You know that moment when you suddenly realize just how much work you’ve gotten yourself into? That moment when your blood pressure spikes a bit and all seems futile- yeah that pretty much sums up any project I take on that involves working with unfamiliar technology. I tried to reacquaint myself with iMovie today, (I say “reacquaint”, but the first time doesn’t even really count because I was just watching someone else make physical edits on the program.). I was able to play around with it, and luckily, it does seem relatively user friendly, even for an analog lover like myself. I think the hardest part of my project will be transitioning between clips, because my video will involve a lot of short clips that will need to flow together quickly. I also feel like I still need to explore iMovie more to get a good grasp on intertwining video and audio. I know I can’t just use the audio straight off the camera to get proper sound quality, so figuring out the best way to record clear audio and sync it up with the video is going to be tough. At this point, I have just been learning by playing with the program a bit, but I have found a few tutorials that have also been helpful including the MSU Tutorial.
I have also been trying to get more comfortable using the movie mode on my DSLR, so I perused YouTube for tutorials on how to get the best footage off of the camera I own. DSLRs are not specifically designed for video, but they produce decent quality footage from what I can tell. I am still debating whether it would be better to use a camera that I am comfortable and familiar with (my own), or whether it would be better to borrow a camera from ISS that would be tailored to video. Both require a bit of a learning curve, so I suppose it’s just a matter of weighing which camera seems easiest for me to use and which will give me the optimal quality for my skill level. Oh technology, what a wonderful world.