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Final Assignment on “Time”

Task 1: Pre-Production

For the Final Assignment on “Time” I spent a lot of time thinking about different ideas that I could use to depict time in a different way. I always wanted to use video as this is the best method of showing time. I did orignally plan to team up with someone also doing the course, but unfortunately I think that it would take too much time and planning and then also editing to produce something which will work visually. Our plan was to film both our different journey from different areas to college specifically. We planned on making a montage style video which showed the diferent journeys at the same time, and showing different views, but instead we have chosen to do individual tasks so that it is easier.

For my actual assignment I planned on making a similar idea video, except just for myself. I did this by  mounting a camera in my car for my journey to and from college. It shows the distance I have to travel and the different changes of scenery I drive through every day. For this I would need a camera capable of shooting decent enough video, and be able to fit the file created on the memory card, and I already had both these things, so I just mounted the camera on the dashboard with tape and set it recording from set off to arrival. I did it on the way to college and the way back.

For editing my footage together I would need software capable of doing it. We have been shown a small amount on using Final Cut Pro, but I have chosen to use Sony Vegas as my video editor, as I think I will get better results using it, and I am familiar with the interface.

Task 2: Implementation

For the actual completion of the Time Assignment the final result was a video showing my route to and from college in time-lapse form.

Task 3: Technical Notebook

The first  and main thing to secure was a camera to film it all with. I already had a Compact Canon I could use, so there were no issues there. After then it was just a matter of securing it in a place on my car where it would be able to film the journey. After filming I simply connected the camera to my computer via USB and retrieved the video.

The next part was editing the footage. We had been shown a small amount of using Final Cut Pro for Mac, but since I have a Windows PC and cannot use Final Cut Pro very well, I decided to use Sony Vegas 10. I chose this as I am more familiar with it and I prefer the user interface. Also, in my opinion it is a much more flexible editor.

Another issue when I was filming was that at the end of the first half of the film, it started raining and water droplets are visible on the video, but I decided to still use the footage as I dont think it spoils it. Also, when putting together my video, I sped it up wrongly, and it meant I rendered a video for half an hour, and it was the same “first half” repeated 4 times. I realized why this was happening and managed to remedy it in the end.

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