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Tools and Equipment

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ben carey

on 3 May 2011

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Adobe Premier Pro CS3 + CS4
Premier Pro is a non-linear editing software made by the Adobe corporation and is part of the Adobe Master Suite. Ben was using the CS3 version at school, however when I took the final edit home for some tweaking and fine tuning I was using CS4. What is brilliant about this program is how easy it is to pick up and start editing. The multiple video and audio tracks are invaluable and it comes pre-loaded with many different effects, transitions and pre-sets such as a dip to white/black or a dither dissolve.
Ben did edit in an interesting way; very much an organised mess. He had 8 video tracks when 3 possibly 4 would have been enough and edited different scenes in different compositions, but hey, it worked for him.
Tools & Equipment Adobe After Effects CS4
After Effects is a "2.5D" visual effects software. It is 2.5D as it is changeable between 2D and 3D and even can have a 2D and 3D layer in the same composition which is incredibly useful. I used After Effects for the rotoscoping, colour grading, muzzle flashes, "trippy" effects, the 3D earth, the earth zoom, and the opening "music channel-esque" titles and the car hit, most of which are seen in our film but some have been removed.
Facebook
Facebook was used to direct people towards the youtube link where we could generate more views and therefore more feedback on what people thought of our music video. As our target population is our own age group we had many people from our age group commenting on the video. The feedback was all very nice but not very constructive.
Youtube
Youtube was useful to get our video out to a global audience, we instantly got a comment: "Good stuff guys, reminded me of the chemical brothers - believe video, great work in post too :)" from DubyCTOM92

The 3D Earth was created by following a tutorial from Andrew Kramer at http://www.videocopilot.net/tutorials/q/3d%20earth/
This involved getting a flat map of the Earth and applying the effect "CC Sphere" to it. This gives the impression that it is a sphere but it is still 2D so the camera cannot be rotated around it, even if applied to a null object. To get the rotation effect you have to use the controls within CC Sphere to cause rotation. I know the Earth is spinning unnaturally fast but I just wanted to show that it was actually spinning, if it had been at a realistic speed it would have been easily missed.


The Earth Zoom is created by following another one of Andrew Kramer's tutorials at video co pilot.
I have written about how I recreated this effect in a previous post: http://msrjarnold.blogspot.com/2011/01/creating-earth-zoom-effect.html
Rotoscoping is the bane of my life and I want to hurt it a lot. It is the process of going frame by frame through your footage, and using the pen tool, create a mask around what you want to "add" or "subtract" from the scene. It is an unbelievably useful technique and is a fundamental part of many visual effects, it is just a very long procedure. To save time with rotoscoping you can (in some cases) use a green screen. We however never had enough people to hold up the green screen so it was down to me to dedicate many, many, many hours into cutting out Ben frame by frame. In Adobe CS5 an "Auto-Rotoscope tool" comes pre-loaded, this would have been very useful, but unfortunately it is very expensive to upgrade. Colour Grading is the process of changing the colour/hue/saturation/levels/brightness or tone of the scene. I used a software by Red Giant called Mojo. it speeds up the entire colour grading process by allowing you to set it to the way you want it with a few sliders, rather than layers and layers of effects. Saying this, the end result was not as good as if it had been done with "traditional" colour grading techniques but it was all I could do under the time we had left. I boosted the blacks and blues and lowered the whites for a darker more sinister feel.
A Muzzle Flash is the bright light emitted from the end of a gun after it has been fired. I used pre-keyed footage from Andrew Kramer's Action Essentials. Jack also duplicated the layers, masked round where the light would brighten up the scene, and increased the brightness and set the hue to yellow. Smoke and also a bullet casing were also incorporated.
To make the effect more believable, I removed a few frames from myself falling backwards so now the movement looks a lot more sudden, so a lot more realistic. I decided not to include blood in the shot as it is his mind, so he has not been really been shot as well as being influenced by the use of gratifications. The exam wouldn’t find it suitable for violence and gore to be within a students film or on mainstream TV like MTV
The music channel-esque titles were created simply by animating layers and masks and applying a material overlay on the solid layer that pops up and down displaying the roles we played.
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