Media Use Journal

April 23, 2012

This week I honestly did not use a lot of media technology. Unfortunately I was extremely preoccupied with final projects being due in all four of my classes this semester. Woo-hoo! But I did download a new photo-editing software, called Picasa. I’m sure many of you have heard of Google’s free editing software, my own mother recommended that I download the software to my laptop. So far, I have only used it to make a photo collage and to edit the coloring of a couple of photo’s I took this weekend with my roommates, but so far I really like it. The software stores all of the pictures on my hard drive onto the interface, and the effects are really easy to figure out. Imagine if Photoshop had come out with a version for laymens, it would be Picasa. I liked this software mostly because of how extremely idiot proof it is. When I opened it for the first time, the software had me select if I wanted all of my pictures to be copied to Picasa or only a select few which I liked because there is nothing more annoying than looking for a picture only to realize it’s lost in cyberspace. If you haven’t yet, I highly recommend to try this out, its a great FREE alternative to Photoshop.

 

April 16, 2012

This week I was assigned my final project using Final Cut Pro for my Media Technology class, and all I have to say is it was alright. I realized that I am not gifted with the ability to understand new software at the flip of a dime, I also learned the meaning of the term “learning curve.” Needless to say I do not see myself becoming a great video editor any time in the near future. I now have a basic, basic, basic understanding of the FCP interface and the different features available on the program. I’m pretty certain at this point that if I ever need to deal with video editing of any kind, I’m going to need to find a tutor. But I did manage to learn enough about the program that I was able to create a video out of still photos for my Media Technology class, so maybe I’m not as terrible as I think.

April 9, 2012

This week I was assigned my final project for my Media Technology class. I have to create a story out of a set of photographs selected by my professor. The most difficult part of this assignment was definitely creating the story that I wanted to portray. But the next hurtle I had to overcome was editing the photographs into a visually pleasing video. I really wish I knew how to pan the pictures across the screen or make it look like the image is zooming in or out of the screen; I feel that when video’s have effects such as those, they look more professional. I’m still in the process of making the assignment so I will let you know how I progress from here.

April 2, 2012

This week I tried out Final Cut Pro for the first time, and let me be the first to say that I had no idea what I was doing when I started. I began by choosing a couple of pictures I had taken for a BTMM project. I immediately began having trouble figuring out how I was supposes to work with this software. Thankfully, my school has a subscription to Lynda.com. This website is full of tutorials for graphics software, including Final Cut Pro. The tutorials take you step by step through basic functions of the software which allowed me to begin experimenting with my photo slide show/ film experiment.

March 26, 2012

This week I had done some of my own experimenting with Photoshop. I manipulated a couple of photos from my friends dads’ birthday party. She wanted me to make it seem like it was sunny  that day even though it was raining on and off. This was a challenge since I had never before been asked to do specifically what she asked of. I began by manipulating the levels of the picture, giving the mids and the whites a warmer resolution. Next I began increasing the saturation of the picture to give the picture an all around warmer feeling. It was a fun exercise to practice my Photoshop skills.

March 19, 2012

For my Media and Technology class, I have to keep a journal of how I use media technology in my life. This led to my realization that most of my media technology use is for this class. For instance, I had to make a sound track with Audacity last week, but Audacity would not export my files. I had a great track, no noise in the background, the amplification was great, and there was no clipping, basically an awesome track. The only issue was the track refused to be exported. Instead of having a functioning wav. track, an irritation dialog box keeps popping up “Libsndfile says ‘josas;p’,” I mean honestly what is that supposed to mean.  I tried and retried over and over and over and over and over until I became so frustrated that I started beating the shit out of my keyboard.

Then I found out there was a newer version of Audacity than the one I had already downloaded. This one was Audacity 2.0-win, and I thought to myself, “Self, this one can’t have the same problem because it has ‘win’ in the title.” I installed the newer version, and then I opened up my project, sound was still good, all of the times were correct, so far I was happy. Then I went to export the track and the same dialog pops up “Libsndfile says ‘ai dc’fnad’.” I want to know who this Libsndfile is and why they will not let me export my tracks!

All in all, I actually really liked using Audacity to make new tracks. The effects were super easy to figure out, and it was cool learning how to mix my own music. Although, I have to be honest, the fact that I couldn’t export any tracks from Audacity really makes me hate it. I would suggest if you are really interested in music and you want a reliable program, save some money and buy Pro Tools.

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