Croom had something unique planned for class today. Instead of working on our Premiere Pro video projects, he organized a guest speaker for us. We heard from Kacie Kinney, who is a local realtor and Gaylord College alumna. She talked about how she uses her Gaylord College PR skills in her realty career. The most important lesson I learned from Kacie was about the importance of differentiating your "nature" skills from your "nurture" skills. In other words, every person is born with skills that they just have - skills that they're good at and always will be. These are your nature skills. On the other hand, everyone has those skills they want to be good at, but they take a lot of work to refine. These are your nurture skills. This lesson stood out to me because as I'm thinking about what career path I want to pursue, I should really focus on finding something that combines my nature skills with my interests. Kacie said she likes to have a 70-30 balance in life: 70 percent of the time doing things that come naturally and are enjoyable, while the other 30 percent is spending time doing things that she isn't as good at and aren't as fun - but necessary in order to grow as an individual.
Another thing Kacie talked about had to do with career goals. She said, "Everyone's ultimate goal is to help people." I want to find a career that I enjoy and truly benefits others daily.
I worked on my video for several hours before class. I got everything done, except the stabilization of some clips. I finally got the hang of Premiere Pro! It took a lot of trial and error (and watching YouTube tutorials), but I'm proud of my work. One thing I am disappointed about is my footage. I wish I had more time to get better, more stable footage and B-roll. I also wish I could have gotten more B-roll to coordinate with the interview content.
This week we began constructing our two-minute interview videos using Premiere Pro. On Tuesday, Croom walked us through a few tips and tricks. For instance, we learned how to apply adaptive noise reduction to audio clips using Adobe Audition. The cool part about the Adobe Creative Suite is the changes saved in Audition can be easily transferred over to the project in Premiere Pro simply by clicking "Save."
In Premiere Pro, Croom taught us how to stabilize videos. Since stabilizing takes a long time to process, it's important to only stabilize necessary footage (instead of the entire clip, which could take days).
On Thursday, we worked diligently to edit our projects. Our videos were originally due Tuesday before class, but Croom could tell we were all stressed out with school and gave us an extension until Thursday at 1:15 p.m. (And the favorite teacher award goes to...)
We will continue working on our video projects next Tuesday and Thursday, but I'm definitely going to allot some extra time next week to perfect it.
On Tuesday, we visited "The Cage" in Gaylord and checked out some really nice (and expensive) Nikon D7100 cameras. The kind man working there walked us through how to use them. We learned about attaching microphones, how to focus them and how to capture videos.
Between Tuesday and Thursday, my group and I individually composed our interview questions. On Thursday, we met in class for a few minutes and then went off to film. Brian, Rachel and I made our way to the second floor of Gaylord to conduct our interviews. We found an appealing group of chairs outside of Lindsey + Asp. Since we are the only group with three members, we only conducted two interviews. Each of us will use the footage we like best to create our two-minute videos using Premiere Pro.
First, we set up the cameras, tripod and microphones. It took us a little bit to get the audio working, but we eventually figured it out. (Really glad we tested it). To start, I interviewed Rachel about her OU experience. I was in charge of the Nikon camera, while Brian videotaped from another angle with a handheld camera. After we got seven minutes of footage for Rachel's interview, we moved the cameras and chairs around, and she interviewed me. Rachel asked me about my perceptions of OU and Gaylord College. After we wrapped up my interview, we walked around Gaylord to film some B-roll.
When we finally made it back to the classroom to look at our footage, we realized my footage of Rachel's interview was 100 percent blurry (hence the title of this post). Croom showed me how to focus the lens (that auto switch really comes in handy), and we went to find another spot to re-do her interview.
Cameras are tricky!
This week we continued with lessons on Adobe Premiere Pro.
On Tuesday, Croom talked about the importance of being able to teach yourself skills (or being able to find the resources to teach yourself), since learning is a lifelong process.
I missed class on Thursday, but asked some of my classmates what I needed to catch up on. They told me to continue watching the Lynda videos about Premiere Pro by author Ashley Kennedy.
I learned a lot from the "Basic editing" and "Adding B-roll to your interviews" videos. Through these videos, I've become more familiar with Premiere Pro terms, like "project pane" and "timeline." I've also learned several ways and strategies to complete specific steps since Kennedy teaches shortcuts, such as "shift + drag." In the "Basic editing" video, I learned that you can press "," for an insert edit.
I like learning from Lynda videos because I can work at my own pace. When I don't understand a word that was said, for instance "Tilda," I just scroll down to the transcript and see what that word was.
I still think Premiere Pro will take quite a bit of hands-on practice to become comfortable with, but I'm confident that Kennedy's lessons on Lynda have prepared me to start working with the program!