MEDEAnet webinar: A step before editing: how to help a student group work collectively
Finishing shooting and entering the post-production phase is crucial in all video making and especially in collective works like student productions. In this webinar we will present techniques of organising rushes, checking our initial intentions in relation to our shootings and spending time for preparation and planning before going into the editing room. We will also give advice on choosing and making the most of our editing software as well as some tips on editing.
This webinar was held on Wednesday 26 February 2014 and attended by 51 participants.
To see the discussion linked to this webinar go to http://www.media-and-learning.eu/greek-webinar-2014
Free SFX: sound effects
Free SFX website offers a wide collection of professional sound effects and music, contributed by companies and individuals around the world and made available to audio enthusiasts and production companies alike. Everyone who has contributed to the site has agreed to the freeSFX.co.uk license agreement and philosophy: these sounds are available for anyone to use in their productions.
The SFX team welcomes new members to the community that can upload their own quality sound effects or music (As long as you are the copyright owner of the sounds you wish to upload or have the copyright owners full permission to distribute them).
Aviary Advanced suite
Aviary is a free suite of online creative applications, from graphic design to audio editing, which can be used right in the web browser. The advanced suite includes:
- Phoenix, Image Editor
- Talon, Screen Capture
- Raven, Vector Editor
- Peacock, Effects Editor
- Roc, Music Creator
- Myna, Audio Editor
- Falcon, Image Markup
- toucan, Swatch Editor
Lightworks - Open Source Non LInear Editor
Lightworks is an open source (and for the time being free) video editing software package, available as a public beta since end of 2010. Will become a commercially supported product from November 2011 onwards, with special pricing for education, as well as a free version. Lightworks is not the only free and/or open source non linear editor (see also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_free_and_open_source_software_packa...) but it certainly is a complete and professional package, and looking at the list of films and TV programmes that have been edited, a well esteemed product amongst the professionals. The user interface requires a somewhat steeper learning curve than the commonly known NLEs such as Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro, which makes Lightworks less appealing to the amateur that only occasionally wants to edit a bit of video. For professionals it is a great software package, certainly when complemented with the dedicated keyboard or hardware control panel.
Hardware specification requirements are not lightweight.
3rd Party Support
Video Compression, Editing and Displays
An e-Book/tutorial that provides videographers, technicians and engineers with an in-depth understanding of compression, editing MPEG and the proper setup of color monitors. The author provides an easy to understand tutorial on the systems that are used in much of today's digital equipment. The book is generally aimed at the somewhat advanced videomaker who wants to get most quality out his/her work.
Chapter one provides an in-depth tutorial on the basics of MPEG-2. You will learn about the basic underpinnings of MPEG-2: color sampling, Profiles and Levels, I-frames, P-frames and B-frames. Mullen then reviews the basics of digital color sampling. You will learn about the various levels of color sampling and the difference between 4:1:1 and 4:2:2. This discussion concludes with a review of motion vectors. You'll learn about specific MPEG implementations, including Sony's XDCAM, JVC's ProHD and Panasonic's DVC Pro.
Chapter two focuses on a newer compression technology, MPEG-4. The MPEG-4, Part 10, H.264/AVC codec is currently available in nine implementations. You'll learn about similarities, conversions and differences. You'll also learn about Panasonic's AVC-Intra and Sony's HDCAM-SR codecs.
Chapter three is devoted to debunking some of the many myths about editing long-GOP content. While MPEG-2 was originally said to be "not editable," Mullen explains why that is untrue. He examines how the myth started and reviews some of today's long-GOP editing solutions.
Chapter four provides the background to understanding "smart editing." Mullen explains mistakes editors often make when exporting their content to other formats and the consequence that can have on video quality. One solution is smart GOP splicing, which is discussed at an engineering level. This chapter helps both editors and technicians ensure that their equipment is properly configured to minimize re-encoding errors.
The final eBook chapter, "Choosing a post-production monitor," concludes with a solid tutorial on the use and selection of post-production video monitors. Because of their low-cost, many editors rely on consumer-grade HDTVs for production monitoring. The author asks, "Are consumer LCD monitors really a good value for post-production?" His answer may surprise you. This chapter emphasizes the importance of making wise choices when purchasing a production monitor. Topics covered include: deinterlacing, line-doubling deinterlacing, weave deinterlacing, motion adaptive deinterlacing, frame-based motion adaptive deinterlacing, regional-based motion adaptive deinterlacing and pixel-based adaptive deinterlacing. Mullen explains how 2:3 pulldown affects the quality of a displayed image.
In addition, you'll learn about other key video monitor parameters that affect image quality, including judder, refresh-rate and image formats. The data in this chapter will enable you to make an informed purchase decision when it comes time to replace that old CRT monitor.
StoryBoard Pro Software
Atomic Learning's free Video StoryBoard Pro is designed to give teachers, students, and home movie makers a tool to plan ahead when creating video projects. It features the ability to:
- Enter shot titles and descriptions, complete with planned lengths and edited order.
- Indicate shot types: video, still, audio, music, or titles.
- Enter film tips for your camera person when videotaping the shot and editing tips to be used when editing in iMovie, Movie Maker 2, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, or any other editor of your choice.
- Import existing video clips, still pictures, and sounds to better illustrate each shot.
- Create, save, and import templates for video projects.
- Print copies of your storyboard for use while filming or editing.
- Print blank storyboard worksheets for brainstorming new ideas.
- Shot tips that link to online Atomic Learning Library sample video clips.
StoryBoard Pro is a solution using the FileMaker Pro runtime engine. There is a tutorial series by at the bottom of the page.
There is also a free preview of the Video Storytelling Guide with guidelines: http://www.atomiclearning.com/k12/en/storytellingindex.shtml. This is a preview of a full online course in video storytelling that includes a total of 75 integrated video examples.