editing my music video
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- 1. Editing myMusic Video
- 2. Razor ToolDuring the editing process the tool I used the most was the razor tool. This tool is used tosplit video and audio files that were once one clip into two separate clips. This is useful whenyou want cut out video and audio that you feel does not belong in the final cut or simplywant to present the story from a new angle, and so you prematurely finish the current clip.Furthermore, this tool can be used to create shots such as match on action, over shoulderand jump cuts (an editing technique I actually used in my video, along with the overshoulder shot). Below I have put red squares around the lines that separate the clips toshow the purpose of the razor tool.
- 3. Viewing screenThis is the screen in which I watched my music video. The box which has theword Fit in it indicates the size of the screen in relation to the video clip. I choseFit because that allows the screen to display the video clip to the most sensibleratio aspect; apart from Fit the other options it allows you to choose vary inpercentages, ranging from 10%, which would show the video clip in an extremelysmall manner, to 150% which would make the video clip dominate the screen.The blue numbers in the bottom left corner show how far into the video I am, andso the image on the screen shows I am 1 minute 37 seconds into the video.
- 4. Visual effectsI used the video effects to alter the exposure and contrast of the video clip. The purpose of thiswas to make the monsters look scarier during their close up, and to present them in a surrealway. By enhancing the colour and outlining specific features of the masks in post-editing, I hadthe ability to completely change the mood and vibe given of by each individual monster. Anotherreason I utilised the visual effects was for shock value; by switching from regular clip with normalcolours to a close up of drastically modified colours, I can control whether the audience isscared, amused, disgusted, etc. Below I have compared two pictures, one is a shot of one of themonsters in regular colour, and the second is the same monster with the visual effects havingtaken place.
- 5. The timeline (part 1)The timeline on Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 is split up into three main sections; the time elapsed,the audio, and the video. From the picture below, you can see the divided parts and theirdifferences. The white bar at the top displays the point in time you are at in the video. The littleshape at the end of the thin grey bar (circled in red) controls how much of the time timeline isshown; the shorter you make the thin grey bar the bigger the time gaps you display, meaningyou could only view your video in large quantities of time, e.g. going up in minutes of five. Thisis impractical when you require extreme detail in certain situations i.e. cutting a clip at preciselya particular second. The longer you make the bar the more detail you have as it would thendisplay the time timeline in seconds.
- 6. The timeline (part 2)The bottom bar with the black squiggles on it is the audio bar. This bar controlswhat you are hearing and the volume and speed you are hearing it at. In mymusic video I used the razor tool to trim the length of my song and fit itappropriately to the video on screen (and vice versa). The height of the blacksquiggles on the bar are relative to the volume of the song; the louder theaudio the higher the squiggle.
- 7. The timeline (part 3)The video footage bar is the blue bar directly above the audio bar. This controls thevisuals on screen. As well as the audio bar, I have also used the razor tool to cut andsplice the video clip in a way that allows me to exercise my creativity. You can drag thisbar to the time you want on the time timeline, e.g. I could isolate a clip of my friendscoring a goal and place it at exactly two minutes in by dragging it with the cursor.Then, I would use other video clips to fill in the space before that so the continuity is notdisrupted. The same principal is applied when I want to line up a specific video clip andbeat in the audio file to sync a moment whereby the visuals on screen reflect the audioheard at the time, e.g. people clapping in the video and at that moment a powerfuldrum banging in the song.
- 8. TitlesAdding titles is where you place lettering in your media. You can do this by puttingwords over the actual video clip itself, however this often looks messy as you have thevisuals from the video on screen as well your title wording, and one often detractsattention from the other. The more common use for titles is placing a blankbackground, on top of which you have your wording, into your video. I used titles at 25seconds into the video where I displayed the name of the song (Monster) on a blackbackground with multi-coloured lettering. This allows the audience to read what youwant them to without being distracted by visual movement on screen. Titles areaccessed by the Title button on the toolbar at the top of the editing screen.
- 9. File storageOn the editing screen there is a space on the far left designated to storing the files used during theediting process. There are five columns in this storage space used to label and detail the files. Thefirst column is Name, which just states the name of the file. The second is Label, which assigns afile a coloured square based on the type of file it is, i.e. video files are turquoise, audio files aregreen and titles are purple. The next column is Media Type, which shows what type of file it is inwords, e.g. Still Image. The next is Frame Rate, pertaining to how many frames per second aredisplayed on screen. The last is Media Start, showing the time that particular piece of media startsplaying at.
- 10. ENDBy Elie Kraft