Yesterday my class learned all about the world of editing with the help of Final Cut Pro X. I've used iMove many times before but never Final Cut Pro, although it looks similar to iMovie, you can do so much more with it. I first started by adding the videos I filmed in class onto the computer. They were random clips that didn't go together but it was something to use to get the hang of editing. I then added transitions, titles, and music. It was all very overwhelming at the beginning but after playing around with it, it started to make sense. After changing text sizes, adding generators, and learning how to "blade". Although we have only scratched the surface on Final Cut Pro X, I think I have a little bit of a grasp on this whole editing thing.
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I learned a lot of important tips in the video. First, I learned that b-roll and sound bites are the core elements of broadcast stories and can really make your video come to life. Layering the b-roll and sound bites makes the video a lot more entertaining and appealing to the viewer. Another thing the video explained was the 3 most important shots in videography. This is the wide, medium, and tight shot. They give your viewer the overall setting as well as the rich detail of what your shooting. With these shots, I learned that sequences are vital to putting them shot together when editing. The video explained how when editing, if there aren't good shots from the field, there's nothing to edit. So when your shooting you need to be thinking about the editing process as well. When taking these 3 shots, the rule of thirds is another thing I learned, it's an easy way to make your shots visually appealing by making the view finder into a grid; and then taking your shots. Finally, the biggest tip from the video is that when shooting always bring headphones. They are key in getting good footage, bad sound is a bad video, especially if your doing an interview. I learned many other helpful tips from the video but these were the ones I think are most important.
I had a lot of fun working in the TV studio. It was like nothing I'd ever done before. You don't realize how many parts go into a little 3 minute video until your in the studio doing it. There is so much teamwork involved as well, each job is so important and has to work cohesively together to create the video. I really liked being on the sound board. It was difficult at first, figuring out all of the right buttons when running AJA and sound checking the anchors, but once I did it for the second time; it was really fun. A job that was difficult for me was being the Anchor. I thought, how hard could it be, its just talking? Although, that's easier said than done. Having to emphasize your voice, then project it, not talking too fast, and still smile while 5 huge lights are beaming down on you; was difficult. But, all in all I really enjoyed learning about all of the different jobs and although it seemed very scary and confusing at first, I loved being in the TV Studio.
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