Newsletter #139 - Feb 24, 2006
This issue is another first for
me.... using Camtasia Studio
3 to make video tutorials, putting into practice
more of the things we can do with Photo Story, Movie Maker and online
videos in general.
What are the 'basics' of movie
editing? There's lots of ways to define it...
for this newsletter I'll simply call it a project with 2
1 - an opening title clip
2 - a long video clip of someone talking, where the sync
between the audio and the visual is critical... but you want to pull
away from the person speaking to add a few clips of interest, and then
return without losing a beat in the
If you do those two things easily...
you're in great shape for anything else.
3 is a well respected product for doing screen captures. I've had
it for a while, but only now getting around to learning it.
After a few poor fumbled attempts to make a couple tutorials,
starting with the screen capturing, I finally got around to using this
approach... doing the screen capturing last.
the scripts for what I'd like to say... using Notepad.
The first one is about making a custom title clip for a
movie, using Photo Story. The second one starts with the custom title
clip and takes the movie project into a commonly asked-about area, how to add
items of interest into a clip that needs well synced audio and
visual tracks without losing the audio or the sync.
projects by reading the scripts... using Movie Maker with
an empty timeline to capture the narrations.... read it as if you're
seeing what you'd like, not bogged down by the reality of what is
narrations using Movie Maker to remove major dead spaces and the
louder higher quality Ummms and Ahhhhs.
add background music
to the narrations, again in Movie Maker...
with extra rendering passes as needed to mix the narration
and the music.
do the screen capture
sessions... with Camtasia, following along and doing in Photo Story
and Movie Maker what the narration is saying.... being generous with the
captured material... having more than enough.
trim the excess
from the video track in Camtasia to align it with the narration... taking the
fat out of the visual is easy in the software.
The weak point in the process
is my narration, as it has more than its fair share of Ummms
and Ahhhhs. I'll work on that as I do more of these.
These images and the titles
under them are links to the online tutorials. The first one about making a title
clip with Photo Story runs 3-1/2 minutes, and the second one
about the Movie Maker project is 2-1/4 minutes.
When this issue goes online, I'll be
deleting the issue-specific videos... for the online readers, the
rest of the newsletter includes the scripts. Before getting into it,
... a few notes...
It's time to jump into
making custom transitions, titles, and DVD styles... Microsoft released the
eagerly awaited SDK with the technical info about how to do them...
A serious user or good hacker
could do them in XP... in Vista it takes a serious hacker to a good programmer.
And the hacking of the custom titles are not mentioned in the SDK, so it's a
community challenge to figure it out... as it was in XP. Many consider
the making of custom effects, transitions and titles to be more fun and
creative than making movies. For them, they're right.
Someone posted that their
version of GSpot was working on Vista. I checked
the 3 versions in my library and found that v2.21 works, but the newer
versions 2.52 and 2.60 don't.
The Windows Media
Encoder v9 package works also... at least for encoder screen capture
sessions and editing Movie Maker profiles with the profile editor.
One of last night's attendees
was a teacher who specializes in iMovie... attending my session to ask
about some common beliefs in the Apple world.
.... back to the main
Making a Basic Movie...
Here are the scripts I read from, or improvised from...
Part 1 - making an opening clip with
Let's go thru a quick and easy way to make a great opening title
clip for a movie project... using Photo Story 3
Before starting the story, mark up a high quality still picture
in Paint, IrfanView, PhotoShop, whatever.... add your title text wherever it
Then import a few copies... I'll do 3 of them
---- the next screen is for text... we have it already, so move
on to the window where we do motion settings
select the first picture...
check the option to set your own motion settings.
I'm going to let it open full screen, but then have it zoom
into my first group of title text words... at the left
Photo Story picks what it thinks is a good duration.... but
I'll speed it up by changing the duration
move to the 2nd copy of the picture, saving the settings for
the first one
on the 2nd one
- opt for your own motion settings
- set the starting position as the same as the ending one of the first
- make the ending position the same---- to quickly get them to the same size
- drag the ending position over to the next item of interest.... in this
case one of the boats in the river....
- go to the transition tab and uncheck the option to use one... this is
important to making the change in pan/zoom a smooth one...
- I'll go back to the other tab for a second... to change the duration to
what I want... I forgot to do it when first on that screen
- move on to the 3rd copy of the picture, saving the settings
on the 3rd one
- opt for your own motion settings
- set the starting and ending positions the same as the previous picture...
- then move the ending position to the next item of interest.... the rest of
the title text
- remove the default transition.... again... it's for smooth uninterrupted
changing of position between the two pictures
- close the working window and go on to the next screen of the
background music... skip it...we'll add any in the movie project
select a folder for the story, a file name, and a quality
I have a bunch of choices for quality... those that
came with Photo Story, and the custom ones I've added.
render the story...
watch it before closing Photo Story.... as you can easily
tweak it some more by using the Back button... making your changes, and
rendering it again right over the first one.
You've got your opening title clip for the movie... a great
custom one from your picture, with your own words...
Part 2 - Let's use the title clip and make a
first add the title to the timeline
select a video clip... something that has audio/video in sync...we'll use
Sabina in her hotel in Florence
- pick a spot to cut the clip and insert other items...
- a couple still pix of the breakfast area
- a video clip of the bus ride from the hotel to the City Center
zoom in and out of the timeline as needed to keep things in
we've split the audio of Sabina talking, so let's use another copy of
her clip... this one on the audio track... not split
the sync is there for the first part of her talking... but we lost it for
the last part by putting other clips in the middle.
now our job is to re-sync the last part... by trimming it as needed... let
the other action happen as she talks, and then pick her up again for the rest of
the goal here is to align the right end of the video clip and the audio
one.... when they finish at the same point, the movie is fully in sync.
zoom into the timeline as far as you can and the alignment will be
perfect... and easy
here's the finished project.... one thing I should do is mute the
two split segments of Sabina talking, leaving the audio of the bus ride and the
full clip of her talking on the audio/music track...
the syncing is so good that you won't notice if both clips are playing
Closing... and What's Next?
Camtasia is another building block in
my multimedia software toolbox. It works great... but as you see I've opted
to use Movie Maker to capture and edit the narrations, and fold in
background music. Maybe Camtasia does it as well or better, but I'm comfortable
with the familiar software.
If there's any topic you
would especially like to see illustrated and narrated this way, let me know
and I'll be glad to include it in an issue.
Have a great week!!