FC: Technologies I have Used
1: Lesser-used programmes | MPEG Streamclip: Converts movies to MPEG to allow for faster uploads to YouTube, Tumblr etc. | Excel: Creates tables and graphs/charts to display data such as audience statistics clearly and interestingly. | StarNow: A site to post our available acting roles in movies, which many skilled amateur actors use.
3: Tumblr A popular blogging site which our group used to collect our coursework, including research, planning and finished products. It contains many features and supports a lot of files and formats. It is very simple to use and navigate, and an example of this can be seen in the screenshot. I have learned that blogs are a great way to both link together and present work, as well as a potentially creative way to do so too.
5: Final Cut | Arguably the most important program we have used, Final Cut is the ultimate editing program. It allows for easy synchronization and arrangement of visual and audio clips, as well as a vast number of effects, including colour balancing, split screen video, and image/music importing. Not only have I learned the basics of editing in Final Cut, I have explored it's more advanced features too, allowing for maximum quality in our work.
7: The most well known video sharing site, we have uploaded our finished projects to YouTube which allows them to be easily embedded on other websites, such as our Tumblr blogs. A feature of YouTube I discovered during this project is the ability to annotate videos, allowing the addition of captions on top of the video to make a point or explain a part of the project.
9: LiveType Software that can be used to make animated titles, which can be imported into Final Cut and added to a film. While Final Cut does have title-creating features, they are basic in comparison to those of LiveType, which provides a variety of fonts, moving backgrounds and text effects. During my title research I discovered most movies use animated titles at some point, and this program helped me to emanate these.
11: A constantly updated website dedicated to the influence of titles in movies. This site contains the opening scenes of hundreds of films, which allows for great analysis of their titles. The most popular openings are listed on the side of the website, making navigation easy and helping to find links between films and their titles, through genres, eras, etc.
13: Garage Band | A collection of non-copyright sounds and music tracks, which can be joined together in a similar way to Final Cut video clips. This is definitely a program I would like to explore more, as I never looked into it's full features, e.g. the possibility of imported sound. The finished tracks can be easily exported/converted to MP3 format for use in Final Cut.
15: Mac Computers Macintosh computers are used by professionals in the media business due to the availability of useful software. Final Cut, Garage Band and other helpful programmers we have used are made primarily for Macs, making them the best option when creating and editing a film project.
17: External Hard drive External hard-drives are useful as they allow for storage of files too large to be kept permanently on Macs. For example, Final Cut projects are large, and so can effect the performance of a computer if kept on there. Due to college hard-drives being shared, I would buy my own if I were to repeat this project, ensuring its availability and the safety of its content.
19: Camera and tripod The camera we used was an SD-60, a basic handheld video camera. It is simple to use and films good quality footage, and files are easily transferred to the computer. It fits on the tripod, a portable and easy to set up stand to keep the camera stable when filming, and allowing for easy panning and tilting. While I was not a cinematographer in either film project, I completed a camera proficiency test and have filmed minor research videos, so have a clear understanding of working them. As we progress through the course I am constantly learning new shots, which is also increasing my skill in filming.