This week I learnt the very horrible lesson of why you should NOT click "remind me tomorrow" every single day for two years whenever your computer requires a new update as I attempted to prepare for this weeks seminar regarding video formatting using the program, Premiere Pro, from Adobe's Creative Cloud. Once I caught up on all the IOS updates I needed, I was able to enjoy what Premiere Pro has to offer.
But first! Let me explain our task...
This week's focus was built on what we learnt from last week's session on multicam filming as we were required to create a tutorial (on absolutely anything!) using:
And of course, there was the hidden (real) goal of making James laugh as he had to watch all of our videos. (There were many memes...)
What did I do a tutorial on?!
Absolutely NOTHING to do with music! I created a tutorial on, "How to Marry Harry." If you have to ask who Harry is....leave my blog right now... (Just kidding I love you all!)
To make this happen I used:
One More Thing...
DON'T do what I did and delete your unedited clips before you have successfully exported the project or you will have to do it all over again! (I had a small tanty in isolation to myself - it was not fun)
So to begin, I used the QuickTime Player application on my computer to create a screen capture. Open the QuickTime app --> go to File --> New Screen Recording.
From here, you can either select a part of the screen to record, or click to record the whole screen.
Then, I opened The Sims application and recorded that portion of the video. Once that was done I dragged the file into the Premiere Pro application and turned 27 minutes of footage into a minute and a half with some heavy cropping and fast forwarding.
If I'm honest, this itself took quite a bit of time to figure out that all I needed to do was find the slicing tool on the tools menu..... (Not my fault! I'm used to iMovie). I then proceeded to create my voiceover so that it would go for the duration of the video using Photo Booth and my microphone. If I recorded my voice whilst recording the video, I would've come across many issues when fast forwarding and cropping clips. I separated the audio and visual, so that I could have the visuals popping in and out of the video when I needed them between the screen recordings.
Next, I used the Sims audio that I recorded from my phone to make the 'proposal' special (it makes sense when you see the video) and used the same techniques as discussed last week to align the video with the audio.
Finally, I created an overlay at the proposal, to record my reaction using a clip split from my video recording on my computer.
When I first tried to export the project and error kept popping up on my screen saying "Error Compiling movie. Accelerated renderer error." After I quick google I discovered this was a common error with a simple workaround.
If this happens, go to File --> Project Settings --> General.. --> Renderer and use the drop down menu to select "Mercury Playback Engine Software Only" --> OK
Here's the clip if you'd like to see the finished product!
Now, lets link it back to Music Education...
As always, Thanks for reading! Stay safe, and I hope you'll join me next week for my next adventure with technology in Music Education!