Week 3: Editing With Premiere

For those who missed it – last weekend’s Melbourne Future exhibition in Brunswick – showcased Zeal ( audiovisual mixing and software ), Ethnotekh (using Kinect for audiovisual performance), and Richard De Souza ( Video design for Future music).

This Week’s Context:

Understanding editing within the overall video production workflow / process. (See an example workflow in the animation industry + another video production workflow.)

Storyboarding, planning + pre-production: A crucial part of any video workflow – helps avoid major (and very time-intensive problems) later
Video creation : cinematography, photography, timelapse, motion graphics, animation (2D, 3D, stop motion etc), generative
Video editing : from timeline based editors to real-time and interactive tools
Post-production : colour grading / compositing graphic overlays, adding visual effects

Display and screening: Cinema, TV, the web + mobile, and other display technologies – embedded displays, projection mapping etc

What is Editing?

Alfred Hitchcock’s 7 minute editing master class
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing (Abridged Version) Part 1
Vimeo Video School – features a well organised collection of video-making categories – including editing, lighting, shooting, software and sound.
Vimeo’s guide to Editing ( Capture / organising clips / backup / editing software overview / trimming / transitions / adding text or sound / exporting and compression guidelines ).
Vimeo: Storyboarding basics / Making A Shot List / Varying Your Shot Composition /Shooting Basics /Setting Your Editing Pace / Compression basics
Guide to Open Source Video Editing (an introduction to the key ideas, using free software. These techniques and ideas are easily transferable to other software.)

From ‘In the Blink of an Eye’ by Walter Murch ( editor of Godfather, Apocalypse Now etc ):

“An ideal cut (for me) is the one that satisfies all the following six criteria at once:
1) it is true to the emotion of the moment
2) it advances the story
3) it occurs at a moment that is rhythmically interesting and “right”
4) it acknowledges what you might call “eye-trace”-the concern with the location and move- ment of the audience’s focus of interest within the frame
5) it respects “planarity”-the grammar of three dimensions transposed by photography to two (the questions of stage-line, etc.)
6) and it respects the three-dimensional continuity of the actual space (where people are in the room and in relation to one another).

  • 1) Emotion 51%
  • 2) Story 23%
  • 3) Rhythm 10%
  • 4) Eye-trace 7%
  • 5) Two-dimensional plane of screen 5%
  • 6) Three-dimensional space of action 4%

Emotion, at the top of the list, is the thing that you should try to preserve at all costs. “

“>From ‘Cinematography, Theory and Practice: Imagemaking for Cinematographers and Directors’ by Blain Brown

Six types of cuts:

  • The content cut
  • The action cut
  • The POV cut
  • The match cut
  • The conceptual cut
  • The zero cut

Editing With Premiere, Research Exercise:

Learn about the following, for explaining to the class
How do you –
1 – Cut audio and video separately?
2 – Make  transitions / e.g. cross fades between tracks?
3 – Use blend modes between layers?
4 – Fade a clip in and out?
5 – Resize images and videos? Eg showing two videos side by side?
6 – Apply an effect, and vary the amount of the effect over time?
7 – How do you place text or titles into a video?
8 – Export video to a suitable size?

TASK for WEEK 3:

Using the images from your previous storyboard exercise, create a short video that features each of the research exercise examples above.

Start a new account at Freesound. Download some soundscape sounds for use in a short video.

Export your movie as a 20 second, 640×480 movie with sound.

Upcoming Events:

April 4-6: Game JamGoodtime Studios in Carlton, Melbourne. http://www.medialabmelbourne.com.au/news/play-parameters-game-jam/
This is a free event. Register your interest by March 28th by signing up here. Be ready to make and play your project at the game jam!


Constructing Situations
Week 2: Planning for Video
Week 1: Introduction to Video Possibilities



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