Eleven years ago, I walked into my first video production class my junior year of high school. We had two DV cameras, one was the classic Sony VX2000, and one computer that the whole class had to share for editing. I instantly fell in love with how easy it was to edit video in the computer using Adobe Premiere 6.0
I used Premiere my junior and senior years, then switched to Vegas after graduating. As you know from my recent blogs, after nine years with Vegas, I’m back to Premiere, coincidentally, it’s another “6” release, CS6.
Given these circumstances, I thought it’d be fun to play with the version I used in high school again, so I got online and found a “portable” version of 6.0. When it’s splash screen came up, I was whisked back to my junior year, when I’d stay after school just to get more time editing. Premiere has come a long way these past ten years, but it’s still fun to re-visit my roots. I’m tempted to do a small project on it, standard def of course (HD wasn’t around back then). I hope you enjoy the above photos, showing how far it’s come.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Been staying busy doing some more effects testing, did a shot of a lake having turned to blood that came out pretty good. Still needs work, but that’s why I’m starting the on certain effects right now, so I have the time to develop them and figure out how the movie will need to be shot.
With this new laptop, I finally had the power to take my HD master of Leap: Rise of the Beast and convert it for a web upload. My upload speed out here isn’t anything to write home about so it took six hours to up the one gig file. The important thing now though is that the film is online available for all to see, for FREE (remember when things were free?) Hopefully this gives them that need to see the film they opportunity to.
Wednsday, October 17, 2012
Been spending the day learning some stuff about Blender. While I’ve used this amazing piece of software since high school, they’ve been making some major changes as of late, especially for visual effects work. It has built in planar tracking now, among other things that I’m really excited about. Today was spent learning how the cycles render engine works (love it!) and getting familiar with the fluid simulator so I can do the end of the film where tsunamis take out cities. Even did a mock test that turned out pretty nice. Watching some of the tutorials today on the features, I found it funny that many of them were done by kids that couldn’t be older than 13. I was blown away by what they were doing, and the understanding they have of the software. Can I hire them to join STARS Digital?
Thursday, October 4, 2012
With my switch to Adobe official, I recorded a short vlog yesterday highlighting my reasons.
With the trailer for “Run” complete, I’m getting ancy. I NEED something to edit and mix so I can hone my skills for Leap 3. I realized that I never was fully happy with the trailer I did for Leap 2 so I’m putting Premiere to yet another test by importing all my footage from Leap 2 – every last take – and I’ll cut a new trailer. The import is going slow, but steady. I can live with that. I have to remind myself that I’m trying to do an online edit on a middle of the road laptop. Fortunately, once the ministry is up and going, the first two things I’m purchasing is a beastly editing/effects rig for the studio and a beefy laptop to travel with me. With the abuse I’m putting on my current laptop, I’ll be surprised if it lasts a year.
I finished the business plan for the ministry yesterday. While it was a lot of work to write, I’m very glad I did it. The budget is basically done too – all I’m waiting on is for an insurance company to get back to me with a quote for employee benefits If it’s too much, I have no problem nixing it, but I figured I might as well see what it’ll costs. Other than that though, everything looks pretty solid. I worked really hard to get exact costs when possible because I didn’t want to under estimate, or over estimate for that matter.