Personally, post-production is the part I enjoy most. You take your media assets and assemble, edit, and polish them into the video that your audience will experience.
You will finish this part of the process when you are satistfied with it or until it is due, whichever comes first. We are going to call this the director’s cut. In the Hollywood world, they have for a long time circulated privately for many of the feature films that ran in the movie theaters. The Internet world, of course, has endless potential for various versions of videos to circulate and later to get mixed into other videos.
Most of the videos on YouTube are edited with Windows Movie Maker. Its big advantage is that is comes free on almost all computers that have the Windows operating system, and it is available as a free download from Microsoft for everyone else. Its big disadvantage is its limited options. For example, if you want to do anything at all complicated with music and voice, you need a separate audio editor. Most people use Audacity because it is free and very powerful.
At the other end of the spectrum is Apple’s Final Cut. Some of the first-run feature films that you might have seen at the Regal were edited with Final Cut, so its big advantage is its power and amazing array of options. Its big disadvantage is its high price, $999 at the Apple Store. That’s for the whole suite because, like Movie Maker, Final Cut is best used with some other software, included in Final Cut Studio:
- Final Cut Pro – video editing
- Motion – moving graphics and animation
- Soundtrack Pro – audio post-production
- Color – color grading and finishing
- Compressor and DVD Studio for digital delivery virtually anywhere — Apple devices, the web, and disc
In addition, you may find it helpful, depending on your project, to edit some still images before you import them into your video editor.
Opening Titles and Closing Credits
Your video needs to have a title and perhaps some other information at the beginning and credits at the end, sort of like book covers or the handshake at the beginning and end of a business encounter.
Opening title sequence
At a minimum, you should display the video’s title in your opening sequence. If you look at just the beginnings of YouTube videos, you will see a variety of approaches to this opening sequence. Here’s a video with the title and the maker’s name. The title starts over black and remains for a few seconds after the video itself begins.
A more elaborate title sequence might be like this one, which first announces the production company with an animated title.
an even more elaborate opening includes the names of the cast and production team, information that is more often in closing credits and may be in both places. These folks had the budget for some fancy animation. You can use video that you shot and may or may not have used in the body of the video.
Closing credits sequence
This should tell us where you got your media assets if you didn’t make them yourself. In the case of the music, identify the titles and musicians. The closing credits are also an opportunity to thank the people who helped you, cast, crew, or just inspiration. They are also a good place to put a date and a copyright notice if you are concerned about such things.
In class, we will look at your test segments and discuss some of the choices you made. You will also be able to see what other students have done so that you can make changes to yours.
America’s Funniest Home Videos End Credits 1993
opening and closing
short video using special effects – Billy Collins’ Forgetfulness
Music promos are designed to grab your attention, capture the imagination and keep you entertained with each and every frame. Sequence Post-Production shows you how to create a dramatic and energetic piece of video work.
Blender — free open source 3D content creation suite, available for all major operating systems
First Light Movies How to Make a Film – funds and inspires young people, throughout the UK, to make films reflecting the diversity of their lives. – Lora
MonkeySee’s Produce Your Own How-To Video – watch all nine of the videos yourself but show us just six or seven minutes of highlights.
Blade, visual novel engine
Video Maker’s Production
Video Maker’s Post-Production –
Video Maker’s Distribution
Izzy Video – the video podcast that shows you how to shoot and edit better video – show us six or seven minutes of highlights –
downloading and converting YouTube (and other) videos
plug-in / add-on for Firefox and Internet Explorer
Atomic Learning’s MovieMaker 2 tutorials – lighting –
Microsoft’s Make your first movie –
WindowsMoviemakers.net Tutorials – pick a couple of advanced topics that look interesting to you
iMovie – from these several dozen video tutorials, pick seven or eight minutes of highlights
YouTube’s Final Cut Pro tutorials
Ken Stone’s green screening techniques
Genius DV’s Final Cut Pro tutorials
Titles and credits:
Audacity video tutorials from Google Video — show us highlights
– Fix Picture’s Resize or Convert Images –
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Special Effects FX software
Muvee’s Autoproducer and Reveal – try the free trial –
Pixelan’s SpiceFX for MovieMaker
Wondertouch’s fx software – download the free trial.
Music and sound effects
CCMixter.org – “download, sample, cut-up, share” – “You already have permission…”.
browse the samples, download what you want to your project folder, import the file into Final Cut, edit as you would any other clip.
Remember to give credit to the composer!
CCMixter has a new function called “Dig” ccMixter Music Discovery
It has a section just for Instrumental Music for Film and Video. Click on “Advanced dig”
Google search results for free sound effects