Week 15: Finishing up the Video Story

We’re almost done with the semester, and this week we wrap up Unit 4 with peer feedback and the final version of your Video Story. There is no final exam for this course, so after this week there is just one last blogging assignment to reflect on the semester as a whole.

As you revise your Video Story, here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Who do you imagine watching your video? What is its purpose?
  • What makes your video unique and interesting to watch?
  • Does your project make use of the video medium well by using both audio and visual elements?
  • Have you made use of different techniques from the tutorials (or beyond) to show your editing skills?
  • Are any materials that you didn’t create yourself clearly cited with permission?

Week 15 To-do List

❑ Complete the Video Story Feedback assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete the Final Video Story assignment by Friday
❑ Earn your Unit 4 Participation credit by Friday

New text features in latest Premiere update

Adobe likes to release big changes for its Creative Cloud programs in the middle of April each year, which is not the most convenient for our course schedule, unfortunately. The April 2017 Premiere update includes some fantastic new features for text — but we’re still figuring out the changes, too.

If you are using CC and want to experiment, great! But if you’d rather not have a curveball at this point in your project, it’s better to hold off on installing the update. (This only affects you if you’ve installed Premiere CC on your own computer; the Murrow labs will not be affected.)

Adding text and titles has always been a bit clunky in Premiere, and these changes mean text and shapes work a lot more like Photoshop and Illustrator. There are already some good tutorials popping up online, and this is the most comprehensive one that I’ve found helpful:

Week 14: Starting the Video Story

We’re now in the final weeks of the semester with only one project left to go. This week you’ll be developing your Draft Video Story, with quite a bit of freedom to choose a format and style that fits your course topic well.

You’ll also be reading about web accessibility and user experience, which is a good time to revisit the design of your WordPress blog and make adjustments. Your blog should showcase your projects effectively, and now you’ve had time to explore your blog and make thoughtful design choices.

As you work on your story, a few recommendations to keep in mind about strong video stories:

  • Make use of both audio and visuals. This is a unique strength of the video medium, and the most compelling videos effectively use both to heighten the experience.
  • Edit with a purpose. Remember the design principles from way back at the beginning of the semester? Make design choices deliberately with your communication goals in mind. For example, don’t just throw in a random sampling of Premiere transitions; think about how those transitions affect the way viewers perceive your story.
  • Respect your viewer. Watching a full video is asking a lot from your audience. Guide your viewer through the story, but don’t make things longer than necessary. Think critically about what your viewer wants to see or know next. Remember that many TV ads tell a complete story in just 30 seconds!

Week 14 To-do List

❑ Go through the Week 14 reading
❑ Complete the Raw Footage & Storyboard assignment by Tuesday
❑ Complete the Draft Video Story by Friday
❑ Take the Unit 4 Quiz by Friday

Week 13: Diving into Premiere

After our short break from assignments last week, it’s now time to start Adobe Premiere Pro, the fourth and final software program we’ll be using for COM210. For this week’s tutorials, you’ll be shooting some video footage and editing it together in Premiere, then exploring some more advanced techniques and transitions with provided materials. Note that you’ll need to shoot some video footage for the first tutorial, so don’t wait for the last minute!

A while ago, a clip about snakes and one baby iguana from the show “Planet Earth II” went viral on social media — it’s well worth the 2 minutes if you haven’t seen it, and also consider how the variety of shots, the sequences, the music and other editing decisions make this into such a dramatic little story.

There is also a behind-the-scenes 360 video showing how the team filmed this scene, too.

Week 13 To-Do List

❑ Go through the Week 13 readings listed on the Course Schedule
❑ Complete the Premiere Tutorials by Friday at 11:59 p.m.