QUESTION 4: How did you use media technologies in … Planning/Research/Evaluation/construction
Blogger Advantage Can help you build up and record all planning/research in a organized way: More visual and interactive, by posting video’s, images and presentations. Such as copying ULR from youtube to post the blog, so that we could annotate/study the conventions of the music video. Ie: genre, theories: conceptual, Narrative, performances, Star persona. Post Images (Jpeg) such as wordle and scanned questionnaires of audiences feed back. As well as uploading interview of audiences through video file, to show our clear target audience. Also keep a production log of the progress we made, so that it shows that you have contributed to group work. For example the editing production log demonstrates what skills or effects I have used and how the changes was made due to audiences opinion. From recording your audience feed back/pitch, you could always look back to help on your evaluation. Receive comments from people, for example the pitch so that we know what is good and bad about our ideas, so that we could improve on it. Also shows that we have presented our ideas. You could always re edit your post any time, so that we could change our ideas or planning ie: Schedule and performers have changed. Can download templates to design your blog. Copy your work from Microsoft into blogger, instead of re typing. Can send invitations to people so that you could have access to the blog. Disadvantage Uploading could take long or that it cannot upload because of the file or error. You could only upload Jpeg files for images, so that I would have to always convert the file. Sometimes when you edit and make a new post, you would have to sign in again. Cannot work on the group blog through my blog account because you have to sign in as the blog creator.
Youtube Advantage Free video streaming, allows us to research on different music videos, such as the conventions of genre, the star persona and theories. Can highlight embedded code of the video, and post it onto blogger, so that it is clear on what I am annotating and what idea’s had influenced me. Such as what transitions, screen shots, editing techniques like I-Stop Motion. Can upload our music video, to receive opinions from audiences in order to understand what they liked or disliked. This could also help to improve on my editing skills. At the same time upload music video in order to evaluate. Can annotate our music video, through your own account so that our question 4 evaluation would be more visual to the examiners as well as showing off your technical skills as media students. Youtube also helps in construction by looking at final cut tutorials, such as how to do green screening and basic editing skills. Can get screen grabs from the music videos, which we then add on to our annotations or study in blogger as well as to show comparisons in evaluation. Disadvantage When music video is uploaded, you cannot find the it through the search box. Cannot accept another duplicate of the same video. Have problems in creating in additional account through the same e-mail account. Unnecessary comments from audience feed backs. Copy rights should always make clear before uploading music video.
My Space Advantage Search for independent artists and ask for permission for their music track. Quick and easy access to communication, from different countries. Can listen to artists music track, which will help us identify the genre of the music. There are a lot of unsigned or independent artists, which we could select from. Disadvantage Have to have a My space account in order to make comments on the webpage. Cannot embed the music track or download music from the website, so we have to ask the artist to send the music to us through hotmail.
Microsoft Power Point Advantage A good program used to present or to pitch your ideas/evaulate: More visual by simply copy/dragging images on to the slide on position you want. Can open on both windows PC and Apple mac, which we could easily present in class without any errors or complications. Can hyperlink to youtube, to give some examples of music videos, you are relating or making reference on for planning/research. Clear layout by adding text boxes and changing the fonts. Can upload to slide share. Disadvantages Cannot upload on to blogger. You cannot upload videos on to presentations.
Slide Share Advantage Can directly upload to blogger, which is convenient. Make the presentation in full screen mode and also work as a normal presentation program (microsoft Presentation), when presenting in our planning and research stage. Can upload microsoft powerpoint on to your own account. Can keep record of your uploads. Disadvantage Takes a lot of time to upload presentation or it fails to upload presentation.
I-Stop Motion Advantage I-stop motion is the quickest form of animation, but still requires patience . During our planning and research stage I have experimented with I-stop to create a short animation clip, which was then uploaded on to youtube on blogger to show our skills. It’s very simple, which you could create with just normal objects. For example in our music video you could see glows sticks spelling out ‘Radar’. You could just edit the the clip, using final cut into a stop motion, which I have done in the construction stage. Disadvantage It’s time consuming, which is worth only a small segment of the music video. If I-stop is used for the animtion, you must make sure that your camera is always in the same position. When filming for the I-stop, you must remain still and steady.
I-Movie Advantage During our planning stage we have created a animatic, of our music video story board. This is a good way to present our idea because it gives a real sense of what our music video would be like visually as it will be played along with the sound track. I-movie could be uploaded on to our group blog. Simple and basic to use for editing still frame images. Can convert quick time. Disadvantage The quality cannot match final cut Always make sure to safe often as it crashes.
Final Cut Express Advantage Great for editing music video, as it is more professional in terms of quality. You could work in layers by layering clips on top, which makes it easier to create a music video because the lip syncing will sync better. The Razor tool cuts precisely on the exact place and that you could use short cut to bring out the tool (command B). Can apply a range of different effects and transitions on to the music video. For example Zig Zag wipe out/mirror effect/tint. Adjust the lightings of the clips, which helps when we filmed in darker lightings. Can always crop the clips, through the viewer, so that we could get a better camera shot. As well as repositioning and resizing the clip. For example when I worked with the ‘Radar’ Text, I had to resize and re position it. Easy to create your own effect through using the motion on viewer, where you could manipulate text, images and even clips. Can work work Jpeg files and upload/capture clips from camera. Disadvantage Must always safe often, as it crashes a lot. When working on a project, you cannot re open on other computer, other than the computer you have saved you project on. Have to set up the scratch disk. Always have your clips or other stuff saved into your media folders, other wise your clips would be off line.
Photo shop Advantages You could manipulate photo through using filter effects and adjusting the hue and saturation. Easy to use, for example, you work on layers, so you could always erase the mistakes you make. Can add or cover wanted or unwanted details, through clone tool or eraser. Tutorials are often offered on youtube and other sites. Disadvantage Requires basic knowledge in order to use photoshops. Time consuming depending on how detailed your design is. Sometimes doesn’t make the right selections, with the magic wand tool.
Flip Camera Advantages: Light and easy to handle, as well as portable. Easy to use, with a USB connecter attached to it, which makes it easier to upload the footage on to the mac. Doesn’t require tapes, which makes it convenient. Hand held gives it natural jagged movement if it is intended. Disadvantage Cannot take photographs are still shots. Doesn’t have tripod to keep it still when filming. Filming quality maybe poor.