I am currently working as a IT/Production Manager and Motion Graphic Designer at Virginia Beach, Virginia. I’ve been designing and filming for listings since 2011. I joined this group to get some feedback on my work, gain inspiration and to make some new designer friends along the way.
When I first started my interest in production editing, I was about 20 years old when using a DV camcorder and a video capturing software called Fraps. The camcorder was mainly to capture an introduction to myself or to import several files via computer and render the film with an Adobe editing software. I would m… Read More
When I first started my interest in production editing, I was about 20 years old when using a DV camcorder and a video capturing software called Fraps. The camcorder was mainly to capture an introduction to myself or to import several files via computer and render the film with an Adobe editing software. I would make certain videos and put it on YouTube for some humor. I would show them to colleagues, family, and friends and would get feedback from them as well as feedback from YouTube users, even though some users would deliberately submit a provocative post to an online message board with the aim of inciting an angry response, making the viewing less enjoyable to everyone else.
When I was about 20, on Christmas day I compiled my first DVD to the family to watch a Christmas Family Reunion. Considering how the use of digital media was scarce in the years of 2002 and earlier, being able to watch movies or videos from a DVD, instead via camcorder using an RCA video component hookup, did succeed in entertainment.
It was about June-July of 2006, I was reading my PC Magazine about an editing software emulator (or NLE is what the guru’s call it now) that had high benchmark ratings as well as customer review ratings. It got my eyes glued on that article and I juggled through countless sites in order to obtain whatever information I needed to purchase this software. I waited several days to get this package while brainstorming my crazy idea of god-knows what type of mechanics I might be able to use. I was at the point where I could be so excited, that I would lose patience and eventually would get hyperactivity. I'd be walking up and down the stairs and pacing myself so fast that my parents would say to me, "What are you doing walking around the house like that?". Nevertheless, the day that I've waited so long to hold that box was the almighty Adobe Premiere 2.0!
So the first thing I did after I got it all installed and I watched the video in the camcorder that I was about to capture via PC using a FireWire and I said to myself, "This DVD will be the next Jerry Springer episode when I get through with this project!". The DVD was a Christmas video of the family back in 2004, which wasn't quite PG rated to begin with, so I decided to... spice things up a bit. I had some wave files that came when I ordered another soundboard. I remember when we were saying things out of coarse language related, though we didn’t realize it until it was viewed on tape. My parents will watch a holiday tape every year, so this year we agreed not to let anyone else show what was in it. In addition, we all made a solid pledge to never bring this tape outside for ANY reason… I had my fingers crossed. The keyword in my mind was tape, but I wasn’t going to create a tape!
I would put in a short durated dial tone for every inappropriate language used. Even inappropriate language that was used indirectly was edited which caused it to be even more hilarious! My youngest brother would yell, “Stein Mart?! What the pfffftttt?!”, replacing footage with sound board dial tone was more likely exclaimed, “Stein Mart?! What the (dial tone)?!”. My favorite part of the video was when my mother opened her present and it was a comment on a large white piece written with a black marker. It stated, “I don’t know who used the downstairs toilet, but you put a H___ of a lot of toilet paper in it, stopped it up, and I HAD TO USE MY HAND TO GET IT OUT!!! Don’t do it again! Laura, find every god damn phone and boys it better be that way when I come home at 6 pm… or no phone usage! Thanks.”
After I finished the editing, I worked on the DVD authoring. I had a few preset DVD menu templates to choose from which came with buttons for the functioning of playback and other content, chapter markers to place in timeline for functioning of DVD tracking and other special content like special features or behind-the-scenes. After I completed the authoring I was ready to burn the disk. Finally, I had the whole family watching the disk. I figured everyone watching this video would feel upset, but apparently, the heavy breathing and the willingness to speak one word out of their mouths, they were kept occupied by the video’s intense random humor and puns in return with the audience filling the entire room with laughter. 2 years later, I designed a DVD cover disk and disk holder to publish at home for personal use.
My background experience and modern work ethics are relevant to each other. For every project or task I work on makes me a better designer and manager. I still enjoy the hobbies I do and have no regrets with the passionate dedication I succeeded in the past. Read Less