Finishing Up!

This is so bittersweet! My last post for wire106 and ds106 (hopefully not ds106)! This semester was so much fun and its all thanks to this class! Ds106 was my favorite class I’ve taken so far here at UMW and I’m really glad I decided to take it. I was on the fence over the summer and whether or not I should take it but I don’t regret that decision at all. I learned so much from this class and its helped me learn about what I potentially want to work with as a career. I can’t recommend this class enough!

This class was particularly special because it was an online class. Normally you would think an online class would just be you yourself and you. I think of an online class as sitting down in front of the computer for hours trying to understand the topic. That normally doesn’t work for me, I need hands on experience to learn a topic. I quickly found out that this class was anything but that! Between the weekly lunches, video discussions, and the group projects I quickly learned that this class was something special. I still had the face to face interaction that a traditional lecture class would have, but with no lecture! It was a great mix!

I think the assignments were the best part to the entire class, besides having to watch TV for homework. Although my stomach would drop at the beginning of the week when we all got the weekly emails with our quota for the week and I would be so overwhelmed at the beginning of the week, I really enjoyed them! I would always dread sitting down to plan them, but once I did I knocked them out all in one go. The beginning of the semester was a little rocky but once the semester was in full swing I got the hang of things and now I don’t think I’ll ever forget the skills I learned in ds106.

 

So as I’m writing this I feel like this:

The semester is almost over! That’s so exciting! But I also feel like this:

I don’t want this class to end! I just want to keep creating things and watching TV for homework! But I do realize that all great things must come to an end. Ds106 was a great chapter in my great novel of my life! So with that being said I don’t think this would be a weekly summary without showing you what I did this week! Take a look! And if you want to see what else I’ve done this semester check out my past weekly summaries at the end of this post.

Posts:

Beadie’s To-do List (4 Stars)

Move Away From the Cookie Jar (4 Stars)

Evolution of Beadie (4 1/2 Stars)

 

Assignment Cards:

Website Banner

Keeping Up With the Cast of the Wire

 

Tutorials:

The Book of Life Silent Film

TV-Trailer

 

Daily Creates:

My Favorite Assignment

 

Comments:

Lauren’s post Water+Rice

Carmela’s post The End Is Near; 15

Kisha’s post DS106 Wrap Up

Imran’s post 10 Seconds of Thanks

Travis’s post Annnnndddd Cut — Great Work Guys

 

Past Weekly Summaries:

Week 1: I was getting everything set up so there wasn’t a weekly summary!

Week 2: Not So Good Week 2

Week 3: Getting The Hang of Things

Week 4: A Crazy Week with Sound

Week 5: A Cool Week with Visuals

Week 6: An Interesting Week with Design 

Week 7: Audio Week

Week 8: Radio Show Week!

Week 9: Inspiration Week!

Week 10: Video Week!

Weeks 11 & 12: Videos Galore

 Weeks 13 & 14: Video Remixmas

 

Video Essay

Hiya! The Video Essay (5 stars) was an interesting assignment. Instead of using what ever film or TV show we wanted, we were tasked with using the Wire. I decided to use season 4 episode 1 for this. And at first I was really excited to do this assignment and I saw some great themes throughout the episode but when I got ready to create the voice over, I just couldn’t get what I wanted to say out. They were good themes throughout the episode but I just couldn’t figure out what I wanted to say, fortunately I was able to after countless takes with the voice overs.

The Color Green:

I saw the color green a lot throughout the episode. In particular I saw green a the color of money. In the beginning of the episode, Snoop gets into a green Nissan Armada after she buys the nail gun. In this case the green means wealth because an Armada isn’t a cheap car. It seems to be a newer model so he definitely would need a good amount of money to buy the car.

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The next snippet of the color green I saw was in the cupola of city hall. This also represents the use of money, especially since it is city hall, and the government needs a lot of money to run.

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I noticed Dukie’s shirt was green but not in the way of wealth. Its almost like he’s the odd ball out. And you can see that when he gets picked on by the group, they are wearing plain white t-shirts.

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Other Things:

So while watching the episode I wrote down things that I saw that I thought were interesting.

I noticed that after the Mayor finished tying his tie, it was crooked. I thought this was interesting because its almost like he’s stuck in this rut, where its a cycle of the same things day after day. The crooked tie shows that he’s tired, everything is starting to weigh him down. I also noticed this cycle with Carcetti, I noticed that he’s always in the cycle to get to his next appearance and this weighs him down too. He becomes frustrated because he’s not where he wants to be in the campaign.

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The next scene is where the two groups meet for a revenge plot. However that revenge plot goes south quick. I thought this was interesting because they worked so hard on this but by just one mistake it totally turned around, and for the worse too.

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The final scene I talk about is the one where the teachers are sitting down in a presentation. They seem completely bored, they definitely don’t want to be in this presentation. Then it cuts over to the police in a presentation as well. They are bored as well. I thought this was a cool mirror in the episode. Both groups had to be in this presentation but I’m sure they all could think of better things they could have been doing with their time.

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Over all I thought this assignment was interesting. Besides the fact that the voice over was a little wonky I really enjoyed picking out different things to talk about from the episode! Here is the final product!

 

Lion King in 5 Seconds

Hiya! The 5-Second Film (5 stars) was a lot of fun! It was tough though to get all of the footage in in 5-seconds. I wanted to add maybe a good 20 seconds of footage but I had to scale back. So I settled on 0.5 seconds clips for the whole time. When deciding what to use I tried to stick with most of the plot. So I went to YouTube and searched for the best moments in the Lion King and I literally took the first 3 videos that were in the search results I converted them into ClipConverter, then imported them into iMovie.

I went through and added just a small snippet of the videos to the storyboard. Once that was done I muted the clips. I searched for the Circle of Life song on YouTube and converted this song to an mp3 to use as the background song. Once I added the song to the filmstrip I then exported the file and uploaded it to YouTube!

I think it turned out really well! I really enjoyed going back and looking at the Lion King while deciding what to use for this assignment. Here is the final product!

Carcetti Hates Calling for Money

That Bleep Censor (5 stars) was actually a lot of fun to make! I was watching Season 4 Episode 1 in preparation for my Video Essay, and I thought this scene was another great one to bleep out! The best one would be where Bunk and McNulty we recreating the murder scene in season 1. Amy did a great job bleeping out that scene! So when I watched the scene for the first time I knew that this would be a good scene to bleep out.

I had the episode downloaded from MediaCore and imported it into iMovie. Then I went through the episode to find the specific scene I wanted. In the photo below the scene is where the Green line is. Now granted this whole scene in particular isn’t the greatest, but it works fine. So I had the part that I wanted in the storyboard (where most of the editing takes place). This is mainly where I added the bleep sound to each word. I went through the whole scene and isolated the bad words. I did this by splitting the clip just after the first syllable of the word. Then I split the clip again after the last syllable of that same word. I used the left and right arrows to really hone in on the sound of the word. Then I got the bleep sound from YouTube with my trusty ClipConverter. I used that to cut out the words. Where I split the clip, I placed the sound (where the green is on the storyboard). Then I lowered the volume in each isolated clip with the bad words in them. Now it was mainly finished! all I had to do was share the file itself and upload it to YouTube. iMovie already incorporated  an automatic share to YouTube but I prefer to export the file and upload it from there because I’m already logged into YouTube in my internet Browser.

I really enjoyed making this! I thought it was really cool that I could isolate a specific word itself and bleep it out. It was really cool to use it just to isolate a specific part to the word. Here is the final project!

Chipmunk Style

So for the assignment Chipmunk Style (2 1/2 Stars), I decided to use the Paper Bag speech from season 3 episode 2 of the Wire. I decided to use this scene because it was a serious part of the season and I thought this would be an interesting take on this part! I saw Brittany’s post Stringer and Avon Fighting Chipmunk Style and I knew I had to do this assignment! I found the clip on YouTube and used the handy dandy ClipConverter to grab the file. Here is the original:

I imported the file into iMovie. iMovie has a cool feature where you can change the audio of the project without actually changing the speed of the clip (you can also speed up the clip just like the audio). But for the sake of this assignment I only focused on changing the pitch of the audio. So when I had the entire clip in the filmstrip (and selected) I went to the three overlapping circles, and clicked on Audio Effect.

A new window popped up and I selected the Pitch Up 3.  This made the entire clip sound like a Chipmunk. I played around with different sound pitches and effects settled on pitch up 3 because it wasn’t as high as pitch up 4 and it was higher than pitch up 2, which only changed the pitch very little. The other effects are hilarious to play around with and I almost wanted to use the robot one! 

I really enjoyed playing around with the different pitch effects in iMovie! Here is the final product!

 

The Book of Life Silent Film!

Hi there! I thought this assignment Return to the Silent Era (4 1/2 Stars) would be a good one to tackle! Last week in the DKC (Digital Knowledge Center) We focused on video editing. So as part of our training we get to work with different assignments in the ds106 assignment bank. Because of this, I was definitely ready for this week!

As part of this assignment I was to take a trailer and render it so that it would look like it came from the silent film era. Meaning, I added a black and white filter, and took all of the audio out, replacing it with a silent film soundtrack. I also added different slides to add dialogue like a silent film would do. So while I was looking at different trailers to use, I went to this YouTube Channel MOVIECLIPS Trailers. This channel is chock full of different trailers, of new movies that are just coming out this week to older movies that have come out this year. I stumbled upon this trailer and I thought I would give it a shot:

So once I had my trailer picked out, I converted the video so that I could download it to import it to iMovie. I used ClipConverter to do this. I then imported the video file into iMovie. I first turned the entire clip into black and white so it would look like a silent film. Then I went through and split the clip, within the film strip, into smaller pieces where there was some dialogue. This way it organized the trailer so that I could add the text slides. Here’s a shot of it in iMovie:

This also helped when it was time to move around a small clip. The title of the movie was moved from just before the end to the end of the trailer. Once I had the clip split up, I went to create the text slides I added to show the dialogue. I found this border on google that I thought was great to use. The original was white so when I added it to photoshop, so I changed it to black to match the traditional silent film text slides.

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Here are the finished slides!

After adding all of the text, I went through and muted all of the sound so I could add the music. Then I went to find some music. I wanted it to sound like it would be used in a silent film but I also wanted it to work with the mood of the trailer. I tried different YouTube videos until I found this one. I found this video with a compilation of silent film music.   After I found the music I wanted I downloaded it and added it to the video. I ended up using the first song that was in the video because I thought that one fit the best with the trailer.

 

This is the final product, and I have to say I really like how it turned out. But anyway I hope you enjoy it!

Also here is probably my favorite part of the entire trailer:

TV Trailer

Hi! So my first assignment, Trailer It (3 stars) was a lot of fun to make! I was deciding what I would make throughout the week and this one jumped out at me immediately. I am currently rewatching all of The Office on Netflix, when I get a free moment, and I thought this show would be perfect for a trailer! So I also thought I would go through and give some tips on how I edited the different clips all together.

Planning:

So once I knew the office was going to be the topic of my trailer. I took to YouTube to find some great moments that I could definitely use. I ended up searching “The Office Best Moments” and I found this video:

Now I admit, this wasn’t the best quality video to use, because of the numbers but I thought this would be great for the planning phase. I copied the video URL and pasted it into ClipConverter a handy website that allows you to convert YouTube videos and download them for personal use. I really like using this website because even though there are ads, its really straight forward in the process and it doesn’t take very long to convert the files. Here is what the website looks like.

 

So continuing with the planning phase, I went to iMovie with my new found footage in tow, and I was trying to figure out how I could make a trailer. I noticed that iMovie has these trailer templates that allow you to customize the trailer to your own footage. This is what some of the 29 different themes look like:

Creating:

So After I picked the theme for the trailer, which is the adrenaline one in the top right corner, I took the main video, The Office Best Moments, and imported it into iMovie. Because I picked the trailer theme, most of the base work was already done, I just needed to change some of the text and add the footage to the filmstrip. I then started adding it to the the layout of the trailer. The trailer themes have three options to add the footage to the film strip: outline, storyboard, and shot list. The outline tab, is basically where you type in all of the credits that is needed for the trailer. The Storyboard tab is where you can add the footage to the filmstrip and where you can edit the text that will show up in the final product. Finally, the shot list tab gives you an array of shots that will be used within the filmstrip, you can also add the footage in this tab. Personally I found that the storyboard tab was the best to add the footage because I could see where the footage was going.

The cool thing about using the pre-made trailer layouts, is that you can click on the specific clip and then you can add straight to the storyboard, and it will automatically trim that clip to the duration that it needs. So basically all you need to do is decide what clip you want to use! You don’t have to worry about making sure the clip is the right duration to use within the trailer. (I hope that makes sense!) Here’s a picture to show what it might look like:

 

After adding all of the footage to the filmstrip, adding the credits, and changing some of the text, this is what the trailer looked like!

Editing:

So this trailer is alright. There are some inconsistencies because of the giant numbers that show up in the bottom right corner. This was a huge mistake on my part because I realized the numbers were there after I went to export the file itself. So I decided to upload this anyway to show how I fixed the problem!

While the trailer was uploading, I started to fix it. I found that working with two different approaches was the best way to get my final product:

  1. Just simple cropping. This is pretty self explanatory because all I did was crop the shot so the numbers didn’t show up. I used this for most of the clips.
  2. For the second approach, I went to YouTube and found a different version for that specific clip. This worked better than cropping in some places because the shot would have been too tight for what was going on. I did this for the clip of Dwight, and his cousin Mose playing ping pong. This shot was an extremely wide shot and when I cropped it, only the ping pong table showed up.

 

Finalizing:

After I cropped the trailer to fix it I went to finalize the project. But before I exported it to upload the video to YouTube, I had my roommate watch it. I had her do this because it was a fresh set of eyes on the project and she would be able to see things that I may have over looked during the editing process. After working with her for a little and changing some things around I was finished! Now all I needed to do was export and upload the file to YouTube. I would have uploaded the trailer straight to YouTube from iMovie but it kept stopping the upload half way through. So I exported the file itself then I added the file directly to YouTube. So here is the final product!

I hope you guys enjoy this just as much as I enjoyed making it!