Adobe Premiere

Parenting in community . . .


This is still exciting! The possibilities available using the multimedia approach to explore how we do (or do not) honor a parent’s autonomy within the community seem pretty infinite at the moment.  I think the multimedia approach can perhaps give more voice to the parent, the person who should be doing the defining. And who should have the platform and the supports to have her or his voice heard loud and clear when set against the backdrop of our American society that sends conflicting messages of self-sufficiency and autonomy, but also the “do as I say because I know best” message.

I received thoughtful reflective feedback from three classmates. They had a theme in common, encouraging me to slow down the scrolling text panes. To do that I moved the text clips to the track above the main video track and lengthened the text clip out. that of course meant I had to reset the video transition effects, which I did next. Another bit of feedback was to get rid of the “shhhh” clip entirely. I had wondered about the jarring effect of that text clip and removed it entirely and reset the video transitions.

As part of the final video project, I had used the audio recording from the previous Adobe project. In my review of the draft, I realized I needed to credit my friends Laura Adamson and Joyce Duerfeldt  for their participation and fabulous voices in the introduction, so I added their names to the credits at the end of the video.

I also needed to re-credit the open source crowd noise, which was part of the audio clip I submitted for my Adobe Audition assignment. As stated in that assignment, SoundJay explicitly allows the use of “sounds free of charge and royalty free in  . . . projects (such as films, videos, games, presentations, animations, stage plays, radio plays, audio books, apps) be it for commercial or non-commercial purposes,” provided the user follow their few simple rules.  The SoundJay sound in my video blog that came over with the audio clips was the sound of the crowd talking. This was at the tail end of the video clip, leading up to the final “Stop!”

I don’t think I can say enough how grateful I am to the Alfani family for sharing their time and experiences with me as brand new parents. To protect their privacy, I made sure to upload the video as “unlisted” on the YouTube site. I’m glad they live in my community. It will be a joy to watch them grow as parents and to watch Elijah grow to adulthood and beyond!

One piece that didn’t make it into my video story was Laura’s comment that the experience of parenthood was giving her new insight into the important work she does with home visiting and family engagement. there’s nothing like the voice of experience — especially when that person can hold her perspective and another person’s perspective side-by-side comfortably. Laura will be bringing new depth and intuition in how to support parents in the ways they want and need. Stay tuned!

Video Project Storyboard – Final

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Baby steps with Adobe Premiere

Tutorial 1:

Tutorial 2:

Oi vey! What a challenge! This latest batch of tutorials leaves me really (really, really, really) longing for classroom-based instruction for this particular class. This is one class where I am not so sure that the on-line approach is necessarily the best — at least not for me. I did finally find a more comprehensive introduction on-line here — although again, I struggle with the fact that Adobe products are geared towards Apple and I am in a Windows environment, so that adds a component of complexity. I think it’s too easy as a student to miss critical points offered by the instructor, and I think it must be equally difficult for the instructor to lay-out the point-by-point necessary to successful assignments in absence of immediate feedback from the students. That being said, I trudged firmly along the path of learning.  (I probably should have invested in stock with Tylenol first. *grin*)

The first tutorial was easily eight hours of my time, and I am still not happy with the end result. The transitions are abrupt, and the only way I was ever able to add fade in and fade out with the audio track was by chopping out the middle of the audio already provided with fade in and fade out. The lovely little yellow volume lines (promised by numerous U-Tube sites) never did materialize for me. So, the audio also does not sound good. And unfortunately, the monthly cost of the Adobe Creative Suite is not in the budget and the free trial period for Adobe Audition was expired. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Tutorial 2 recommended using Adobe Photoshop (also with a long-expired free trial) to create the animated titles in tutorial 2. I was so grateful that there was a second option, within the free trial of Adobe Premiere.

At any rate,  back to Tutorial 1 — searching for a little school spirit. (This would be an interesting future topic — I simply don’t feel connected to “school spirit” and I’m not sure if that’s a function of being in my mid-40s or from not being physically on campus . . . but I suspect I’m not alone in that lack of connectedness . . . ) Searching Google did come in handy at various stuck places during Tutorial 1. For example, I found this nifty YouTube video that helped me work through resizing and panning the still cougar photograph.  This tutorial on adding titles was quite helpful, as well. For an additional nudge with the crawling title effect, I found this YouTube tutorial. Adding transitions between scenes was actually fun and a relief, as I was quite distressed by the choppiness of the clips. I added “film dissolve” between all clips except for the following variations: a “non-additive dissolve” between clips 5&6, a “dip to white” for the transition to the still shot of the cougar, and a “dip to black” between clips 6&7.

The second tutorial was a bit easier to work with — perhaps because I gave it a couple of days for the first go-around with Adobe Premiere to settle in. (Or perhaps it was the antibiotic working on the sinus infection.) Whatever it was, the Professor Beam tutorial was very helpful for this particular assignment, and I had a 33 second piece of footage related to the video story project to play with, so that was nice to kill two birds with one stone (as it were).

And now on to the final step — being so very new to this sort of application, some clear instructions that one probably needs to establish a YouTube account in order to upload ones video tutorials would be helpful . . . along with step-by-step instructions on the whole export process. I once again tried the handy-dandy Google search which gave me a whole host of options related to this. However, as I already had a Google gmail account, it never became clear how to actually set up a separate YouTube account. (Side note: my cat snores. I had no idea cats snored . . . /side note).

Next up is taking another look at the footage I have shot for the video story, sketching out my story board, filling in the missing video clips by shooting some additional footage, and then moving to production. I really hope I can apply some of these tutorials in more adept and useful ways to the first draft.