Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Video Reflection

For EDCI-5825 - Final Video Project

  • 1) What would you do differently if you could do it all over again? Are these changes based on feedback that you may have received from friends, peers, family members, etc?

    There were a few moments when the voices were too quiet, despite reducing the background music and enhancing the video volume. If I were to do it again, it might have been easier to simply re-tape these moments. As it was, pretty much everything in the video was shot in one take.

    In addition, I knew I wanted my movie to take the form of a trailer, which in and of itself would leave some ambiguity as to the 'plot' of the story. When my parents watched my video project, they thought it was cool, but were unsure as to the 'point' of it all. If I were to do it again, I might make the video longer so as to present a more story-like form, like Terence's video was.

    2) What is your reaction to the video recording/editing process? Please discuss any 
    positive and negative reactions. 

  • I've done video filming and editing projects before (on iMovie), so I knew my way around the program well enough to complete this project. I don't actually have any negatives to state - considering iMovie is a free software program, and considering how much one can do with it, I see no reason to complain. One of my group members said they would have liked to put a cartoon pirate hat and a mustache on me. I'm not sure if iMovie has these capabilities (I know expensive programs like FinalCutPro do) - I would have liked to explore this option a little more, given more time.

  • 3) Do you think it would be possible to have students in your current/future classroom create a movie? Do you (will you) have the resources, time, and skills necessary to include such a project in your classroom? Please explain.

    Yes, I think it's possible. Of course, explicit instruction would have to be given to students who are unfamiliar with the program. For example, I felt as though the majority of our class did not take full advantage of the Ducking feature or audio-enhancing feature, making audio too soft or overshadowed by any background music used (which is actually a pet peeve of mine when it comes to watching videos)...perhaps because of the fact that we only went over it quickly, and only once.

    I feel as though I am technologically apt enough to be able to effectively and efficiently use iMovie (or Windows Movie Maker) resources as part of a cumulative assessment in my own classroom.

  • 4) Did you learn anything new from the video editing/recording process? Please explain. 
    I learned about a lot of new features that I had never used in iMovie before, such as the ducking feature, or splitting the audio from the video and using a detached voice over another video clip. It was a fun process, and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. :) 

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