Bryce Beatty
10/8/08
Week #2

This week we created a 30 second clip for cleaning the creek on September 29th 2008. We had to go through over an hour of video and organize the clips effectively.

Objectives:
Our objective was to create a pleasing looking video that would capture the viewer’s attention and then be able to keep their attention throughout the 30 seconds. We had to incorporate different effects in the videos and make sure the clips flowed one to another. I also tried to incorporate some motion so that I could show I had learned something in the first lab.
Procedures:
We were first given all the clips. Most of the time was spent viewing those clips and deciding what was desired for the 30-second video. After choosing several I then had to cut them to the correct length and place them all together. I went through my video several times making sure I was getting the effect I wanted. When I was happy I worked on movement of graphic at the bottom of the screen and put fade in/fade out graphics between all my clips. I didn’t quite finish my video before time ran out, and there were a couple things I still wanted to change, but overall I think I did a good job and am happy with the end result.


project #1 from Bryce Beatty on Vimeo.
Untitled from Bryce Beatty on Vimeo.

Summary and Conclusion:
This was a good project to learn on! I feel like I’m getting much better at controlling Final Cut Pro, although I know I still have a lot to learn. I hope to be continuing learning things like this project taught me. I know practice makes perfect!
Project Significance:
This project was significant for learning how to create a commercial for T.V. air. It was also a great way for us to learn more about what we are doing, and to become more comfortable with how to create things.
Closing thoughts:
Keep the mini-projects coming! I enjoy just having something to work on!

 

Bryce Beatty
10/22/08
GrC 352 Graphic’s in Motion

Objectives:
This week in lab we were assigned to make a mini video for apple, or the apple iPod. We were given several videos of students dancing with a green screen behind them and we had to use that material to make our video. We had to include at least 12 different shots of the dancers, backgrounds, motion properties, transitions and any other creative element we wanted. It was a challenge because we had to make everything flow like a normal commercial would.
Procedure:
First we had to learn how to get the images we wanted from the clips we were given with the green screen. We learned how to use those images and take the background out and color the people. We also learned how to make images move and disappear behind a person. I had the hardest time making the dancers move how I wanted them too in some situations, but I had the most fun creating “armies” of them dancing at the same time. We put color in the background and played around with different transitions.


Untitled from Bryce Beatty on Vimeo.

Summary and conclusion:
Overall this was a really challenging project. I struggled with some of it, including adding text (which I gave up on) because I wanted to add something else to the video. I did enjoy working with the dancers though, I thought it was fun to make them move and do different things. I am really glad that I now know how to make videos using a green screen, and hopefully will use that information later! I think I had the most fun making the dancers dance at the same time using the layers and such. I wish I had Final Cut Pro at home so that I could work on it more at home and not be so stressed to finish it in lab.
Project Significance:
This project was very significant because we learned how to use a green screen! I think that was the best part, we also practiced our skills in Final Cut, and hopefully things will keep getting easier to do. We learned how to use objects to give the video depth and how to create multiple layers with multiple people on them.
Closing Thoughts:
I wish I had more time to work on this project. It was hard to complete because of midterms week, but I did have a good time working on it. The different effects that can be added was a bonus too, I really like to play around with those features. I hope that during next lab I can get more done in the time that we are there though. Overall I learned a lot about green screen and using color, transitions, and different video effects can really enhance a video.

 

 

Bryce Beatty
GrC 452

Objectives:
This week in lab we got to work in flash a bit. We learned how to create skins for our movies that we have made in Flash. It was pretty cool to learn how to customize our videos.
Procedure:
First we uploaded our videos into flash using QuickTime. Then after we looked at skins, added one that was very plain and customized it. It was pretty cool to be able to make our own skin and make the colors what we wanted. Then we saved the skin to our movie and programmed the buttons to do what they were supposed to do. Then the final step was uploading the video to our website.

 
Summary and Conclusion:
This was a pretty chill class because we had a recent graduate to help teach us Flash. I learned a lot about how to upload skins for a video and how to customize them. I think it was a good class and will enjoy working with Flash for the rest of the year!

Project Significance:
This project was really good for learning how to design skins for videos after they were done being created.
Closing Thoughts:
Was a lot of fun! I really cant wait to use flash more, and to use it in other projects!

Bryce Beatty
GrC 452

Objectives: This lab we learned how to use make objects in flash move and do different things. We re-created a At&t add making it look really cool! We had to learn how to make the objects of text come in at the same time from opposite directions. We had to make a button that would change color as well when we rolled over it. That took a bit more time, but it was really interesting to see.
Procedure: We opened up the logo in Photoshop and copied the different elements onto separate documents so that we could work with them later. We then brought all the elements into Flash and started organizing them. We added movement to some of the type within the first frames, and then the next… and so on. The button was a bit more complicated. We put a hover option on it and a couple other actions so that it would stop changing color like a crazy button. When we were done we viewed it and put it up on our index!

Summary and Conclusion: This was a good project in Flash. I think Flash is really easy to use, and I really enjoyed learning how to do things in it. I think that I will use what I learned later in life. I am proud of myself for creating such a cool video!
Project Significance: This was a great project to learn more about Flash. I really like how Flash works and I am so glad that I learned more about it.
Closing Thoughts: This project was pretty easy to follow for me, and I really enjoyed it. I think to make things a bit easier for everyone if we had a hand out that helped explain things, that might really help.

 

11/12/08
WiHire Video

Objectives:
This week we were to create a video for the beginning of videos that are posted on the wihire site. It was suppose to be 5-15 seconds long and we were going to be judged pretty hard because the winner would get a 50$ visa!

Procedure:
We began by opening the graphic in Photoshop and looking at all the different layers. When we decided on what layers we were going to be using we copied and pasted them on different layers with a transparent background. We then imported them into Final cut. I did this on a couple layers, including the people provided, and the logo. After working in Final cut for a while I went back into Photoshop and cut out more of the words under the logo because I wanted a little more pizzazz in my video. After working for a while though, I think I accomplished what I wanted.

Video:
Untitled from Bryce Beatty on Vimeo.

Summary and conclusion:
This project was a lot of fun once I figured out what I was doing wrong in Final cut. I can sometimes get really frustrated when trying to get things to move, but after having Tom help me I think I did a pretty good job really. It was a good project to work on too because there was a really good incentive of money to do a good job! I wish my video didn’t take so long to upload to the vimeo site because I could have had it up on my blog sooner. =[

Project significance:
This was a really fun project, and really useful because it will probably be something we do later in life. It was really good that it was an actual company that wanted a video from us, we all now know what its like to actuall create a video for a customer. I think it was also a great video to work on just to get more use to using Flash. I know because of the last couple times I have gotten a little bit rusty, and this was a nice reminder.

Closing thoughts:
I was really happy to be doing a project for an actual company! I think this was our best project yet because we had a really good insentive and I had a lot of fun too! I think was glad to be back working in flash again too, and I hope that I wont forget the things that I have learned.

 

11/17/08
GrC 452
Bryce Beatty

Objectives:
This week we had another assignment to make a video for a company, only this company was our own UGS, which was pretty cool. The needed a promotional video, or something they could post on their website to let others know what they were doing. We got to work with interviewed people and clips of the presses running.

Procedures:
After watching the sample video we got to work on our own. We were given all the interviews we needed and the other material to make the video more interesting. Most of my time was spent looking through the videos of the pressroom and listening to the interviews. I wanted to make sure that what I put into my video actually flowed and made for a good video. After I got what I wanted for the interview part, then I started working on the other clips. This was more fun, because I could be creative with them. I had fun finding transitions for the clips. I didn’t finish my video in the lab time, so I had to come in on Monday, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Video:
Untitled from Bryce Beatty on Vimeo.

Summary and Conclusion:
This was a project a lot like last week; we had a client and had to make something for that client. I think projects like this are really good because they give us something real to work on, something we might do later on. It did remind me a lot of the creek project that we did though, but this one was a lot more fun because I knew more about Final Cut, and we had more material to work with.

Project Significance:
We learned how to work with two different sounds in this project. We had to make sure that when switching from person to person their voice was still being heard. If needed we had to lower the music and change the bass tones of some of the voices. It wasn’t that complicated but did take a bit of time. We also worked with creating an interesting video to look at while listening to the UGS members speak.

Closing Thoughts:
This was a good project. It was very simple but I had a good time working on it. I think it was very similar to the first project we did, but that’s ok, because this one had a lot more elements to work with. Overall I think I did a pretty good job, even if it is pretty basic.

GrC 452 Final Essay:

Bryce Beatty
GrC 452 – Graphics in Motion
12/12/08

Print is here, and its here to stay. I do believe that print will continue through the coming history, and if anything, grow stronger that what it already is. There are certain things in everyday life that are printed on, and will continue to be. When I first think about printing, I think about packaging and all the items in a grocery store with printed packages. Someday in the future we might order our groceries online and have them delivered to our door, but for now we still have to go to the store to shop for our food. Almost everything has been printed on in the stores. Even the bags you put your fresh produce have ink on them.
We are blasted with advertisements to buy this food, or try this new product every day walking into a store, nothing but the power of print can do that. Even if our food were to be delivered to our doors, it would still come in some kind of packaging, which would involve some kind of printing method. I see no way of getting rid of print, other than reverting to all being farmers and growing our own food, which, I think its safe to say, would never happen.
Wrapping paper, magazines, floor coverings, and basic advertisements are all printed using offset, gravure, or flexo. None of these markets seem to be on the verge of elimination. I feel that some printing products have even flushed recently especially with the new developing digital presses, and the laser engraving for gravure cylinders. High quality printing will be available at a lower cost to the customer making it more accessible than ever before. HP has developed a new digital that can print high quality with little to no make-ready using a liquid toner. Registration is done automatically, making this one of the easies presses to operate too. Laser engraving for gravure has also revolutionized the printing world. Before, engraving speeds would only be around 9,600 cuts per second, now, with new technology, the laser engravers could reach over 70,000.
Engraving faster means less make-ready time, and more money made in the long run.
Other printing products, such as newspapers and books, are rumored to be next on the endangered printing list. But here, I disagree again that books especially will become extinct. Newspapers have been our daily source of news since way before I was born, and not having them in the morning would be different.
Although the market has been diminished, I think that newspapers will eventually come up with a different marketing approach and re-gain their popularity. I know that our Mustang Daily has created a web site that someone can read the paper on, and even email comments and concerns. They have also made podcasts so that students can hear the paper online. I think that because newspapers are focusing on the web it will eventually bring the focus back onto the paper that can be held in your hands. I hope that books never go away. I really don’t think I would like to read an electronic book. There is something about holding something printed in your hands. It’s a since of power, and stability. Paper has always had a quality about it that can never be replaced. Books are something that is printed forever, something that will never change, but electronics wear, and die, and become corrupted. I have heard that with an electronic book you could store hundreds of books to be brought up when wished, but what if something goes wrong (as it always seems to) and everything was deleted? I could never be convinced to make the switch.
With the advance of the Internet every day many printing companies have developed web to print methods to keep business. One of the best advances I think, is where a customer can go online to a web site, design a holiday card, business card, or whatever they need, submit it to the web site/printer, and receive a finished product delivered to their door just a few weeks later. No longer do customers need to consult a designer, they can really design their own. Although the down side of this is that you may not get the professionals opinion about what you are designing, but I’m sure communication can be arranged between a designer and the customer. Printers are using the Internet to their advantage now instead of working against it. Using the net as a tool to draw customers in is perfect for both, the customer gets what they want, and the printer gets business. Pressrooms can also be built in very remote places if they don’t need customers to come in to place orders. Money spent in renting or buying a pricy building space can be put towards other, more important things like become more sustainable and developing technologies.
I also think that because printing is becoming greener, and striving to become better for the economy it will be able to stick around for longer. Being more sustainable will only strengthen printing and all its abilities. I do believe that printing is here to stay, for now, and for a very long time to come. With the new developments of the web, I believe that print will only be stronger.

 


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