Serif Video and Audio Project

Lesson 1 – Getting started with Movie Plus

Lesson Overview:

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.

Lesson Tasks:

Assessment:

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

Lesson Overview:

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.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • 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)

 

Assessment:

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

 

Lesson Overview:

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!

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • 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.

 

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

 

Lesson Overview:

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!

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • 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

 

Assessment:

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.

Lesson 5 – Movie Special Effects

Lesson Overview

This lesson is an extension lesson aimed at those students who have a natural grasp for video editing and want to take their skills further. In the following videos you will get to learn some pretty advanced editing skills that will take your productions from basic to professional. Good luck, take your time and remember you are now using advanced editing techniques that will require a lot of patience and problem solving.

 

Feel free to use the Lesson 5 Media Assets to help you with these tasks (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)

Assessment:

Save all experiments in your ‘Video and Audio Portfolio’ folder.

 

Creating a Teleport Special Effect:

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Creating Industry Standard Effects:

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Pan and Zoom plus Split Screen Effect:

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Green Screen Video Effect:

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 Lesson 6 – Adding Music and Voice overs

 

Lesson Overview:

In this lesson we will look at how to add music to our movie and how to record a voice over within Serif Movie Plus. Audio can have a big impact on the quality of a movie so it is worth spending a little time on learning these techniques then doing further practice and experimentation.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Open and save a new project caller ‘ Working with audio’
  • Import a music file to your project (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)
  • Place music file on the timeline cut and position as necessary
  • Record a voiceover and then place this on your timeline
  • Experiment further with these techniques until you master them

 

Assessment:

Save all work to your ‘Movie and Audio portfolio’ file. Do further voiceovers and experiments with a partner and discuss further possibilities and improvements.

Lesson 7 – Sound effects

Lesson Overview:

This is an extension task for those students who want to take their productions / movies that little bit further and make them super professional. Adding sound effects and replacing the original sound can be extremely powerful and requires multiple layers and sound tracks.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Go to http://freesound.org and register an account
  • Download the sound effects for your project, .wav and .mp3 files work the best
  • Import these files into your project
  • place them where they are needed and create multiple audio tracks as needed to layer these sound effects.
  • Alternatively feel free to use the sounds provided in the Lesson 5 Media Assets page (Download Media Files from ‘Lesson Assets’ page)

 

Assessment:

Save all work to your ‘Video and Audio Portfolio’ file. Discuss this process with a peer. What parts of the process are good, not good and challenging.

Lesson 8 – Project Briefs

For your final assessment you will need to choose one of the following briefs and complete the associated tasks. Hand all finished work into your teacher and keep a copy of your portfolio for your records.

 

Project Brief 1: Create a NEWS broadcast, which includes both studio and an on the scene account of events unfolding

Project Brief 2: Create a short sequence for the reality TV show ‘Educating Essex

Project Brief 3: Create a TV advert for a product of your choice

 

Project Objectives

  • Planning your project: Create a storyboard to demonstrate the flow of your movie, this should include a minimum of 6 slides.
  • Making the final movie: Use the variety of the skills learnt in this course to produce a professional quality movie product for one of the briefs above.
  • Include screenshots to show the step by step development of this project
  • Finally a written evaluation describing the success of this project
Lesson 9 – Planning your video project

Lesson Overview:

As part of this project you will need to demonstrate that you understand how to plan and develop a storyboard. You will need to produce a minimum of 6 slide demonstrating your intentions and the outline of your video project.

 

Lesson Tasks:

  • Discuss with your partner the first sequence of events for your movie
  • Write down basic instruction on 6+ post it notes for what is happening in each scene
  • Draw a basic image for each of these descriptions
  • Remember to include the basic information (time, place, inside or out, etc…)

 

Assessment:

Include your final storyboard in your ‘Film and Audio Portfolio’ folder, minimum of 6 slides. You will be assessed on quality of drawing and the clarity of the information in each description.

 

Resources:

Digital storyboards – www.storyboardthat.com

 

Storyboard

Lesson 10 – Evaluating your project

The final part of this project is to create and submit your project evaluation. Write a clear and concise evaluation based on the following three points and submit this with your final project as part of your ‘Video and Audio Portfolio’ folder.

 

Evaluation:

  • Which project brief did you choose?
  • Work through the processes of how you achieved your final project outcome?
  • How would you improve this project if you were to do it again?
Lesson 11 – Lesson Assets

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