The Journey of a Project

The Journey of a Project

Last week, I did a project for my Multimedia Production class, specifically titled the “Still Image Project”. What the project had to be was a few photos for a place, normally a building that’s on campus, and edit it together into a presentable video that resembles a commercial. You’re expected to add royalty-free music, transitions, some motion here and there, and have the video correctly sized.

One might think, with some experience, that this might not be that difficult… but it was. Somewhat. Because I put myself towards using Photoshop to make this video. In our class, we learned how to make a timeline in Adobe Photoshop rather than making this project through something like Adobe Premiere Pro.

I have a lot of experience in Premiere Pro. Same for Photoshop. But nothing for the “Timeline” function in the latter. This was going to be interesting.

I first got the photos out of the way, although the day I ended up taking the photos it was raining, so they were admittedly not the greatest. I still made sure to size them correctly though, and as they were taken in RAW on my Canon EOS Rebel SL1 DSLR camera, I was able to fine-tune the colors, white balance/temperature, and crop them natively ( from their 3:2 aspect ratio to 16:9) before placing them in the timeline.

Next, I made a .PSD in Photoshop for each of them, again fine-tuning the colors further, and now adding text for each of my photos as that was required. Nice.

Lastly, I placed the PSD files together in a Photoshop Timeline. I added some transitions, some motion, and a fade to black at the end. All a few hours before it was due.

I would later ask for feedback, re-took some photos, and bingo: The video above was my final version. I gotta say, for my first time using a new feature in Photoshop, I don’t think it was that bad.


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