Posted by blk1 on 16th September 2007
It’s ALWAYS a great feeling to complete a piece, although I have more and more under my belt, especially working on the ABC Collaboration with Kevin, where I had 4 pieces done in a few months. But this piece is always a work of the heart. My 3rd anthology pieces after a Summer Institute. I didn’t know if I would get to this one. I had a piece done for the group for the last day of the SI, recounting the life of a TC, but somehow, I changed my mind, especially when a new version of Ilife appeared on my birthday in August and I knew I’d be needing the really know the version for my upcoming inservice at Monroe Woodbury Schools.
Of course it took hours to select a piece for each participant(18) and then begin to use the software with the help of some one-on-one at the mac store with Gene and Ken. On Gene’s suggestion I created the voice over in Garageband where I had so much control of the editing. Control over audio is a real problem in Imovie. There is a VO option in Imovie, but I tried using it and it was clumsy. I created the full VO on one track (40 minutes) and the prepared it for use in Imovie. Little did I know but that preparation would totally take away any chance that I could edit it further, to fit with my individual sections in Imovie. UGH! Eventually, I redid the VO, creating 18 separate pieces. Okay, that’s what it’s all about, learning and experimenting and I love using my new mic, thanks to Kevin’s suggestion: Blue Snowball with a pop filter to avoid Pand T pops, thanks to Nevin. But at first I was holding the filter over the mic as I read my pieces, very awkward. I didn’t realize that there was a stand for hook onto the mic included in the box. FREEDOM for the hands, fantastic! My second attempt at the vo’s was even better than the first.
Now to the work on Imovie: bravo to the new duration for editing. Now you want to increase/decrease the length of for a photo, just click on the photo and change. Instantly it’s changed, immediate rendering. You can’t even begin to appreciate this feature unless you’ve lived without it on Imovie and Premiere Elements. What a pleasure! And the transitions work the same way. The Ken Burns Effect is also much improved. Just leaving it up to the default setting provides for lovely movement with a subtle variety. And when you want to adjust a photo that has become much easier as well.
The whole look of the workflow has changed and that’s basically cool although again, you can’t really see the volume controls with this format and that’s important. You can’t see the tracks in depth.
It’s easy to add a title but there aren’t yet, many choices. I’m sure that will change.
But you do have to move the whole piece all edited, back to Garageband to lay down the music for a soundtrack, again if you want control over the whole piece, if you want to adjust the volume of a piece to work with a VO, louder before, softer when the VO begins.
There’s also an issue with the video editing and that’s why this new version was created. If you want to separate the video from its voice, you have to do that in Garageband and then it’s impossible to sync the voice with the video. There’s only a trim function and that allows you to select all or a piece of the video piece and you can’t even have it all some footage at the start and end will be lost. I wanted the very end of one my clips and couldn’t get it. UGH!
Okay, then when it’s ready, you can bring it back to Garageband but this will take a while to prepare, because in this sharing you cant’ send it to Garageband. I sent it to disk and that took an hour, but my piece is 40 minutes. Once in GB I was able to use the music I had downloaded from Itunes and then burned to a CD. Thanks to my favorite FM station, WFUV, just the night before, I found a group, new to me and perfect for my piece: Zap Mama and some great Spanish singers. Perfect for the flavor of this SI and ideal for a VO in English. Music in another language doesn’t distract from the VO in English, unless you know the other language. I didn’t think of that. Anyway, once in GB it was great to see all the tracks and CONTROL the volume of for the music and moving the VO if I had to. But as for any changes to the Imovie piece, no way now unless you wanted to move it back to Imovie when the Soundtrack was completed and that would entail waiting the hour again to have it prepared for sharing. I did miss a title and would have liked to redo the end credits to include Zap Mama. Oh well…we are moving on.
It took very little time on GB to create the piece as a quicktime movie and now it’s ready to include with my SI DS on a DVD. On to the burning. IDVD, BTW is so much easier than previous versions. I hope it will work. More about that but I’m feeling good, ready to talk with Kevin about our upcoming collaborations.