Part II: Video Montages Tech Talk Tutorial


This text is a part two in our proceeding sequence at the technical facet of making video montages for weddings, candy 16s, quinceañeras or bar/bat mitzvahs. If you have not learn section one, please Google that first, earlier than studying section two.

After we final left off, you had effectively navigated previous the PAL/NTSC selection, determined whether or not you sought after your montage to be 4:3/Complete Body or 16:9/Widescreen, and selected whether or not or to not create your video montage in hi-definition video, frequently known as hi-def, or in usual definition video, often referred to as usual def.

You will have additionally found out learn how to import your pictures and video clips into your venture and now you are prepared to get began.

An entertaining montage for an match corresponding to a marriage, bar or bat mitzvah, candy 16 or quinceañeras is most efficient when it tells a tale. Fairly than simply going from {photograph} to {photograph} whilst some song performs within the background, you need the montage to enlighten the target audience as to who the topic of the montage is – what makes he, she (or they), the individual(s) they’re, as demonstrated in the course of the pictures, video clips, song, voice-over and graphics. I may not spend an excessive amount of time explaining learn how to very best accomplish this, as this sequence is targeted basically at the technical sides of making a montage and that falls a bit of extra into the inventive zone, however there’s some overlap right here, so I can comment on one of the most technical equipment applied to create an efficient montage.

The fundamental parts that contain a montage are as follows:

  1. Image/pictures
  2. Sound
  3. Titles or Graphics;
  4. Transitions;
  5. Particular Results

“Image,” or the pictures noticed in a montage are basically (a) the conserving for a time period on {a photograph}; or (b) permitting a video clip to play for a undeniable period.

With images, the montage will probably be infinitely extra stress-free if you’ll make the most of “digital camera motion” all the way through the time the {photograph} is on display. Other device programs will let you create those strikes in several tactics, with the outcome enabling a “digital camera transfer” to zoom in at the {photograph}, zoom out, or transfer in any method around the symbol. The velocity at which the transfer will happen relies on how lengthy the {photograph} is on display, and the way massive a transfer you program.

For instance, let’s consider you might have a pleasant, broad {photograph} of an individual status on a seaside and the whole determine of the individual is handiest about part the peak of the {photograph}. If the {photograph} will probably be on display for 2 seconds and also you program the pc to start out via appearing all the {photograph} after which you need it to finally end up close-up at the particular person’s face – smartly that is a large transfer to occur in two seconds and the motion to get there will probably be reasonably fast. It’ll seem slower should you prolong the period that the {photograph} remains on display, or if you select a last level that isn’t as enormously other as the place to begin – corresponding to going from the whole {photograph} to finally end up framing the individual from his head right down to his knees fairly than simply his face. This could then require a slower digital camera transfer to get there.

Like in a film, digital camera strikes additionally serve to indicate sides of the {photograph} to the viewer. They lend a hand “inform a tale.” If you happen to get started close-up at the {photograph} after which “pull-out” to expose any other object or particular person, the viewer will get a undeniable feeling conveyed, i.e. “Glance there may be little Mikey having amusing at the seaside. Oh, he is there with cousin Bobby!” Or, should you get started broad on {a photograph} of a number of folks, the viewer will first soak up the entire crew without delay…however should you then zoom in on one specific particular person, the digital camera transfer will focal point the viewer’s consideration to to possibly level one thing out about that particular person, i.e. “have a look at Lisa’s expression! She’s rolling her eyes on the particular person status subsequent to her.” On this method, you’ll make a static {photograph} a lot more thrilling and informative via relaying the guidelines just a little at a time.

Needless to say digital camera strikes are also efficient when they don’t seem to be time and again the similar, however fairly numerous, i.e. now and again beginning broad and transferring nearer; different occasions beginning shut and pulling again broad.

Video clips must be selected to lend a hand upload to the tale concerning the particular person featured within the montage. Watch out not to use too lengthy of a clip – stay asking of yourself what’s the shortest period the place the aim of the clip has been conveyed, after which transfer directly to the following subject material.

Sound can both be the audio coming from the video clip, or a song variety, voice-over or sound impact, or a mixture of all. Clearly with images there is not going to be any herbal sound, so the entire above can be utilized to make the {photograph} extra attention-grabbing. Additionally, simply because a video clip has sound to it, doesn’t suggest you’ll’t have extra sound – corresponding to song or sound results you upload to it. Additionally, there could also be cases the place you do not want to listen to the herbal sound from the video clip however as an alternative need to handiest use the clip for its visuals, with a special soundtrack at the back of it. Image and audio must at all times be regarded as two separate pieces – and you’ve got limitless freedom to switch both regardless of whether or not there used to be the rest there within the first position. Once more, those possible choices are what mix that will help you inform a tale in the course of the montage.

Titles or graphics are parts created for your modifying gadget (or in other places) that put across visible knowledge. Titles can seem over black (or different colours or backgrounds), or they are able to be added on most sensible of {a photograph} or video clip. Titles and graphics will also be a good way to impart knowledge for your “tale” and in addition serve so as to add some selection to the visible affect of your montage, in order that the viewer will get a temporary destroy from taking a look at pictures and video clips. This may serve to split sections of the montage for a goal, or to build-up to a specific {photograph} or video.

Transitions are the strategies through which you exchange from visible to visible. The most simple is referred to as a reduce, which is simply changing one visible with the following on a specific body of video or time limit. For montages, cuts will also be efficient after they happen in time with – or to – a beat of the song. Cuts can be jarring both purposely or no longer.

A softer or extra delicate approach to alternate from one symbol to any other is with a dissolve or wipe impact. A dissolve is a gentle alternative of 1 symbol with any other over a time period – which will also be adjusted in period. Necessarily one symbol fades out whilst the opposite fades in, making a extra lyrical alternate from one to the opposite. A “wipe” can are available many various models. The picture can slide off the display whilst the opposite symbol slides on; it could actually twirl, bend, break-apart; shrink; and many others. There are circle wipes, page-turn wipes, pixel wipes, and many others. As computer systems have got extra refined and device programs extra advanced, the volume of “preset” wipes has handiest larger.

A phrase of warning. Watch out for the wipes!

They’ll appear cool while you first have a look at them, however should you use too many too ceaselessly they are able to be distracting and in the end appear tacky or reasonable fairly than cool – the other impact that you just had been possibly pondering. In my view, cuts and dissolves are the “classiest” equipment, with the occasional use of an inventive wipe a good way to carry some variation to the montage. However use them sparingly! Simply reason you were given it, doesn’t suggest you must use it!

Particular results can be efficient if used now and again. One development that has discovered its approach into match montages however begins to enter the “tacky” zone, is using green-screen compositing with video clips. That is the place a personality in a clip (generally newly created for this goal) is inserted or composited into any other background or transferring symbol, corresponding to a well known film. The most important pork I’ve with this, isn’t such a lot the theory, itself, however fairly the deficient high quality of the compositing paintings. Inexperienced-screen/compositing is tricky to do smartly. I, if truth be told, directed a mainstream film the place we shot two-thirds of the film in entrance of a green-screen. It used to be a film referred to as Gamebox 1.0 (search for it on video or tv!), and the tale concerned a online game tester who unearths himself actually within a online game, and the one approach out is to win the sport. (The impending film Tron has a identical premise). So I’m very accustomed to green-screen paintings. To be able to do green-screen proper, the right kind equipment want to be used and it must be shot in a undeniable approach to make the mixing glance plausible. If you’ll’t do it proper, do not do it in any respect, for my part! There, I have mentioned my peace.

Clearly with particular results basically, if it “provides” to the tale of the montage, then nice, do it. If it does not, then do not do it. Occasionally simplicity is the easiest way to inform a tale.

It is now time so that you can get busy striking the montage in combination using all of the parts described above. Glad montaging!

That concludes section two of our sequence…

Keep tuned for Video Montages Tech Communicate Educational section 3 which is able to duvet the technical sides of finishing a montage and getting ready for its big-screen debut.