also enjoyed uploading to Vimeo and linking my reflections and videos to my Adobe Spark page. What a simple and easy portfolio tool!

I plan to use these skills in the fall when the school year begins. I am teaching a class to 7th and 8th graders called video productions. All of my classroom computers have Adobe products, such as Premiere Pro, After Effects, Illustrator and Photoshop. I saved many of the videos and project ideas from this course and I plan to use these ideas in my own semester-long course for video productions.

Assignment 6: Educational Tutorial

The recording experience with the educational video was easy. I have used QuickTime Media Player for screen and audio recordings many times. The challenge was putting my video into Premiere Pro and troubleshooting two skills: cropping a screen shot and including text. I’m glad that I was able to figure out both skills. I plan to use this video in my classroom next school year to help students change their rough draft into their final draft on Google Docs and Google Classroom. In the future, I would like to explore more text options for Premiere Pro. I feel like I just skimmed the surface.

Assignment 5: Movement

Of all the assignments so far in this course, I feel like movement is the one that has bumped my video knowledge to the next level. I'm not an expert by any means at editing movement, but having the knowledge of purposeful editing has helped me gain valuable confidence. After watching all the movement videos for this class, I was able to immediately transfer that knowledge to my students. I've been teaching a middle school video class for three years and I haven't taught movement like this. My immediate reaction to watching these videos was, "Why haven't I been teaching my students this?" The process of editing movement takes precise editing, which I found very satisfying. It's like putting together a puzzle and making it fit perfectly. While making this video, the most challenging part was matching up videos to the sound. I purposefully made the video transition from fast at the beginning to a long shot at the end. If I did this again, I would start with a longer shot, put quicker shots between, and end with this same long shot.

Assignment 4: Shot Reverse Shot

My wife is the master joke teller of the family, so she was a natural inspiration for this knock knock joke. I don't have a tripod at home, and my son is only 14 months old, so I could not film until we had a visitor (my mother-in-law). I shot the entire film using my iPhone 6s, which does a great job with video and sound quality. Using the rule of thirds was no problem in this video because I teach video to middle schoolers and the rule of thirds is something I stress every day. The principles of shot composition, however, was something new to me. I enjoyed the videos that accompanied this assignment, especially the video that analyzes the Cohen brothers. This influenced my quick transitions from one speaker to the next. My shot selection throughout the video was easy. The couch with the big picture window behind it seemed like a natural place to shoot. I played around with the audio also, making sure the noise my son was making in the background matched with the transitions.

Assignment 3: Thematic Video

This was my first attempt at creating a project with video on Premiere Pro. It was a little less intimidating after completing the color video assignment. At first I thought I would have to use my own footage, but I was relieved to know I could use Pexels, which I love. What a great resource to help learn a video software. It's one thing to learn Premiere Pro. Generating your own content makes it even more time consuming. At first, my project mirrored the Thematic Edit tutorial by doing a video on sunsets. Then I clicked the next step and read the assignment. I figured I should use a different theme, so I downloaded more clips and adjusted a few that I had already chosen. I think Chasing Daylight turned out better than my original video.

Assignment 2: Color Video

Reflection

This was my first attempt at making a video in Premiere Pro. I consider myself a pro at iMovie, so moving to Premiere Pro is a little intimidating. I took my time and replayed a lot of the tutorial on the color video. I thought it turned out well, but I should have added some music. Here is my first Premiere Pro product:

Assignment 1: Introduction Video

Reflection

I've had a Vimeo account for years, but I've never had a use for it (I always upload videos to YouTube). I'm excited to post and explore more videos on Vimeo. Here is my introduction:

Credits:

Created with images by skeeze - "mountains landscape snow"

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