Video

Video editing and processing particularly for use on web sites.

*** New for 2010! ***

Media-Mania now has its own page at the photograph and video sharing site Flickr:
www.flickr.com/media-mania

There we have examples of our video recording and editing.
(Broadband and flash player are needed to view the videos).

Animation from video.

This is a very efficient way of providing a moving picture but without the huge amount of web space that video needs, and consequent quick download time. It is suitable where the presentation is visual as there is no sound.

Moving pictures are possible without the need for broadband.
This makes your site accessible to a much greater number of visitors.

Click to step through frames

Example of animation from video.

Click here to see an animation
(in a separate window).

Click the picture to step through animation frames.

"Stills" - still pictures from video.

In video terminology photographs taken from video are known as stills. One problem with a photograph of a moving subject is picking the right moment to take the picture. This is a great alternative. A video clip is taken, and then we can select the exact moment later.

Still picture taken from this video

The video used for the above examples can be seen at:
www.flickr.com/media-mania

(The video is at reduced quality from the original, in order to make it practical for web use).

Video editing and processing.

Video clips from digital cameras, or camcorders can be processed to make them suitable for presentation on web sites.

The single most important edit is to trim the beginning and end.
This is simple to do, but vastly improves the presentation of a video clip!
Both sound and vision can be trimmed separately and can be faded in and out.

Other editing can include the addition of title screens and text captions (especially useful for copyright messages), cutting out unwanted portions and combining sections together. Special effects can be added. Soundtrack editing can be done.

Examples of all of these can be seen at:
www.flickr.com/media-mania

Orientation.

Photographs and video can be taken in landscape orientation, or portrait orientation. It just depends on which way round you hold the camera.

The terminology. Landscape and portrait orientation has nothing to do with the subject of the picture, it is just about which way round it is. (The terminology is also used in printing).

Landscape orientation:

Landscape format.

Portrait orientation:

Portrait format: St. George.

If the pictures are prints, all you need do is turn the print round. If the picture is to be viewed on a computer most image editing software can easily perform the necessary rotation.

In the case of video, things are more difficult. Most people taking video with a camera or camcorder would not consider taking it in portrait format. The moving picture would appear on its side when viewed on a TV screen or computer.

We can perform the required rotation on video so that it appears in the correct orientation.

Example

This video of a bagpipe player was taken with the camera in portrait format and we have processed it to appear correctly on a computer screen.

Bagpipe player

The video can be seen at:
www.flickr.com/media-mania

We can also do the kinds of editing commonly done on photographs, but which are much more difficult to do on video. Cropping, correction of tilt, corrections to brightness and colour. This video example has also been adjusted slightly for brightness and contrast, the sound has been edited to fade out at the end, and a caption has been added at the end.

Video can be reduced in size to dramatically reduce file sizes, and can be converted to various file formats for web use.

Video recording.

We can make live video recordings and particularly specialise in music performances. Recordings can be made with more than one camera and the results edited together to result in a single sequence with high quality sound.