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Budget Plan
April 29, 2011, 3:45 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

Here is my budget plan for the RNID video project.

Budget Analysis

As I mentioned before in my blog entries, I did some post-production work for some Bournemouth uni students with their  video project entitled, Day 20.


Reducing Noise
April 27, 2011, 5:21 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

I’ve been going over the video seeing if there can be any more improvements before I fully render it. The obvious clip that needed attention was the static shot of the narrator lying on the bed. When I shot it, there wasn’t enough light on the narrator face, so I had to increase the ISO up to 800, which did create noise in the darker areas.

I used a plugin called Denoiser, which helped reduce the amount of noise in the scene.

Graded Version and Noise Reduction

Colour Grading
April 27, 2011, 12:54 am
Filed under: Professional Project

Today I did the colour grading for the video to make it look a bit more professional. It’s quite a long process if there are lots of different exposure settings on certain clips. It’s hard to keep colour scheme consistent throughout… but I think I’ve done it. I used a very helpful plugin called, Mojo. It’s specially used for colour grading.

As I mentioned, some of the exposures varied between different clips. I used the Gamma Correction tool to help light or darken each individual clip to make them look similar to one another.

Here are some of the graded shots.

Motion Track Test
April 24, 2011, 7:33 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

Did a motion track test today, using After Effects, and it’s turned out really well. I used the Dynamic Link between Premiere Pro and After Effects. This allowed me to select a specific clip I want to add an effect to and open it up in After Effects from the timeline in Premiere Pro.

All you do is right click on the clip you want to add an effect to, and select Replace with After Effects Composition. This will automatically open up After Effects with the footage all set up. The only thing you need to alter is the aspect ratio, which changes when up open it up in After Effects.

A motion track is an easy task to carry out. All you do is, select the video clip and then click Track Motion. I also ticked the rotation box.

On the screen will appear two white boxes connected together with a white line. These boxes will determine what specific element in the shot will be tracked. In my case, the movement of the mp3 player.

Once I was happy with the positioning of the points. I created a Null Object, which will be used to collect the keyframes. On the motion track box, I selected Edit Target, which will be bring up a box asking you what layer you want to keyframe. I chose the null object.

Then I hit the start track button and it started tracking the movement of the mp3 player. Afterwards it will create a series of keyframes on the screen, like below.

After that I made a random object and parented it to the null object, so it animated in the same motion as the mp3 player.

Below is a rendered version of the clip with a basic object I made:

Editing Complete
April 23, 2011, 7:46 pm
Filed under: Professional Project

Just exported a short clip from the video. I’m avoiding putting any sound up, until I render the entire video.

Next stage is to colour grade and to motion track a volume bar onto some of the shots.

Future Publishing
April 19, 2011, 5:33 pm
Filed under: Personal Planning Reflection and Development 2

Before we broke up for Easter, we had some graduate students from our course that came in and talked about what they’re doing in the work place. I found this really useful because it showed there is a work out there for us students in the media industry. It was also a good for getting insights into what typical job roles are like, e.g. Runner. If I didn’t go to uni I think I would have most probably have started out as a runner for a film company.

One of the graduate students who came was in-fact a Runner, for post-production film work. I have to say my pre-conceptions of being a ‘runner’ was completely wrong. I didn’t anticipate how tough and demanding it is to do that job role. It was definitely a wake up call for me to realise, actually that is not the path I want to follow. If you know exactly where you want to be in the film industry and you have a huge passion for it, then being a runner is probably worth while. For me, I don’t think I’m passionate enough about the film industry to want to stick it out being a runner for a long time.

However, we had another graduate student from our course who is working for a publishing company called, Imagine Publishing. I instantly liked the sound of the work he was doing. There are a lot of work opportunities available in this business and it’s continually expanding as the industry steadily evolves and adapts to new ways of publishing. If you think about it, the publishing industry has had to expand itself so it can offer it’s publications available for download on the web and on mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Now, I remember studying magazines back when I was doing A-level Media Studies. We looked at how the publishing industry works and researched different publishing companies. The one that stood out for me was, Future Publishing. I’ve just looked them up again recently to re-fresh my memory of who they are.

We are a media company of around 1,200 employees, working in offices in the UK, US and Australia. In the UK, we have a portfolio of over 70 monthly special-interest magazines, 60 websites, a growing number of events and an expanding customer publishing business. We have our headquarters in Bath and we also have large offices in London.

 At heart, we’re a publishing business – but not just any publishing business. Integrating new media with magazine publishing, our brands capture the excitement of the fast-moving sectors they operate in, providing a direct line of communication to a wide audience, at a time when they are at their most involved and engaged.

I’m going to register and see what job opportunities arise. They have journalist/writer jobs, but you need some experience writing for publications. They also have photography jobs, but nothing is vacant currently, however, I’m going to enquiry more about this.

An Idiot Abroad

I’ve been back home for about a week now and the one thing that’s been absent in my life, while at uni is TV. Just watched an episode of An Idiot Abroad, where Karl goes to India. I thought I’d post a blog entry on this as it’s relevant to my professional project and also my future career.

It’s relevant to my professional project because it’s a documentary programme, which is something that’s caught my interest since the beginning of this unit. I would really love to be apart of the next series of this program.

It’s also relevant to my career, because I’ve explored Photojournalism, which is basically documentary work. Plus with the video capabilities on DSLR cameras, I wouldn’t be surprised if alot of professional photojournalist took to making documantery short videos.

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