Archive | July 2012

REFLECTION 12: EXCITING PICTURES AND VIDEOS GATHERING DURING THE SEMESTER BREAK~~~ XD

ASSALAMUALAIKUM… this is just a simple reflection regarding the places i go to gather the materials for our group video production (^_^)

             During the semester break, I have seized the opportunity of being at my hometown to visit various interesting places in Kelantan with the purpose of capturing photos and pictures for my group video project.  I have brought my sisters to accompany me calling at these targeted places. Among them are the Cahaya Bulan Coast, Pasar Besar Siti Khadijah, Istana Jahar, Craft Museum, and the paddy field in my granny’s village. Below are the photos of these exotic places;

PASAR BESAR SITI KHADIJAH

ISTANA JAHAR

THE CRAFT MUSEUM

THE CAHAYA BULAN COAST (PANTAI CAHAYA BULAN)

MY SISTERS GIVING A POSE AT THE VILLAGE PADDY FIELD

             A few days before the semester break ends, I return to Kuala Lumpur to my husband’s place. Although he’s been very busy with his work, yet he still finds time to bring me touring around the Kuala Lumpur city. I intentionally ask him to just go around KL since I want to gain the opportunity to capture the pictures of the places at the same time (^_^) . Some of the places we’ve visited in the capital city of Malaysia are the Masjid India Bazaar, Kampung Baru Food Court, Merdeka Square, Old High Court, and Kuala Lumpur Library.

the Kuala Lumpur Library

the Old High Court near the Merdeka Square

              I personally think that this group assignment (video project) has gotten me closer to the ones I love; who are my siblings and husband. It has been a long time since I last hanged out with my sisters, and this time, in order to get the materials for the video from my hometown, we get to spend our time together outside. Also, with the reason of gathering materials for the group assignment, I have made the request of touring around KL sound so serious and important to my husband that he willingly postpones his jobs just to take me to the places I want to go. This way, I get to spend my whole weekend without my husband leaving me during the daytime to attend his office for his overtime work (^_^) .

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REFLECTION 11 : THE LAST CLASS MEETING ~~FAREWELL PEOPLE~~~ (^_^)

ASSALAMUALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAH… MAY ALL OF US BE IN THE PINK OF HEALTH (^_^)

          It is quite sad to say that this might be the last class for the Educational Technology class for this semester. There are two main things that remain unsettled which have prompted us to have this very last class; which is to watch the second-time video presentation by Kak Lynn’s group and Samm’s group after they’re given a week’s time to fix and improve their videos; and to say farewell (^_^) .

          After everyone arrives at the class, Kak Lynn’s group takes the first turn to present. Their videos contain the same materials, yet with some new images added and the background music changed to a catchier one. Then, Samm’s group has their turn presenting their modified videos. Just like Kak Lynn’s group, they have also changed their background songs and add some new materials into their video. I can say that Kak Lynn’s group and Samm’s group have really improved their videos through certain appropriate modifications. Their videos now are much better and manage to deliver the messages to the audience more effectively than the previous. However, I agree with Dr.Rosseni that to make the videos more efficacious, more texts should be infused since texts may function as the instrument for encouraging the audience to come visit the featured places. Anyways, well done to Kak Lynn’s group and Samm’s group!!! It seems like all of you have used the opportunity given by Dr.Rosseni optimally to better up your works. As I’ve always said, we’re lucky to have Dr.Rosseni and Mr.Helmi as our instructors, as not all instructors are willing to give us the second chance of presenting our work and willing to re-evaluate it again. Thanks lotsssssss teachers!!! (^_^) . To help us get even better scores, Dr.Rosseni allows us some more time of finishing our moblog reflections and fixing any flaws contained in our video; and only hand it in online after we finish all of our final exam papers in June. I think Dr.Rosseni has made a very appropriate decision as by allowing us more time to complete up all of our tasks, we will not have to do it in a rush without considering their quality. Furthermore, this extended dateline also lets us focus on our exams first , without having to divide our attention between doing revisions and chasing the assignment datelines. To conclude, Dr.Rosseni thoughtfulness and tolerance have really ease us especially during this critical time. I believe that lots of my coursemates will agree with me in this (^_^) .

 

          After the video presentations and a little briefing on the assignment due date, we seize the opportunity to capture pictures of us together with Dr.Rosseni and Mr.Helmi. However, we don’t manage to have a picture with all people at once since we have to take turns to be the photo shooter. At this time I suddenly think that if Mr.Yusuf was here he would definitely take a complete class picture for us (^_^) . Below are the captures we have in the last class;

 

            As the photo shooting session ends, class dismisses. I am glad that we have had a wonderful course with Dr.Rosseni, Mr.Helmi, Mrs.Hazrati, and Mr.Faisal. Everything learnt in this course meant a lot to us. I am now getting more “literate” in the technology that I now know how to use the Adobe Photoshop, WordPress blog, Adobe Premiere, Adobe Soundbooth, Windows Live Movie Maker, and such. I’m confident in saying that all of the course objectives and learning outcomes stated by Dr.Rosseni in the course outline have been achieved. To recall, other than the softwares mentioned earlier, throughout this course we have produced a prototype of a blog, create mobile tags, get the mobile augmented reality scanner on our phones, learn certain theories of designing instructional media, and most importantly know how the technologies learnt may be employed in our teaching in future . All of these things are definitely useful for us now as well as in the future. The Educational Technology course this semester has really given me abundance of knowledge and experience and taught me lots of things both in my academic performance and in life as a person. From the groupworks I have actually become closer to my classmates; and the conflicts that appear really teaches me on the values of giving commitments and taking responsibilities.

I would like to thank all of my coursemates for helping and working with me while we’re taking this course. And to all of my instructors, thank you so much for bearing with me, being patient with my behaviours, keeping answering my countless questions, tolerating with my requests of lengthening the assignments due date, teaching me, guiding me, and most importantly educating me with wonderful knowledge you have. I hope to see you again in other courses. I feel lucky to one of your students!!! Thank you and So Long!!! Assalamualaikum (^_^)

nice goodbye quote for my teachers and friends

REFLECTION 10: GROUP VIDEO PRESENTATION ~~~ FINALLY~~ (^_^)

 

            After 12 weeks of attending lectures, joining workshops, undergoing the three phases of the video production process, we finally produce our final video and today we are ready to present it to our instructors cum evaluators (^_^) .

            The class starts at 9 a.m, earlier than usual. For the best quality screen projection of our video, Dr.Rosseni has booked the Dewan Budiman for our class to take place today. Last night we’ve been busy discussing about what should we elaborate about the video and else to present other than the video itself. This morning when all four members of my group (Dayang,Vanessa, Pei Si and I) reach our seats, we quickly distribute the presentation tasks. Vanessa asks me to create a new caption describing the places in Kelantan to put in the video; and I immediately work on it. Since we’ve come a few minutes earlier before the class starts and before Dr.Rosseni attends the hall, we’ve got time to manage doing all these.

 

            Dr.Rosseni allocates the first one hour for the course revisions and discussion on the past year exam questions; and the next one hour for the video presentation. Luckily, I’ve brought the copy of the exam questions with me (^_^) . Dr.Rosseni highly stresses us on revising the set of the past year questions she’s given us since according to her observation, lots of the final exam questions published each year are the repetitions of the previous years’ . We are really glad to hear this, and certainly hope at least 10 to 15 same questions will come out again in our final exam! (^_^). We are given 20 minutes to complete the questions on our own first, and then Dr.Rosseni comes back to discuss the answers with us. Some of the questions are within the content we learnt from our lectures and workshops; while there are also questions that are out of our knowledge. Dr.Rosseni clarifies that this may be because the questions are set up a few years ago, whose certain contents are no longer in the current syllabus. However, Dr.Rosseni recommends us to visit her past years blog posts and download all of the notes available in them; just to get prepared if the exam questions also cover the contents from those lecture notes. Although Dr.Rosseni keeps apologizing for not being able to tell us what topic to emphasize for the final exam since she is not the question setter; yet all of the hints and tips she’s given us are actually worth more than the “predicted” topics, and we are more than grateful for them.  I state this because my friends from the other set claims that not only they are not told of any “spot” topics for the exam, they also do not receive any copy of the past year questions like we the TESLians did. Plus, they even ask for the copies from us. That is why I always feel lucky to have Dr.Rosseni as my instructor (^_^) .

            As planned, the next one hour is fulfilled with the execution of the group video presentation. Each group is allowed to present their video for not more than 15 minutes, including the introduction of group members, briefing on the tasks distribution, and of course screening of the video. Everyone is also given two sets of evaluation form with rubrics to individually evaluate each of the presented video. As most of the times, Kak Lynn’s group volunteers to have the first turn. I always admire their confidence and courage to do the first presentation in most of the classes we have (^_^) . Kak Lynn’s group’s video features the views of most of the lakes situated in Selangor. It also possesses a great compilation of videos and excellent choice of shooting places. I believe Kak Lynn’s group members have done lots of outdoor visiting around Selangor to gather all these wonderful materials. Next, Samm’s group takes place in the presentation. Their video exhibits various beautiful recreation spots especially for family getaways. Like Kak Lynn’s group, they too have gorgeous shots due to the appropriate selection of places. Both videos by Kak Lynn’s group and Samm’s group are in line their themes; where the former focuses on the nature, while the latter focuses on the “family escape” holidays. However, I personally think that the videos will be much more effective if the scenes are enriched with more descriptive captions; and the whole video is featured with more “alive” and “arousing” background music.

 

            The third video presentation is by Aqila’s group. This is not a partial statement, yet to be honest other than my own group’s ,Aqila’s group’s video is the one I’ve been waiting to watch, since their theme is the food hunting in Putrajaya; and people know how passionate I am towards food and cooking! And as I expected, they really feature up excellent choices of food from the best diners. I enjoy watching Aqila and Luqman dine together at a local restaurant in Putrajaya and talk about and describe the food as if they taste like heaven. These two compatible partners make a pair of very professional hosts together. I bet it’s not too much to say that their confidence in hosting the documentary has ranked them as good as those hosts of the television “food hunting” program “Jalan-Jalan Cari Makan” on the TV3 channel! (^_^)

 

            Our group takes the last turn to present. This is not at all because we are afraid; yet we would like to let and watch other groups present first, while we benefit the time to get completely ready for our turn. Pei Si is assigned to brief on the task distribution among the group members in the making of the video while I function as the main spokesperson explaining on the themes and messages of our video. Regarding the delegation of tasks, each of our group members equally contributes to the process of producing the video. We gain the materials (pictures and videos) for the video during the semester break in our hometown and vacation trips; and since we are from different states of origins and some of us also join the trips to various islands, we have the opportunity to feature the beautiful places found all over Malaysia. During the video editing processes, Dayang works hard with the filtering and editing of images and videos; Vanessa gets busy looking for suitable audios and combining the materials; Pei Si assists Dayang with the images as well as updating our company blog; while I strive hard on doing the best captions to be put along with the materials in the video. We all have worked hard and given 100% commitment. As for me, I admit that it is not that easy to create really descriptive and encouraging texts in order to ensure their effectiveness on the audience since it requires excellent written English language competency and a large stock of interesting vocabulary which i am not really good at. However, thanks to the subtitling job test I’ve attended recently for giving me a holiday documentary to translate. From it I become familiar with some of the descriptive words and they actually help a lot in helping me to create the captions!! (^_^) It actually takes one whole week for us to finish editing the whole video and come out with the best finalized one. This long period is due to our business and commitment to other assignments of other courses as well as the college events. The process takes even a longer time since not any of our group members’ notebook computer supports the all of the softwares we use to edit the video and its materials; causing us to have always attend the computer laboratory at the faculty for better editing operations.

 

          After all, we are so grateful that all these strife and hard works turn out to be very very very much WORTH IT when Dr.Rosseni and MR.Helmi gives us the best and pleasing compliments regarding our video. They’ve claimed that we have managed to deliver our intended message of promoting Malaysia as well as encouraging the audience to come visit the featured places through our images, videos, captions, audios, and all of the materials incorporated in our video. Indeed, this happiness is indescribable!!! (^_^)  . ALHAMDULILLAH !!! Additionally, we get even more excited when Dr.Rosseni promises to give us the full marks for the video project; provided that we assist Kak Lynn’s group to enhance their video and present it again next week. Aqila’s group is promised with the same thing, and they are assigned to help Samm’s group with the video. Of course, we do not mind helping them to better their videos because the condition is not as much as our instructor’s kindness and willingness of giving us the full marks. I am also glad to see the smiling faces of Dr.Rosseni and Mr.Helmi  and feel blessed to hear them say that they are proud of us and the works we have presented are beyond their expectations. I just want or instructors to know that we are very happy if we have really fulfilled your hope and expectations from us, as after getting tremendous knowledge and skills you have imparted us in the lectures, workshops, and online discussions, all we aim for is handing in the best work for you (^_^). By the way, we have uploaded the mentioned video on YouTube and below is the link to it;

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUtpmER0KQ0&feature=player_embedded

 

           I also hereby would like to thank my dearest GROUPMATES VANESSA, DAYANG, and PEI SI lots lots lots for always being soooooo helpful and very much understanding to me throughout the video production phases and also throughout our friendship years. I always feel lucky to be in your group and always believe than when we work together, we are definitely going to do the BEST!!!!! (^_^) . To all my other coursemates, I am glad that we eventually did it, though after encountering myriad difficulties and obstacles. WELL DONE to all of us!!!!

 

        And certainly, a MILLION THANKS to all of our instructors DR.ROSSENI, MR.HELMI, MRS.HAZRATI, MR.FAISAL, and MR.YUSUF for all the patient and full guidance and teaching. We would never manage to succeed doing all these if it is not because of you!!!!! (^_^) ~~~~ [ Note: Especially to Dr.Rosseni, thank you for making time to attend the presentation session although you have a son admitted to the hospital during that time. I hope our works and presentations are worth your time sacrifice. May your son get better soon  (^_^) ]

 

             Overall, it is a very exciting video presentation session. The place (Dewan Budiman) is very conducive and cozy with the seats opposing the screen, smooth air conditioning, good quality screen projector and excellent sound system! We can definitely watch and listen to the videos clearly and comfortably. Every single thing is satisfying; it is just that i wish we can book the hall a bit longer so that   all groups especially mine which is the last will not have to screen our videos in a rush and we will also have enough time to comment and discuss on each video presented. However, I understand that the hall is limited for a long use since there are other classes waiting to use it for their lectures too. It is ok, as in the next class we’ll watch Kak Lynn’s and Samm’s group videos steadily in class and get more than enough time to listen to our instructors’ comments. Despite the insufficiency of time, it is indeed a very exhilarating class since we all dismiss with wide smiles on our faces. Thank you everyone!!! (^_^) 


REFLECTION 9: THE ULTIMATE VIDEO EDITING WORKSHOP (ADOBE PREMIERE) ~~~~ (^_^)

ASSALAMUALAIKUM WARAHMATULLAHI WABARAKATUH…MAY LORD SHADOW EACH OF US WITH HIS BLESSINGS TODAY AND ONWARDS (^_^) ….

         After having the workshop on the editing of media using the Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Soundbooth, and Windows Live Movie Maker, we’ve had another workshop on the next day, is especially specified for the slot on editing videos using the Adobe Premiere.

             I’m not sure about others, but as for me, the Adobe Premiere is totally an alien thing; prompting me to do some “googling” about it (^_^). Based on my reading on the Adobe official website, the Adobe Premiere Pro is a software which combines incredible performance with a sleek, revamped user interface and a host of fantastic new creative features, including Warp Stabilizer for stabilizing footage, dynamic timeline trimming, expanded multicam editing, adjustment layers, and more. Furthermore, according to a source from the Wikipedia, the Adobe Premiere is a timeline-based video editing software application which is part of the Adobe Creative Suite, a suite of graphic design, video editing, and web development applications developed by the Adobe Systems. This software supports many video editing cards and plug-ins for accelerated processing, additional file format support, and video/audio effects. The Adobe Premiere is also prominent compared to other video editing softwares since it supports high resolution video editing at up to 10,240 x 8,192 resolution, at up to 32-bits per channel color, in both RGB and YUV. Due to its outstanding functions and usages, the Adobe Premiere software has been widely used by broadcasters from all over the world such as the BBC and The Tonight Show. Not only that, it’s also been employed in feature films like The Social Network, Captain Abu Raed, and Monsters; and other venues including the Madonna’s Confession Tour. After reading the materials on the Adobe Premiere, I can hardly believe that we are actually learning very professional and famous software which is used by people in myriad industries worldwide! (^_^) .

          The workshop is started with everyone well seated at their tables that are equipped with computers. However, it happens that not all computers in the laboratory are installed with the Adobe Premiere; causing certain participants whose computer are absent with the software to move and share others’ computers which have it. Anyways I don’t think these people mind sharing; plus, they even like it that they get to share computers and discuss any issue they encounter while learning the video editing techniques now they’ve to sit closer to each other. Then Mr.Helmi asks us to get the soft copy of the materials he’s provided to be used in the process of learning the techniques later. The materials comprise the individual videos and audios which Mr.Helmi uses as examples to teach us how to combine various materials into a complete overall video using the Adobe Premiere software. Below are the steps of creating and editing a video using the Adobe Premiere we’ve learnt;

STARTING OFF:

1) Open Adobe Premiere.
2) Browse file.
3) Name.
4) Choose –> DV PAL –> widescreen 48.

IMPORTING VIDEOS:

1) Import file –> file –> import –> choose the individual video intended to be combined.
~~~Note: When using the Adobe Premiere, we can import in any types of video files we want without having to convert them into “avi” first like we do when using the Windows Live Movie Maker since the latter only supports videos of the “avi” type, while the latter does support all types. This is another convenient advantage i’ve found in the Adobe Premiere video editing system which other softwares do not possess (^_^) ~~~


2) Click on the file drag it to the TIMELINE.
3) You may either ZOOM IN or ZOOM OUT.
4) Repeat the previous procedures with all of the individual video files intended to be combined into an overall video.

CUTTING VIDEOS:

1) Press the RAZOR TOOL icon , and then click at the starting point of the part of the video we wish to cut.
~~ cutting the videos into parts allows us to move and overlap multiple videos parts on the timeline; producing a more interesting effect on that particular part of the video ~~

ADDING EFFECTS:
1) Click on the EFFECTS tab.
2) Choose any effect you like.
~~ for this Mr.Helmi uses the COLOUR CORRECTION –> BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST~~

VIDEO TRANSITION:

1) Click on the VIDEO TRANSITION icon.
~~ for this Mr.Helmi chooses DISSOLVE –> CROSS DISSOLVE

IMPORTING AUDIOS:

1) Import audios.
2) Click the audios to the AUDIO TIMELINE.

FINALIZING VIDEO AND EXPORTING IT TO COMPUTER:

1) File –> export –> MEDIA
2) Export Setting: (Format) –> MICROSOFT AVI, (Preset) –> PAL DV WIDESCREEN
3) When the new dialogue box appears, click START QUEUE , and wait for it to finish processing.
4) After it has completed processing, kindly check in the original folder whether the exported video is there or not.

          Since we still have some time left after completing the slot on the video editing techniques using the Adobe Premiere, Mr.Helmi decides to fill up the extra time with a continuance slot on the Adobe Photoshop. First, we are taught about the steps of resizing images using the Adobe Photoshop. This is somewhat a “pre-requisite” skill to in to master the video editing techniques using the Adobe Premiere. This is because the Adobe Premiere software is not capable to support images that are too large in size, just like the photos we captured in Putrajaya using the DSLR camera. Therefore, the only solution to this is to resize it into smaller resolutions; and one of the software appropriate for this purpose is the Adobe Photoshop. The following are steps of resizing images using the software;

RESIZING IMAGES;

1) Open the Adobe Photoshop Application.
2) File –> Open –> Choose images to be resized
3) Image –> Image Size –> Width : 1280 –> OK
4) File –> Save as –> Format : JPEG and PHOTOSHOP (make two copies).

           After that, Mr.Helmi also touches on the Colour-Correction / Colour-Adjustment of images and how to crop and “blurr” images using the Photoshop. Below are the steps of employing these two techniques;

COLOUR-CORRECTION / COLOUR-ADJUSTMENT:

1) Open Photoshop
2) Image –> Adjustments –>levels/ vibrance/ hue@saturation/ etc.. (choose any)

CROPPING IMAGE AND ADDIND “BLURR” EFFECT:

1) Open the image in the Photoshop.
2) Duplicate layer.
3) From the “crop” selection tool, choose the MAGNETIC LASSO tool.
4) Click once, and without releasing the click, drag the cursor along the line of the figure we want to crop from the image.
5) Click SELECT –> REFINE EDGE –> increase FEATHER  (Mr.Helmi increases it to 16.4. )
6) Click SELECT –> INVERSE
7) Click EDIT –> CUT
8) Click FILTER –> BLURR –> GAUSSIAN BLURR
9) At this point you may add text or anything you like.

           The slots end a bit earlier than the workshop we had yesterday. Hence, one hour before the whole workshop ends, we are given the time to practise the techniques learnt and proceed working on our video production. My group and I take this opportunity to process the materials meant for creating our video. We gather all pictures and start sorting out the best ones. Of course, Dayang and Vanessa have lots to say and argue during this; while Pei Si and I are more of giving opinions and approving . This is because Pei Si and I agree that both Dayang and Vanessa have big talents in planning and designing graphics. Therefore, pictures, audios, and videos they choose always suit our taste and in line with our point of view (^_^) . Then, with a little more time left, we complete the storyboard and script of our video which will be published on our company blog later. By about 3.00 p.m, class dismisses.

            On the whole, i really love today’s workshop as much as i love the yesterday’s. I’ve certainly learnt a lot this time as Mr.Helmi not only highlights on the Adobe Premiere alone, yet he also continues a bit on the techniques of editing images using the Adobe Photoshop. This has us revising the techniques learnt yesterday as well as gives us the chance to ask questions we have regarding the Adobe Photoshop application after having practising it last night after the media editing workshop. I also like that Mr.Helmi has already provided us with the materials to be used in learning the video editing techniques. This way, no one will encounter issues and the class will not go “chaotic” when everyone tries to look for his/her materials or when each person has different edited results due to the usage of different materials.

that’s us…during the wokshop sessions (^_^)

          I have several opinions on how to enhance the workshop to make it even better than it already is now. Since the Adobe Premiere video editing software is quite complex and requires intense attention, focus, and observation to learn, i think that it is good if our instructors may turn the workshop slots into a written module just like how Mr.Helmi creates the written “video production module” on his moblog; or like how Ms.Syazwani and Dr.Rosseni write their Adobe Photoshop module for their research. With a written module i believe learners will learn better as they may do revisions and refer to the documented module whenever they get confused of forget certain steps in applying the video editing techniques. Furthermore, i also think the workshop will be much more effective if there are enough computers with the Adobe Premiere installed provided; so that participants will not have to share. This is because by having a computer on her/his own, each participant will be able to employ/practise the technique herself/himself immediately after being instructed; instead of just watching his/her friends operating the computer.

          Although it is quite tiring to have “classes” for three days in a row, it is indeed very much worth it since we’ve gained so much knowledge and mastered various skills. For instance, i now know how to crop a photo perfectly according to the line of the figure instead of cropping it manually using the “paint” tool in my computer. I’m so glad that i’ve been improved at something!!! Furthermore, i believe that though it’s tiring for us, it is even more tiring for our instructors who’ve given ultimate commitment in organizing these workshops for us; especially Mr.Helmi who’s conducted most of the slots and Dr.Rosseni who’s been there supervising us and assisting our understanding as well as tried hard to get our refreshments ready each time. Thank you SIFUs,,, we’ll try our best to use everything learnt and produce the best video for your viewing!!!

REFLECTION 8: MEDIA (GRAPHIC+AUDIO+VIDEO) EDITING WORKSHOP (ADOBE PHOTOSHOP + ADOBE SOUNDBOOTH + WINDOWS MOVIE MAKER)

ASSALAMUALAIKUM PEOPLE…MAY LORD BLESS US ALL~~

          From this week onwards, our lecture will mainly focus on the processes involved in the “post-production” phase of the video production encompassing the editing of the images, audios, and videos. Like on Saturday this week, we have had a special one-day workshop concerning the techniques of editing graphics using the Adobe Photoshop, editing audios using the Adobe Soundbooth, and constructing a basic video using the Windows Live Movie Maker. It is actually held on the nest day after we have the trip to Putrajaya, hence some of the materials used are also those taken from Putrajaya (^_^) .

SESSION 1

          The workshop comprises 3 sessions throughout the day. The first session which is on the graphic editing using the Adobe Photoshop is delivered by Mr.Faisal. Mr.Faisal clearly starts the lesson by informing us the learning outcome expected after we have learnt to use the Photoshop application later; which is for us to be able to use the Photoshop to create a banner/poster/moblog header/book cover on our own. I like that Mr.Faisal decides to clarify the learning goal before proceeding to the lesson since this way I may monitor my self-understanding and learning in the effort of realizing its objectives. What Mr.Faisal teaches us is the basic editing techniques using the photoshop.

         

          Basically, the first step in editing pictures using the photoshop is to set up the canvas and then import the image intended to edit into the Photoshop. The editing techniques include cropping the image, adding texts to the image, and re-editing the texts and items pasted on the canvas by erasing or moving them using the specified selection tools. A more complete and comprehensible series of steps of doing this may be observed below;

 

SETTING UP THE CANVAS:

1) FILE –> NEW

2) PRESET –> WEB

3) COLOUR MODE –> RGB

4) WIDTH –> 800

5) HEIGHT –> 600

6) BACKGROUND –> WHITE

IMPORTING A PICTURE:

FILE –>  OPEN –>  choose a picture from any folders contained in the computer

CROPPING A PICTURE:

1) Choose the “CROP” SELECTION TOOL

2) Click on the GREY-COLOURED tab –>  EDIT—>  COPY

3) Click on the “UNTITLED” tab –>  EDIT –> PASTE

ERASING THE UNWANTED PARTS:

1) Choose the“MAGIC ERASOR TOOL” from the SELECTION TOOLS list.

2) “Rub” the cursor on the unwanted area to erase it.

MOVING ITEMS ON THE CANVAS:

1) Press “MOVE TOOL”

2) Tick the box written “SHOW TRANSFORM CONTROL” provided in the tab at the top.

3) Click on the item to moved, and move it without releasing the click.

ADDING TEXTS TO IMAGES:

1) SELECTION TOOL –> TEXT

2) Click on the image and start writing the text.

EDITING THE ADDED TEXTS:

1) WINDOW –> CHARACTER

2) There will be a dialogue box appearing up, and then you can choose what to edit from this box, be it the colour, font size, or font face of the text.

          After managing to edit a picture using the photoshop, we are then given a homework task of creating a banner/moblog header/book cover using the same techniques employed previously and put it on our personal blog. The steps are exactly the same; except for the canvas size. This is because the size of the canvas depends on what type of image you want to create. As for those who choose to make a header for their moblog, the canvas size should be 1100 X 180 pixels as this is the only size that will fit into the header space of the blog. If you make it bigger in size, you will have to crop it again during the process of uploading it onto your page; causing the beautiful header which you make with all your efforts to only appear half of its original size. Apart from that, since the banner/header/book cover will also be evaluated, Dr.Rosseni has set two conditions of constructing it. The first rule is that it has to be created using the Photoshop; and the second is that we have to use at least 5 elements provided in the photoshop application in the making of the graphic. I’ve taken several hours to practise the photoshop techniques learnt in the workshop and finally managed to come out with a very rustic front-view book cover as seen below;

FRONT-VIEW-BOOK COVER BY NIK NURYASARAH (^_^)

In the making of this book cover i have used the following applications/tools:

1) Magnetic Lassoo and eraser tool for cropping

2) Gaussian Blur for the background

3) Double layers (picture+background)

4) Text for the title

5) Colour effects to enhance the colour of the main picture so that it looks detached from the background.

Below are the materials (two original images) i‘ve cropped and combined to construct the front view book cover ;

MATERIALS (THE ORIGINAL IMAGES) USED TO MAKE THE BOOK COVER

SESSION 2

 

                In the next session, Mr.Helmi takes over the workshop to teach us to use the Adobe Soundbooth application to edit audios/sounds. This is one of the most important skills to be mastered since in the process of editing our video later, we might need to edit the audios so that it synchronizes and gets along smoothly with other medias. I believe that the inappropriate use of audios in a video will ruin the presentation no matter how good the pictures and video clips it contains since audio is one of the important factors/elements in bringing up the mood and emotion of the audience when watching the video. Anyways, it is undeniable that the application is quite complex and requires a really intense observation and attention to understand. Below are the elements/applications of the Adobe Soundbooth we manage to learn in the workshop;

THE ELEMENTS AND APPLICATION OF THE ADOBE SOUNDBOOTH LEARNT FROM THE WORKSHOP:

1) CROP

2) FADE IN

3) FADE OUT

4) PITCH

5) LOOP

6) DISTORTION EFFECT (for amplifying the sound)

7) CLEAN UP AUDIO (reduce noise)

8) MAKE LOUD (also for sound amplification)

9) VOICE OVER RECORDING

10) SAVING THE EDITED VIDEO FILE AS MP3

          This audio-editing slot is meant for enabling us to edit and adjust the original sounds/audios until they satisfy our desires of how we want it to sound like and thus be appropriate to be infused into the video. Therefore, Mr.Helmi recommends us to add in more than one sound by overlapping it. Just like in the workshop, Mr.Helmi has demonstrated how the Final Fantasy soundtrack sounds much more “alive” when being combined with another audio.  I guess this is why the commercial movies we watch are so entertaining and addictive. This, other than the storyline itself, might also be due to its interesting background soundtrack produced from the appropriate blending of audios.

         At about 12.00 noon we take a break to have lunch and short leisure for recess. Again, just like in Putrajaya we once again enjoy our meal with the instructors. I always assume that getting the chances to join the lecturers to have lunch is such an honour; and that is why I keep mentioning about this (^_^) . Before dismissing for lunch, we are given a soft copy of the Adobe Photoshop module which is written by one of Dr.Rosseni’s post-graduate students Nor Syazwani Mat Salleh. This module is meant for our self-revision regarding the techniques of using the Adobe Photoshop as well giving feedback on its benefits to us. Anyways thanks lots Miss Syazwani, may your research be successful.

SESSION 3

 

                After the good lunch treat and performing the Zohor prayer, the workshop proceeds with the slot on the Windows   Live Movie Maker, which is also conducted by Mr.Helmi. The software intended to be highlighted today is actually the Adobe Premiere; yet since it is not yet installed in all of the lab computers Mr.Helmi decides to teach the Windows Live Movie maker instead and postpone the teaching of the Adobe Premiere to tomorrow’s workshop slot. The Windows Live Movie Maker is actually a kind of software for the very basic video making and thus very suitable for the novice video producers like us. There’s another software I know which functions almost exactly as this software; the one I used to use to do my Literature assignment  in my freshman year, whose name is the “PhotoStory”. The only difference is that the latter software supports only images and audios while the former supports all three (images, audios, and videos). Talking about the Windows Live Movie Maker , although most of us have at least a little experience using it, yet it is still very much beneficial when Mr.Helmi teaches us every single step of doing a movie using the software. This is because I realize there are certain applications of the Windows Live Movie Maker used by Mr.Helmi which I haven’t explored like some of the interesting visual effects and text transitions. Furthermore, I think it is always good to start from the basics in whatever you do (^_^) . The following are the steps of making a video using the Windows Live Movie Maker;

1) Gather all MEDIAS (photos, videos and audios) to be combined in the video. If your video is to have SUB-VIDEOS, kindly CONVERT all of the video files into the “avi” format. This is because the Windows Movie Maker only supports videos of such format. This CONVERSION may be easily done online through the following link:

http://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-avi

2) IMPORT medias

3) Drag PHOTOS and VIDEOS to the TIMELINE

4) Add EFFECTS

5) Add TRANSITIONS

6) Add audio to the AUDIO TIMELINE

7) Add TITLE and CREDITS

8) Put more than one audio to make the video more interesting. The audios may be blended by the “FADE IN” and “FADE OUT” technique. Just RIGHT CLICK to do this FADING.

9) SAVE project.

10) PUBLISH MOVIE to the computer. Kindly choose SUITABLE SETTINGS before publishing.

11) You can put more sound effects to “enliven” the video. Examples of the common used sound effects are the bird’s chirping, chimes, explosion, and such.

   

      The workshop ends in the evening after we’ve finished practising making videos using the Windows Live Movie Maker. Overall, I really think this workshop is HIGHLY INFORMATIVE. If our instructors aim organizing it to get us learn lots of things, I’m pretty sure they have achieved their goal (^_^) . Among all applications learnt today, I think the most complicated one is the Adobe Soundbooth which is used to edit sounds, while the simplest and easiest one is certainly the Windows Live Movie Maker which is used to combine images, videos, and audios to create a movie. This is maybe because we’re quite used to the software. However, regarding the Adobe Soundbooth software, though it is quite difficult for us to master it, yet it seems like we have no choice other than to learn to use the software in order to enable ourselves edit the audios we want and produce the best results. This is because the other audio editing software I know can’t do as much as the Adobe Soundbooth does. For example, the “mp3cutter” audio editing software may only be used to cut the sounds into parts, and we can’t apply any other elements like amplification, fading in and out, and overlapping as provided in the Soundbooth. This proves how the software does possess more advantages compared to the others. Other than that, this has also taught and ENABLED me to crop and combine images and transform it into one picture through the Adobe Photoshop slot. I am so gonna use it to edit my family pictures! I somehow feel we’d be much luckier if the Adobe Photoshop software is being taught at the early semester so that we employ it to complete our Literature assignment which requires us to produce a poster. However I know that Dr.Rosseni has setup the best course outline for us, with the best dates for each lecture! Moreover, I think that it is the best time to have this workshop right after we have gathered our materials for the video so that we may immediately employ all of the techniques of editing medias learnt to edit them; at the same time avoiding us from forgetting and losing the skills. I believe this might also be the reason why our instructors decide to have this workshop during this very moment.

          In addition, I have not seen any inconvenient imperfection in the workshop, except for the “missing” AdobePremiere installation. I’m  on the opinion that to make sure the lesson go smoothly, all of the equipments and tools needed should be sufficiently provided. I believe that Dr.Rosseni and Mr.Helmi have asked the lab technician to install the software to each of the computer prior to the workshop, and the technician herself has fulfilled the request; yet the software gets corrupted and fails to function the next day when we use the computer. This is obviously somewhat an unavoidable technical problem. However, this has actually given us another advantage; since we might not get the opportunity to learn the basic Windows Live Movie Maker if it is not because of this unplanned incident (^_^) . I would like to thank all of our instructors (Dr.Rosseni, Mr.Helmi, and Mr.Faisal) and all of the people involved in organizing such an AWESOME workshop for us!!! (^_^)