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Re: Whattup!

By The Dane | "The Dane" <thedaneof5683@...> | thedaneof5683
July 16, 2004 | Post #346 | Topic #323

--- In videoblogging@yahoogroups.com, Jay Dedman <jay@m...> wrote: > Welcome the Dane. Glad you jumped in. > everyone check this guy out. > he's been videoblogging before I even knew what videoblogging was. > plus, his voice is much different than the ones we have in this > group(that Ive seen so far). > > So the Dane, what's your process when you videoblog? > is everything done in Flash? > how long does the process take? > you post every week, right? > if you had a perfect tool to videoblog, what would it be? > Jay, It depends on exactly what I have in mind for the vid, but essentially it boils down to this: 1) I shoot any footage I plan on using (in the early days, I shot more spontaneously, but after people began to expect a certain level of entertainment in every episode (yes, I post a new vid every Tuesday), I felt the pressure to plan at least a little bit more (though spontaneous moments still creep in). Shooting will be anywhere between one and four disks worth (I'm shooting all this on a Mavica, which was never intended for any valuable video creation). 2) Next I open up a Flash template I created to give my vidblogs a uniform feel. Initially, as I said, I just put up raw videos as straight mpegs (which some of my users still prefer as they were able to take the video and easily download it to harddrive. Flash takes extra steps for the moment - I'm working on a solution to this. The template includes the preloader which is handy for slower connections. It also has standard title and episode text-entries and button navigation to help cut down on my production time. 3) Now I import my mpegs and edit them via Flash MX's import tool. This allows for clip compression, audio separation, and a couple other features I find helpful. Again, these are not the tools anyone interested in a crisp look should look into. Production quality is really very, er, guerilla - but it suits my needs handsomely and as I already used Flash for work, I didn't need to purchase any additional software. 4) Once imported into the Flash library, I simply plop the files onto the Flash timeline and add any additional tweaks (like navigation to deleted scenes, alternate cuts, or bonus material and hit publish. Ideally, the process can take no longer than a half hour for shooting, editing, and publication but for some reason I always feel the need now to add stuff to complicate the process - such as the hand cramping animation in Episode 20: Cosmic Interrupt. Episodes with more involvement have taken me up to eight hours, stripping all spontanaety from the process. Some episodes I'll actually write out scripts and memorize lines before filming. In almost every case, I am the one filming and so the angle from which I appear is fairly uniform. And yes, nowadays, I esclusively use Flash for publication - it seems to work happily for me as everybody pretty much already has the Flash Player. My perfect tool would be pretty similar to Flash, but one that would allow Photoshop-style filters and adjutment layers. As well, it would have to have a more reliable use of audio - when separating audio or importing mp3s, it often becomes out of sync, which is fine for my comedy, but would be disastrous for more serious efforts.