Makin’ Movies: F/X Webinar

Here are a few words on and a couple of quick links to some of the things I covered in yesterday’s webinar. They are mostly from past blog posts.

picture-1.png      RATING SCREENS are a good way to set up a movie or trailer. Use any program that gives you a green background. Then find a “blocky” sans serif font and use a transparent table for the box. Add a little film noise or aged film filter for that scratchy old cinema effect.

SOUND – good sound is more than just a special effect. Consider external microphones for both your computers and camcorders (make sure your camcorder has a sound in jack). Use Audacity or the built-in iMovie tools to change the pitch of voices – from the Chipmunks to Darth Vader.

EDITING – use slow motion, speed up a clip with someone walking slowly in a crowd that’s moving at normal speed. Have students walk or run backwards, falling or jumping along the way. Then reverse the clip so they seem to walking forward and defying gravity with those falls and jumps. Try cutting to the action or on the action: someone reaches to open the door and cut to the other side just as the door opens.

dnimdgreen3d.jpgCHROMA KEY or green screen effect can be tricky but is well worth the effort. It’s built in to Adobe Premiere, Pinnacle, Ulead(?), and Final Cut programs. You can buy plug-ins for iMovie (not the ’07 version!) or use the free blue screen from Stupendous. Anybody know of a plug-in for MovieMaker? You can also use a projected image or big screen TV to sneak a background in.

Some ideas are also in HARDWARE.

Any FLIP camera users out there with advice on how to import video for either the Mac or PC?

My STAR Discovery Educator copy of WebBlender just arrived so this may be a good test for creating a new web page.

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