What have you learnt about technologies from the process of constructing this product?
By Fifi :) x
Premiere elements was used to edit our opening sequence. It played a significant part in putting footage togetheras well as polishing it off. It was very useful as the software wasn't too hard to understand and use - Which i discovered when I helped with certain parts of editing in the last stages. I learnt how to place different pieces of footage and edit them as well as how to use different effects.
Strengths: It allowed our project to appear professional and look like a high-end movie production as opposed to if we had used imove which is often used by consumers.
Weaknesses: The software doesn't autosave and a couple times we had re-edit certain parts due to failure to continuously save our work. Also, when rendering the final opening sequence and uploading to YouTube some of the titles.
After effects was another usuful and significant software that was used during the process of producing our opening sequence. I used the software to create the titles. After watching some tutorials on YouTube and practicing it was fairly straight forward to use. Especially since I was applying the same effect to all the titles. I learnt how to use the different effects in the software and how to use key frames and different editing aspects involved in creating animated text.
Strengths : was straight forward to use and enabled our titles to look professional as possible
weaknesses : The process was took a lot of time creating each title in seperate projects.
Overall after effects was very helpful and I have learnt how to effectively use the software.
Tripod & Camera
Strengths: Issues of not understanding how to use the tripod or camera were quickly overcame
Throughout the process of filming the tripod and camera that were provided for us by our school were very useful. The camera enabled us to shoot the footage and the tripod helped when we needed a steady shot and needed to film from a certain/ consistent height. Initially we didn't know how to properly use the tripod, but after searching youtube for a tutorial it was straight forward. I have learnt how to place a camera onto a tripod and clasp it in place. I have learnt how to upload footage via USB from a camera and into a piece of software.
Strengths : Any issues with using the tripod/ camera were quickly overcame
Weaknesses: I didn't get to explore all the features on the camera. I only turned the camera on and off and began recording and stopped recording.
Garageband was used to create all the diegetic music and non-diegetic music in our opening sequence. I have learnt how to cut sounds and copy sounds and compose different genres of music successfully. As well as importing sounds from other websites into garageband.
Strengths: Through exploring the software it was more or less easy to use.
Weaknesses: Many of the sounds/ instruments were unavailable for use unless the software was upgraded, so our access was limited.
Throughout the whole process of producing our opening sequence, the iMac has played a significant role. We used the iMac's in school for everything to do with our sequence - research, music, editing, producing our ident, blogging etc. I've learnt many new things about how to use the iMac like copying & pasting, creating screenshots etc.
Strengths: It didn't take too long to discover how to use certain aspects of the iMac's. Whether by watching a tutorial or by asking a teacher or classmate.
Weakness: When the computers were slow or crashed it took a long period of time for them to work up to par again.
Using macbooks was a similar experience to using the iMac's. At the beginning I had trouble using them. However, I didn't use the macbooks as much as the iMac's as in class we mainly used the iMac's. The times that I did use the macbooks I learnt how to navigate around them successfully and use them to complete tasks e.g our storyboard for our prelim task.
Strengths: With practice they are straightforward to use and efficient.
Weaknesses: They are much harder to navigate compared to non-apple laptops.
YouTube was used as a medium to upload to and then put into our posts on blogger. It was used from the very beginning. From our introduction to 'Ace Productions' to our final project. YouTube is one of those websites, similar to facebook, twitter or tumblr that I use frequently. So I had a lot of knowledge beforehand on how to use the website. However, I learnt how to upload videos, how to create annotations and how to manage the videos & their settings.
Strengths: It was the easiest technology to use and to understand. Also because it is a website it could be accessed at home too and didn't crash like a computer would.
Weaknesses: Uploading times were sometimes very long