For this section of the unit, we spent the whole entire time filming, editing, uploading and peer assessing. I think this whole process has been a wild journey with so many new things fascinating me. One of these things would be learning different features of imovie. Even though I didn’t get to use the picture in picture nor the green screen, I know how to do it and I can include it in future videos. I think the biggest thing I learned creating this tutorial is stepping out of my comfort zone. I realised that I don’t always have to rely on things that I’m comfortable with for example basketball and skateboarding. It’s okay to do things that you aren’t use to doing like I did for baking a cupcake. (Which i’ve never done before).
I think my tutorial fit in most of my design specifications. During the practises I made sure that I fit all my specifications to make my tutorial perfect. My background music was perfect in my opinion, it fit with the topic and was relaxing to watch and hear, I made sure that the background noise muted so that it wouldn’t bother my audience. (Accept for the parts I thought was necessary). I also added a bit of slo motion to capture the parts that I thought deserved it, I mostly added lot’s of fast motion to fast forward the parts that I was repetitive. Finally my video quality was the highest possible (1080p) so that the viewers could clearly watch my tutorial and learn from it. The only specification I wasn’t able to complete was humor. In this video, I lacked humor because I wasn’t really sure how to be funny during a cupcake tutorial. I think it depends what the topic is to have a certain specification, in this case it was humor. Also, a specification that I deleted and replaced with a new one was “clear voice.” When I was researching different tutorials, I figured that most baking videos had no voice but only headings and nice relaxing music. I then decided not to add voice. The only thing I would say made a big change was the intro. My idea was to have a stop have the words: How to Bake a Cupcake circling my finished product. (Cupcake). I soon realised during practises that the idea was very difficult and it would take too much time. Instead of stop motion, I just had the camera focus on the cupcake with the words surrounding it. For the rest of the tutorial, I just changed different camera angles so that the viewer wouldn’t be looking from the same angle the whole tutorial.
I watched several baking videos at home just for leisure. For example if someone was sifting, professional editors would catch the first 2-4 seconds and then fast forward the rest. I noticed that on one video and found that the editors would do the same thing. I then really wanted to try it out for fun and the finished product looked very good. I also noticed that music was very important and it was decided on what the topic was. With many different tutorials that I came across, I realised that different music went extremely well with the topic. For example, heavier music was more suitable for a skateboarding tutorial and intense music it someone was doing a tutorial on drawing. For baking, I noticed that (not depressing) chill but cheerful music fit perfectly with the topic. I found the perfect song I was looking for in Jamendo called Awakening by Lust Project.
I think the biggest challenge that I faced was trying to make the tutorial interesting. People said that my tutorial was interesting but I wasn’t too happy with the first 1 minute. I would really like to know how to make the tutorial more interesting, the way editors to make each video so interesting and cool. Another thing that is still challenging for me is still editing. Editing is endless, you can keep perfecting your video to make it perfect. The problem was when I edited the first time, I only looked at the mistakes and little bits that I needed to cut. However I did not check to make the clips better and more professional looking. If I included this skill, my tutorial would be more like a video you would see on youtube which you idolise as.
For one thing, I really want to improve my editing skills/learn more about editing to make my videos look just like the videos we all idolise as. Another thing that I want to work on is my creativity. I think that my tutorial is always the same angle, idea etc. With creativity I could have crazy ideas that might turn out to be really cool. I’ve started designing logos and small creations at home to improve my idea. This way, I can think of different ways to make any videos in the upcoming future interesting and not just have the same things happening over and over again. I think I would really like to learn more about editing and creativity. I will do this by inspecting a wide variety of tutorials and learn so I can include some of those skills in my own videos. What really amazes me now is that when I first started this unit, I was admiring some of the most coolest tutorials and now, I can almost just almost compare them to each other. I feel that I have taken a large step in video making. This will not only help me just for this project, it will help me for the upcoming videos that I will be editing. Using the different skills that I’ve learnt from this tutorial to make my videos in the future even better!