Thursday, September 26, 2013

DVD Burning!

Back again. By late-Sunday, you should be finalizing your projects for the home stretch. 

Understandable that shooting and editing video is no laughing matter beginner or advanced, the fun part (and this goes for most art) is installing the piece in its proper format. In our case, we will burn DVDs so each of your emulations are playable on it! It is straightforward and I will walk you through it below. For practitioners of digital art or aspirers, this is crucial knowledge I believe to know how to do this. If you have a clue or bluntly just know how, then more power to you! For those who want to know follow along.

WHAT YOU NEED BEFORE HAND : A DVD of course. They're everywhere. Walgreens. Best Buy. Wal-Mart. Target. No missing them. They come cheap too for sleeves of 5. DVD-R is recommended, though +R is okay too. DVD-R is write once format, which in the end is better.

On we go. The top finder menu contains in the MOVIES
folder of the user two examples we will be burning. It
is necessary for the files to be in there and you'll see why.
The finder window below is iDVD in the applications
folder. Double click iDVD to continue-

Create a new project!

You have typical options such as file name and
where to save it. Here's a thing to notice and
remember of your videos : Were they widescreen
or standard ratio? What will work best for me?
Select the proper one and CREATE-

What you'll see upon entering. We'll be putting
on media very soon. Lets double click "revolution
main" to change the title...

Peripheral things to alter, aside from the title which
is fairly important. We've changed it to "Jane Doe".

In the bottom right, you will have noticed three
options... THEMES, BUTTONS, and MEDIA.
Go from THEMES (current) to MEDIA. Now
you'll realize why we needed to put the videos
in the MOVIES folder. Click on that folder within
the iDVD interface to locate its contents. Drag in...

Now they are playable!
In fact, click on the play
button to preview the DVD.

It will look as it is in a player.

Clicking on DVDDemo_1...

Clicking on DVDDemo_2...

Up to you to decorate it, though I will not
count off for particularly uninspired designs
this time around. That one is just on your
own mental anguish if it is tacky.

Simply go here to take note of the
flow your DVD runs at. Make
sure there are no warning signs of
the sort. Now click on the BURN...

It will give you this prompt. Insert the DVD.

Now the waiting game...

Congratulations. Don't forget to also
upload to Youtube and post on the blog!

Good luck.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Reading Quotes (Rd2)

If interested. May come in handy for understanding the brash eccentricness that is video art in this period. Or for your (soon to be posted) essay topic.

Call it the cliffs notes version of video art history.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Installation Day! (Update)


video: 3

projection: 3

flyer: 4

label: 4

triptych: 3
erica lee

Show Title :     __________________  (We will vote on one as a class.) (Our half of show.)

TEAM VIDEO [I'll work most directly with you], x3 members, responsible for-

*Editing all videos on Final Cut Pro together according to specification.
*Learning on the fly or by experience basics of Final Cut Pro!
*All videos will be present on the timeline. We will 'curate' (arrange) them on the timeline.
*When complete, export as an HD (1280wx720h) res video. I'll direct you in this process.
*With that file, through iDVD, burn a 'looping' DVD! I will direct here as well.

TEAM PROJECTION [next in line I'll work directly with], x3, responsible for-
*The creative installation of the projected DVD in the actual Project NV gallery (208 A)!
*The main goal is to get the final DVD to project from the player on pedestal onto a wall large scale. Until you receive the final animation DVD at the end, you will test with a random DVD.
*Think creatively about the space in general as well! Does NOT just have to be projected video onto a wall. Project onto a cool surface? Make it pass through glass somehow? Fish around for materials in the digital labs that you could use to make our half of the room look exciting! NO PAINTING!!!!!!!!
! Make sure to collect DVD from TEAM VIDEO. Arrange the space beforehand.

TEAM FLYER [see me for 'printing'], x4 members, responsible for-
*IN CLASS making our show flyer AND flyer bombing the art building. Manage time wisely.
*Necessary things to include on images somehow : Show title, triptych images (find on the blog), the class name (Digital Media I), the INSTRUCTOR name, location (208A, Project NV Gallery) and etc.
*Flyers will be in color and letter size (8.5w"x11h"). We will print outside of class and post next Tue'.
*Use all liberties, skills, and creativity you've learned in creating this flyer. Make our show appealing!
*When done see me. With four members, distribute responsibility. Logo, text, background, etc.

TEAM LABELS/STATEMENT [see for 'printing'], x4 members, responsible for-
*Learning through access to the class blog (everyone's blog) the information of everyone's name and diptych assignment title to make into labels! Gather all that information and on a word file arrange them neatly. Example-
Jane Doe
(Insert Title of Piece Here)
Digital Triptych Montage  2013
*Make label for the projection. For name : DM1 (AM). Title : Show Title. Medium : Animation. 2013.
*While THAT is going on, 1-2 people in group write a statement to fit on ONE page of what the show is visually and is about conceptually. What ideas are being discussed in these images/animations? Include class name and show name at top. This will be printed and hung at a correct place at door.
*Label prints will be done on normal paper and 'sliced' on cutting board to be neat and organized.
*Place labels accordingly to each piece (via researching name to work)! Stick provided tape behind label to wall.

TEAM TRIPTYCH [see for 'boundary' issues], x3, responsible for-
*STEP 1 : Take all images (should be 54) to @One print lab and print each individually in 11x17 inch sizes. Go up to desk and ask for 18 specialty prints... 11x17... on cardstock (all they have). I'll give funds.
*Installing, in clean grid, ALL 18 diptych images on another wall in gallery. This should be adjacent to projection wall. OR team up with them… and create something more creative. Project somehow 'within' the triptychs?
*Accomplish placing images in the hall in whatever creative manner you choose. See me after discussing how you want to and before you actually place images. We will use pushpins to place them in.

!!! If your group is completely done, assist another

Video pt.1 : Equipment Checkout and Final Cut Pro

Hello again!

I am posting for you an extensive walkthrough of the barebones of what you shall need to do in order to complete your project! For now, on the shooting side on things. I did everything myself so hopefully nothing will malfunction on you (or horribly malfunction for that very same reason.)

Do not consider the below as a final word on the method to accomplishing this assignment, but as a solid guide towards achieving your goal! It is very image based to help clarify what needs to be done. Do keep in mind however that it is ultimately on you come into workshops, keep notes, and do exploring on your own for the most specific details.

Now to begin-

The issue of actually RECORDING VIDEO!

UNR Art Department Media Check-out!
[E-mail Dillion, lab tech. Or see him in person. He is just right next door. We have a system now for check out.]
We have plenty of cameras, tripods, and peripheral equipment ready for checkout! First come first serve basis. Same as the knowledge center.

There will be a form you need to fill out upon checking out equipment, so we know who has which things.

UNR Knowledge Center A/V Equipment Checkout
Check out the multimedia area of the UNR Knowledge Center F1/basement (back of the big @One lab) to check out what they have! Use this link and additional tabs for more stuff (such as audio equipment for checkout) to pinpoint what you want. Some items may require on the spot training but its something you have to deal with. Call ahead of time to make sure it is in stock! And of course, don't bring it in late! They don't like that.

You must have your own device that may be used for disposal for this assignment and the next. Look around. If you feel the need to obtain your own through borrowing or purchase, that's your decision.

Now a brief run through of common methods.

SHOOTING video varies from device to device, though each on its own is very intuitive to harness control of in that aspect. If you feel overwhelmed, do not hesitate to address myself or Dillon.

Capturing media also very much varies, but we can begin here visually are it relates to editing the video. I have done two very quick graphics to explain. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

The manner of recording on each device varies
from data on the actual device drive, a memory
card, a cassette, or otherwise. Important to know
what you're dealing with there. Often a breeze.

Find this application if you're importing most
material. Oftentimes you'll have to (per image
caption) with a video camera go through LOG
menu on Final Cut Pro to get off card/cassette.
For a typical iDevice or [video] SLR camera- this.

 You'll typically find a screen like this. Select
your device and select the .MOV (or movie file)
you want to import from your device into a
certain folder. In this image, I am importing
that video we shot in class of myself impersonating
Vito Acconci from my iPhone 4S onto the Desktop.

Viola. A brand new video file. Get
ready to import it into Final Cut Pro for use.
More if you have multiple shots.

A master runthrough of the FCP interface.
Beyond this explanation, it should be easier
to intuitively figure out the tools involved.

Start off by importing that video file into FCP!
FILE -> Import -> Files. Sometimes FOLDER
if you have just a ton of files. For now FILES.

We're in the system now. Our file is
in the BROWSER. It can be dragged
down onto the timeline for editing.

Drag and drop. That simple. Top bars above the
equator line are VIDEO and the bottom is VIDEO.
Note how we're looking at Vito/me on the viewer
and canvas. I have the file selected from the browser
and am viewing that on the viewer. However, the
video is on the timeline and the scrubber is over
a part of it so we are viewing it. The reason the base
file is upside down is because I may have shot it
upside down. I fixed it through a tool called "rotate"
within the viewer menu. If you shoot properly like
I didn't, that shouldn't be necessary to do.

What you'll do now (and everytime there
is RED on the video or audio) is SEQUENCE ->
Render Selection -> Both. This is so you
can play video back and actually see what
you are doing.

One problem though : Our video may look nothing
like Vito Acconci effect wise, even though I'm
slouched down and slurring at the camera like him.
Lets browse EFFECTS. It is up to you ultimately
to decipher which of the effects that will benefit you.
Once you have added an effect, it can be modified
through the viewer on its own tab.

This one's a freebee. Look at the image to find
out where Desaturate is. Some of you may be utilizing
this as lots of the UBU videos are black and white.
The reason why both the viewer and canvas are B&W
is that I have double clicked on the video WHILE it is
on the timeline, so now the 'viewer' is looking at that
instead of the video file from the browser (the raw file).

Now its a process of adding more effects. Look
at the viewer side and see how you can modify
effects. It's literally like Photoshop, just as a
video editing exercise. Again, decipher what
effects you'll need for your OWN videos.

Lets look at little more closely at the TOOLBAR.
Say I wanna hack off that unrendered end of my
video because I started too late, rushed the project,
and generally don't care. Look below...

1. Select the blade tool.
Cut on the timeline to
divide video and/or audio!
Tip : Align scrubber to where
you wanna cut for a fine cut.

2. Select move tool again.
Just to see its separate.

3. Have cut off end selected and
to get rid of it. Now its gone!

If you're interested in special transitions
between clips and at the ends of clips,
use this! For instance, you can find "CROSS
DISSOLVE" and fade into/from black.

KEYS : I and O are key. When ready to export video,
hit I when scrubber is at beginning of your video to
have an "IN" point. O likewise at the end, as an "OUT" point.
Make sure you're on the timeline when you do this.

Using Quicktime Conversion

You should get an interface like this.
Don't SAVE (export) quite yet. You need
to go to OPTIONS besides QT Movie.

You'll get to this now. The next three images
will be selecting these in THIS order-
Video : Settings.
Video : Size.
Audio : Settings.

The only things you should change on this
is scrub Quality to BEST.

Video : Size. It varies. We clearly have standard ratio
[4:3] here so export on the left dimensions. If you
have a high quality widescreen, export w/ right settings.

Audio : Best. NOW GO BACK TO
That means export. It will export your video!
This may/may not take some time. Depending
on your length.

Congratulations. You have a new video file.

TUTORIAL to be continued with burning
a DVD [e-asy] with your video file later.