How did you use media technologies in the construction and research, planning and evaluation stages?
To research for music videos in my genre, I got most of my help from the internet and websites such as YouTube. I did this on the iMac. Google was another useful search engine that I used while undergoing my research, I used google to search for photos of artists from my genre, information about Post Malone, the lyrics to the song Deja Vu, images of digipaks to help decide what I wanted my digipak to look like, etc. I also used my phone wifi or 4G that was available to help research. I used my phone when I wasn’t near a computer with internet access and if I needed to find out quick information to help my media project. Music Channels were also available for research, different music videos to different genres of music and different shot types and locations were used. I got ideas from all of the existing music videos and I analysed what I liked about them and what I disliked, I used the ideas in my music video.
I first used weebly.com as my form of blog. It allows me to document my work and post publicly to make a portfolio of the project. Weebly allows you to choose form different layouts which are all modern and fresh. This is good because it makes the blog easy to read and look presentable. Furthermore, the website allowed me to embed other media platforms such as Prezi’s and YouTube videos onto the website. Whereas wordpress.com, the site that I originally started out on did not allow this, making it very difﬁcult to be creative. Therefore, I decided to transfer over my posts from Wordpress onto Weebly since lower 6th.
To film my music video I used a Nikon D3200 which I bought last year for media swell as my photography, I used different lenses when recording to gain a different perspective and quality for the different circumstances of the shots. The camera has multiple settings that allow the footage to look professional. For example using RAW, crude output of a video or still camera recording, footage to gain every detail from my shots. It is the unprocessed data from a camera's image sensor. Most photographers prefer shooting raw footage due to the high quality of images that the camera sensor could possibly produce. Furthermore, being able to change the frames per second on the camera allowed the footage to be a lot smoother when slowing down the footage in post production. Along with this camera I used a tripod to hold my camera still and to get perfect footage. I also used a dolly for those shots in which I wanted a slight movement on the angle of my artists for variation.
To conclude, after filming, I uploaded my footage to the iMac with an SD card and uploaded it to FinalCutPro, here I chose the footage I wanted to include in the video, included it in my timeline/blog, edited the video, cut with the blade tool at parts in which went to the beat, and most importantly matched the filming to the song so that my actors miming matched to the song accurately. I also used Adobe Photoshop to make a poster and digipak/cd cover; the outsides and insides. For my evaluation of everything I used YouTube where my video was put on and shared and it was therefore easy for everyone to watch it. As videos on YouTube are very easily accessible, this also allowed me to embed and post the video on Weebly as the YouTube platform allows you to. YouTube being part of web 2.0, is user generated content so people can comment or like peoples videos and allows me to use this in improving and gaining feedback/popularity on my product.