Final Cut Final Project–Strange World

•December 21, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Finally, my final project!

The final project focuses on the elements and movements in the dance studio at Agnes Scott. Dancers in the projects are my friends from the dance department–the choreography part was one of their’s final projects too.

The first theme is a pair of feet walking into the studio, leading the viewers into the space. Since although this project is about a space, I intend to present the more dynamic facet of the space, so the next theme follows two yoga balls bouncing up and down in the studio. Effects used in the two themes are must multiple layers of shots adjusted for transparency. The following theme has a piano in the foreground and a dance spinning around in the background. The last theme is me and another dance dancing together

Overall, I’m satisfied with the project.


Final Cut-Hair Video

•December 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Thanks to Kelvin’s help, I was able to export my hair video. Now if you are interested, click the “play” button below:

Final Cut-Experiment Project

•December 2, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The “experiment” project was designed to familiarize us with Final Cut. The footage of this project was shoot by the 9 of us in class, with each one a 15 minutes footage. We were asked to put the footage together in one video and do some experimental editing.

The theme for all of us was “hair”, so we decided to cream while shaking our hair, brush our hair, make up our hair… and I make Kelly, CeeCee and Gala to donate their hair to me so that Pheobe can braid their hair together into one braid!

Look at it, isn’t it genius?

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I started with the title/begging of the video. Unfortunately it didn’t go well during the critique, but over all it added a sense of completion.

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The next scene is the juxtapose of two footages where everyone is randomly making their hair. I changed the opacity of each footage to 35%, and added “halftone” as effect. Here is how it looks like in the video:

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The next sequence is Christine making her hair. I used vignette mask, halttone and graphic as effects.

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It follows my footage of Phoebe braiding three people’s hair. The effect I used is water pane.

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Here comes my favorite: “I claim it for Spain!” I used flashing and keyer as effects. The effects for the audio include shortwave radio and vintage radio. The sound goes perfectly with the flashing lights.

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I also liked the transaction called mosaic.

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Last but not least, I wanted to take full advantage of the effects, and since this is just a practice, nothing’s wrong if I go tacky. Here it is, the kaleidoscope.

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I also thanked my audience.

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Getting Started with Final Cut

•November 18, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Final Cut Pro is a sophisticated video editing program made by Apple. It is comparable to Adobe’s Premiere video editing program, which I used in high school’s film-making class. However, final cut is still much simpler than Premiere, which allows users to edit individual elements in a video, once selected and exported as an object.

Here is a simple illustration of what I learnt about Final Cut from the first day of class:

Event Library:

The event lib contains the source of footages that will be used for editing. The first thing to start with Final Cut is to import the footages from other resources, such as a video camera, and display them in the library.

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Event Browser:

The event browser is where the currently selected footages are shown. This is the area where the editors can see the final effects of the editing.

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Project Area/Timeline:

This is the area where footages are adapted to the video, arranged in sequences. Any type of editing also requires a selection of sequence here. I specifically how to cut a footage into pieces, separate audio and video and layer the footages.

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Final Cut comes with many times of effects, including effects, transitions, title browser, generator browser and backgrounds, etc. Theses are very useful tools, if you want to make your video interesting and artificial.

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Strange World Project–The Three Images

•November 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Finally, here is the first image of the strange world project. My design phrase is “isolation” and “inclosure”, so I think the design itself speaks a lot about this theme. However, as Nell said, my idea is way advance of my skill with PS now, so given more time and dexterity with Photoshop, I expect to reach what I wanted. (See the previous post for my “ideal” image)

Image 1 : The Floating Bottle

Step 1: Clear the background and insert the bottle. The background was a picture token in Paris. There were buildings and bridges on the other side of the shore, and I used the stamp tool to get rid of them.  The bottle was a StarBucks coffee bottle all cleaned and covered with wrapping paper. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.26 AM                           Step 2: Insert smaller bottles. I don’t want the major bottle to be too dominating, so some foils are needed. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.45 AM Step 3: Add the flowers: The flowers are taken during a strip to South Paris in July. It is such a wonder land full of tropical florals that I’ve never seem. So I took lots of pictures. The elements were cut and adjusted to fit the bottle. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.25.58 AM   Step 4: The sky. I wished the bottle to contain a “small world” that has plants, soil and the sky. I cropped a picture of the sky and adjusted it into the bottle, and used the “blur” tool to blur it so it looks more smooth in bottle. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.26.46 AM Step 5, The lights. This step is weird and is also a big lesson. I spent 2 classes working on the effect of an iridescent bottle, but the tutorials online were not as clear. So I had lots of struggle with it. But this experiment is really useful in my next picture. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 11.27.00 AM

Image 2: The Bubble

This image is inspired by the first image, from the experiment with the lightening. I finally figured out how to make the bubbles, and realized that during the process, I could change the color of the “clouds” so that the radiation of the bubble will vary. I enclosed myself into the bubble while placing the bubble on a road reaching to the back. I hope the space will play an active role in this image. Another major reason for the background is that some lights was reflected through the lens on the right, and the sparkling light spots on the right creates another surface that is the closest to the viewer, and this is another layer of “isolation”. The struggle with this image is far less than the first one.  So one lesson learnt from this project: within a limited time frame, especially at this stage, planning on creating a image that requires lots of advanced skill is imprudent. I could have focused more on the over all effect of the image rather than dig into the details but scrutinized. Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.41.15 PM

Image 3 The Door/Window

I wish to grasp the light and deliver a sense of enclosure and isolation in this image. Among the three of the images, this is my favorite. While it is simple, there is an amazing coincidence in this picture, and it creates a contrast between the flatness of the door frame and the vast landscape of the sunset. Making this image is simple: I cropped the door frame from an picture taken in a hostel in south France, leaving the radiation of the sun on the left side of the frame. While browsing through my old pictures, I found the perfect fit to match the radiation and the concept of the image. The sunset outside of the doors is in the follow: Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.47.36 PM The door, either opening or closing, isolates the readers from the deep mountainous view in the far back. I wish viewers would want to push the doors open and embrace the sunset and not just taking a peek through the gap. I Screen shot 2013-11-04 at 12.47.10 PM

SW Project–Amazing Finding

•October 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Here is an amazing finding that perfectly matches my idea, except this is even better. And guess what?   even has a backstage video for this image! It is great to find something that I can use as a reference, but I also don’t want to fully copy everything. My skill won’t allow me either. But I’m mostly inspired by the lights and color used in this image. I’ll see what I can do.

Drifting Away--Erik Johansson

Drifting Away–Erik Johansson

SW Project–Sketches and Thoughts

•October 25, 2013 • Leave a Comment

I’m very interested in creating lights and reflections on a smooth surface, such as a bubble or a bottle. I also want the image to be organic and floral, since the nature has the most amazing patterns.