What have you learnt about
technologies from the process of
constructing this project?
What does it do?
iMovie allows you to edit footage, add sound clips, transitions, change the
colour and exposure, and add ...
What does it do?
Final Cut Pro allows you to edit, cut, add effects and sounds easily
, to create a professional finish on...
What does it do?
A HD Digital Camera, allows footage to be filmed, in the
best quality possible, it also allows you to zoo...
What does it do?
The Mac desktop computer, lets you upload, edit footage using
software such as; iMovie and Final Cut pro....
What does it do?
Prezi is an online website that allows you too
creatively make presentations more exciting and
different....
Free Sound Org.
What does it do?
This website allows you to downloads and
used, unlicensed music and sounds easily.
How wa...
What does it do?
Powtoon let’s you make
presentations, using
animations, music. It also
makes presentations more
watchable...
What does it do?
YouTube lets you watch, listen and upload
videos, music and projects for free.
How was it used?
YouTube w...
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  1. 1. What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this project?
  2. 2. What does it do? iMovie allows you to edit footage, add sound clips, transitions, change the colour and exposure, and add effects such as “bad TV” and “Black and white”. How it was used: This software was used when did our preliminary task as it was the easiest software to use as we had only a short amount of time to film and edit the footage. Problems: The group I was in had not used the Macs or iMovie before, so figuring out where certain tools were was difficult to begin with. The software is not as good or reliable as Final Cut Pro as there are not as good editing choices and effects on iMovie. Solutions: To solve the problem of not being able to fully work with iMovie due to there being less editing tools and effects on the software, my group decided to use “Final Cut Pro”. By using this software, it allowed us to easily edit, cut and add effects into our product. Lessons Learnt: After using both Final Cut Pro and iMovie, I have learnt that Final Cut Pro is better to use for a professional finish to a product, whereas iMovie is more useful for short low-skilled projects, like the preliminary task.
  3. 3. What does it do? Final Cut Pro allows you to edit, cut, add effects and sounds easily , to create a professional finish on the product. How was it used? It was used in our final production of making the opening sequence to a thriller film. We used it too create scenes in black and white, add Foley sounds, change the speed of certain scenes and add credits to our production. Problems: Final Cut Pro was a new software to the group, so we had to quickly learn how to navigate around the software to find the tools needed for the editing process. Occasionally when we added in a new sound, effect, transitions or piece of footage, the software would retime the product so certain things we’re out of sync, so we would have to spend time going through the productions to correct this issue. Solutions: Everyone in the group learnt how to use the software quickly, which helped because then everyone could edit at some point without any major issues. We all learnt were the needed tools were on the software, which made it easier and less stressful to edit the product. Lessons Learnt: I have learnt what tools suit certain editing needs best. For example, if large amount of large need to be cut off I would use the “Trim” tool as it is easy to use. For small delicate amount of footage to be cut, I would use the blade tool as it allows you to zoom in and cut exactly what you want. Also I learnt that you can cut the actual footage size if certain parts do not look correct of screen.
  4. 4. What does it do? A HD Digital Camera, allows footage to be filmed, in the best quality possible, it also allows you to zoom in and out of action if certain detail needs more attention , such as a close-up of a character. How was it used? The digital camera was used to film our preliminary task and opening sequence production in HD . The camera had a built in flash which we used when tracing footsteps so that they could be seen in the dark. Also we used the flip screen on camera so that the actors who were being filmed, could see how the product looked and to make any necessary changes. Problems: Our group did not face many problems when using the camera , but one problem we did come across was ensuring that the battery life on the camera would last a filming sessions as we found that the battery reduced quite quickly and we feared would be half way through a scene and the battery would run out. Another problem was that the light on the camera, previously mentioned, was not bright enough to see the footsteps, so we had to use other lights as well as the camera light to make the scene possible. Solutions: To solve the battery life issue that occurred throughout the production, we kept it on charge as much as possible, and in between scenes, costume changes we put the camera on charge if possible to try and keep the battery as high as possible. Lessons Learnt: I have learnt how to use the camera to get high quality footage, I have also learnt to prepare extra lighting if I film in the dark in the future, to make sure that the footage can be clearly seen.
  5. 5. What does it do? The Mac desktop computer, lets you upload, edit footage using software such as; iMovie and Final Cut pro. The Macs also have internet access allowing us to research sounds, films and scores to use in our production. How was it used? We used the Macs for production purposes only, this means that we only used to edit, and add sound effects to our opening sequence using Final Cut Pro. We also used the Macs to edit our preliminary task. Problems? Apart from the preliminary task, no-one in my group had used a Mac before, or the software on it. So we had to learn how to use the Mac, even for simple things like finding the software you want by using “finder”. This was a problem, because at the beginning of editing our opening sequence, it was a slow process as we had to navigate round the Mac. Solutions: The only solution to learning how the Macs worked and navigating around them, was to use them as often as possible to get used to the product. After a few sessions on the Macs, we had learnt our way around the Macs and it became easier to edit our products. Lessons Learnt: I have learnt how to use a Mac computer efficiently, how to find things e.g. using Finder, and how to navigate around them. I have also learnt that in the future when creating a film sequence, it is best to use a Mac as the quality software allows it too look professional and not amateur.
  6. 6. What does it do? Prezi is an online website that allows you too creatively make presentations more exciting and different. How was it used? Prezi was used, personally, to create presentations on Film Classifications in the UK, and to display my Thriller codes and conventions research. I then embedded the Prezi’s into my blog so that they could be viewed from the blog. Problems: I had never used Prezi before, so it was a challenging software to use at the beginning when doing my first Prezi as I didn’t no how to create pathways between each picture or block of information. Solutions: As I found Prezi hard to use to begin with I asked my teachers and peers for tips and how to do certain things, like putting in pathways to make it flow better. After I asked for help from my teachers and peers on my first Prezi, I found it much easier to negotiate around for the my second Prezi and create a better product. Lessons Learnt: I leant how to embed a Prezi into blogger,, and also how to embed information into a Prezi presentation. Also, I learnt that Prezi is a very good way of displaying information in a more interesting way than a word document, and this will help me in the future.
  7. 7. Free Sound Org. What does it do? This website allows you to downloads and used, unlicensed music and sounds easily. How was it used? We used free sound org to download and find sounds that can be used within our opening sequence production. For example; we used sound org, to find a gun shot, so that we could have a loud gun shot at the climax of our production. Problems: When using free sound org, we found it difficult to find the exact sound we wanted, so had to listen to many different sound and just cut them to make it work for us. Also we relied on the schools internet but it is quite slow quite slow, so downloading sounds could take a while, which made downloading sound sometimes an issue. Solutions: To solve these issues, we all looked on the website at home and made notes of the sounds that we found that could be used in production. This made it easier in school because we knew what sound to download and made the process quicker. Also we split our group up so that 2 people could carry on editing the production whilst the other 2 looked and searched for appropriate sounds, this ensured that editing time was not wasted b y waiting for sounds to download. Lessons Learnt: I learnt that free sound org, is a very reliable website, with an easy registration, and I will use it in the future as it is unlicensed and easy to navigate.
  8. 8. What does it do? Powtoon let’s you make presentations, using animations, music. It also makes presentations more watchable. How was it used? I used Powtoon when presenting information about the history of film. It made this information more exciting and easier to take in. I also used Powtoon too embed my presentation into my blog. Problems: Lessons learnt: I have learnt how to use the Powtoon software, which help me in the future when I want too make more interesting presentations and display information in a interesting way. I had never used Powtoon before, and I found it difficult to use as a beginner as you had to add effects and time the whole thing. I found that this was a major problem, and almost led me too not using the software. Solutions: To solve this major problem, I asked my teacher for tips on how to use it, I also read on the internet how people over came this and I watched tutorials on YouTube to educate myself on the software. This helped me, and I then successful made a Powtoon presentation.
  9. 9. What does it do? YouTube lets you watch, listen and upload videos, music and projects for free. How was it used? YouTube was used to upload Team meetings, Peer group feedback, opening sequence drafts, and I also used it too upload my Powtoon presentation so it could be shown through my blog. Problems: When uploading videos to YouTube it took a long time and sometimes didn’t allow for it too be uploaded as the file was too large or the incorrect file type. Also YouTube is blocked at school, and if wasn’t blocked the internet speed meant that it would take too long to upload a file. Solutions: All members of the group had internet access at home, so this meant that we took it in turns too upload each project and spread it out fairly. This was the only solution as we couldn’t upload files at school, and if we took it home it meant we had more time to change the file type or cut the videos down to the maximum file size. Lessons Learnt: I have learnt that YouTube is a good connection platform as videos can be embedded onto blogs through the HTML code which is easy to access. I will use YouTube more often in the future when doing projects similar to this.

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