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The purpose of my video was create a pilot video for a web series. I had a lot of creative freedom with what I could do. I chose a subject I was interested in and knowledgeable about, First-Person Shooter video games, because of how good the idea was, I don’t think i’d change the entire concept, maybe only vary slightly. I was able to successfully create and upload my video before my set deadline of the 24th of June. However, I felt I could have managed my time better, and spent more time on the video than the conceptual aspects of this project, particularly since I found the most enjoyable part of the project was the actual editing.
One way I could have improved time management was to create smaller deadlines and milestones, and break the project into stages, like concepts, resource gathering and editing. I could have also improved my documentation by adding it in increments instead of saving it all and adding large amounts near the end of the project.
With the video itself, I think there are plenty of minor changes I could make to raise it to a more professional quality. If I were to do it again, I would add in an animated intro sequence, more effects on top of the gameplay and footage of myself and I would have changed my camera and microphone settings on the smartphones I used, because I felt that it would have helped improve the quality overall, particularly the audio, as that is arguably the most important part of the video, as it is how I get across the information I am trying to share, which is the point of the video. I also would try record more takes so that there would be less stuttering and mumbling throughout the video. The camera footage was decent, but the lighting made everything a bit more pale and lighter than it should have been, I applied a filter which helped, but ultimately it would have been best to record with better lighting.
Overall I enjoyed my product and was pleased with my final product for the most part, but there are definitely improvements I wish to make in the future. Particularly for recording footage that wasn’t in game.
Comparing Video Hosting Websites
Dailymotion is a video hosting website, it functions similarly to others. However the amount of time a video can be is much smaller in comparison to its rivals with it being 60 minutes. One feature it has is the ability to put password protection on a video, meaning only people with a password can view it, even when its embedded. Or like the other videos, completely private so that only the uploader can see it.
YouTube is by far the most popular video hosting website. It is also the one I feel is easiest to use and the one i have the best understanding of. I already have an account for YouTube. It has an upload limit of 20GB in outdated browsers, or 128GB, because of my content, the file size should be well under the limit. Also there is time limit of 11 hours for videos, and again, my video will only be at maximum of 15 minutes, but it is good that if I needed to, I could upload much larger and longer videos. One advantage is that YouTube can also allow videos in which only those with a link can see, preventing the video being found on search or on the uploaders channel. This gives uploaders more choice on who sees their video/s. The only downside to YouTube is a lack of password protection, but I do not need that for this project, because the unlisted option works well enough, should I need more privacy with the videos. YouTube is the one I plan to use, but i may upload it on multiple sites.
Vimeo is similar to other video hosting sites, but is considered more professional, and has a more professional community. There are a few minors differences, for example Vimeo lacks ads before the video, which can be a better experience for some users. However, small videos that do not get many views on YouTube also seem to lack advertising, so it doesn’t provide much of an advantage. There is also a lot more options for privacy, you can set it public, private, password protection, setting it so that only followers can see it, set it so that accounts i personally choose are the only ones to see it and have it be unlisted or link only (except you have to pay to put on the last 2 privacy settings).
Initial Plans and Notes
I haven’t posted it before, so here are the initial plans I sketched up for the project.
And here are some notes I have taken during the editing of the video. It details what games i needed footage of and I had still left to record, as well as games that i had footage of, but to match the audio of my video, i needed more of.
Due to the lack of microphones or devices with microphones in them, I was extremely limited with what I could use to record audio. The main devices are the smartphones in the camera section (HTC One M8 and Samsung Galaxy S5). Because I already planned to record with Galaxy S5 and that would record the audio as well, I decided to use my HTC One M8 as a secondary mic, and to record it while the Galaxy was also recording. I did this because i would be much more closer to the HTC One and would have louder and clearer than the stationary camera which would be some distance away from me.
For my video i needed to capture gameplay footage of the games I was discussing. In order to do this i had to use a piece of software that could capture the screen I was playing the games on.
The PlayStation 4 has a built in recording software. By pressing the share button on the controller, I could record the game I was playing, for up to 15 minutes, and then upload it directly to YouTube, Dailymotion, Facebook and Twitter, or alternatively, you can transfer the files onto a USB. I also have access to a mic for the PS4 and the system allows the user to record their mic audio with the game audio. While this is a possible way to record gameplay, there are a few issues, firstly it requires an internet connection, which for the most part wouldn’t be a problem as I can connect for the majority of the time but it can go down. However, the main reason is because a lot of the games I need footage of, like Half Life and Unreal Tournament, are not available to play on the PS4 and some are exclusively for the PC. Because of this I doubt I will use it. I tested the footage, and i feel the quality was good, but it doesn’t help resolve the major issues and doesn’t have any customisation options to change it.
ShadowPlay is a piece of software developed by the graphics card company, Nvidia, as part of their GeForce Experience program. It is only available with computers that have Nvidia graphics cards, specifically those that have GTX 600 series cards or higher. I have ta computer that meets all the specifications thus I can use this to record. Like the PS4 there is an option to record mic audio as well as the systems audio, however I do not have a mic for the PC. ShadowPlay also has more options, allowing recording of 30 – 60 FPS, 10 – 130 M/bs bitrate and up to 4K resolution, which is very useful. I tested with a bitrate of 50 M/bs, 30 FPS on my native resolution (1680 x 1050).
There are a few editing software programs i could use for my project, and I had to compare them to see which one was the most suitable for me and work out which program to use to edit my webisodes.
Windows Movie Maker
Windows movie maker is a free program made by Microsoft. It is compatible with Windows PCs, of which I will be using. The main benefit as well the main issue with Movie Maker is the simplicity of it. It only allows the user to make the most basic of edits, such as minor audio editing, editing footage speed, adding in basic transitions and overlaying simple text over video. I think Windows Movie Maker will probably not be used in my webisodes, with the exception of me possibly needing to make a simple edit and fast. However even then, there is nothing really that this program can do that all others cannot do better.
iMovie is a video editing program made by Apple, for their desktops and laptops. While being more advanced than its rival counterpart, Windows Movie Maker, iMovie is still some of the more simplistic of the video editing software out there. However the main reason I would not use iMovie is comparability issues, since I do not own a Mac or Macbook, nor do I have easy access to either. Also Apple products prefer to save in a .mov file type, which isn’t very versatile and means I possibly couldn’t edit with multiple software. This is the program I will be least likely to use.
Sony Vegas Pro 13
Sony Vegas Pro 13 is, as the name suggests, a professional video editing piece of software. Sony Vegas is more advanced in what you can do with it, with features that others programs like iMovie don’t have, like BluRay authoring and the ability to edit with 3D effects, to name a few. Unlike the other products, Sony Vegas costs money, exactly £393.95. This is my reason for not using it, as I cannot afford the expense, and I have no familiarity with the software either, which could slow down the production process with me having to learn it.
Adobe Premiere CC 2015
Adobe Premiere (Creative Cloud 2015) is another video editing software produced by Adobe as part of their Creative Cloud package. Like Sony Vegas it costs more but has more features than the free software. It is different in that the method of payment is different, it is subscription based meaning I would pay monthly to use it, and when its cancelled I cannot use it anymore. This is more preferrable, since I could buy for a month or two for the project, which at £15.50 a month would mean I would only have to pay £31 max. Also I have access to computers in college with the software on, meaning I do not have to pay for it all. It also comes with other editing software, including audio editing software, all of which it is compatible with. On top of all this I have some experience with software, which makes this my prime choice for editing.
Adobe After Effects CC 2015
After Effects CC 2015 is a video compositing software, meaning it composites multiple pieces of media in a video, it also is very useful for creating appealing visual effects and animations and applying to an already existing video. It is not an editor and does not work effectively at editing and cutting a video project, it is better when there is finished project ad it can apply extra effects to it. For these reasons I may use it along with Premiere CC.
This is the storyboard I made initially after coming up with the concept of the video. The text reads:
- Presenter welcoming the audience with a greenscreen of a FPS
- Says something that segways into a clip of someone being shot in a FPS
- Shows classic shooter eg. DOOM
- Shows a modern shooter eg. CoD
- Shows the presenter and shows covers while explaining
- Side by side comparison