Lessons in Film Editing and Multimedia Design

Today marks the completion of my first film production and a giant leap into the world of video editing. With over thirty-five minutes of taped film, 2 DVDs and roughly sixteen hours of labor, I have produced an 8-1/2 minute recap of the Illiana Artists 12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition. At first, I was slightly intimidated with the Adobe Premiere Pro interface but later found the application to be quite intuitive. My background in Adobe Flash animation helped me to expedite my production output while working with timelines, keyframes, transitions and audio sequences. This is, by far, the most exciting project to date. I want to explore, test and develop all types of cross-platform multimedia presentations. Hello World!

While in the process of editing film I began to think back to the day of the event and the upbeat tempo I had to endure in order to transition from one conversation to the next. I had to think fast as there was no time to prepare in the midst of an excited crowd, gathering together in a small interior gallery that seemed to have heated up to 80 plus degrees. Ideally, I would have like to set aside each interviewee and discuss with them, briefly, their work, interests, and personal histories. However, I did have the opportunity to speak individually with one of the artists and it helped to identify the areas of discussion for their particular segment of the interview.

There are many areas of consideration while taping and interviewing at a live event. The effects of background noise during the artist interviews were particularly distracting to me when I first previewed the raw footage. I was able to edit the sound and clean up some ambient noise that remarkably improved the overall quality of the audio tracks. Lighting plays an important role in the filming process and, to my surprise, the original film turned out rather dark as a result of the directional lighting having been aimed at various points along the artwork on the walls. Again, Adobe Premiere Pro worked fantastic in helping me adjust the highlight and shadow corrections.

During my next video shoot I will need to focus on the correlation between the camera, subject matter, and sound. There were a number of rough cuts made to the video sequences that where determined by file size needs and web requirements. The hardest task today, so far, has been scavenging for 4 minutes of film worthy of deleting in order to finish a job at a file size no larger than 1 MB. I had hoped to present a single video production but the file upload dialog box will not cooperate with me. As a result, I have broken down the sequences into 2 categories, awards and artist interviews.

At the start of my journey I searched high and low for a free file conversion tool at cnet and discovered FLV Crunch 1.2.1 for Mac. I was initially searching for software to convert my vob files to mpg4 for use with Adobe Premiere Pro. This program installed without error and I found the conversion tool easy to use. I recommend this download for anyone using multimedia applications and social media tools on the web. And now, “On with the Show”.

3 Responses to “Lessons in Film Editing and Multimedia Design”

  1. design Says:

    cool pictures I like a lot

  2. Joker Says:

    Ugh, I liked! So clear and positively.
    Thank you



    1. design