The programme we used to create and construct our music video was Final cut express on theApple Mac. On this we edited footage that we took for our music video over the past fewweeks.
In order to begin editing the music video , we had to make sure that the footage we took wasconverted to a MP4 file, otherwise known as Quick time. To bring the footage on to Final Cut they hadto be imported similar, to other programmes through pressing file, import then choosing the folder orfiles.
After listening to the intro of the song and the length of it, we decided to use fireworks atthe start, this way we would engage the audience from the beginning. After lookingthrough the fireworks we found one video which contained a section that didn’t look likeconventional fireworks due to it being filmed as a extreme close up. Also while listeningto the song, and how there are distinct beats in the intro we wanted to edit the footageto complement this and therefore emphasising the that it is the start of the song. Thefirst thing that needed to be done was cutting the image using the blade tool to fit thelength of the intro.
Stages of editing the introBefore the cutting the image, it had to be rendered this wassignalled through the two red lines, the first line We repeatedly had to use the blade tool in thisrepresented the video and the second was for the audio. process to get the section that we needed. After doing so , to get the effect we needed we had to copy the edited footage by selecting the video, pressing edit then copy and paste. After putting the videos side by side, we thought we should an a transition, to the make the videos flow together seamlessly. While trialling different video transitions we came across a cross dissolve which effectively executed what we envisioned.
Also throughout the video we used cross dissolving with videos of fireworks to the sceneinvolving the actors, this allowed us to evoke feelings and emotion and emphasis in eachscene. As fireworks can represent different feelings, such as passion, love, anger we usedthis as a way to captivate the audience. We done this at the start of the music video,because we show images that reflect different aspects of there relationship.
Tools on Final Cut Express This is used in general to select and move clipsOne of first thing we did on final cut was adding the song Edit selection toolKaty B ‘Broken record’ on the time line. As you can see This tool is the select trackthat the audio and videos were separated on different forward tool.time lines, the video on top and audio underneath, this Roll toolwas helpful as this allowed us by using the lock buttons Slip toolon the side to lock either the audio or footage so it Blade tool, cutwouldnt be affective it were to cut the footage if needed videoswhether the duration was too long etc. Zoom in and zoom out tool. This tool cropped videos Pen tool
We used the cutting tool a lot, in the process of editing our music video as it helped us to usespecific parts of the clips/footage needed and to discard parts of the clips we didn’t feel wasneeded to be included to our video, this also allowed us to piece different clips together whichwhere either a retake or of the same shot.
When we added video’s to final cuts we had to render them we had to do this at 2 main places.1) when we added them to the timeline . 2) when we added an effect to them to make themwork when playing them. To render the clips you had to go on the tab ‘Sequence’ then click onRender only ‘Needs render’ if it was the video that specially need to be edited or ‘Render all’ ifthe music and video clip that need to be rendered.