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AV Challenge 2: Part One, Making the Clips

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AV Challenge 2: Part One, Making the Clips

As part of the AV Challenge, I decided to document my process. I’m new to this AV Performance thing, and it’s great to have people who are figuring it out along with me. I have no idea how this will turn out – I’m going to take it one step at a time and see where I wind up.momocam.jpg

So for this first part, I had to find something related to ‘water’ to videotape. Thankfully, there’s a fountain right near my office (the one at the Grove for any Los Angeles readers). I always carry my little camera around in my man-bag, so on the way to work one morning I stopped by the fountain and videotaped it like all the other tourists.

After work, I transferred the vids over to my laptop, brought them into Final Cut and started cutting them up to short clips – I specifically looked for ones that had rather defined movement, which would help in matching them up with audio.

Next, I decided to spice up my clips a little bit. The colors on my lil camera are alright, but nothing to write home about. I fired up some color-correction tools and made the water a bit more aqua to help it pop on-screen. Then I used a combination of the contrast tool and the trusty ol’ Kaleidescope to abstract the clips a bit.fcpfount.jpg

Since I took the video in a public place, I knew on-location audio recording was out. So once I had a nice selection of clip possibilities, I opened up Ableton Live.

midiclip.pngIn Ableton, I fooled around with a free subtractive synth I’d found called Automat. Once I had a sound I liked, I made up a few patterns, and then started flipping back and forth between Final Cut and Ableton live to see what might match up. When I found a pair that looked close, I would fine-tune it a bit in Ableton, and then export it to Final Cut. Rinse and Repeat.

After about an hour, I had sounds for all my Final Cut clips. I lined them up, trimmed the clips to match the sound lengths (making sure that the first frame of video started on the sound) and set up a Batch Export.

My specs:
640×480
Motion-JPEG B at about 85% Quality
Linear PCM Audio

Once done, I uploaded them to archive.org and compiled all the clips into the AV Challenge #2 Clip Packs.

In Part Two (coming soon) – I’ll load the clips up and start making beats and melodies!

24 Responses to “AV Challenge 2: Part One, Making the Clips”

  1. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  2. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  3. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  4. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  5. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  6. Franklin Says:

    Wow I would want to try this some time! Although I am just a novice on Final Cut, but I know the challenge is on the camera strategy. I am used to handling photobooth perth and not the professional video camera, but this challenges me so I might want to try this.

  7. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  8. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  9. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  10. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  11. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  12. Charles Rivera Says:

    I love video editing as well. Actually I have made it a profession already, and is now looking for computer online store as I would like to buy another one to expand my post production business.

  13. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  14. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  15. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  16. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  17. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  18. SlaterSolaris Says:

    Since video production nyc is what I want after a year now, Automat is what I need to study about now.

  19. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

  20. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

  21. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

  22. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

  23. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

  24. Mickey B. Says:

    Try car cameras. They're real-time and they sort of give that dramatic motion that sort of like reflects the infamous Blairwitch Project. Lots of the car kit company out there. The possibilities are endless.

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