Today we finished editing and turning in our first assignment. I’ve never used Adobe, nor have I uploaded a video to YouTube before. I’ve also never used a camera like the ones we were given to take the pictures and videos. But it was still fairly simple to take the pictures and videos; and we were given a step-by-step lesson on how to upload and edit the footage we got. My media wasn’t very high quality, but I completed the assignment.
Coming into this assignment I felt so overwhelmed from the amount of work that was thrown at us in the first week. At the beginning of this assignment I thought this was going to be the most demanding class I’d ever taken.
However, as I went throughout the assignment it seemed like I reached a “light at the end of the tunnel” moment. The filming was a fun experience, and the editing became easier as I learned the short keys and all the ins and outs. Once I finally got through the process I realized how much fun it actually was and now I am very excited for what is in store throughout the rest of the semester.
My video can be viewed here.
At first, I was very nervous to use my camera because I had never used a high tech camera before. I filmed around my sorority house and it was awkward asking people to film them and it felt weird walking around with the tripod and camera in public. Once I figured out how to use my camera, I started to feel more comfortable filming. The part I enjoyed the most was editing on Adobe because I picked up on it very quickly and it felt accomplishing once the video was finished. You can find the video here.
Just signing up for this class stressed me out. I knew it would be full of projects and equipment I didn’t know how to use. I was right but it was nothing I couldn’t handle. I learned SO much, by messing up and trying again and asking for help. Asking for help is key in this class, and starting the project early. Everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Starting early will save you from missing an assignment or pulling an all-nighter.
When I walked into the classroom to add audio to my video, I had no idea it would be as difficult as it was.
I was able to compile all of my audio and insert it into premier just the way I wanted it. That was just about the only easy part of my entire experience… Continue reading
Cool, A-Roll, Rule of thirds, Images, SEO, Sequencing, Attribution
When I first stepped foot in the multimedia lab, I was excited yet nervous about the class. I remember Dr. Collins introducing herself and the assignments we would complete in this class. i was very overwhelmed with the fast-pace of the course. I became increasingly unsure of how I would perform. Would my projects be good enough? Will I get good grades on them? Will I catch on fast enough?…by the end of my experience I have gained CONFIDENCE. Continue reading
Learning new things in life can be a challenge, but it can also be exciting and rewarding. When I first registered for Multimedia Reporting, I didn’t know what to expect. Aside from noticing journalism students sprawled around campus with their cameras and tripods in hand, I wasn’t too familiar with the course and the kinds of assignments I would have to do. I had already had my initial taste of filming and interviewing on camera during my summer internship at Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) – Chicago, where I created a recruiting video for the non-profit organization. Still, I knew there was much to learn, especially in terms of different angles and types of shots.
The first assignment was daunting. It was so cold outside the past few days, I resorted to taking pictures in my apartment. I think that worked out in my favor, though. It allowed me to stay warm while I figure out how to use my camera. Being able to sit and fiddle with the camera really helped. Continue reading
I left class JOUR 410 on January 22, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, with a backpack full of equipment, prepared to tackle assignment one. A trip to Best Buy was all that stood between me and my induction into multimedia journalism.
After I purchased my supplies, I headed out to take the type of videos and photos requested of me, not without obstacles. And though I doubted myself in the beginning, I had less trouble completing the assignment than I’d originally imagined I would.
One minor problem I encountered was the weather. By the time I got my supplies, the temperature had dropped below zero degrees and the sky was grey. The conditions didn’t make for an ideal shoot, but I did what I could.
In terms of my work, I was happy with the way my still shots turned out and less pleased with the videos I took. Even with the tripod, I had a hard time keeping my camera steady, especially while zooming and panning. I did my best, but I know I still have a lot of improving to do.
When it came time to edit, I also had a very hard time with that. FinalCut was hard to navigate. I did my best, but felt very lost and crunched for time. At least I made deadline!