Video Final Project

ABOUT

Video Final Assignment
Spring 2017
Due April 28, 2017, in the D2L, 11:59 p.m.
*********No work accepted by email
Student Gallery  – Video Examples
Contact: Jannet Walsh, jlwalsh1@stcloudstate.edu


Fall 2016

St. Cloud State University
Video by Ali Grillo
Go to Video Final Blog

St. Cloud State University
Video by Maddie MacFarlane

View more student videos Student Video Gallery


  • At least nine different camera shots – Students will shoot, edit and produce a video with at least nine difference camera shots using different angles, distances and shooting methods.  The emphasis is on using the camera, tripod and microphone.
  • Team or alone – Students work with partners for this project or alone.
  • Video lengthThe video is no less than one minute and no more than two minutes, with an ideal length of 1:30.
  • On Camera, not voiceover – The video must include at least one person on camera, in front of the camera, with properly recorded audio.  You can use voiceover, audio  only, but must have a person on camera talking for a portion of the video.
  • Audio – Students will learn how to adjust music and audio levels.  Go to video tutorial or get help in class.
  • Legal use of music – Creative Commons or Public Domain music must be used beginning or introduction and end, with rolling or end title, with audio adjustments. Student’s own original music can be used, must prove you are the creator of the music.  Written permission and documentation must be provided if music is copyrighted.  Resources provided in assignment and syllabus for use of music you do not have the right to use.  Videos not providing required documentation for music will be graded as Incomplete.
  • Camera and editing – Use the iPad video kits.   Video is edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC. All requirements are listed below.  Visit Student Gallery
  • You can use the Panasonic AC 90 cameras if you have used them before. If not, use the iPad video kits.  
  • Get Help – If you need help, ask the instructor for help with selecting a good location for the shoot or technical help.  Make sure you are ready to shoot, allow 5 to 10 minutes.

 

START PLANNING NOW!

Possible Video Topics
1.   Students can select topic for Final Video Project.
Look at what  surrounds you at Saint Cloud State University, such as the historic architecture.  Show your world in a visually compelling video.  Some of the historic buildings are infamous for ghosts and other interesting facts.  A video about the history of SCSU is another great option, with the chance to include historic photographs from the university archives.  Get help from instructor before shooting your project to make sure you on track, avoiding reshooting.
Don’t shoot this in a classroom standing next to a wall, standing in the hallway or staircase.  You will be asked to reshoot  Take advantage of the SCSU campus and St. Cloud community.  You can add screen video of  websites photos, art and more.  Read more about creating screen video on you Apple computer.  (Must have the right to use.)
All new video is required for this assignment.  Get help, don’t just shoot, plan!

2.  Students  have the opportunity to create an Introduction Video  for each team member with more proficient on-camera skills, video editing and technical quality. All new video is required for all final video assignment.

See suggested script and videos

Think about what clothing you will wear, your location and what you are saying on camera. Don’t shoot this in a classroom standing next to a wall, standing in the hallway or staircase.  You will be asked to reshoot.
Showcase Your Portfolio – You can add screen video of your websites you created in class, photos, art , video and more.  Read more about creating screen video on you Apple computer.  (Must have the right to use.)
Take advantage of the SCSU campus and St. Cloud community.  This is highly recommend and can be a great way to showcase your talents for internships, job applications and more.  All Mass COMM majors should consider this option for their Video Final Project.  Get help, don’t just shoot, plan! 

 

DEADLINE, DELIVERABLES

Due April 28, 2017, in the D2L, 11:59 p.m.
*********No work accepted by email

1.  Check list:
 Before posting video to D2L, review the REQUIREMENTS section of the assignment. See below.

2.  Deliverables:  A link to your personal YouTube channel of the edited video, published as UNLISTED or PUBLIC only. Videos not posted to your personal YouTube channel are considered Incomplete.   Private videos can’t be viewed and will make your project late, subject to penalties.  Each student submits their own YouTube links.

3.  Screen shot:  Provide a screen shot of video after it has been posted on your personal YouTube.  Make sure you provide a title and caption for your video.  Each student submits their own screen shots.

4.  WordPress Blog:  Download Word doc for planning WordPress Blog
WordPress blog post must include a brief description about your project, at least 50 to 100 words, in complete sentences, about video gear, apps, computers and more.  A complete shot list, see below, is required, posted to the blog post. You must provide a direct link to music source in your required WordPress blog post.  (Details listed in assignment below.)

See student videos and blogs from Student Gallery.
Each student submits their own blog post.

Shot list with timeline details 
A complete list of nine shots or more, along with all titles need to be listed in the WordPress blog.  The shot  list  gives the exact time of each camera shot and title slide displayed in the video.  The shot list is in addition to the 50 to 100 word description.

Example of camera shot list, timeline:
Give brief descriptions, full sentences not required for this portion of post.

0:00  Shot 1- Main title slide appear with medium shot of  saxophone player
0:09 Shot 2 – Pan left on saxophone player as pedestrians walk across street.
0:36   Shot 3 – Tilt down on saxophone player
Continue until the end of video for all 9 or more shots and titles.

Required Applications and Gear –  Using Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud, iPad Kits, tripod and external microphones, and iMac computer for editing video.  If possible, check out a wireless microphone for project from the studio checkout.

 

ABOUT VIDEO – REQUIREMENTS

  1. One or Two  videos for each person on your video team will be produced.  If you are doing an Introduction Videos, one video for each person on team.
  2. You will be creating a video that is no less than  ONE minute to Two minute in length. Idea length is about 1:30, not too long, not too short.
  3. Topic Ideas
    Students can select topic for Final Video Project.  See above for full details.
  4. At least Nine Different Camera Shots – Students will shoot, edit and produce a video with at least nine difference camera shots using different angles, distances and shooting methods.


    Make sure all shots are separate and distinct

    Don’t start  shooting, then do a pan that becomes a zoom and then becomes another shot.

    Watch student video by  Tucker Harrison and Brett Walther.
    View more videos at Student Gallery page.
    Learn more about this video 

    Blog post by  Tucker Harrison
    Blog post by Brett Walther

    Note:  Spring 2016 students require an on-camera person talking, not voiceover, for video final project.

    You are also required to provide a direct link to the music source to prove you have the right to use the music on your video.  See details listed below about music.  Look for Creative Commons, Public Domain music or create your own music.  The other option is written permission by the artist, and must  be provided with your video submission, along with copy of the email or letter.  Using music that you have no right to use is handled the same as plagiarism.  Refer to the Course Syllabus for more details.

    Camera Shots

    • View camera shots for quick reference while on assignment 
    • Extreme wide shots – Shows the entire scene of a location, giving viewer an idea of the location.
    • Very wide shots – Shows less background and the subject is     almost not visible.
    • Wide Shots – You can see the subject and there is less emphasis on the background.
    • Medium shots –  Shows the subject closer, with less background.
    • Medium close-up shots – Shows the subject even closer and can see features and expressions.
    • Close-up shots – Shows the subject’s head and shoulders.
    • Extreme close-up shots – Shows the subject in the frame, eyes and nose.
    • Cut-in shots – Shows some other parts of the main subject, not the face and shoulders.
    • Cutaway shots – B-roll, or background, that is used to transition  between shots or shows show other shots of the environment.
    • Point-of-view shots – Shows a scene from the subject’s perspective.  The camera view feels like the subject shooting the scene.
    • Weather shots –  The subject is the weather and can be used for background, transition, or graphics.
    • Handheld and follow –  You are holding the camera, or mounted to your shoulders, and you follow the subject while walking.
    • Eye level angle – The most common view, being the real-world view from the view of the subject.
    • Low angle – Shows the subject from below, appearing to be more powerful. Camera is on the ground looking up.
    • High angle – Shows the subject from above, camera view from above head of subject.  Angle makes the subject appear less    powerful or significant.
    • Bird’s eye view – The scene is shown from directly above the   subject, somewhat unnatural point of view, use for dramatic effect.


      Camera movement techniques

      • Zoom in and out – Camera  is moving closer to or further away from the subject.
      • Pan – The camera view moves left and right, no vertical movement.
      • Whip Pan – Is a pan movement that moves sideways very quickly into indistinct streaks.
      • Tilts, high and low – The camera moves up an down, not horizontal movement.
      • Dutch Tilt (Also called canted) – The camera angle is slanted to one side
      • Tracking – Camera is mounted on a camera dolly, or rails the the picture is being taken.
      • Learn how to do tracking with a tripod

  5. On-Camera Person required, audio recording with external microphone – Video must include one person on camera with properly recorded audio.  Try to check out or reserve a wireless microphone on the day of your video shoot.
  6. Team Work – Other team members will be shooting video, monitoring audio and serving as producers in the field.


    Doing all the work for your video team?
    If your video partner is not doing their fair share of work, not showing up for video shoots, planning,  editing, please let the instructor know.  This project is a partnership.  You might consider working this project alone. 

  7. Gear:  Use the iPad video kits.
  8. Video Editing:  All videos are edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.
  9. On-Camera Person – You can memorize your script or you can be promoted with questions.  Make sure you are prepared.  Don’t hold papers, notebook, and keep looking up and down.  Look at the camera!  This is a chance to shine, be prepared before the video shoot.  It  should look like you are having  conversation,  NOT READING A SCRIPT.
  10.  Prompting – If your team members are asking you questions to help record your interviews, DO NOT include the questions for prompting in video, it will only be the person in front of the camera speaking included in video and their voice.   Leave time, about 5 seconds or so between answering the asking answering the questions to avoid problems when editing, or plan extra time for reshooting your assignment.
  11. Ken Burns Effect – Adding movement and scale to images and video during the video editing process.
    Ken Burns Effect for Still Images – If you have still images, photos, art or  more, use the Effects Panel in Adobe Premiere Pro CC, working with movement and scale, often called the Ken Burns Effect.   (This counts for one camera shot required for video.) Get help in class.  You can also add motion to your video.  Ken Burns Effect for still images
    Ken Burns Effect for Video – If  you shot using the Rule of Thirds, you can move the subject or person more toward the center focus of the video frame. This is done  only in the video editing, not while shooting.  (This counts for one camera shot required for video.)
    Ken Burns Effect for video
  12. Required Background Video, b-roll, such as campus settings – You can also include screen video of your website if you are updating the Introduction Video or featuring a website.  See link below or get help in class.  (If you have an on-camera person talking  and video is placed over person talking, you can see the person in the video, then it’s b-roll.)
    Learn how to record screen video of websites.
  13.  Required Music  – (See Resources for Creative Commons or Public Domain Music listed below.) You must include music for at least the opening title and rolling credits.Music should be audio transitions you learned in the Video Editing Project for increasing and decreasing the music.  Adobe Premiere Pro CC  –  From the Effects Panel, go to the Audio Transitions, locate the Exponential Fade.  Insert the transition at the start and end of audio clip.YOU MUST HAVE RIGHTS TO USE MUSIC, such as Creative Commons or Public Domain.  You must credit the music in the rolling end title.  Use music that does not violate copyright laws, such as Creative Commons, and you have the right to use.  Get help with this in class.  The music should not overpower or distract from the person talking, and can lowered or turned off.

    On your blog post
    YOU MUST PROVIDE
    A direct link to music source in your required WordPress blog post.  See music resources below.Example of how to credit on your blog post:  The music used for this video is entitled  “The Royal Vagabond”  by Jokers Dance Orchestra from Free Music Archives, licensed under Public Domain.

    End credits in video
    You must give credit in your end title for music
    on your video for music, listing music title, artist and the license you have to use the audio.

    VIDEO Credit Example:

    Video by Jane Smith (That’s the person that shot video, not the person in the video.)
    Edited and Produced by Jane Smith (Or all names of your team)
    Photographs by Jane Smith   (MUST HAVE RIGHT TO PUBLISH or DON’T USE!)
    Shot on location
    Saint Cloud State University
    ©2016 Jane Smith.  All Rights Reserved. (Or all names of your team)
    Music “The Royal Vagabond”
    By Jokers Dance Orchestra
    Free Music Archives
    Public Domain License
  14. Resources for Creative Commons or Public Domain Music
    Get password for Killertracks from instructor.

  15. Required title slides:  Opening or main title using  lower thirds title slide only
    Don’t call the video Final Video. Give it a name related to the video topic. 
    You will be asked to rename video if it’s call Final Video.
     Example for the Introduction Video:  
    Name of Person (Main title)
    Saint Cloud State University (subtitle) Example of video about ghosts at SCSU:  
    Campus Ghosts(Main title)
    Saint Cloud State University (subtitle) Example of video about campus tour SCSU:  
    Campus Tour(Main title)
    Saint Cloud State University (subtitle)
     Example of video about campus dorms SCSU:  
    Campus Dorms(Main title)
    Saint Cloud State University (subtitle)
  16. Additional Lower thirds title, as needed, for each person on camera – Can be used with name of person, and other details, such as what student is majoring
    Example:
    Name of Person
    Public Relations Major (Broadcast, Business or other)
  17. Required Rolling End title: (Can use a still end title instead of rolling) All details of producers of your project, music, copyright details
  18. Required Scrolling title:  You can use a scrolling title to highlight awards, honors, GPA, student activities or something that’s important about you to a prospective employer or highlight your academic and career goals.  If your topic is about a historic campus building, you might include date building was built, number of reported ghost sighting and more.
  19. Rule of Thirds:  Avoid placing the person or subject in the center in the viewfinder.
    Click on image below to enlarge.
    BarnRuleofThirdsweb
  20. In the viewfinder, front of camera and behind:  The majority of your shots should include the subject’s head and shoulders or chest and shoulders.  You can include b-roll of subject walking for full length views.Watch the opening minutes of the BBC Viking Saga and see how the presenter is placed in the frame, almost never in the center, using the Rule of Thirds.
    Click on image below to enlarge.

    sketchdynamic shots
  21. Above all:  Make sure your camera is tightly mounted to tripod, you are monitoring audio at all times with headset.  Make sure you have properly set up the record settings, audio and all camera setting.  Refer to your camera guide if you are in doubt.

SCRIPT SUGGESTIONS

Panasonic AC90 CAMERA (Optional )

VideoFinalProjectPanasonic AC90 – The recording format for this project is PH 1080/60i.
View general reference guide for camera. 

  • Storyboard (Optional) – Download Word Doc to help plan camera shots for project.  Plan out shots, include photos and types of shots you plan to shoot.  Download 
  • Doing all the work for your video team? If your video partner is not doing their fair share of work, such as showing up for video shoots, planning,  editing, please let the instructor know.  This project is a partnership.

START POST PRODUCTION

DOWNLOADING VIDEO – Panasonic AC90

Panasonic AC90

  • Turn camera off before removing SD (Secure Digital) cards from Panasonic AC90
  • iMacs – The iMacs have a SD card slot or reader located on the back of the computer display.  Locate the slot and insert your SD card.
  • Create Folder in Data HD in iMac, portable hard drive – In the Data HardDrive or your personal portable hard drive, NOT jump or flip drive, create a folder for your video.  Give folder your name, such as JannetWalshVideoProject.  Name it something that will be easy to find.
  • Private Folder – Copy the Private folder, located in the SD card on the iMac desktop, to the folder you just created, JannetWalshVideoProject.  DON’T RENAME PRIVATE FOLDER. Do not take the files out of the folder.  Move the entire folder named PRIVATE.
  • More than one SD Card – If you have more than one SD card to download, create another folder inside video folder, JannetWalshVideoProject, and copy the next Private folders, but don’t rename.  Follow this procedure for the next download.  This will help prevent damaging video files during downloads.
  • Removal of SD card from iMac – Before removing card, make sure you can locate all your files in your folder in the DataHD or personal hard drive. Use the ejection button on the keyboard to    remove the SD card.

CREATE NEW PROJECT

  • Open Premiere Pro application, icon is purple with letters PR.
  • Create new Project – Go to:  File, new project or use the welcome window to create new project.  Name it with a date and a name that you will know it it and easy to find. 
    Example: 120416JannetWalshfinalvideo
  • Save project in your video folder, Example: JannetWalshVideoProject, you created in the DataHD or your portable hard drive. 
  • Use the Browse button on the New Project window to go to the DataHD.  The Scratch disk should be Same as Project location.
  • Import Media Clips – Now you need to import the media clips you just copied from the Private folder, now located in the DataHD or portable hard drive. JannetWalshVideoProject. 
  • Import Media – Go to the Media Browser, lower left corner of Premiere Pro window,  Shift +8.
  • Next, navigate to your video folder, JannetWalshVideoProject, in the DataHD or portable hard drive.  You will see your media clips appearing as thumbnail images. 
  • Right click on the PRIVATE folder with your media files, select IMPORT. COMMAND S to save.
  • Your clips are now in your media browser ready to edited. 

TITLE SLIDES

This was demonstrated in the earlier video assignment.  Get help in class.

VIDEO EDITING – Watch video

  • Video Editing – The video must be edited with Adobe Premiere Pro CC.  View Tutorials

MUSIC RESOURCES

REQUIRED TITLES

  • Reference link for video tutorials for titles
  • Main or cover title, lower third – The main title of  the video video is the title slide that introduces your video.  Keep this simple.  Create a lower thirds title, with the name of video and a second and third line, smaller text, but readable of the video partners.  Time:  about 5 seconds. 
  • Lower third title for each person in the video that is singled out in video, use a first and last name, if possible. 
    Example:  The on-camera talent or narrator must be named. Time:  about 5 seconds or so.
  • Crawling title (Optional)  – Add a crawling title, it does not have to be long, a few words,  adding extra details about your video or the location you shot the video.  Make sure the speed of the crawl is readable. Time: The time needed to read the title with ease will determine the length of the crawling title.
  • End title or credit  – Rolling or still title at the end of video with copyright, details on music, artist and license you have for the audio.  List the video partners that photographed, edited and produced video.  (That’s you!)  Time:  about 5  more seconds or the time needed to read the title  with ease. 
  • Check your spelling for all captions and make sure all titles are within the Safe Margins

EXPORTING VIDEO – Adobe Premiere Pro

  1. Go to File, Export, then Media. An export window will open.
    exportingAdobePRCC windo
  2. Source Range: Entire Sequence, located on bottom left of export window
  1. Format: H.264, located format on right side of export window, then look for H.2.64
  1. Preset: Match – High bitrate, on right side of export window.  Make sure it’s not on another setting.
  1. Output Name: Student name, VideoFinal and project due date. Name video file something that you know what the video is about.
  1. TV Standard: NTSC, located on right side of export window.
  2. Select Export button – Export button is located on bottom right corner of export window. The export will take about the same amount of time as the running time of the video you created.
  1. Locate your finished video file and review. Make changes in project before uploading to YouTube,

CHECKLIST, YOUTUBE

Review the assignment and checklist before uploading to YouTube. Make sure you have all the requirements for your video.

Before exporting and Uploading to YouTube

Use this list before exporting and uploading your video to YouTube. If you have followed the directions in the video tutorials,then you will be on track.

  1. Review all items in the About Video Requirements listed above.  If you are missing an item, you are not done.
  1. You have adjusted the audio levels to about -6 db, making it easy to listen to and not too loud. If the audio meter is not indicating any red levels, you have properly adjusted the audio.
  1. The Main Video Title, lower third  has been updated with your details, along for the edited and produced by with your name and video partner’s names.
  1. The Rolling Title has been updated with your details for the edited and produced by with your name.
    Example:
    Video by Jane Smith
    Edited and Produced by Janet Smith (Or all names of your team)
    Photographs by Jane Smith  (If you included still images – MUST HAVE RIGHT TO PUBLISH or DON’T USE)
    Shot on location
    Saint Cloud State University
    ©2016 Jane Smith.  All Rights Reserved. (Or all names of your team)
    Music “The Royal Vagabond”
    By Jokers Dance Orchestra
    Free Music Archives
    Public Domain License
  1. Lower Third and Crawling Title (Crawling Title is optional) have been added to the video project.
  1. B-Roll has been added to video.  The video is well paced and the B-Roll appears to match the rhythm of the music. The video clips match the music flow and the edits are clean, with no gabs. Video transitions are added, but not necessary.
  1. Export Video from Premiere Pro Steps
    Details
    Go to File, Export, then Media.
    Source Range: Entire Sequence
    Format: H.264
    Preset: Match – High bitrate
    Output Name: Student name, EditAudio and project due date
    TV Standard NTSC
    Export – Export video and review final video
  2. Upload to YouTube
    Go to YouTube, select Upload and drag or drop video file.
    Complete title and caption area, make video UNLISTEDPUBLIC or NOT private!
    YouTubepublishing
  1. Watch video and make sure it’s as you want and can see it all.
  2. Deliver final video by due date – Send a link of UNLISTED YouTube video link and  a screen shot of video on YouTube to the D2L.

CHECKLIST – END

GRADING RUBRIC

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