I never thought the the footages of individual abstract editing should be based on the previous footages we had recorded from Zoon H4n and Sony Z5. I was absent from the course of capturing videos but I was in the class of recording sounds. So I regretted not in the class. All footages that I can use are from other students’ work. Then I had to figure out how to rationally pick the clips together and build a theme. I almost watched all the videos and picked those about stream of people go across the road near RMIT in low angles, Auto traffic in perspective of level 9, building 80, water pool, people playing billiards, a chimney. I put all shots of walking people together to do effects like scene match cut, then express one theme: pulse of city.
The pulse in my mind is all about ‘breath’, viz. in and out, fast and slow, hard and soft, crowded and silent. Fortunately, some of my audio records was suitable for those videos. We used Zoom H4N to capturing the water pool and the ambient sounds of street.
To achieve this theme, the adobe premier was used, but I am always a fan of Final Cut user, not premier. I changed the setting of keyboard shortcut to Final cut mode. It makes me edit faster. A extra skill I learnt was how to export a xml files which allows you to edit one timeline in different editing softwares. The reason why I had to use xml file was that on the day of editing, I only had half an hour to use editing suit then I had to go back home to help my housemate moving furnitures. I didn’t finish the cut, and I was wondering is a possible to move the project file to another device, or even another software. I googled that Final Cut pro and Adobe premier are both enable to export and import xml file. That means that I can use different device and software to finish rest of the cuts.
Technically, to show the ‘fast and slow’, I used pen tool of premier to adjust the duration (velocity) of clips, making the shots look like time-lapse or slow-motion. The tempo of hard and soft is was shown by dissolve in/out and straight cut. The Crowded and silent was comparison between Bowen street and the Swanston street. The Haiku is associated with the breath in and out : an old silent pond, a frog jumps in to the pond, Splash! silence again. in terms of typeface, It was not good looking by premier to add text on the screen.
The music Realization used was from Soundtrack pro software