Video Montages Tech Talk Tutorial – Part I

Embarking in your first journey to create a video montage for a marriage, bar or bat mitzvah, candy 16 or quinceañeras can at first look like an thrilling journey, a journey out west to new lands that appear open and welcoming…

And you then encounter these hostile phrases.

4:3; 16:9; widescreen; full display; NTSC; PAL; dpi; fps; drop body; non-drop body; hello-def; normal-def; import; export; HDMI; RCA; S-Video; Element In/Out; Mpeg4; Quicktime; WAV, oh my!

The phrases, numbers and overseas jargon come flying at you in a manner that can make your head spin!

Happily, this Thanksgiving, I’m right here that will help you make peace with the overseas phrases; make it easier to sit across the video montage presentation desk with the abbreviations, numbers and phrases as buddies, prepared to talk technical speak fluently. Or, no less than effectively sufficient to know how one can cross the stuffing.

On this first a part of the sequence, I will give attention to getting you began and in your approach to creating the montage itself, and save the modifying, mastering and projection dialogue for the persevering with sequence of tutorials.

So, roll up your sleeves and get your pencils or keyboards prepared!

It doesn’t matter what software program you utilize to create your video montage presentation, one of many first issues you could encounter is a alternative between NTSC or PAL. Right here within the U.S., most methods will routinely set you up in NTSC, with PAL being a alternative which you could change to. Do not. Except you might be creating this montage to be performed for somebody in a rustic exterior of the US, you wish to keep in NTSC. That is the system of video that was created right here a long time in the past when tv and the printed system was invented.

The American engineers developed requirements to make gear appropriate and have maintained these requirements via the evolving movie and video trade and its always enhancing product strains of cameras, tv, broadcasting gear (cable, satellite tv for pc) and software program supply methods equivalent to VHS, DVD, Blu-Ray, and so on. Means again then, the Europeans adopted after the U.S., creating their system of tv in an analogous method, enhancing a number of the requirements barely, although the distinction is comparatively inconsequential. For instance as an alternative of 24 frames-per-second (fps), their cameras run at 25 fps. The distinction solely serves to make gear incompatible, which you will have observed in the event you’ve travelled overseas and tried to play a DVD in a overseas DVD participant. It do not work, homie!

The following alternative you’ll most likely encounter is whether or not or to not arrange your challenge in 4:Three or 16:9. Your system may additionally ask this query in one other manner, equivalent to full-display or widescreen. 4:Three and full-display are on this case primarily interchangeable, and the identical is true with 16:9 and widescreen.

To elucidate this merely, 4:3/full-display will create your video montage challenge in nearer to a sq. form, the form of form that older TVs are available in, whereas 16:9/widescreen will create your challenge in additional of a rectangle form, the form of form of recent televisions the place it’s wider, extra much like a film theatre display.

This is the factor. For video montage shows both alternative is suitable.

You might be pondering, “Effectively, I wish to go 16:9 identical to my stunning widescreen hello-def tv. I’m of the current, nay the longer term, not caught prior to now with an previous TV that is obtained rabbit ears protruding of it.

Effectively, maintain on a second there, associate.

The way you make your alternative is finest decided primarily based on the fabric you might be using for the montage. Almost certainly, 4:3/full-display is definitely going to be a more sensible choice for you as a rule, and I’ll let you know why. In case you are working with historic video footage that has been shot through the years, most or all of that footage may have been created 4:3/full display. So in the event you arrange your challenge in widescreen, you might be both going to easily add these black bars on the edges, or have the picture stretched out throughout to fill the broader display, leading to your spouse trying fatter, which is actually not going to assist your relationship.

The identical mainly holds true for pictures. Most pictures you may be working with for a montage are nearer to the 4:Three format than 16:9, although a little bit of cropping might be required for both. The cropping will get more difficult for 16:9 nonetheless when {a photograph} was shot portrait-model, i.e. taller in your hand like an individual standing, moderately than wider. Image frames usually come prepared to face in your desk both approach to accommodate which manner the digicam was turned when it took the shot. For a montage, when it is a portrait {photograph}, if you wish to see the entire {photograph}, you’ll have a number of black house on both facet – and much more with 16:9 than 4:3.

However in case you are making a montage relying totally on newly shot video, captured with a hello-def video digicam, then chances are high the footage is already widescreen – or as you’d appropriately say, “natively” 16:9. On this case, then select widescreen on your format, also referred to as the side ratio. The images might be high quality cropped to this measurement, and with the portrait photographs you may both crop a 16:9 part out of the shot, or cope with the black bars.

Don’t be concerned – whichever format you select, your montage will nonetheless play high quality on all televisions, projectors and on the web. The form might be adjusted in barely other ways to accommodate how it’s being displayed.

This format situation brings us to your subsequent alternative. Hello-def or normal def. As soon as once more, you could be pondering you wish to create your montage hello-def so that everybody can see simply how good trying your loved ones actually is…each smile, wink and dimple.

However the identical questions nonetheless apply.

Is the supply materials you might be working with hello-def? This query is usually geared towards the video footage, as a result of the pictures could be excessive decision and look gorgeous in excessive-definition, assuming they have been initially shot excessive decision on a digital digicam, or scanned from a print at a excessive-decision, which on this case is called dpi or dots-per-inch (with the upper the quantity dpi, the upper the decision). If the video footage was not shot excessive-definition, however moderately normal definition – (primarily good high quality previous to hello-def) it is not going to get any higher trying in the event you create your challenge in hello-def. Actually, it might look worse if it will get stretched to fill the widescreen format that hello-def requires. Some televisions and dvd gamers tout their means to “up-rez” to excessive definition, however the actuality is your video picture isn’t going to enhance in high quality, it might solely, at finest, keep that high quality when blown as much as an even bigger measurement.

The opposite downside to modifying your montage in hello-def, is it’s going to require extra reminiscence and a sooner, stronger pc to course of the information if you are working. This could truly decelerate your modifying course of and result in the next stage of frustration. How new is your pc, and how briskly is the processor?

So in case your video is normal definition video, it most likely makes extra sense to create your montage “normal def.” When later on this article sequence I cowl the projection of your montage at a stay occasion, this identical dialogue may have its last conclusion within the method of projection that finest matches how the montage was created – so far as side ratio and hello-def/normal def. Suffice it to say, if you’ll challenge your montage from a regular DVD, it might’t be excessive-def anyway.

And in the event you plan on importing the montage to be watched on YouTube, as soon as once more normal def goes to be excessive-sufficient high quality and in reality will most probably be down-rezzed from there! When you go excessive-def, you must go all the best way and comply with it via to the completed product and presentation to take pleasure in the advantages, in any other case you simply wasted your time fretting over hello-def for nothing! Bear in mind, even in case you are doing a easy picture montage with no video footage, you must consider the tip-sport which is projecting this at your occasion, and the challenge should be arrange appropriately relying on how it is going to be proven.

Your modifying system may additionally provide you with a alternative of audio settings. Some do, some do not. If you could select between non-drop-body and drop-body (which impacts each video and audio), choose drop-body as that is most probably the higher alternative for many video functions that do not require you working with materials shot on precise movie i.e. 35mm or 16mm movement image movie. The opposite audio setting selections could also be a alternative between 48Okay or 32Okay, 16 bit or 12 bit. All are acceptable, nonetheless, given the choices, I would advocate selecting 48Okay and 16bit. Reasonably than giving a technical clarification on this, I counsel you simply nod your head, and take my recommendation. On the extra residence-primarily based non-skilled methods (which will work high quality on your functions,) these selections might not even come up.

Your challenge is now arrange, you might be most probably working in NTSC and have chosen both 4:3/full-body or 16:9/widescreen and you might be prepared to start out creating your montage. Earlier than you begin channeling your internal Steven Spielberg, although, you must first get the fabric into your challenge. Particularly, the nonetheless pictures and video footage, and on most methods this might be a variation of the time period “import.” A standard thread for video import is the flexibility of most video cameras to attach on to your pc through a firewire cable, permitting a straight import of the video footage into your challenge.

If the footage was created digitally, then a conversion of the digital recordsdata to the required format on your modifying system can even be a perform of importing. Every system may have its barely distinctive method of doing this, with PC methods and Mac-primarily based software program tackling this in their very own manner, and sadly this sequence would turn out to be unwieldy to clarify all of the totally different applications on the market and the totally different configurations to get your materials loaded and/or accessible.

So, like following together with a Julia Childs cooking present, you may should go get all of your elements your self and put them in your desk, after which within the subsequent a part of this sequence you may be prepared to truly begin studying how one can cook dinner your soufflé, whether or not or not it’s the picture montage sort solely, or a montage that mixes pictures and video.

Completely satisfied Thanksgiving, and comfortable montaging!

Keep tuned for Video Montages Tech Talk Tutorial half 2…