A2 Media Studies (Evaluation) - Question 4 - Construction
Question 4: How did you use mediatechnologies in the Construction? By Tanya McDonald
WordpressLike for my Research and Planning, Wordpress has proved to beincredibly useful for posting the stages of my construction and forgetting feedback on various parts of making my trailer, poster andmagazine cover. The blog makes it easy to edit posts even when theyhave been posted a while ago and also makes it easy to present workby embedding videos, images and presentations from otherwebsites.
YouTubeYouTube has provided a fantastic way to share the videos showing thestages of my trailer - it is easy to upload the videos and easy to themembed them on other websites.Pros: Easy to upload, easy to share and even easy to edit theinformation on each video while uploading.Cons: I had a lot of trouble with YouTube at the beginning as YouTubestretched and narrowed the videos and even lessened the qualitybecause the files were too big. To solve this I had to look throughvarious websites giving advice on which formats and sizes of videos touse.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 is a timeline-based video editing softwareapplication for Windows or for the mac.My entire trailer has been pieced together and edited on Premiere Pro CS5so, needless to say, it has been an irreplaceable software for my project.Pros: The software, after some exploring, is easy to use and well set out.The video effects and transitions included in the software help to create aprofessional looking video.Cons: Some of the features of Premiere Pro can seem overly complicated(e.g. if you want to zoom in you need to use effects to select the image/clipand scale it to each point, however, this also allows for more precision).
Toshiba Camelio X100The Camcorder which I have used to film all my footage is theToshiba Camelio X100. It has been a great advantage to have myown camcorder in this project as I haven’t been limited to havingto book out a camcorder when I need to film and I’ve beenable to leave footage on it without worrying that it will bedeleted. I also used a lot of the tripod (which I borrowedfrom school) to film still shots, to film the ink in water andalso to take the stills for the skittles animation for myident.
Handbrake / MPEG StreamclipHandBrake is a general-purpose, open-source, cross-platform, multithreadedvideo transcoder software application. MPEG Streamclip is a freeware videoeditor/converter for MPEG-1/MPEG-2, and transport streams.I used both of these programmes to convert the clips from my ToshibaCamcorder from AVI to m4v with Handbrake and from m4v to mp4 withMpeg Streamclip. The reason I did this was because thePros: By using both of these programmes the clips were able to maintain someof their quality.Cons: It can take a while for each converter to convert - and to have to convertfrom one programme to the next take up a lot of time.
Traditional AnimationIn my trailer - in the ident and the titles, I used muchmore traditional methods in order to get goodeffects.For my ident I animated skittles to form the‘production company’ name Studio Kuuki. It tookabout 5-6 hours of moving the skittles and taking aphoto of each movement to then piece together the12 second animation.For my titles there was less ‘animation’ involved butinstead I used ink dropping in water and filmed it tocreate what looked like an animated effect.
iMovieI used this software to piece together the stills for my animation. It wasuseful because I could easily enter the exact time I wanted each still tobe and then shorten them until the animation was smooth. Even inexporting the animation this software was good as I was able to export itinto a format which could then be imported straight into Premiere Pro.Pros: I was able to import all the photos in one go and drag them into thetimeline in the right order.Cons: You cannot drag the clips to shorten them - they must each beedited one by one (which could be considered more precise but alsotakes a lot of time).
Adobe Soundbooth CS5Adobe Soundbooth is a digital audio editor by Adobe Systems Incorporatedfor Mac OS X, Windows Vista and 7.I used Soundbooth constantly to clean up the audio in my trailer using‘Audio Noise Reduction’, to edit out bits of audio which weren’t needed andto slow down/speed up parts.Pros: Easy to use as it connects with Premiere Pro, allowing you to takeaudio between the two easily.Cons: The audio noise reduction sometimesmakes voices sound robotic.
Adobe Photoshop CS5Adobe Photoshop is a graphics editing program developed and publishedby Adobe systems incorporated for Windows and mac.I used Photoshop in the creation of my Poster and Magazine Cover, theancillary texts to accompany my trailer.Pros: The software, after you get used to the layout and remember wherethings are, is easy to use. The various effects on Photoshop make it easy tocreate a professional looking poster or magazine cover.Cons: The use of layers on Photoshop can be a pro and a con as they allowwork to be well organised, however, having up to a hundred layers in oneproject can get confusing and things can end up on the wrong layers.