How did you use mediatechnologies in theconstruction and research,planning and evaluationstages?
Research stagePrimarily I used www.google.co.uk and www.wikipedia.com (for factsand figures as a minority question the use of this) as seen below
Research stageFor useful documentary research and archive footage I usedwww.youtube.com (left) to convert these videos I used www.keepvid.com(right) where you enter the URL and download the file.
Research stagewww.bbc.co.uk/sport and www.skysportsnews.com are reliable andtrusted sports websites and so were every useful for investigating money infootball.
Planning stageMicrosoft Word was used for the majority of the planningphase. We documented the Formal proposal, loggingsheets, scheduling, edit decision list and the questionnaires.On word I took advantage of the tools at my disposal to createtables and graphs which enhanced the clarity andinterpretation of my work.Uploading photo’s via the use of a USB cable and my phone(Blackberry Bold 9930- below left) meant we could showevidence of our planning and the whole process (as shownbelow). The Blackberry has a 5 MP camera with a flashlightand so was well suited enough to capture images that wecould use.
Construction stageFor all our filming we used a Cannon XM2 Camera (top right) with the added useof a Tripod (below left), Clip Microphone (below right) and Boom Mic. The boommic was simple to plug into a port on the camera and I opted to use it for therecording of the narration as it has a more clear cut and velvety sound, I wantedthe highest quality audio for our narration and the boom mic was the bestoption.The Cannon XM2 is a pro camcorder so we knew we were getting good qualityand it came with many useful features such as the playback option, thehandle, the built in mic and the ports for headphones and clip mics.Portable, light and easy to set up it proved to be an ideal piece of equipment forthis kind of filming. Another good feature was on the LED panel in which youcould see the left and right audio level bouncing and so could monitor the audioquality.The clip microphone was used for all interviews (except one in which the batteryran out and so we had to scrap the interview when editing), it was simple to useand we also always wore headphones whilst recording an interview so that wecould ensure the sound was OK and would not hinder us later upon review whenediting.
Construction stageAfter each piece of filming we uploaded the footage by capturingit off the Mini DV tapes through the use of a DV capture deckwhich linked to the computer enabling us to control the capturingwhich was a smooth process.The software we used for editing was the CS5 version of AdobePremier. This was used for all aspects of editing whichincluded putting into a timeline (corresponding with ourtimeline in planning), cutting the footage down and snipping itinto sequence, controlling audio (including unlinking audio andvideo), importing archive footage, audio and video transitions(e.g. dip to black, cross dissolve), audio balancing (fillleft, constant gain), text generation, time re-mapping (such asslow/fast motion) and cropping/resizing of video footage.Another function of Premier that was paramount to theaesthetic quality of the piece was the manipulation of stillimages through the use of key framing and basic animation(e.g. the zooming on the stats). Also wore headphonesthroughout the editing process so that any kinks with audiocould be smoothed out so that there was no errors (e.g. a poortransition or in consistant volume).
Construction stageOn Adobe Premier there is lots going on and so the SamsungLCD monitor T200 HD was pivotal for previewing my work as Iwent along and gave me good perspective of the progress Iwas making.
Construction stageAfter finishing the documentary we then moved onto completing a printadvert for it, for this we used Adobe Photoshop CS5 this was enjoyable todo as well and involved a lot of work with the computer, we had before handtook a couple of pictures of a football sat on top of a vast amount of fiftypound notes which we made via the use of printer, this was great as itautomatically showed what the documentary was about and contrastingfootball and money together, the way in which we gained the fifty poundnotes was through research, we used internet explorer to help us for thisand we found the exact dimensions of the note, then found an image ongoogle. We created an exact fifty pound note but it wasnt double sided weonly had the queens head side. As we took a couple of pictures we haddifferent shots and views of the ball, but came to a group decision on thepicture we used.For the printed advert we used Photoshop CS5 which we had had someexperience with but not much, we had some assistance and guidance butafter a few sessions on Photoshop the whole group could use the programrather well and we could add some quite advanced effects to the image.On the whole we basically broadened the colours of the ball, grass andredness of the fifty pound notes before adding the relevant text, info andlogo (all within the conventions of print adverts) we thought this was a grandidea and which would capture passers by eyes and grasp there thought andthis could potentially lead to them finding out more on the documentary andeven view it.
Question 1. Evaluation stageTo answer this question me and Matt decided that we could worktogether to create and script a more detailed and relevantresponse and so I drafted a script split it into 4 colour codedsections and assigned a 2 paragraphs each to me and matt. Forthis I used Microsoft Word to script the dialogue we would beusing for the recording.In the background we broadcast our documentary that was onwww.youtube.com (shown on the top right) through the use of aprojector, this was very important to the visual aspect of therecording as the projected image/video was clear and large.We then made use of Matt’s HTC desire smart phone whichrecords 780p with 8 megapixel camera.We uploaded the video to www.youtube.com onto my accountwhere we made it public ready to embed, so it was a familiar andsimple process.
Evaluation stageQuestion 2. For this question I went about a similar process of usingMicrosoft Word to draft my answer (below), as this gives me clarityand structure. Then it was a case of using the Cannon digititalcamera I have at home which I knew was reliable due to pastexperience with it. I left the lens over the camera and recorded myvoice with the built in mic. I then uploaded the video through myUSB cable, saved it into onto my computer and uploaded thevideo to my www.youtube.com account.
Evaluation stage Question 3For this question used www.prezi.com to create aprezi which included pictures, videoclips, text, fonts and themes then uploaded it tomy block by copying the embed code.
Evaluation stage Question 4For this question I have used Microsoft PowerPoint andincorporated such tools the back ground effects, text, titles andpicturesHere I have taken screen shots of me composing various slides, Iam pasting a screen shot (left) and sending the picture to theback so that text can appear in front for it (right).