Need For Speed

For this assignment the task was to make a “musicless music video” by taking a music video, muting the audio and then using a variety of appropriate sound effects to make up the audio to the video.

My inspiration for this assignment was from the short example given on the assignment page giving examples of how they’ve replaced sounds and showing that I didn’t have to the whole video for a song. Alongside this the assignment reminded me of a very funny “bad lip reading” video I’d seen recently where the creator had replaced the original audio with his own lyrics/music to create a song. Through looking at a couple of music videos I had also thought that the best type of video to use would be one with quite a lot of action so I don’t have to find lengthy sound effects that fit and minimal artist singing footage since I didn’t want to have to replace speech.

I settled upon choosing a section of the music video to the song We’ll Be Coming Back by Calvin Harris and Example. I chose this because the selected section of just over a minute that is mainly action shots  which would be good to edit to. The video is also largely a car chase which is of interest to me meaning it would be quite fun to edit/match audio to and I do quite like the original song.

I started by downloading the video using this YouTube video downloader. I then imported the video into Sony Vegas Pro 12, dragged it onto the timeline and then muted the audio track to get rid of the video music. I then set about searching for the sound effects to edit into the video using YouTube to find videos with appropriate sounds and using this YouTube MP3 Downloader to download the audio for them.

Firstly I used this LaFerrari Hillclimb video to substitute audio for the Ferrari in the video using the different segments of it for when it’s shown in the video.  These segments were trimmed to the right lengths using the Trim and Split tool and positioned into place on the second audio track. The same process was done for this Porsche Onboard video to substitute audio for the Porsche in the video. The same process of splitting up the full audio to use segments of it was carried out and this audio was positioned on a third audio track. For the motorbike sound effects it was difficult to find any audio of them at slower speeds so I ended up using a small section of this video from a YouTuber I watch occasionally. Again this was trimmed and positioned on a separate audio track.

To fill in the remaining parts of the music video I used this Popup Headlight video for the sound effects for the headlight/engine turn off part in the video, this Paper Sound Effect video for the map and conversation parts, this Gravel Footsteps video for the conversation/bag burying part and this Car on Gravel video for when section when the car brakes/stops on gravel.

A screenshot of all of the audio tracks below the video track in the Sony Vegas project file can be seen below:

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The finished Musicless Music Video can be seen below:

**If the video does not play on YouTube above because of Copyright Reasons please view it here**

 

The assignment was actually quite fun to do since I usually don’t like audio work. It was quite challenging to find appropriate sound effects to match in well with what’s being shown in the video which is why I used YouTube rather than other sound effect specific websites since there is more content to choose from. The other key to making it sound realistic which I aimed to do was by layering the sound effects as shown in the Sony Vegas screenshot to add depth. For example layering the different car/bike noises together while they’re on screen together.

To me the final video uploaded to YouTube doesn’t play because it’s blocked on copyright grounds which is slightly expected since the video visually is an unedited direct copy. This is why I’ve included another file link to it underneath. It’s understandable why the content owner has monetized the video but I think by most video uploaders is seen as a restriction on freedom of expression if this content is completey blocked to some people (244 countries in this case for my musicless music video). Other platforms have also started clamping down on content creators/remixers and putting these blocking features into place such as Instagram which have for video music and with Facebook planning to introduce one soon.

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Exploring London 28/01/17

For this assignment I had to create a video of the a “day in my life” which meant filming what I did or what happened during a particular day and editing it together into a video.

When thinking about this task I took inspiration from the YouTubers Casey Neistat and Sam “SeenThroughGlass” (who I ended up seeing while filming). When Casey used to create daily vlog videos I would find that his cinematic shots, especially the use of timelapses along with his general fast-paced editing style would make the videos engaging and fun to watch. I also wanted to take inspiration from his “intro sequence” to his daily vlogs where he would simply write the video location and date over the a particular shot. With Sam’s videos I take inspiration from the cinematic shots he uses to break up his vlog style shots since he always uses interesting camera angles and shots.

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Screenshot example of Casey Neistat’s opening sequence from this video.

When thinking about the video I wanted to create I had a few ideas of what I wanted to include: Firstly I didn’t particularly want to include myself talking to the camera since I don’t like doing it but instead use point-of-view shots to add a personal feel that it is of my day. This meant I would have to edit the cinematic shots to music as the assignment suggested to engage viewers while using interesting camera shots/angles to get the viewers attention.

To film the video I would be using my Samsung S4 phone, a GoPro Hero 4 and a Canon 700D camera which would potentially pose some issues with differing video looks and video quality. However I felt that this differing quality wouldn’t matter since the video was about making the video to show the content/story and not necessarily to make a polished flawless product. For example on many social media platforms like YouTube, Instagram & Snapchat it’s more important to users to make a bad quality post rather than not to post at all. For example how Casey Neistat keeps filming and uploads it when his external microphone breaks even though the sound quality is worse like in this video or adds in phone shots like in this vlog since it’s better to have the worse shot to make up the story rather than leave parts out because it’s not as high quality. Alongside this something about creating the video which would be difficult for me to do would be making the video solely out of video footage filmed over that one day (since I was doing other things rather than just focus on filming) and also to edit using the footage in roughly the same order it was filmed to create a logical story throughout the video which is not something that I usually do.

During the day while filming it was slightly tricky remembering to try and film every single thing; especially in front of other people in the street when “aimlessly filming” my surroundings. I think I managed this to an extent as I took quite a bit of footage however it would have been useful to have recorded more so that there was better choice during the editing.

For the edit of the video I mainly used Sony Vegas Pro 12 but however used Adobe Premiere CS6 for the editing of some of the timelapse sections. I started out by importing all of the video clips into Vegas and began putting the first few onto the timeline. After the first few I placed the intro scene using a timelapse clip that I sped up using the rate stretch tool in Premiere, added text over it and then went in search of a piece of music which could be faded in here for the rest of the video to be edited to. This chosen song was “Seinabo Sey – Pistols At Dawn (Lucian x Mickey Valen Remix)” which I’d heard before in this video and was good since it has quite regular beat/vocal changes which can be edited to. After this was inserted then I dragged the other video clips on the timeline and set about editing them together using a variety of tools such as the orange markers for positioning important cuts, trim tool for resizing clips and fade tool to fade between clips. Some of the video audio was then muted while some was isolated and increased in volume to make it audible above the music.

To create the best video possible I then set about stabilising (where possible) and colour correcting some of the video footage to make sure it looked as good as possible. Some of this colour correction was done using the standard “Sony Colour Corrector” plugin while some like the example below was done with the more advanced Magic Bullet Looks plugin.

 

colour-correction-exampleScreenshot of the video before (left) and after (right) the colour correction process.

Visible below is the finished Sony Vegas project file for the video which shows all of the used clips and editing within the timeline:

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Embedded below is the finished video assignment:

Sunset Views -#tdc1767

This daily create involved capturing the sunset in a video.

Above you can see a timelapse of the sunset from my window as you can see the setting sun reflecting in the building windows.

I created this video using a Canon 700D and an intervalometer  to take a photo every 10 seconds until it was completely dark outside. I then transferred these photos to a computer and imported them into Sony Vegas.

In the timeline every image was inserted in order as you can see below with each photo being 0.033 seconds long. This was then rendered  into a video clip which was uploaded to YouTube (as embedded above).

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If you wish to view this daily create you can do so here: http://daily.ds106.us/tdc1767/

My submission: https://twitter.com/Hugh_B_/status/800343435513384960 

Replay – Need For Speed

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For this assignment we had to take a moment from on of our favourite movies and turn it into a GIF animated image which captures the essence of a key scene.

For this I chose the movie Need For Speed which is one of my favourite movies due to it’s automotive subject and since I used to play  the Need For Speed video games. For the GIF as you can see above I used a scene of the iconic one-off Ford Mustang which is used throughout most of the movie. It’s an action driving scene showing the car racing on public streets which sums up most of the movie subject/content.

To create this GIF I sourced the movie scene from YouTube  and then used the online service Giphy  to turn the video into the animated image. This was a simple process by just inserting the video link and then specifying the start time from the video and the duration that the GIF should be. The website will then process this and render the image for you to save.

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I also created this second GIF for fun using this YouTube video for the movie footage. I think this is somewhat more effective than the first GIF since the scenery and background of the shot stays mainly still while the cars through it.

If you wish to view this assignment you can do so here!

GIF 1 on Giphy

GIF 2 on Giphy