Many of us struggle with paraphrasing. It's time consuming, but it's not as difficult as you think. Here's a quick example.
Our editing program still isn't working, but this time, it's not working in a new and exciting way. If I could revert to an older operating system, I could fix it, but Apple has made it so I can't do that, and we're stuck with an OS where it won't work for half of us. I tried to make it work, but the computer gods have said NO! We have three weeks of school left. Let's do something other than edit video while I figure out how to start next semester totally in Premiere. I wish I had another choice. I don't. Sad face.
We'll end the semester with a unit on Fairy Tales. Your group will have several choices for a final paper.
We'll start by watching one of my favorite fairy tale sequels, Hook, then you'll see my writing on it for an example. Then, you'll write your own paper or story.
It's not very different from filming with a Nikon.
Look at the lens. Turn on the VR for Vibration Reduction. Set the focus switch to A for auto, as you see in this video.
Turn on the power switch you see in this video. Hold the camera up to your face and look through the eyepiece.
Set the rotary knob on the top for the green camera that says AUTO, as you see in this video.
If the camera thinks the room is too dark, the flash will pop up and go off when you take the photo.
If you want to shoot without the flash, set it for the lightning bolt with the slash through it, right below the green camera that says AUTO.
Press down the silver shutter button you see in this video, but only halfway. The camera will beep, or you may see rectangles flash through the eyepiece. That means the camera is autofocused and ready to take your picture.
Once you hear the beep or see the rectangles, push the button down the rest of the way. It wil take your picture.
Here's a photo of a second hour team with the flash turned on. No filter on the images.
What did I learn from it? Some stuff I already knew, and some that I didn't.
Here's the same photo with the flash turned off.
Same class, different group. Here we go.
Let's move on to Sixth Hour. Same photo. One with flash, one without.
The top image with the flash makes the faces pop, but we get glare on Ashlyn's glasses and on the wall behind them. It also looks like the flash makes the picture a little more in focus than without it. I like the top image because of that.
Quiz scores and morale are low recently. I think many of us have forgotten why the class exists, so let's look at some student projects to remind us of all the creative stuff we can do in this room that we can't do anywhere else.
All of these videos were produced by my students, both here in Fort Wayne, and for the 15 years I taught Media Production in West Michigan.
The first one is a stalker video, something I recently asked us not to do, but it was produced before I taught that lesson, and it's a great video. The crew was one student, her stepmom and her cousin. That's all. Filmmaking is easy when you work with people who see the fun in it.
The right side of the room needs to film their own project by November 25th.
The left side of the room needs to film their own project by December 2nd.
Usually only 35% percent of my students make their own movies, and their grade suffer for it. Remember the point of the class is for you to make your own movies, not rely on the teacher to do it for you. If you don't film, there are three projects you would work on right now:
City Champs 2019 - This year's Volleyball Championships. It's on Camera E.
Miami Volleyball - This year's home game vs. Miami Middle School. It's on Camera D
Homework 2019 - This semester's homework video. It's on Cameras A, B, C, E and 2.
The titles for each project are underlined above. Make sure you capitalize them as above, too.
Scan in all three of these as a new event to iMovie by Friday, November 22nd. This is a four-day week, so you'll need to move quickly.
The City Champs video is LONG and will take some time to import. When you're done, say these words loudly. "Who needs to import City Volleyball Championships?" Someone will raise their hand or say "ME!" Give them the camera after you properly eject it. The City Volleyball Camera should always be importing. It shouldn't be sitting in the cabinet, doing nothing.
The Homework Video begins with a high angle shot of the classroom door. It ends with a shot of the hallway. Make sure you import all the clips you need. They will be together on the same day.
The clips you'll need for City Volleyball are pictured below. Note the date is October 17th.
Pictured here are the clips for Miami Volleyball. Note the date is October 10th.
To import your stuff, you'll need to remember which camera you used to film. Look at the top and the number is engraved there, like this one.
If you have a JVC Camera, a letter will be engraved there, not a number.
Take the camera and a camera cable to your desk. You don't need the part that plugs into the wall, just the camera and the cable.
Many groups are telling me they have no audio. Here's the lesson we studied and quizzed over back in September. Watch it again if you need it. Can't hear it? Watch it at a neighbor's computer, then fix the problem.
Switching to Adobe has been tough. It feels like many of us are afraid to try the new program since it’s harder than what we’ve known before. It’s putting a big weight on me to not only learn and teach the program, but to keep us focused and learning at the same time.
We’ll be switching a good deal of our grading to daily participation. We’ve been working on the Volleyball Video in Premiere for a month, but no one is finished with it yet. We’re forgetting basic procedures, and only 35% of us have made a video of our own. The other 65% are relying on me alone to provide us with footage. In any functioning business, the workers have to do their part to keep things moving. The supervisor can’t do it all, so here’s my plan.
Each team will log what they accomplish each day, like a time card. How far have you edited in your current video? Tell me the finished time at the end of each day, so we can track your progress. If you worked on adding credits or music, log that, too. Type it at the end of the hour in a Word Document or a Pages Document and save it on your desktop. At the end of the week, we should see something like this:
Monday, November 11 - Edited Volleyball in Premiere to 5:25. Had some trouble getting Ripple Delete to work, so that took more time than we thought.
Tuesday, November 12 – Edited Volleyball to 8:46 and found two songs on Audioblocks for the final video.
Wednesday, November 13 – No editing today. We planned for our next video. It will be a commercial for Spotify Music Service. Our slogan will be “Your life is a playlist.”
Thursday, November 14 – Scanned in the Homework Movie and edited Volleyball to 10:17.
Friday, November 15 – Edited Volleyball to 13:27.
I’ll do notebook checks with each group once per week, on different days to spread it out. Log your work daily so you can account for what you’ve done. Many of us are taking weeks to finish a simple video, and it’s time we picked up the pace so we can make movies of our own.
Many of us are taking cameras home and not bringing them back to school. Several are still out because we’ve forgotten them for days. Do you still have one? Bring it back. We need it. I think sometimes we’re afraid to get in trouble by bringing it back late, so we let it sit in our room, then we feel guilty for it. Don’t be. Bring the cameras back and we can all do our work.
Meet me at the camera cabinet before school and we’ll put it away together. I like to remind you the camera you have, so you’ll remember which one to get during work time. If I’m in the office and you’ll be late to first hour, no worries. I’ll write you a pass. Don’t put the camera away without me. Let me help you remember which one you need.
When you’re done importing your video, the camera goes back to the cabinet. Let’s put Cameras 1, 2, 3 and A, B and C on the top shelf. 4, 5, 6 and D, E and F go on the second shelf. Return all cables along with the cameras. It will be a mess while we figure this out. Again, no worries.
This is a lot of notes – enough for one day, anyway. Study for tomorrow’s quiz, which we’ll take a dozen times to make sure we remember. Thanks.
Here's how we do it.
There's something I missed on Friday. Turning on the File Destination will automatically save your videos to your desktop folder. Click Media Encoder, then Preferences, then click the following box, and follow the Finder to Desktop, then your folder named Video.
Click here to review Camera Storage.
Our iMacs do best with mp4 video, but our cameras film best in AVCHD. Media Encoder is the program we use to change formats. Here's how it's done.
Here's a fun way to teleport a thing or a person out of any camera shot. No lie.
Looking for ways to create a movie without dialogue? It's possible. We'll have to produce it in Premiere instead of iMovie, but here's what you can do with it story-wise.
You should know why your grade is where it is. Confused? Here's a quick refresher.