So, how are the videos going?

I thought I’d create a space here to talk about the video process; how is it going? Is everyone able to download all of the footage? Anything I can help with?

23 thoughts on “So, how are the videos going?

  1. Tracey Sonntag

    I’ve got everyone’s clips downloaded except the 3rd clip of Danielle and me. I just emailed out annotations for the first two movies, and as soon as EMUOnline comes back up, I’ll try to download 3 again.

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    1. Molly McCord

      I was wondering about transitions. Do we have to add transitions between the B-roll and main interview footage? I can’t figure out how to add transitions onto a video track that’s not the main video track. I have the interviews as the “main video” and the B-roll footage as “video 1,” and it looks like I can only add transitions into the main video track. So what this means is that when the interview track goes to the B-roll, and then back again, I don’t know if I can add a transition there. I have only added transitions between main interview video tracks. Sorry if this is confusing…

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        1. Molly McCord

          Yes! That’s really helpful–thanks, Steve. I guess I’ll only end up with transitions on the main interview track. So when the video goes from the interview track to the b-roll, there won’t be a super smooth transition…but keeping the b-roll on a separate video track allows for the interview audio to play while the b-roll footage is displayed (I just put the b-roll on mute). That’s the only way I could figure to keep the audio constant while the visual footage changes.

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  2. Tracey Sonntag

    Okay, friends, I have all three of the Mary videos annotated. So so so sorry for the lateness, I had an unbelievably amount of trouble getting these to download. :( But it’s there now, so have fun with it!

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  3. Danielle

    I haven’t had any issues with downloading the videos. I got them all downloaded from my super slow connection at home in about 45 minutes.

    Tracey, thanks for doing the annotations! And thanks for everybody’s patience with our videos. 😛

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  4. Adam Czarnecki

    One thing I’m noticing–and maybe we talked about this in class, I can’t remember–is just how much footage goes unused. With probably about 90 minutes of combined footage, if we consider that each final project will be around 3-4 minutes, that’s only something like 5% of the footage being used.

    In this case we’re all probably using different parts of the interviews so a lot of it will still be seen, but in a case where there is only 1 interview coming out of that 90 minutes of footage, it certainly speaks to how real the “writing” is that we’re doing… oftentimes I write 10 pages and only end up with one good paragraph.

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    1. skrause Post author

      That’s an excellent point, Adam, and the analogy stands too: there’s a lot left behind in the “words in a row” writing process, too. That’s one of the things that is very difficult to convey to students, one of the challenges in delivering assignments with certain page lengths: just because the assignment is for a 10 page essay doesn’t mean that you only write 10 pages, right?

      Of course, with video, it seems to me that the ratio of used/not used is even more severe. I think you’re right about the percentages here, and that is a lot of video that isn’t going to be used. Happily, it’s a lot easier to collect the video.

      By the way, it will be interesting to see what footage gets used. The last time I did this, there were snippets that were used again and again because they were the best/most useful answers. And that’s okay– I have no problem with people using similar clips.

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    2. Lisa Pignotti

      I’m really curious to see how everyone used the videos. It’s amazing the many different directions to take this! Choosing one is the hardest part (well almost ;)).

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  5. Jonathan Furlette

    Not running into any issues so far with the downloading of the videos, they all were completed in less than one half-hour. I am however having an issue uploading Danielle and Tracey’s video into WeVideo because of the size. Have any of you found any good FREE programs to use to slim down the content a bit? The Quicktime product suggested costs big money…just curious how everyone else is dealing with this/if anyone else had issues? Thanks

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    1. skrause Post author

      Jonathan, do you mean the versions I uploaded? I thought/was hoping they would be small enough to use on wevideo. I guess not. Grr.

      I guess what I would suggest is that you try to copy and paste the part Danielle’s and Tracey’s video to try to upload to Wevideo rather than uploading the whole thing. Does that make sense? You should be able to use Movie Maker to cut it up a bit more.

      Is anyone else having this problem? Because if it is a problem for everyone, I can try to make a smaller version of these videos to upload.

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      1. Jonathan Furlette

        Yes, the versions that you uploaded are unfortunately too large to use in WeVideo. I was trying to avoid downloading Movie Maker (not pre-installed on my PC), hoping that someone else had run into this issue as well and found a worthwhile solution. I am considering using Adam’s suggestion below; though PC’s are generally much more vulnerable to threats than Mac’s so I am a little hesitant, especially if it comes with a whole lot of bloatware. I will play around with it a little more when I get home, I would hate for the size of the video to be a factor into the decision of whether I should use it or not.

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        1. skrause Post author

          The one thing about Movie Maker to consider is it is a Microsoft product, so presumably you wouldn’t be downloading a bunch of viruses from them. Or that’s at least what I’d hope.

          What you might want to do too is find your way to campus and/or to a robust Apple with the latest version of Quicktime on it. And again, I can split it up more too, so if there’s a part you’re looking for Jonathan, let me know and I can make that available too.

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          1. Jonathan Furlette

            Thank you for the speedy response, Steve! I am particularly interested in “Krause version of the interview part 3” at 4:45 “How did the program change your perception of what it means to be a writer?” I probably won’t be on campus until tomorrow and would like to get more work finished, so maybe splitting the video in thirds would be sufficient? I appreciate it, if you are able to get around to it! Thanks

    2. Adam Czarnecki

      I’ve opted to not use WeVideo for this one so I have not run into that issue, but I’ve used a free tool called Freemake Video Converter for doing video conversions. You can reduce the size of any of the larger videos by “converting” it to the same file format just at a lower resolution. (I tried bringing this up during our last meeting but I don’t think I explained it very well).

      It’s free, just be VERY careful when installing, because it asks you a number of times to install a few other pieces of demo software. Just be mindful of what you’re clicking on during the installation and you should be fine. After that it’s 100% free and very user friendly.

      http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/

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  6. skrause Post author

    I just split part 3 of Danielle’s and Tracey’s video into two smaller chunks. Hopefully that will help out Jonathan and maybe others.

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  7. Tracey Sonntag

    Okay, I’m able to snip out portions of videos in Quicktime and upload just those snippets; that appears to be working well for me. What I REALLY wish I could do was somehow zoom in on some of these videos. I had a great section from the group interview with Elaine — and then realized that the man next to her is drinking from a U of M mug while she’s talking. GAH.

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    1. Danielle

      I know the clip you’re referring to, Tracey! I know that in Windows Movie Maker, there’s an effect you can apply that lets you zoom in, but I didn’t even think to use that. I’m not sure what program you’re using to actually put the video together, though.

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