VIDEO WORKFLOW 2016 • THE PLAIN DEALER • CLEVELAND.COMPHOTOS FROM THE PD


UPDATED VIDEOLICIOUS WORKFLOW FOR THE PLAIN DEALER, 2016

This information and the tutorial videos below will show you how to shoot an interview, add B-roll over it, trim your clips, include lower-thirds ID information and get it all up to the Web in record time.

It's fast and easy, but it still requires some thought, study and practice. You can do this!

Individual tutorials available: jfobes@plaind.com or call 216.316.7037. Your editor might schedule a class for this. Stay tuned.

WATCH THIS VIDEO CLOSELY AND YOU MAY BE ABLE SKIP 90% OF WHAT'S WRITTEN BELOW!

AND THEN CHECK OUT THIS ONE TO HELP IT ALL SINK IN!

NEED MORE GUIDANCE? CHECK OUT THE STEPS BELOW ...


 

THE SHOOTING PART

First: Interview your subject. You can do one interview or multiple short segments. Remember, you need to be close this person (they should fill about 90% of the frame) or your audio will probably suck. The light should be coming from behind you, not them. Pay close attention to background noise — that can ruin your whole shoot. Check out these tips!

Second: Going off what your interviewee referenced, shoot your B-roll footage. I would tend to keep your shots short, like maybe 4 to 6 seconds each. B-roll can be video footage or stills.

THE PRODUCTION PART

First: Find, view and edit your clips in your camera roll. It’s probably a good idea to save your edited interview portions as a new clip. You can trim footage in Videolicious, but I find it easier in the iPhone shoftware where you get a bigger view. Here’s how it’s done.

Second: Open your Videolicious app, and you’ll be at “Step One, Choose Shots.” THIS IS WHERE YOU SELECT YOUR B-ROLL. You will go to your camera roll and choose the shots in the order you want them. Hit SAVE.

Third: Go to “Step Two, Tell Your Story.” You will see yourself on the screen, but you won’t be recording yourself. Instead choose IMPORT. Go to your camera roll and select your interview segment (or segments in the order you want them to appear). REMEMBER, B-ROLL FIRST; INTERVIEW SECOND. (And you can skip Step 3.)

Here’s how you add a lower third to ID your interviewee

Fourth: Your interview appears on the screen; down in the right-hand corner is your first piece of B-roll. Hit the arrow to play the interview; then tap your B-roll images when you want them to appear. Note the green border around each one you select. IMPORTANT: You can cut back to the interviewee by tapping the main part of the screen (and your whole screen has a green border). Then tap back to add more B-roll if necessary. Once done, Videolicious shows you the finished video. Hit BACK button to make changes. (Go back, back, back if necessary.)

It should have PD branding at start and end. This is why you want an account. The account will also show your authorship of the video and count your clicks.

If you don’t like what you see in your preview, you can back all the way out and go back to your camera roll for other shots.

Hit SAVE. Select resolution, HD. SAVE again.

New window opens: Put in title, description and tags. Hard to make fixes, so be careful.

Choose a thumbnail using slider.

SAVE your work. It goes up.

Look for it in the cleveland.com channel of YouTube under the VIDEOS tab. If you have a horrible error and need to kill it, contact me or your editor. If you see a typo or other minor issue (and you're doing this from home at midnight), you can leave the mistaken video up, fix your original and just send it again. Change the video title a little bit so you'll know which one you want when you embed.

ADVANCED WORKFLOW FOR CLIP EDITING IN iMOVIE

I find it hard to get precise editing directly in the camera roll. But if you open your footage in iMovie, you will get a much better editing tool. Here’s how you do it.

Shoot video clip with iPhone camera.

Open iMovie app. click + sign to create new movie.

Click “new project.”

Leave on default setting “simple” and click CREATE.

Tap icon on left side of screen about halfway down.

Go into camera roll and find your footage.

Tap the footage and use finger and yellow handles to trim.
(Forward arrow plays footage. down arrow loads finished edit to timeline.)

Play the edit. hit done. hit arrow in middle at bottom.

Hit “save video” command on next screen. save as HD 720.

That is now the most recent clip in your camera roll.

Exit and proceed to load into Videolicious.

Original clip will still reside in the camera roll if you need to redo anything.

HOW TO SHOOT VOICEOVER NARRATION

Go into your iPhone camera and choose video.

Top center, next to the time clock, there’s a camera icon. Tap it and you’ll be shooting yourself.

Record yourself doing your voiceover narration. Keep camera close for good audio.

Go into Videolicious and choose your B-roll shots.

In step two go into camera roll and choose your narration footage.

If you DON’T want to appear in the video, tap your first B-roll sequence before the countdown. It will turn green. Then tap play arrow for countdown. This way the B-roll comes up first. Continue to tap the B-roll footage as usual. If you want to put yourself in the video, then begin with your own footage and tap B-roll as necessary.

SOMETHING NEW ABOUT B-ROLL

As your video plays, a little timer will countdown your B-roll footage. Make sure to click your second B-roll before your first one times out.

LOWER THIRD ID WORKFLOW: all the steps

First, watch the tutorial on lower thirds. Here is a good workflow.

Step Two > Tell Your Story > Import > Camera roll > tap interview footage (green border appears > tap edit > tap the selected footage again > new window comes up > tap keyboard icon > type in ID and description > save

You can add info on any slide, interview or B-roll using the same process.

ADVANCED WAY TO THINK ABOUT B-ROLL and SCENE-SETTER SHOTS

Up to now we have been breaking footage down into “B-roll” and “Interview.” A more advanced way to look at it is …

“B-roll: no audio.” (Step One)
“B-roll: with audio.” (Step Two)
“Interview.” (Step Two)

Audio will be suppressed on every clip you chose in Step One.

Audio will be present for every clip you choose in Step Two.

Let’s say you want to begin your video with a scene-setting piece of footage with audio. Choose that piece of footage FIRST when you go into Step Two. Then you choose your interview pieces.

Watch the following video: I chose some B-roll shots in Step One as usual. I chose a scene-stetting shot, two interview bits and then another scene-setting shot in Step Two. You will also notice I used a lower third on the first scene-setter and also on the first interview clip.

 

MUSIC WITH YOUR VIDEO

Probably best to skip part 3, which allows you to add canned music. Here's why.

The logic of a song and the logic of a video seldom match. A song is built to start slow then reach a climax. A video is made up of footage/scenes that are more episodic. What one wants to do is to find a short segment of music that fits a SCENE. That's why I may use three, four or five bits of music in just one 60-Second Know-It-All episode. (An Emmy-winning Plain Dealer production, I might add!)

But Videolicious does not give you the option to use multiple pieces of music. It also does not let you drop it in where you want it, fade it ... or any of the other stuff you need to do. Worse, you can ruin your whole presentation if you fail to match music with mood. Put mournful music with happy footage: wrong! Put upbeat music with a serious topic: wrong! So beware!

Of course, music being played at an event ... that might work.

In the video below you will find seven musical interludes in only 60 seconds.

 

AND CHECK OUT THIS AMAZING FIRST EFFORT FROM JIM EWINGER!

Upon watching this video, George said, (and I paraphrase), "Too bad he couldn't have done that as a Videolicious video." And I said, "But he did — it's that good!" Nice work, Jim. I have a problem with the music, but that's a small concern when compared to Jim's ability (and determination) to get all the working parts coordinated!

 

COMPLICATED PROJECT?

If you have a complex project you want to tackle, come and see me. For one thing, we can shoot with multiple cameras; for another thing, I can edit it in Final Cut Pro X for a much more polished presentation than you can get in Videolicious. See video below.

 

 

HOW TO MAKE sure your Videolicious account is hooked up with Advance

Get new VIdeolicious APP (or update it). To be properly set up for our Videolicious account, you will need your email, MT user name, and MT display name. Once you set up a Videolicious password, it will not change.

All the set-up has been done for those who have already sent Seth the proper information.

For those who did not send me info, here’s what Seth Siditsky needs for your account, so contact him with the proper info. (His email is in our database.)

email
MT user name
MT display name

My info goes like this:

email: jfobes@plaind.com
MT USER NAME: jfobes
MT DISPLAY NAME: Jon Fobes

You can find your user name and display name using this URL; replace my user name with yours and search. Not all user names are as simple as jfobes. And not all have the same number of letters. Some might have “pd” in them, too.

http://connect.cleveland.com/staff/jfobes/posts.html

BASIC VIDEO-SHOOTING TIPS

BOXING IN A PHONE BOOTH from jon fobes on Vimeo.

1. BASIC VIDEO TIPS (See video sample)

1. Pick a quiet, well-lighted place for your interview. Simple backgrounds work best.

2. Shoot horizontally.

3. LIGHT: Make sure the subject’s face is not in shadow. Don’t shoot the person with their back to a window or outside with the sun behind.

4. Tuck your elbows into your sides so you can hold the camera still.

AUDIO WILL BE YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE

5. Stand within three feet of the subject. They should be able to reach out and touch your iPhone.

6. Be VERY aware of ambient sounds. Get away from machines. Avoid background conversations. Beware of birds! Have earphones and listen to what you captured when you preview your video: this is VERY important. Preview right after shooting. You may need to shoot again.

11. If you have an idea for a complex video, get with me. We’ll make it happen.