With all the animation sequences edited I then exported it as a video file (WMV file) and then re-imported it into the video editing software. The product was not yet finished, since I had video footage to put in. It was much easier to export the animation file and then to overlay the video footage. Animation sequence which I had previously edited (LINK HERE)
First I imported all the video files I would be using into the “all media area” which made it easier to ‘drag and drop’ files into the timeline. I then placed the first video clip into the timeline which would be the introduction for the music video (see flat plans for detail). I then cut the clip at the point where the next clip would carry on and added the ‘fade in’ effect which is a code and convention of music videos. Also I kept the aspect ratio on the video clip so it wouldn’t look distorted and would smoothly run into the next clip.
I continued to add the other clips which would be the introduction, I cut them at the appropriate points and added the ‘fade transition’ which linked into the theme and song; it linked into how the character is falling asleep and creates this dreamy like feel. Timeline Transitions
To add to this, another piece of video footage I imported and overlaid onto the animation was the lip-syncing piece. I wanted to the lips in the video to have a border that would enhance the overall effect and make them stand out; attracting the audiences attention. Also I kept in mind that the lip syncing needs to be done professionally and it is a code and convention of music videos; I made sure to keep it in sync with the song (making sure it wasn’t out of place with the vocals on the song). I added the ‘swirl’ border with the ‘masking tool’ and then I readjusted the size of the video overlay; I wanted it to be smaller and in the centre of the video. Resizing the clip
For other pieces of lip syncing that I overlaid, I used the ‘cloud’ effect to give it an extra depth and extra colors that make it eye catching. I did this by going to the ‘options’ tab and selecting ‘filters’ and then simply clicking on the effect I desired. Various filters
Near the end of the animation footage I used a ‘flash’ transition to link into the narrative of a person waking up from a dream. Moreover, this allowed the two clips to run smoothly, I did this by going to ‘transitions’ and clicking on the ‘flash’ transition; it brings the audience back to reality. Selected transition Timeline with all the different layers;
In addition, the ending of the music video includes the character waking up. To link back to the animation in the music video I added a preset object onto the video file, I adjusted the color of the object (pair of lips) and added a ‘chroma key’ to make the white background transparent. object
I then added a preset object (white texture) to act as a background for the text (for the artists name and song title) at the end of the music video. I did this by dragging and dropping the file onto the timeline. To add to this, I then added the object of the lips onto the background (I also applied the fade in effect); this carries on the symbolism and themes of the animation and video right to end. Finally I added a fade out effect to the whole music video because of it being a code and convention and also it gives a smooth ending for to the story.