Lesson 1 – Getting started with Movie Plus
In this lesson we are going to look at opening Serif Movie Plus, setting up a project and importing media. The final step will be using your media on the timeline.
- Open Serif Movie Plus and start a new project
- Import your media using the media tab
- Use Lesson 1 video and photo assets for these tasks (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’)
- Drag media to timeline
- Save project
Save this project to a new folder / portfolio. Call this portfolio ‘Surname Firstname – Movie and Audio Portfolio’. This portfolio we be assessed at the end of the course so make sure you keep it up to date.
Lesson 2 – Adding titles and captions
In this lesson we will look at how to add and manipulate text for your project. This will be achieved in three ways, an overlay, intro text and scrolling end credits text. This is a powerful tool which you are encouraged to experiment with and try out all of the various options and presets.
- Open and setup a new movie project, save this as ‘Movie Action Sequence’
- Create an overlay text object and add a background
- Inset some intro text using the ripple tool
- Create and edit: Rolling Credits for the end of your movie
- Experiment with styles and preset animations
- Final Task: Create some overlay text for an Action Sequence, think about the words that you could use and the style and colour that these should be created in.
- Use the Lesson 2 assets for this project (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)
Peer assess another Action Sequence look at text used, discuss the aspects of the work that are successful, could be improved and further editing techniques to explore.
Add this project to your ‘Film and Audio Portfolio’ file
Lesson 3 – Trim and split media
In this lesson we will look at splitting, trimming and placement of movie clips. This is a fairly simple process but done well can mean the difference between a professional looking edit or a home movie quality video. Practice makes perfect!
- Start a new project, then save it. call this project ‘British Heritage and Tourism’
- Practice using the editing tools in the preview window
- Practice the same tools but this time on the timeline
- Continue to practice and experiment with these techniques until you feel confident enough to move onto the Assessment.
- Import Lesson 3 Media Assets (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)
- Create a 30 second sequence demonstrating four places in Britain that tourists could visit
- Cut clips to fit sequence brief
- Include Text and captions to promote these locations
- Export the final sequence as an .mp4 file
Save these experiments to your video and audio portfolio. View one of your peers projects and discuss things that could be improved and things you like about their project.
Lesson 4 – Video Transitions
In this lesson we will look at how to use and control transitions. It’s important to say at this point that transitions are done best when they are done simply. Just because you can doesn’t mean you should!
- Create and save a new project called ‘Fireworks Transitions’
- Import Lesson 4 Media Assets for this project (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)
- Add a video transition to the beginning, end and middle of your video sequence
- Experiment with the different kinds of transitions
- Use the finer editing tools to enhance these transitions further
- Save and export your final video
Save your project to your video and audio portfolio folder. Discuss with your peers what you thought of the various transitions, which ones were best and how professional they would look in your final project.