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WHAT I HAVE LEARNT ABOUT TECHNOLOGIES FROM THEPROCESS OF CONSTRUCTING THE MOVIE OPENING? By Mohoshin Raja
APPLE I MACI do not personally own an iMac. Through using the iMac for media studies, I havelearnt how to operate it, i.e. starting it up and learning its user interface as well aslearning how to use its unique keyboard and mouse. Because this system isdifferent from Windows, I had to learn the new features that the iMac provides,however I got used to the iMac after using it frequently in Media lessons.I used the iMac for many purposes. Firstly, it was the central location where all myimportant files were created and stored, most of which were produced throughusing apple’s built in safari application. In addition, I used other apple software’sbuilt into the iMac like photo booth and Motion, which was used to create the titlesof my movie opening. I even learnt that Microsoft built an apple version ofMicrosoft office, this meant that I had to learn how to use the office packages too.However, this wasn’t too hard as it was pretty similar to the office package onMicrosoft computers.Finally I used the iMac to run Final Cut Pro. Here I learnt how to set up Final CutPro and export my work using the iMac’s interface.
FINAL CUT PRO & MOTIONOne of the main software we used to create our Motion was also difficult to use. I didmovie opening was Final Cut Pro. Here I edited not have enough time to learn aboutour video footage. Apples iMovie does notcompare to Final Cut Pro because iMovie is a this software however I was taughtmuch more simpler and user friendly software. the basics. I learnt how to locateAt first glance, Final Cut Pro looked intimidating templates and add text to theas there was a lot of features and options. canvas. Also I understood how theHowever after learning the basic functions of the frames worked. In the end my groupsoftware, like learning how to cut, add and moveclips, add inputs and outputs, using log and found a simple but effective title art.capture and how to export movies as a Adding the text and exporting it as aQuicktime movie, Final cut became less Quicktime movie was easy.intimidating. Final Cut Pro is a professionalsoftware that requires a lot of practice and Personally, I would have liked toexperience. It is due to making many small spend more time on Motion to learnmovies in class as preliminary tasks that I got some of the more advanced effectsbetter at using and understanding Final Cut Pro. that the software offers.
CANON CAMCORDER & VOICE RECORDER I used a voice recorderWe used a simplistic Canon MD205 because during one of thecamcorder and a tripod to record our shots in the movie, themovie opening. I learnt what the many voice of my charactersigns on the screen meant, for couldn’t be heard. Theexample the battery life indicator. voice recorder helped to The mini dv tapes were usedAlso, I learnt how to set up a tripod to store the recorded video record the same speechwhilst observing the built in spirit level footage. To transfer the externally and then Ito check the level of the camera footage onto the iMac, I learnt added it onto the soundangle. how to connect the camcorder track on Final Cut Pro. IFinally, I learnt how to attach the to the iMac by using the fire could have used the builtcamcorder on to the tripod and how to wire cable. After attaching it I learnt how to log and capture in microphones on theuse the tripod so that the camera iMac but the sound quality the video footage using theshots are smooth and precise. options on Final Cut Pro. I was better by using the faced some problems with the voice recorder. Also this tape, one of the problems enabled me to experience were that the footage we more technology whilst recorded overlapped a making my movie previous footage, this was because we recorded over the opening. footage and not the footage
I used Jamendo to locate music I learnt how to use this websitefor our movie opening. This to research the different types ofwebsite allows users to locate titles that movies include so thatthousand of free music. The I can add similar styles to mywebsite had special ways to filter movie opening. The websitethe type of music I was look for, offered a lot of title examplesfor example, you can select the that inspired me. However, itmood and genre of the music you was hard incorporating suchare looking for. I quickly learnt styles into our movie opening ashow to locate the type of music I there were a lot of effects used.was after because the website I had to use the templates thatwas set up well. Also, I learnt how Motion offered.to download and transfer themusic.