Dune: the video

I’ve been working on this video of Dune’s puppyhood for several weeks now. I stayed up late last night and got it finished off. I’m excited because it is the first time I’ve figured out how to use the custom features in ProShow Gold (the software I used). It was easier than I thought it might be. I had so much fun mixing photos and video with the music.

Now I want to make lots more videos. Too bad I just can’t spend all my time playing around. I could think of lots of videos I’d like to do. Each of my pups “need” one and then there are people videos too. Lots of possibilities. Time is the challenge.

How to Make a Video

I have almost no experience with video. Other than a little video I want to put together of short clips I took once a week of Zodiac while he was growing up. On Zodiac’s project I’ve only shot the video and I have some music picked out that I want to use. That is as far as I’ve gotten. I want to have it done by his graduation. So having no personal experience I went to Google and found this tutorial on Mediacollege.com.

How to Make a Video

This page outlines the process of making a video. It is intended for people who are completely new to video making, and who may be wondering where to start or how to tackle a particular video project.

There are two things to understand about making videos:

  1. In theory, making a video is as simple as following the three-step process below. If you complete these steps properly you’ll have a good video.
  2. In reality there are many factors that will influence how well the process works. To make it work properly and consistently, you need to spend a lot of time acquiring a lot of skills (links to tutorials are given below).

The 3-Part Video-Making Process:

Pre-Production – planning the video and gathering any resources you might need.

Planning is the most important step! Unfortunately the ability to plan videos is a skill that takes time to develop, and you really need to gain experience in the next two steps before you will become good at this one. Still, you can get started by planning a few basics such as:

  • The approximate length of the final video, how many shots you will need to achieve this, how much talking you can fit in, etc.
  • What music or other sounds will be added to the video.
  • A script or storyboard.
  • What medium and format the final video will be shown in. Be aware of any special requirements of the medium, and the best way to convert (encode) into the correct format.

ProductionCamera work and sound recording

Camera work involves a range of skills from recognizing the potential for a good shot to knowing how to use the technical-looking controls on your camera. The better your skills are in all areas, the better your videos will be.

  • Vision and sound are equally important in most video, so learn how to capture good sound as well as good pictures.
  • Unless you have some other artistic purpose, camera work should be steady, in focus, well-exposed and well-framed.
  • You can learn the basics in our beginner’s camera tutorial.

Post-Production – Editing and/or encoding the finished video.

Beginner-level editing usually includes:

  • Removing unwanted footage
  • Arranging desired footage in the correct order
  • Adding music, titles, transitions and possibly other effects
  • Converting (encoding) into the correct format(s)

For more information see our video editing tutorials.

So translating this to my DOABLE approach, prDOABLE Sidebar De-production would fit into the decide, organize and analyze steps, while production and post production would be part of the build step. I can see that I have lots to learn and that I didn’t do all the pre-production stuff with my Zodiac project. I’m sure it will be a learning experience. I have no idea how it will turn out but I hoDOABLE Sidebar Ope that it is good despite my being a beginner.

From all of my vast inexperience this seems like some good sound advice. Do you have experience with making videos? I’d love to hear your views.

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Raising Skyler Video

I love the power that images and music have together. One of the things I want to learn how to do is videos. The closest thing I’ve done was in college. I took a class on what was then called multimedia. We put together slides with music using multiple slide projectors and special equipment that kept the slides and music synchronized. It was awesome. Today we use computers and software to do a similar thing. So when I saw this effective video a few days ago I knew I wanted to feature it here on my blog.

This video brings tears to my eyes every time I watch it. I’m sure that part of the impact on me is because I relate to it as a puppy raiser. When it comes to sharing stories emotion is a big part of the impact. Stephanie did a great job combining the photos and the music to tell Skyler’s story. Here is Stephanie’s advice on how she put together this video;

I used Photostory to create this.  You import the photos into Photostory and then customize motion, choose the slide speed, add music and you are done.  I think the key to something like this is the music and the speed in which the slides switch making sure it fits with the music. And of course, good pictures 🙂

Stephanie makes this sound so doable. Now I’ve got to download Photostory and learn how to use this software. I can’t wait. Have you every done a video? What software do you do and what advice do you have for a beginner?

Puppy raising video

Tonight at our puppy class we had a high school student who wants to do a short video on puppy raising for her class. She video some of our puppy class and then asked some of us questions afterward. I don’t like being videoed and I wasn’t at all relaxed so I’m afraid I’m going to look silly. Oh well. It is for a good cause. I’ll post the video here when she gets it finished.

Note: Sarah needed some more footage so she came to our house a few days later and got some shots of Yakira playing and walking down the street. Here is the finished video.