During the editing process of the groups first finished draft of the full music video, I have learnt lots of new production skills that help to increase workflow as well as adding more meaning/understanding to the video. Below you can see some detailed descriptions of the skills I have learnt as well as some snipping tooled images showcasing these skills.
Sorting our Shots
Lenny & Elliott that work creating adverts for Specsavers locally came in and showed our group how to create ‘bins’ to help remove some of the clutter from our media browser. Bins are essentially folders which you can give names to put different shots in to make them more organised to help increase workflow, in our case being called ‘Rushes’ and ‘Sequences’. Rushes being raw shots and sequences being actually compiled strings of film.
Removing the Shaking from our Draft
Elliott helped us reduce some of the shaking that our camera had even whilst on a tripod by using the Warp Stabilizer effect. We dragged the effect over the shot that had shaking and let it apply it which took a minute or two, with the impacts being that there is no noticeable shaking of the camera. This means that our product appears as being more professional and high quality to how it was before.
Changing the Characteristics of the Effect
We discovered that we could change the many different characteristics of each effect which meant we could now change the position of the effect at different points or have it consistently moving from one place to another in the video by using the keyframe feature. We could also change things such as the opacity of the effect so that you could still see what was going on behind the effect which could be used to create interesting transitions or flashbacks.
After applying a n adjustment layer as shown by Lenny, we looked at using the Lumetri Colour tab as a means to add or remove colour to shots by changing the different sliders on the different sub-selections of the window. The vignette feature in particular was very useful in helping us creating the illusion in a shot of everything around a fish bowl going more monochrome as the bowl stays the same colour, adding another layer of understanding to the shot.
What went well?
- I think that one thing that went very well is the efficiency at which we pumped out the second draft, with us all taking turns to do some editing we got it done very fast, on top of having to balance doing the rest of the blog posts we needed to do.Camera stability means that we have to take time applying warp stabilizers which renders us unable to edit ay other part of the video.
- We have managed to replace shots that we had in the performance draft which were not synced up or didn’t really fit in with those from the narrative shoot which has a resulted in a higher quality, more interesting video.
- We have started to use video effects to create a more vibrant video which adds another layer of meaning for the audience to decode, generating a substantial overall improvement to the video.
What could have gone better?
- We had to spend time nesting lots of different sequences so that we were able to apply the Warp Stabilizer effect, which meant we were constrained for time to complete other tasks in lessons.
- We had to apply a warp stabilizer because of the fact that the camera shakes a lot, this meant that we had to spend lots of time waiting for the warp stabilizer to finish rendering the new footage. We could have avoided this by making sure that before we actually took the shot we started filming so the camera had time to stop shaking under the influence of us touching it.