Sep 09

Time to SketchUp that Camera…

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Cross-section view of a single-lens reflex cam...

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So you have got the basics of SketchUP – guess what you have to do next for homework – yes you guessed it draw your wonderful cameras you have drawn in Isometric. So all you need to do is take home your photo of your old camera and one of your copies of your camera in Isometric and then make you best effort to draw this in SketchUp.

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Try to render your camera as well, and add as many details as possible to your SketchUp model. As always please email me your finished model.

May 28

What my Jobs Entail for the Movie Project – (Head of Lighting+)

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Head of Lighting -Jobs:-

  • Deciding on the equipment that we will use
  • Making sure that the people controlling the lights (probably me and fudgesalad) are doing the right things at the right time.
  • Working closely with the director on the script and where the actors are to maximise the usefulness of the lighting.
  • Deciding where the cameras should be, as well as the general equipment used in the scene.


  • Some technical experience
  • Basic knowledge of what the director intends for the mood to be and of what each scene is supposed to do.

What Should the Light Director try to do?

  • Keep the light level up, but not too high, because cameras will make the white reflect and blind the audience if it’s too high and it will make the image grainy if it’s too low.
  • Create some small shadows to give the actors depth, without making huge shadows that take chuncks out of the actor’s faces and ruin the clip.

How Should we Light the Scenes?

  • It’s hard to say as the script has not yet been finalised (we don’t know where we’re filming), but we will probably be using a lot of light from the stuff that’s already in the room (lamps, for example).
  • Reflectors: Tinfoil on cardboard sheets. We can use the reflecty side to make the light be mostly reflected or we can use the dimmer side tomake the scene dim mer and more moody.

For full effect, we will probably be using this lighting set-up for most of the brighter scenes:

… And a similar setup without one or two of these lights for the torture scenes. This is so that we can either create or remove shadows in any given scene.

The subject must not stand in front of a white wall or a window. This would alter the exposure on the cameras and ruin the scene.

If we have to light a scene at night, we can do so easily by either waiting until the light is almost gone but still there and film or we can use a blue filter in front of the camera, while lowering the exposure. This is a useful technique because nobody wants to wait around at school until it’s dark to film, especially because it’s summer and it gets dark at 10:00.

For a fire effect, we can use an orange filter to cover a light, pointing it at a reflector. We then wobble the reflector and it creates a decent fire effect. We may use this for the torture scenes.

Director of Audiography (The Sound Guy). What I Do:-

  • Responsible for the audio in a movie
  • Select sound recordings for final movie
  • Dialogue+effects
  • Dialogue Editing
  • “Taking the existing sonic world and fixing it.”
  • Take the audio and make it smoother, more audible, more understandable, and less likely to detect audio transitions.
  • Effects Editing
  • “Creating the sonic world from scratch”
  • Adding together various elements to create believable sound effects (echos, pitch, etc.)

How will this be Done?

  • This can be done using any of several D.A.W’s.
  • Voiceovers
  • Acting with a voice
  • What Should I do as Practice?
  • Study and record commercials, etc. and compare my voice to the voices of the people doing the commercials.


Yes, there are exercises that improve the quality of your voice. You people will be doing these exercises for some of the voice-overs that the actors may have to do. Study up now, maybe? Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, or HERE to get to the same website and learn about the exercises

Music Stuff

If we add songs to the piece, which we will, we will probably take music off of YouTube due to shortage of time. It will have to fit the scene, but other than that there isn’t much to say about it

Yes, this post tells you how to do just a handfull of all of the jobs given me by our wise director.

Apr 21

Motion In Adobe Premiere Pro- For Dummies

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Recently, I learned how to use Motion in Adobe Premiere Pro. Its a great feature, and it can be really handy and convenient way to make titles and images move, easily. Its similar to key framing, except thats frame-by-frame. So, this is probably the easiest way to get things animated or moving.

Anyway, here it is-

Tutorial On Motion

Apr 18

Picture in Picture Tutorial for Premiere Pro

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In my tutorial I will show you how to insert in and out points and also how to do the effect picture in picture.

Enjoy, and I hope you learned how to to do the picture in picture effect.

Here is the link to it: premier pro tutorial

Apr 18

IMovie Tutorials – Adding Transitions and Importing Digital Pictures

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Hi guys. I cannot import my pictures due to having placed them in Word, so rather than starting over I decided to just attach the file. It teaches you how to add transitions, when to add different types of transitions, and how to import media such as pictures and movie files.

Click Here to download it – imovie-tutorials.


Apr 17

Premier Pro Tutorial – Effects a Brief Overview

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This is my premier pro tutorial…click here – premier-pro-investigation7

Also, here are some videos which show you similar points that I discussed in my investigation.

Apr 17

In and Out Points…

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Apr 17

Import, Add transitions and the Blue Screening

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Here every body, is my premiere pro tutorial.

Learn how to import, add transitions and the blue screening effect click here – Tutorial Here

Apr 17

Capturing Video in Premiere Pro

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This tutorial will show you how to open premiere pro and capture film.

Firstly, click on spotlight in the top right hand corner of the desktop and type in “Premiere pro”. Click on the first option.

Click on the top hit and wait for premiere pro to open. Your screen should show this:

Click new project, and on the next screen click ok. Now you have a new project set up. It should look like this.

With the camera with your work on it, you now need a 4/6 pin firewire dv cable. It looks like this:
The smaller plug plugs into the camera, while the larger one plugs into the left side of the computer. The symbols are the same on the top of the larger part of the wire and on top of one of the side plugs. The computer will recognize the camera, and all you need to do is hit is capture.

Apr 17

How to Make a Title Page on Premiere Pro

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Premiere pro is a really difficult and complicated programme to use. If you want to make a professional looking film then you will need a title page and a credits roll. These will also give yourself credit for your wonderful film (hopefully).

You can learn how to do this by reading this tutorial :

Click HERE!

Apr 15

Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial about Importing Your Video – The First Basic Skill

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Importing the video is the most important part of editing a video, because if you do not know how to import your video, you cannot edit the film. I have created a simple tutorial that will allow anyone who is computer illiterate to import a video with ease. The tutorial can be found below:


Apr 14

Adobe Premier Pro Tutorial: How to normalize the volume…

The importance of normalizing volumes is to make the movie much easier to listen to as well as clearer. It levels all the volume out so that depending on who is speaking or what is happening around the subject, the viewer does not need to keep adjusting the volume to keep it at a comfortable level.

1. After the film has been added to the program, there ought to be a separate audio track that corresponds with the video. Click on it by holding down apple and clicking. This should bring up this scrollbar:

2. Click on Audio Gain…

and it will bring up this screen:

3. Click the Normalize button and it automatically calculate the correct volume.

4. After doing that, if the volume still isn’t the way you’d like it, you can change it manually with the up and down arrows


Apr 10 (5 minutes)

Hi guys. I got bored with posting more comments so I decided to review another how-to video. Read it. Enjoy it. Now.

As you can see, this video is titled "How to Prevent your Videos from Sucking" and is another useful video for us to watch, seeing as we will be making films ourselves. This is a well-made video for several reasons.

1. Visual

a. The presenter

i. He is constantly visible.

ii. He speaks clearly when he is supposed to.

iii. He is really good at sucking, which is important to get his point across.

iv. He is humorous, which keeps that audience's attention.

v. He is experienced at making videos.

vi. He shows that he is very motivated, which makes the video more interesting.

b. The Camera/Video

i. The camera is stable throughout, which makes the video more visually understandable.

ii. There is no pixelation, which is a bonus because it makes the video easier to see.

iii. The camera is constantly focused on the presenter, which prevents blurring.

iv. The camera is always on the presenter, so we can see him at all times.

v. During the night scenes, he had a light to show his face, so we were not left in the dark.

2. Sound

a. The Audio

i. The microphone is well positioned and probably omnidirectional so that we can always hear him.

ii. The audio was edited to decrease the effect of external noise.

iii. There was no interference.

iv. the microphone was always on.

b. The Sound Effects

i. The sounds that were meant to be heard, such as the AIM sounds, were picked up well by the microphone and so were effective.

ii. The sound effects were relevant to what was going on and were responded to by the presenter.

iii. There was distinction between effects and there was no confusion as to what the sound effect was meant to be.

3. Miscellaneous

a. Editing

i. All information shown was relevant.

ii. There were no intermediate gaps in the action (except where there was supposed to be).

b. Script

i. The script was interesting and well-memorized.

ii. There were no “flat” jokes in the entire work.

P.S. Please extend the due-date of the folders…

Apr 10

Hello! This is going to be sweet and simple, I’m not a big fan of Premiere Pro nor do I find it particularly useful (Dr Tech – Its very much like a bicycle if you like to ride a bike you will find it useful – so make sure you do not go into any sort of film making career then!) so don’t hold your breath, I will try to remain serious about this program for the duration of this post, and no, I won’t speak like a flight attendant anymore.

Importing is the most important aspect of using Premiere Pro because if you can’t import you might as well just sit in front of the computer with your finger up your nose. Unless you do that already, if so then you might as well sit with your finger in your ear trying to see if you can reach the melted cheese that is your brain.


Well, obviously, you open Premiere Pro and name your project. Which will leave you, after what seems like an eternity of waiting, with the base window (Whoohoo?) (above).

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Secondly, you click on the File tab at the top of the screen, right next to the Premiere Pro and the Apple tab (Shown Above). It will give you a list of things, and towards the bottom is ‘Import’ next to which are two symbols. These two symbols simply mean that if you press the ‘Apple’ key along with the ‘I’ key it will open up the Import window instead of having to go through the File tab and going to ‘Import’. (WOW NO WAY! How Interesting… O.o)

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Having gone through the File tab or having pressed ‘Apple’ ‘I’, it will open up the browse window. Simply browse for the range of clips you are using, select all or one of them, and press the blue ‘Import’ button and TADA! You can import! Congratulations! Have a cupcake!

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A minor word, having imported your clips will appear in a box to the left of the screen (Above). You can change them to thumbnails if it helps you edit. (The clip above does not contain any video clips therefore it is empty, why? Well I couldn’t find the clips and I asked, but no one knew) Now get back to your cupcake, I have finished my little tutorial and left you looking like this: O.O or O.o.

Apr 10

Premiere Pro – Editing Duration

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To edit the duration of a video, making time seem slower or faster, Premiere Pro CS3 has set an easy shortcut to help.

1 View a video in the source editor and right-click (or ctrl + click).

2 Select and click Speed/Duration.

3 In the new window, edit the percentage. It is set at 100%, so type less than 100% to slow down the duration, above to speed it up.

4 Check the video, with no need to render afterwards.

Apr 06

How to Set In and Out Points in Premiere Pro – A Simple Tutorial..

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1. Open up premiere pro and make yourself a new project. Make sure you select your camera presets and name your file.picture_7.png

2. Go to file Import and import your video clips.picture_9.png

3. Your clips will appear in the top left hand corner. From here you drag them into the middle section so you are able to edit.picture_5.png

4. Once the clip is dragged in you can play with the play button to watch it.

5. When you have decided where to cut your clip, you can then use the in and out buttons to do so. These are located in the same panel as the play button is. The In button is on the left and the Out on the right.picture_3.png

6. In the time bar you will see something that looks like this. This means that you have set the In and Out points, the shaded part is what your clip will play and what you have selected.picture_10.png

7. The In and Out points will save automatically. But you can then save your project by going into file and save as.


This is a video tutorial link to Youtube on how to set in and out points on premiere pro.

Feb 15

<> (10 minutes)

This is a very useful video clip not only because it is accurate and the presenter is experienced, but also because we will soon be making our own videos and this clip gives important tips on how to make a successful and professional-looking one.

This is a well-made movie because: - It uses a high-quality camera, which is important because it allows us to see what the presenter is doing more clearly. - It allows us to see what equipment we will need for the success of our movies, explaining why each piece is important. - The presenter is easy to understand and explains ideas thoroughly. He is also a professional. - The camera does not zoom or shake and so allows us to focus completely on the presenter. - Important terminology is explained. - It is captivating and interesting. - All information is accurate, and the video shows us how different techniques affect us. - The information is useful for people of all ages and skill levels.

This is a superior video because: Even after searching for two hours on YouTube, I failed to find a 'how-to' video that was as simple, detailed, and relevant to what we are doing. Though it may not be humorous (as the subtitle had suggested), it is still interesting because of the techniques that the cameraman used. It gets straight to the point, which is important because it is an important and large topic to discuss, and so time is important. If the presenter were to talk to his audience about his personal life or about his career, this video would not be as informative or interesting as it is.

Conclusion: This is an interesting and informative video which is important to what we will be doing in IT. It is also easy to learn from and not too long, either. I think that this is useful to us and I think that we should all watch it so that we can perform better when we do make a movie.

Review of ‘The Perfect ‘How To’ Video’: Though I do agree with most of your points, I do not believe that the scenes were relevant to what the narrator was saying. For 3 out of 4 scenes, the pictures were of dogs in general, not pertinent to the script. Also, the scenes were always changing and introducing 'new information', I find that it was changing too much and that the images, most of which were not relevant, were distracting me from the important information on how to choose a dog.