Digital Video my learning journal

New course - new orientation ... why I'm here?

I'm here, because I won't trouble you with videos like this in future;-)

To watch the video: << dino1992 >>

yes, I know: no vertical -> HORIZONTAL

"Create a short montage video sequence using still images based on a single colour. Try and make the exported video 15 seconds exactly."

I love the Caribbean and therefore it was easy to select my favorite color: turquoise, as the Caribbean sea.

Step 1: Choose the images from and

Step 2: Create the Premiere Pro project and import the files.

To visualize 15 sec. I imported an image to video track 1 and changed duration to 15 sec. Then I worked on video track 2 and at last I deleted video track 1.

Step 3: Tell your story.

(My pictures inspired me to tell the story of a creative person. "It is Friday afternoon and you are tired after a stressful week. But you know: your friend is waiting for you and you'll have a wonderful weekend at the beach.")

Rearrange the images.

Step 4: Search for the background music on

There I've found a happy Reggae-Techno mixture called "come follow me".

Step 5: Finalize your video using appropriate effects.

I tried out some effects and decided to use "Split". Think it fits to the music.

Step 6: Export the media and upload it to your Vimeo channel.

... and here it is:-)
This assignment makes fun and it's perfect for my students.

Working in class: Because of limited time I'll prepare some folders with images (folder "blue", "red", "pink", "green" and one folder "music").

"Create video montage sequence based on found video content that follows a thee of your choice. 20 seconds exactly."

Another assignment which was a challenge to me because of "theme of my choice". First I wanted to use own footage but the quality of my videos didn't satisfy me. So I used some videos from and again.

I wanted to do something different and chose a video with the blue figure which is turning to the viewer. Next I searched for some videos with "strong" pictures and - most of us like it - the firework. Do you know Gustav Klimt's "The Kiss" - I searched for a video which could represent "The Kiss" - and now I had the title of my work: LOVE.

20 sec isn't that long and so I decided to use only these 4 videos. /

The blue figure is the base which is in the background of the whole video. I always want to tell a story and so I'll tried to visualize the feeling of the two beloved.

I get more and more familiar with Adobe Premiere. I experimented with some effects, I cut the videos and rearranged the frames.

Last of all I imported the sound (I've downloaded some free music and found the appropriate music in my archive) and adjusted it to the video.

This is another great assignment and I'll see, what my students will do with the same footage.

Create a video sequence utilising the shot reverse shot technique (and obeying the 180 degree line rule) to present a knock knock joke. 30 seconds max.

First I have to tell you, that I didn't know "knock knock jokes" yet. But - as an additional challenge I wanted to do the "expert assignment" with a knock knock joke.

This assignment wasn't easy (lot to do -> see the steps below) and it's a good idea to ask for a knock knock joke OR an interview. (But did anyone do an interview?)

My assignment and what's to do in class:

Step 1: Ask for help (in class I'll prefer teams of two for camera, sound, acting).

Step 2: Google one or two knock know jokes (by the way, I found three which I really liked). Each team member has to create a video.

Step 3: Check out your video equipment (camera, spotlight, tripod). If you have no video camera, check your smartphone).

Step 4: Think about the scenery and start working on your storyboard.

Thanks for the storyboard template:-)

Step 5: Make your video clips: film -> check -> film -> check -> film it again. (Don't forget: you are a team member and help each other.)

Step 6: Start cutting (Premiere Pro): New project -> import clips.

Step 7: Cut your video (don't forget your storyboard).

For my video I used an effect for the first cut. (Easy to do in Premiere Pro:-)

Step 8: Test and retest you clip. Ask your team for their opinion.

Step 9: Export your video and upload it to Vimeo or You Tube.

Here is my work (password: dino92)

For this assignment I decided to use the provided footage because I'm late AND I wanted to see how it is working with unfamiliar stuff.

Step 1: I download the footage -> Good to know, how to download files from your Creative Cloud.

Step 2: Start Adobe Premiere and import all files. Watched all clips and rename them (to get a better overlook).

Step 3: Think about your story - work with a storyboard.

Step 4: Choose the clips you'll use and cut them.

Don't forget the audio;-)

Here is my story: It's Monday morning and you'll have to hurry up. You leave the house and think: "Oh what a day. I don't like Mondays!" So you turn around, put your things back (and maybe go to bed again;-).

... and here is the result:


For this assignment there was a lot to do. I've chosen a subject which I can use in real and so I startet with a video for my next course: "The ECDL Standard".

Step 1: Create a storyboard. This time I worked with Excel and as you see, I thought about the text, I tested it two times and timed it.

Step 2: I created a PowerPoint presentation (this was the easy part of the assignment).

Step 3: I googled some tools for the screencast and stop motion. First I downloaded Broadcast, but it didn't work and so I changed to Camtasia. I did this assignment with a trial version but I don't think that I'll work with Camtasia in future because it didn't work as mentioned and I had some troubles (e.g. the response time was lousy).

Step 4: After some problems with Camtasia I worked with QuickTime Player and finished the recording. Now I continued my work with Premiere Pro CC.

Step 5: I imported all files, checked the audio and tested it several times.

Step 6: I also wanted to integrate a stop motion. First I watched some tutorials and after this I decided to do a summary of my explanation.

Step 7: Next I produced the notes. (My originally idea was to use letters from a scribble but because I'm late with the assignment I couldn't organize one in time and so I draw it by myself.)

Step 8: I used a Canon DSL and downloaded the Canon utilities to remote control the camera with my PC. I darked the room where I shot the pictures and used - as I've watched in a tutorial - artificial lighting.

Step 9: My last work was to complete the stop motion with some background music from evermusic.

Hope, you'll like it:-)

I liked this course very much (one of the best I've already completed). You have to do a lot: thinking about an idea, create a storyboard, check your equipment, make your video, cut the pictures, add a sound (which you have to organize) and upload it.

For my courses I'll offer some footage and audio files to help the students because otherwise there is too less time for learning. Of course they can use their own pictures and sound too.

I plan to offer a video course in November this year. It's possible, because the learning level of this course:-)


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