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 (^_^) .
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;
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 ;
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:
2) FADE IN
3) FADE OUT
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.
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:
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!!! (^_^)