May 8, 2017 | End of the Year Video

So after getting all my required videos and screenshots together, I finally got it all edited and exported using Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

Once I got my sound bites marked out from my “interview video”, setting up the sequence wasn’t that difficult. I laid out that at first, but didn’t like that it was just over two minutes long. The video is still a little too long for my tastes, but it’s manageable.

I have used Premiere Pro in the past, but have never used still images before. It was interesting using the Effects Controller to control how the image animated during the video by using the Scale and Position tools. Premiere Pro isn’t the most user friendly video editing software out there, but once you know some basics it can make it simple to use.

What I don’t like about the Premiere Pro is the lack of Title/Graphic animation templates. A much simpler video editing software to use would have been iMovie, but it’s not very intuitive. Despite that, iMovie has much more to offer with beginning titles, lower third animations and end credits. Premier Pro offers some, but not many.

The best thing to do, if you want some great title animations is to use Adobe After Effects. That said, I’ve only just begun to really use After Effects and I didn’t have to time to really get into utilizing that resource.

One video editing software program I’ve used in the past that is only slightly less intuitive than Premiere Pro, but has all the easy to use title animations of iMovie is Final Cut Pro. I’ve used it a lot in the past, but I wanted to familiarize myself with Premiere so I stuck with it to finish up my “End of the Year Video.”

 

 

May 4, 2017 | End of the Year Wall Project

Today, I was still trying to figure out what I wanted my project to be, so I scoured the Internet to try and find ideas.

I used bing images to try and find some inspiration and even searched through some YouTube videos and channels for Adobe tutorials to see if that would spark anything.

I thought about trying to turn a portrait photo into a vector image using the Pen tool in Adobe Illustrator. I’ve dabbled with that a little in the past with varying degrees of success.

There are actually really good ones on a YouTuber, Ikhsan Hidayat‘s channel. Don’t be fooled, it’s actually a lot harder than it looks.

I was able to get a handle on some aspects of creating vector cartoons, but was getting extremely frustrated with how to apply shadows. I don’t really know why that was such an issued with me, but I really wasn’t liking how my shadows and highlights were.

It’s also getting close to crunch time since this project is due tomorrow, and I’m not even halfway with being through, nor anywhere near happy with how the vector image is turning out.

May 2, 2017 | End of the Year Wall Project

I had originally considered using an old project for this, but I though better of it and decided to do something original. The problem I struggled with was deciding what I really wanted to do.

I though about doing an digital painting, but I’m a beginner artist at best, and I’m not familiar with digital painting techniques even though I want to get more into that. I’ve always been a more traditional artist, but event then, I have only used pencil and paper for sketches and drawings. Never paints or any sort of color.

I have a drawing tablet because I wanted to get into digital painting, figuring in the long run this would be less expensive than investing in paints, brushes and paper/canvases which would constantly need to be resupplied.

Eventually, I realized that this was very unrealistic of me to expect to learn how to use all the digital painting techniques for my artwork in one sitting, so I decided to try and look for different projects I could work on.

May 1, 2017 | Leave Request/Work

Today I went to Regional Track meet in Chisholm, because the track meet had been rescheduled from last week because of heavy rain.

Like always, I took plenty of pictures of our high school athletes in their events and used Adobe Lightroom for my mass editing and Adobe Photoshop to edit and caption the photos that we would use for the newspaper.