Editing, Editing, Editing

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I’ve learned so much about editing and Final Cut Pro this semester interning at NPACE and taking Video Production I with Chris Robinson, director of NPACE. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, I did video production in high school, so I have shooting and editing experience coming in. Interning at NPACE has only increased my knowledge and hone my skills even more.

Editing The Server has been one of my duties this semester. While editing, my job is to listen for references to video games, movies, books/comic books, or whatever else they talk about and add a logo or interesting picture in. It is slightly harder than it sounds. Not knowing about half of what the hosts talk about, I was having to guess and research what logos and pictures I was using. For example, World of Warcraft apparently made a tribute to Robin Williams in their ‘universe.’ I felt that the topic was important enough to have a picture, so I had to find out what the tribute was, what it looked like, and then had to find a good picture of it to add to the project timeline.

I’ve also learned better shooting techniques. I have definitely learned to frame my shots–head room, lead room, and variety of shots and angles–better and control the lighting and audio more efficiently. I can tell the difference between footage I filmed a year or two ago and now; that’s awesome!

Overall, very productive and educational semester!

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Filming at Legacy, Part III

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This past Sunday I had yet another opportunity to film a performance by the Schwob School of Music in Legacy Hall. NPACE has now received our 3rd Sony 4K camera, which we used for these performances. The film team consisted of me, an employee of NPACE, and one of the anchors from iNtoColumbus. None of us have really have a lot of experience with camerawork, especially with the Sony cameras, but this was our opportunity to hone our skills.

zshdsc09364-1We were supposed to use the manual settings on the cameras, so we had to figure out how to set them that night. We set the ISO/Gain, focus, white balance, and shutter speed. For editing purposes, we obviously had to make sure all of the cameras were on the same settings. The manual settings on this camera are relatively easy,  honestly. You hit the manual button, hit the button you want to adjust, and use the scroll bar to the left of the manual button. These Sony cameras are easy and great to use.

This shoot was a choral concert with a small philharmonic consisting of a violin, violas, cellos, a bass, horns, and a harp that all joined in later. There was even an organist! They really sounded phenomenal. The Schwob School has amazing performers, I must say!

Because of the addition of the philharmonic halfway through, we did have to adjust the shots, but overall if was a pretty easy and beautiful shoot!

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CPR: Girls Say What?!

CPR Radio has different segments of the show which are Music, Entertainment, Politics, and News. “Girls Say Whatttt” is the title of the entertainment segment. The hosts of this amazing segment are Sophie Jones, K’Niqua Browne, and Aliyah Anglin. These three girls all have different personalities, that allow them to come together as one, and produce a great segment.

K'Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua A.K.A. Diamond K

K’Niqua is 1/3 of “Girls Say What,”  when we first started she was so shy and not too fond of her voice because it is so soft, but now she has progressed tremendously and is taking the lead to become better at her craft.

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Aliyah Anglin is 2/3 of the group and although I love to be in there with everyone while they are recording, with students like her, there’s no need for me to be. She can record her group’s segment and edit it all at the same time. Things like this make me very excited. I teach the girls that it is very important to be well rounded in this field.

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Fireball Sophie

The last member of the group is Sophie Jones. Sophie has a dynamic radio voice that is energetic and captivating! When I heard Sophie live for the first time I was immediately blown away. There’s so much talent inside of her and all of the girls that I sometimes sit back and watch them work together in amazement. They are all dedicated to what we do in NPACE and its quite refreshing.

Filming at Legacy, Part II

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This past Sunday, I was on the crew filming concert at Legacy Hall for the Schwob School of Music.This concert was a trio of professors: one on violin, one on cello, and the last on piano. It was a beautiful concert, so I am glad I helped out with it.

We used NPACE’s new Sony 4K cameras in order to get the best footage possible. The set-up was three cameras: one at the very back in the center and the other two on the sides. We tried to get a shot focusing on each person in the trio. The camera in the center was focus on the piano, but still captured all three. The camera across from me, on the left of the audience, was focused on the violinist while still capturing everyone. And my camera focused on the cellist.

Chris Robinson, director of NPACE, showed us how to set the Sony’s manual settings, set up the tripods, and make sure our shots were not crooked. We learned how to precisely white balance–which helps the camera adjust the colors more accurately–and also how to focus manually. We definitely learned quite a bit from this shoot.

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iNto Columbus: The Server, Part III

IMG_20141031_094429_702The Server seems to be one of my main internship duties of late. We film every Friday morning, and since Fridays are my main internship days, I generally get a chance to participate.

I took the lead in setting up both of the cameras and audio today since there were only two of us doing the filming. There were only three hosts again, so we set up both cameras and mic-ed up the three guys. Instead of trying to get everyone’s face in both shots, we angled each camera so that we would have full on shots for half the table and profile for the other half. The lighting was simple and already set up; all we had to do was turn it on. The mics were pretty simple until we got to the last wireless lavalier mic. It was very quiet when we did a mic check, so we opted for the wired lavalier, and plugged it right into the camera. It sounded much better. We filmed the three hosts talking about their “nerdy” topics for 30 minutes. It was a pretty easy, stress-free shoot.

After, I got to help edit last week’s episode, adding pictures and logos where necessary. We also fixed the audio, bleeped out any choice words, and made sure the exposure and lighting were okay.

The Server is definitely becoming one of my main jobs at NPACE, but I’m glad. It’s pretty fun and I get to learn new shooting and editing techniques. Oh, and Happy Halloween!

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iNto Columbus: The Server, Part II

IMG_20141024_094810_176Once again I found myself helping out with The Server. I had a friend join me so that he could learn about setting up this particular shoot. The Server is a two-camera, 4 mic set-up, meaning we set up two cameras from two different angles and then mic all four hosts for the best audio quality possible.

I helped set up the mics this time since I had learned how to do it during my last shoot. We checked to make sure that each mic was on the same frequency as its receiver, and then attached the receivers to the cameras so that the audio on the SD card came from the lavalier mics. I did not work as much with the cameras this time, but did show my friend some basics: zooming in and out, focus, the SD card slot. (Like I said, very basic.)

Generally I don’t know much about the topics the hosts discuss, but during this segment, they began talking about the newly released (leaked) Avenger’s trailer.

I think this is something most superhero movie fans, and movie fans in general, can relate to. They talked about how this story relates to the Marvel comics the movies are based on and went into the history and origin of Ant Man and later Ultron, who will appear as the supervillain in Avengers: Age of Ultron in May.

It was a pretty interesting shoot today, actually!

iNto Columbus: The Server

This past Friday, I helped set up and shoot The Server, a talk show segment on iNtoColumbus where the “nerds” discuss video games, movies, science, and other “nerdy” topics.

I have experience setting up shoots, but setting up the audio proved to be a bit more difficult. We usually have to set up for four people since The Server has four hosts, but luckily only three were able to shoot today.

We set up the mics and receivers, matched their channel numbers, and attached the receivers to the cameras so that the camera audio would come directly from the lavalier on each host. The lighting was already set up, so all we had left to do was set up the shots for both cameras.

Then we began filming! They talked for about 30 minutes on various topics: video games, game makers, and space exploration. Overall, last Friday’s shoot was a success!