Cassie & Miley Time-Lapse

Hey, George here!

   Unfortunately I didn't get the adapters in time so here is my backup plan. I haven't put up a video on Tem.Teen Productions in a while, so here's the second Time-Lapse:

   Actually, the other day, someone asked me how I did it. Well I can tell you... it wasn't exactly easy. On every mac comes software called Quicktime Player X, what you do is go into file, click new screen recording and it will pop up with a box that looks like this:

   You select the little white triangle pointing down to give you the settings you desire. In my case they were: no microphone, medium, show clicks. Then clicked the screen to start recording. But doing this causes some problems. The first, is that you can't specify the drive you record to. It always records to your internal drive. Which means your whole system suffers in performance. And last, it eats about a quarter of the processor power. If you have a desktop, that might not be a big deal to you. But if you're like me and have a laptop, every clock-cycle counts.

   But it works, and I was able to show this to you guys. :-)

That's all for now, George out!

Editing in Different Software

Disclaimer: Adobe didn't sponsor me to do this, these are just my honest opinions about their software. May involve terms not commonly know by the masses. So if there is any terms you don't know, don't hesitate to ask.

George Here!

   So as you guys know, I'm a Final Cut Pro X editor. I've used it since September of 2012, and I fell in love ever since. It's fast, easy to use, and it's relatively snappy with lots of video formats. But I've kinda been mad at FCPX for a while for a couple reasons:

  1. Slow Exporting: When I have finished my movie in Final Cut Pro X and go to export it, I will normally be looking at a 6 hour export for a 10 minute movie.
  2. Color Correction: I honestly don't like the color correction in the program. It isn't powerful enough for what I do. And it's not the best laid out way for me to edit colors.
  3. Poor RAM Managing: On my machine with 8GB of ram, my machine can't handle more than basic cuts without needing to render. Normally it's fine, I would just render what I need then play the rest. But still, I don't want to have to do that every time I make a change.*

   I know I'm editing on a 13" MacBook Pro, which lacks a Graphics Card & a Quad-Core Processor. But the beauty of Final Cut is to have not just the people with the $10,000 computers running it. It's meant for everyone as well as the Pro's (UPDATE: The new update for Final Cut Pro X 10.1 solves problem 1 and 3). So for the next episode of Cassie & Miley, I decided to change things up a little. I decided to edit in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

   My first impression was that the layout is very similar to Final Cut 7, which is what I was used to before X. I imported the footage from Google Drive, and created a new sequence. But every time I hit a key command, it would go to a different thing all together. I realized  that the key commands were different, so I changed them to the ones in Final Cut. Now things were getting interesting.

   After editing the show in it, I can honestly say that I fell in love with it. The speed is amazing, the color correction is fast, and it doesn't eat up all the ram I have. Here's the list of my favorite things about it:

  1. Dynamic Link: This is my top favorite thing that I miss from FCP7. In Premiere, I just have to right-click a video or audio file. Then click Dynamic Link, it then loads the video file into after effects, or the audio file into Audition. This is huge for me. I don't have to export, edit, reimport, then re-export if I want to make changes outside of Premiere.
  2. Fast Rendering: The rendering in Premiere is amazing. I don't know what it does to make it so fast. But it does it great
  3. Color Correction: The color correction is just amazing. Very easy for me, as well as powerful.
  4. Amazing RAM Managing: I don't need to render every little change I do.
  5. Exporting: Exporting is pretty darn fast.

   Take a look at some screen shots of my editing:

   So overall impressions are great about it. Now the big question, will I replace FCPX with Premiere CC? The answer is... No. I love Final Cut because of what it is. I can create templates much easier in it. Multi-cam is way faster. And the file organization is far better than in Premiere. But I now have another piece of software to add to my arsenal.

   That's about it, talk to you later guys! George out!

*The one thing that I think is faster in FCPX is the Render. I think the reason it is faster is because it takes more advantage of the Mac platform.

Editing Blues & Tips for Working With/For Others

Hey, George here! 

   I’ve been editing the web series Cassie & Miley for a while now. And I would like to give my personal... opinions about editing for other people.

   The reason I got into Photography is because I love the art of capturing life. The reason I got into Videography, is because I love telling visual stories to people. And the reason I got into Music Making is because I love the process of idea to song. And for each of these topics, I have a certain style in how I work. For video, I like to be as simple as possible. For photos, I like deep blacks and high contrast. For music, I like full sounds with minimal (if any) distortion. 

   When people want you to do work for them (paid or unpaid), 90% of the time it’s because they like your work. And that's a good sign, it means people like your style. But once you land the job with them, they most likely have an idea about what they want and just want you to create it for them... then throw in a LITTLE of your creative flare if any. This can be frustrating to the content creator/editors editing for others because they want to show what they can do. And I know that for a fact because I have dealt with it.

   Here’s a story: When I was editing their latest video Story Time with Cassie & Miley, I was having computer problems. The main drive didn’t have enough space, so I had to delete stuff like crazy. The video needed HEAVY color correction and was on the wrong settings for video compression so I had to render out of Final Cut to After Effects to grade (and even then it was hard). Then I had to reimport the videos and place them onto the timeline. Then I had to create the titles, end screen, and apply some audio corrections. Then I exported a 950 x 540 version so they can see it for approval. That took about 5 hours, because FCPX loves to take its sweet time (UPDATE 8/10/2014: I later found out that it my hard drive was dying out and wasn't working properly). She specifically said that she wanted it to be 10 - 15 minutes (closer to ten if possible), and when I uploaded it, and Cassie said it was too short and it didn’t flow right. So I reedited the video, rendered out 1920 x 1080 (taking 12 hours), and she approves it. And the whole time I thought the video needed to go up by Thursday, when she really wanted it up by Tuesday. Anyway, here is the final product:

   The video turned out great, but still. Before I say anything else, let me clarify something. This isn't a rant exactly. It's what happens when there isn't great communication between people. But I found out a couple things editing for other people that will make your job easier:

  1. Don't Edit in Front of People: I'm serious about this. When I used to edit in front of people, they say, "You make it look so easy... can't you just..." and then make a long list. I'm not saying that Cassie & Miley have ever said that, but I have gotten that remark before. Now, take it with a grain of salt. Yes you can edit in front of people to show them what you can do. But don't say, "It's SO easy," or "That takes no time at all," when really it does take effort/time.
  2. Effective Communication: Like in the case of schedule mistakes, you can always miss hear or not get the message of what they want you to do. Always keep communication and if questions arise, don't hesitate to ask.
  3. Just do what they ask: This is something that can be applied in every aspect of life. If you do what they ask you to do, and they like it, you're on their good side. And when you're on their good side, you have more leeway with what you can do creatively.

   Before I leave, I found this great speech by a photographer in the Bay Area, Jeff Cable:

   I will be looking forward to hearing what you guys think.

   And as always, thanks for reading. George out!

CassiexMiley

   Collaboration is an amazing thing. You work on something for others... they work on something for you. You teach others what you know, & they teach you what they know. And in the end, everyone learns something new. That is certainly the case with this new series, CassiexMiley. Now for the previous series AutumnHasWifi, I just did the intro/outro. For this, I did all the editing. It's a challenge to make videos this fast and on this tight of a deadline. But miracles happen and this was the result:

   This is their first video in the series, and I have to say they did a really good job at this. Seriously... it isn't easy sitting in front of a camera and doing this. But they pulled through. Now there is also something I want to show you guys:

   This was even harder to make than the video up top. The reason is that my computer was running QuickTime to record a screen capture while I was editing the video, so it took a lot longer to edit, render, export the video. We actually had a conversation going back and forth ending up as long as a short Russian novel*. But patience pays off and the video was uploaded.

 

*If you know that reference, post it in the comments.

AutumnHasWifi!

          Have you ever heard the phrase, "one-man-band?" And if you have heard of it, in what area of life does it apply to you? Well... that isn't exactly how it works in the video & multimedia world. Today, it's all about collaboration. And that is why I have teamed up with a vlogger in my area:

AutumnHasWifi

Check it out. She is funny & a remarkably entertaining story teller. Here is one of her videos:

          As you can see, I did the intro/outro for her videos. Maybe I'll do a cameo appearance on her show & a tutorial about how I made the intro/outro's. Leave it a comment below answering if I should do the first one, second, or both of these suggestions.

But until then, this is George saying... ¡Adios!