Enhancing one’s video production skills

It’s no secret that in my spare time I enjoy to play All Points Bulletin: Reloaded, a fantastic game brought back to life by GamersFirst. I’ve found myself recently rather enjoying the process of creating videos and uploading them to youtube. So over the past few days whilst playing APB, i’ve been recording my game play using FRAPS. This software is a sophistcated screen capturing software, that records the DirectX 3D windows instead of everything on the screen like most other common programs of this nature.

The files that FRAPS produces are only ever a maximum of 2 minutes long, and are recorded at the same resolution as the game is running at (in my case – 1680×1050). This footage is totally uncompressed and streamed to an AVI file on the hard disk. Obviously this consumes a great deal of disk space, when recording for long periods of time.

I’ve only scratched the surface of what Adobe Premier CS5.5 can do, and today I’ve realised that when used properly, it’s an immensely powerful tool for creating videos. Continue reading

Rise Together – Stop SOPA / PIPA / ACTA [VIDEO]

Content creation revolves heavily around the reuse and the re imagining of existing ideas, in order to create something new. It’s in our nature. We as humans are naturally influenced by the things around us, and it’s these influences that drive content creation. What these acts do is essentially stop the reuse and the re imagination of pre existing ideas. The intent of these acts is to stop online piracy, to increase the profits of the large publishing corporations. These very same corporations advertise this as “hurting the artist”, as lost revenue means lost earnings for the artist (apparently). See the problem yet? How can these artists create new content, when the influencing ideas behind their works are off limits. It simply wont work. This applies also to the smaller artists. The artists whom publish their works for recognition on video sharing websites such as YouTube. These acts spell the end to the works that these artists publish, that reuse content from other artists. Continue reading

Me, my media and I.

Media. Media. Media. It’s a word that we all can’t escape from. We’re surrounded by it and its many forms.. and I LOVE IT.

The internet has provided us with a fantastic open and free platform in which we can create, publish and distribute our work for the whole world to see! It’s now as easy as ever to publish our work, may it be a musical piece, a video, an image or even just post our random mumblings about our opinions on certain things. I’ve been around on the internet for a while now (many years in fact), but i’ve never actually created anything for public consumption. Continue reading

My Digital Footprint.

Considering how social media is booming at the moment, is it any wonder that our actions on the internet leave an ever lasting finger print? I once heard someone say, “Once you put it on the web, it stays on the web”. This statement couldn’t be any more true. We now live in a digital age, where our lives can be pieced together from things that we post online. But what about me? What about my digital finger print? Continue reading