- Get a hold of an MP3 track – we used One Call Away by Charlie Puth.
- Film your footage, using a variety of angles – we filmed Lauren playing on the guitar.
- Import the footage and audio into Premiere Pro.
- Once it’s imported choose four (or any number) of videos and sync them together with the music (on different viewing panels).
- Create a “New Sequence from Clip” from the footage you have just synced. It will open a new multi-camera target sequence, in the “Program Monitor” and “Timeline” panel.
- Enable “Multi-camera Recording” by clicking the “Multi-camera Record” toggle button on.
- Play the sequence and whilst it’s playing, press the number key on the main keyboard to cut to the camera with that number.
- You can then refine the video by using the “Crop” tool in order to get it exactly where you want and export when happy.
The idea of having the video move, in order to create a smooth panning/tracking effect grew out from the summer task evaluation. In the video I chose to imitate (‘Rather Be’ by Clean Bandit) there was always slight movement of the camera, and because I did not own any professional equipment to achieve the smooth tracking, the video was a little jolty and the speed differed.
Through taking part in this Mini Task I was looking got achieve a smooth tracking of the action. We have filmed Lauren playing the guitar and filmed her from a variety of angles. We have then imported the clips into Premiere Pro in order to edit it. To create the smooth panning we have changed the scale of the video, so it was larger, and moved it to one side. Then we have used the Positioning effect to move it from one side of the screen to the other within a short period of time. This effect takes the audience on a journey, and creates an interesting and new effect, compared to the typical ‘still camera’ filming.
Most of the complications that we faced came in the post production element. Whilst editing, there was a ‘black strip’ issue, when the video was supposed to stop. On one side of the screen a black stripe would appear, and ruin the effect and the video. Another complication we faced was the quality of the video after we zoomed in in order to make it larger.
I might use this technique in my final video for the story part of the video, to show the character, not the instruments or the band members. I would do that because I would want to have a smooth tracking/panning of the character, like the effect I did not fully achieve in my summer task. The slight movement of the camera will give the video and interesting effect, and make it more engaging.
- Get a hold of an MP3 track or your choice – we used Hold Back the River by James Bay.
- Then film the scene, quite far away from the subject and with a variety of angles.
- Import the footage into Premiere Pro, with the track.
- Once everything is imported, make sure the footage is in time with the music, if you filmed someone playing on an instrument, like we did.
- Double click on the video preview and make the image bigger, as if you have zoomed in.
- Then using the “Motion” option in the “Effects Control” panel create sequences whilst moving the image across the screen, to give it the illusion of smooth panning/movement.
- Render and export the video when you’re happy with it.
For one of our initial tasks we have practiced digitally creating movement. When using the camera it can get a little shaky, and we wanted to try and minimilise that movement as much as possible.
Here is the final video:
During the filming of the task we had trouble in getting the reversed lyrics right, so when we flipped the video to be forward, some of the lyrics don’t match. We decided as a group to write out the reversed song phonetically to make it easier for the actress to sing it, however that was still difficult. I will not use this technique in my final video, as it would be too difficult for the performers, and would most likely just not work out.
- First choose a song you want to use and download it – we chose Airplanes by B.O.B.
- Open it up in Adobe Audition, picking the part of the song you want to use, like the chorus.
- When your audio is ready, film the scene, with the actor/actress lip syncing or singing the reversed audio.
- After filming, open up Premiere Pro and import the original audio, and the footage.
- Right click on the clip and select the “Speed/Duration” option from the menu.
- Select “Reverse Speed” and click “OK”.
- All that’s left to do is to match the original audio with the reversed footage, making sure that it matches.
Slow motion lip syncing is a technique where the video appears to be shot in slow motion, however, the singer’s lips are perfectly in sync. It can be achieved in a few easy steps:
- Get hold of a track (mp3).
- Import it into Adobe Audition.
- When imported, it will come as audio and video; delete the video.
- Delete majority of the audio, leaving at least 5 seconds before the part you want to use.
- Delete to the point you want it to last to.
- Click on Effects, Time and Pitch, and Stretch and Pitch (Process).
- Speed the song up to the point you want (for our video, the original lasted for 90s, ad we sped it up to 60s).
- When the audio is ready, export it and go shoot the video. The song will be sped up, so that later when put back to the original length, it will appear as if the video is slow, but the lip syncing will be normal.
A good example of an existing music video that uses this technique is Yellow by Coldplay. In the video, the lead singer is walking along a beach singing the song, but he is walking in slow motion. We can also notice that the video is slowed down by looking at the waves in the background.