My Love of Cats: Kitter Appreciation?

For my last assignment I decided to do this one for 2 stars, entitled ‘Pupper Appreciation’, however I hijacked the assignment a bit to instead be about kitty appreciation, to show my appreciation and love for my cats through the various videos I’ve captured of them.

The story in this video is simple: I love cats and I always have and always will! There’s nothing that makes me happier than seeing my furry babies when I come home from work or school and they bring me joy at every point in my life. Even making and watching this video, I had a big smile on my face. I come from a family of cat people so it isn’t surprising that I’m a cat person as well. I’ve always had cats around me since I was a kid, in fact surely more than about 3 cats around the house at any given time. I’ll be happy to keep this video to look at in the future, in further generations of my cat collection.

This time, the most difficult thing for me was surprisingly getting the photos transferred from my phone to my laptop, since I tried to email them all to myself because my icloud ran out of space so I couldn’t simply download them from there, and you cannot attach vast amounts of MB at a time. Now that I’m thinking about it though, I feel like quite an idiot, because I could’ve just used USB to connect my phone to my laptop and download them very easily… We’ll forget that happened for now.

I used once again Adobe Premiere elements to edit my video as seen in the shot above, so I simply collected which videos I wanted to use, trimmed them a bit, added transitions and titles and I was set. Once again I added music from YouTube’s copyright free music downloads selection that can be found here. The song is I don’t wanna wait by Nana Kwabena. The credit to all the songs I used can be found in the video’s credits!

Every Night at 1 AM…

This week I chose to do this assignment for 4 stars, which was to create a 30 second documentary that tells its own story.

I took a more comedic approach to this assignment, telling the story you see in the video. Does this happen to anyone else at around 1 AM? You go into the kitchen and open the fridge and inspect every item in the fridge. Do I want a drink? Do I want cheesecake? Do I want leftover dinner for a midnight snack? Do I want some vegetables? Then, you reject every item you find because you don’t feel like having any of those or you can’t make up your mind (or realize you’re to tired for this), then you go back to bed. Does this sound familiar? Feel free to share your midnight snacking occurrences below!

This assignment was easy to film (and I even remembered to turn my camera horizontally this time, amazingly). Once I filmed it I used my trusty Adobe Premiere Elements to edit the video to be exactly 30 seconds long even with the short title frame I gave it, cutting out some idle points where I just stared at my fridge. I didn’t want to add any music to the video because I wanted I thought having no music would add to the 1 AM atmosphere, and in this video, I wanted to show through video rather than tell through words or audio, as the assignment description suggested!

Gaming Fails Made to Look Bad

For my second assignment this week I did this one for 3 more stars. The goal of this assignment was to create a montage of you failing at a particular video game.

While I was doing this assignment highlighting the good points of the gaming footage I collected from Call of Duty, I realized that I edited out a lot of bad parts to make myself seem really great at the game. I realized it would be fun to do the opposite and take only my fails with this assignment available, since there were some really unfortunate moments I had in that footage, even most of one particular match I played which I failed for pretty much the entire match. It’s interesting that these videos can really pick out the good or bad parts of the footage to change the meaning of it entirely. Overall, I’d say I’m alright at the game, sometimes I play well and sometimes not, and I don’t often have much time to play and really practice at it, nor do I take it so seriously, but the two videos really show how editing can change everything about certain footage! I think this one is even more fun than the last, because with the song choice I made it was quite humorous, I think.

To edit this video I did the same as the last, using the PS4 to record my video footage and then transferring it to my laptop in order to edit it in Adobe Premiere Elements. This time I think it went faster than the last since I had more practice editing and more practice looking at the footage to find the fail moments I wanted (especially since there was one particular game I failed practically the entire time). I also experimented with some new title screens (by putting them as an overlay instead of a separate title screen) and a credits feature from Adobe Elements. The music here is Lifting Dreams by Aakash Gandhi. I hope you enjoy my fails!

Gaming Highlights Made to Look Good

For my first assignment this week I chose to do this one for 3 stars. The task was to create a montage of highlights from you doing well at a video game.

I chose this assignment to expand on what I learned in an earlier one, that the PS4 can record gameplay with the simple press of a button, without me having to buy any recording software for it. The story behind this assignment is a hidden one. When I was younger I used to always try and record myself playing games and doing game walkthroughs and such in varying unfortunate ways such as pointing a bad quality camera at my bad quality TV while it stood on a bunch of books because I didn’t have a camera stand. These embarrassing videos, along with my child’s voice narrating them, took up much of my time as a kid and exist somewhere in the internet (somewhere I don’t want to find ever again). I can’t help but think how happy my child self would be knowing the PS4 can just record itself in great quality with this new technology! (Plus now I have a video editing program and ability to use it to edit things also…)

To capture the video, once again I used my PS4; to do this you press the share button twice to start recording and once to end recording, then save the video clip to your gallery. Then I used a USB drive to transfer my clips of me playing the game from my PS4 to my laptop to edit them using Adobe Premiere Elements 15, as seen in the screenshot above. While editing my clips I gained an appreciation for people who make these videos often on YouTube, as it took a while simply to watch all of my various gameplay videos to pick out the good parts, since I’d recorded about 4 or so games to look through. I actually was able to find music for the video quite easily through YouTube, which now has a feature that specifically lists Copyright free music that they want you to download with a click of the button use in your videos for free! See this page here to get that music (looks like they have sound effects too). The music I used here is Cavalry by Aakash Gandhi. I was happy with the end product of this, because the highlights actually make it seem like I’m good at the game!

An Amazing Hobby

For my final assignment this week, I chose this one for my last 2 stars. This assignment was a simple one, to record yourself doing your favorite hobby for 30-60 seconds.

For this assignment, I new I wanted to record myself playing video games. It’s always been my favorite hobby since I was a kid, and as far back as I remember I was always playing on my PlayStation. So, I decided to record myself playing a new game, Marvel’s Spider-Man. I really love this new game as its the ideal Spider-Man game, super fun to play, especially just web-swinging around the city. I remember playing Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 on PlayStation 2 when I was younger, since Spider-Man was always my favorite hero, and playing this game now I’m reminded how far video games and technology have advanced since then.

To record this gameplay, I was actually able to use my PS4 to do most of the work! To record a clip on your PlayStation 4 press the share button two times to start recording, then press the share button again when you want to stop recording, then make sure you save the clip to your gallery when the option comes up. Then you can go into your Capture gallery on the system and sign into your YouTube account to upload the video directly to YouTube. This was awesome to me because I remember making some embarrassing videos as a kid by waving my camera in front of the TV screen to try to record video games. Now, the PS4 can do this all by itself. The PS4 gets an A+ on helping me with my DS106 assignments.

Archetype: The Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing in Five Seconds

For my third assignment this week, I chose the following one, which counted for 3 stars. The challenge of this assignment was to pick a character archetype and create a 5 second long video with 5 examples of that archetype.

I chose the archetype representing a wolf in sheep’s clothing because that’s always been an interesting and frightening one to me, the idea of the wolf hiding in the midst of everyone else in plain sight. I love how this trope is used in movies and TV shows so that was perfect, and I could think of 5 examples for it. First, I chose Hannibal Lecter as a classic example of this, here from the TV show Hannibal, as he’s hired on to investigate serial killers, when he himself is a cannibalistic serial killer. Similarly I chose Dexter Morgan from the TV show Dexter, who is a forensic scientist working to help solve murders for the police department, while he himself is a serial killer. I also chose Lucifer from the TV show supernatural because in the show he appears to Sam Winchester disguised as the form of his dead girlfriend, even though it turns out he’s the literal devil in the show. Also, I chose Villanelle from the new TV show Killing Eve, who is an assassin who gets close to her targets easily because she appears unassuming. Finally, I chose Harry Hart from the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service because in the scene pictured we learned he is not a tailor, but indeed a Kingsman spy when he shows off his deadly talents.

Once again, I used Adobe Premiere elements for this assignment to piece together the clips. Here I had to make sure to trim the clips so that they were each only one second long, to make the 5 second video. I didn’t add any transitions because I thought the clips were too short and that would clutter the video, and I instead simply added some unobtrusive music to it. The most difficult thing to do here was to pick which clips I wanted to use and edit the second I wanted to capture for each.

A Plethora of Pets

For my second assignment this week I chose this one which was worth 4 stars. This assignment was simply to demonstrate your favorite transition, however, I modified it a bit to include multiple of my favorite transitions, to make it more interesting!

For this assignment I chose to create a slide show of some of the favorite photos of pets and other animals I’ve taken, because I thought that would be perfect for applying some fun transitions! While doing this I learned that Adobe Premiers has so many transitions that are interesting, far more than anyone could ever want to use realistically. Most of these work well for photos though! Personally, I love video editing, and I love making features of my pets as you’ve likely noticed, so this one was really fun for me!

To edit this video together I simply imported pictures I’d taken into Adobe Premiere Elements and then searched for my favorite transitions to use between them! It’s super easy in Adobe Premiere because you simply drag each transition between the clips and they are easily added that way. I also added in some music to make the video a bit more exciting. I’d really recommend this assignment to anyone else, especially as a way to get acquainted with a video editing program, because one of the most exciting things about them is exploring the various transition options.

A Day in the Life… of a College Student

The first assignment I chose to do this week is this one for 3 stars. For this assignment we had to show our day through video, recording 5 minutes every hour of the day.

This assignment wasn’t easy to record, as I had to remember to take a video every hour; if I were to do it again I’d set alarms to remind myself (although those alarms wouldn’t work well when I’m in class). Anyway, I managed to remember most of them, the only thing major I missed was when I arrived on campus at around 2 pm and went to class. I also noticed that my day is quite dull to film, especially since I only had one class and no work that Monday. I swear, occasionally my days are more interesting than this one!

In the video you can see that Monday went as follows. I got up to register for classes for next semester, pet my cat, ate salad, did Abstract Algebra homework, drove to campus for my class, left campus after my class and arrived back at home, worked on Data Mining homework, pet my cat again, ate dinner and had some hot tea, worked on homework for DS106, worked on Data Mining homework again, and went to bed. I suppose even though it’s boring, it accurately represents my distribution of time, mostly doing homework, petting cats, and driving to and from school. I think the idea for this assignment is very neat, and I hope to see some other people doing it too!

To edit the video together for this assignment, I used my copy of Adobe Premiere Elements 14, which I purchased a while ago. First, I’ve had a new laptop since I bought it, so I had to transfer its license to my new laptop, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while anyway. Thankfully I was able to download the program on my new laptop easily to edit the video! Then, I added in my clips I had recorded, editing some of the longer ones to be 5 seconds each. I added in a few simple transitions and music, and then I had the finished product. Really, I only wish I had remembered to use the horizontal view on my iPhone’s camera!