Final Course Reflection
What an amazing course! I've learned so much in such a short period of time thanks to this course and the timing was perfect as I am just starting video editing with my students.
Besides getting more skilled personally, I have transformed much of what I learned here into lessons for use in my classes. It really helped me get a handle on how to teach the kids some simple video editing techniques and I will be using everything I learned. I am also likely going to continue with the 30 second tool tips that I did in the final week's assignment as I try to move forward in gamifying my classroom, which will require more independence on the part of my students and less reliance on solely the preacher-on-the-pulpit style of lecturing material and techniques.
Well prior to finishing this course, I enrolled in several others to boost those skills as well. They are all interrelated, so why not?! I also recommended EdEx to our entire school staff. Now, I'm looking forward to future adventures in Adobe and growing even more!
Final Week - Creating Tutorials
It has taken me several weeks to create my final video for this course. This is partially because I had a busy couple of weeks and partially due to struggling with the assignment. Originally, I was going to create a short tutorial for parents on the things they can do with a parent account using my LMS, Schoology. But, try as I might, I couldn't meet the 30 second assignment constraint! So, I had to come up with something new. So, I decided to create a short piece on using the Quick Selection tool in Photoshop. I knew I could meet the 30 seconds with that! So, I set out to make my new tutorial.
For starters, I set up Photoshop with all the images I wanted to use for the instruction. I found a crocodile on pexels.com, grabbed a picture I snapped at a local state park (Eno River State Park; Durham, NC) and created my final image that I wanted to show at the end. In doing so, I also tested how well the images would work for my final result. Net, I wrote a short script: six whole sentences. I knew that would stay within the time constraint. Next, I was ready for gathering footage.
I am using a program called Movavi Screen Capture to get my in-application footage. I had trouble capturing the audio, even though I have a good cardioid microphone. Clearly the screen capture application was messing up. So, I used it to grab my video footage and tried putting the skills I am learning in the podcasting class to use by recording the audio using Audition. Since I am not recording myself speaking on camera, this worked out really well and gave me control over the audio I probably wouldn't have otherwise had. By positioning the capture area over various aspects, I snagged several clips for use in the tutorial.
Once I had my footage, audio and graphics (including the nifty opening screen), I brought everything into Premiere. Thanks to initial planning, pulling the final components together into the final product was pretty easy. I snipped off some of each video, added a couple of transitions, dropped in some background music and created a fade for the ending. I think it came out pretty good. Take a look at the final product below.
Week 4 - Cutting on Action for Fluid Motion
This week we examined how to use cuts and transitions where action takes place to create a sense of fluid motion in our videos. I thoroughly enjoyed this week's assignment. While the sample video was a great example to get us started, I enjoyed mixing in the unused video and audio clips we were provided. Overall, it gave me great practice with using the various cutting tools, paying careful attention to the audio for inconsistencies and working with transitions. One thing I need to spend more time on is creating effects with text. But...that will come eventually. Enjoy my take on the clips below.
After spending a healthy bit of time working on the above video, it occurred to me that I had completely missed the time limit of 20 seconds, thinking it was supposed to be a 30 second video! So...back to the drawing board. I started by trying to maintain the overall feel I had above as I really liked showing the gathering of the various items before walking out the door. But, they wound up becoming a casualty of the knife as the most important piece was the subject pausing, rolling his eyes and walking back in. I feel this cut took a lot of the feeling associated with the eye roll away, but I believe the point still carries through. To make up for the changes, I added a background soundtrack from bensound.com to make it a little more playful and offset having to cut out my entire setup piece. One thing I really need to work on is the animating of text. I haven't quite gotten a handle on that yet but I will continue to work on improving. I guess it's true: we all have days like this on occasion. Check out the new, shortened version of the video below and judge the differences for yourself.
Week 3 - The 180 Rule
This week we examined how dialogue is displayed on the screen using the Rule of 180. Basically this rule states that you should film a conversation without changing the participants' locations on the screen, matching the earlier wider shot, creating a more natural interaction for viewers. The same rule is used when filming sports where teams face off against one another to prevent confusion regarding action on the field. Although I wanted to procure my own footage, I wound up using the clips provided as time was getting tight. I am hoping to try one with my own footage before next week as practice. This is a great exercise for use with students when we get to working with A/V editing as I bet most of them never noticed this obvious but subtle manner of keeping a dialogue orderly.
Week 2 - Working with a Theme
This week, we were asked to use found, royalty-free video clips focusing on a theme to create a 20 second video of our own. While I didn't find this activity particularly difficult, I walked away with more knowledge and skill when editing source video to trim a clip down to the look or feel I want. Probably the most difficult part of this activity for me was deciding on a theme. I like rainy days, so I thought that would be a good choice. Once I placed my ins and outs in the source and pulled the clips down to the timeline, I was not overly thrilled with the result. It appeared really choppy to me. Then it occurred to me, I could take the clip I found of a lady with a bright red umbrella, chop that one video into a series of smaller clips and intersperse them throughout the other clips. Doing this really tied it all together for me. I really enjoyed making this video and can't wait for the next lesson! See my finished product below and let me know what you think. Next week, I need to do a little more work with the titles as I only placed them in without using any kind of animation to make them more interesting.
Material References: Video Clips - Pexels.com; Background Music - Bensound.com; Thunder Effect - Freesound.org
Week 1 - Getting Started with Premiere
Video for Educators is my first experience with an Adobe Education Exchange class and I learning quickly just how beneficial EdEx will be for advancing my knowledge of video editing using Premiere Pro. During this first week, we were shown some of the basics of the interface and provided with an assignment to create a 15 second video about a color. Rather than choosing my own color to use, I asked my wife for a color and she said - orange! So below, you can view the final product. Setting up a new project and using the basic editing tools are pretty simple, as was getting accustomed to the interface. Granted, I do have some experience with the software, but I would in no way consider myself an expert (or even intermediate) user. I ran into one problem that stumped me for a few minutes when I tried adding a title to the video. I was unable to draw out an area text to type in so I used simple point text. It worked fine but when I played the video back, there was a choppy, jumping flicker at the top of the window. Baffled, I deleted the text, saved my project and restarted Premiere. When I came back in, all worked as expected: area type worked, editing text was fine, and the flicker disappeared. One question I have about creating a sequence as we move forward involves the selection of the presets we were given. How do the different presets affect the final product and how does one know which one to start off with? Anyway, here is my final product: Orange!
Material References: Images - Pexels.com