Finished Documentary

Tying up loose ends..

I have more to report but getting horizontal is my main priority. I will fill in the details in the a.m. and have a link for you.

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My Project in the Premier Timeline Window

I finished editing. Rendering is another matter. Here’s the status. Yes, I does say 11 hours.




A Turn in Direction

I have been exploring the historical aspect of the pipe organ and have requested seven books from the School of Music Library. After receiving and review those books for content, I plan on going to the workshop and getting more B-roll.

I am also throwing around the idea of a narrator. I realize that this must be done carefully and with attention to detail.

Thanks for all the comments last week in class. They were very helpful. See you next week.

My Learning Curve

The Old Days…

I have not edited video in twenty years. A classmate asked me last semester, “What program did you use back then?” My professor and I laughed. I shyly said “None”. and continued to tell the younger student about Betamax tape and linear editing from machine to machine. This process was destructive and degenerated the quality every time an edit occurred. That did not make me feel old but just a little concerned about my learning curve.

Fast-Forward to the Present….

Since I have an Adobe Creative Cloud Account, I am using Premier Pro. I have finally gotten all my resources in my project file. Making sense of the workspace has taken a little longer than anticipated. This morning I made a trip to the library; and YES!; there still is a physical place and real books on the subject of this software. Realizing my limitations, I have found that just reading a chapter or two from a couple of books that I will be able to conquer these limitations and produce the best possible video that I can. Godspeed….

Recent Activity

An interview took place on Saturday. Instead of using the auto white balance, I tried the old school way. This involved putting a sheet of paper in front of the camera and measuring it. I was very disappointed in the results and will follow the professor suggestion of sticking with the auto setting.

Monday and Tuesday, I spent five hours on ingesting video with Adobe Prelude. This application allows the creation of a Rough Cut. Tags were added to each cut to describe what it contained. Then the Rough Cut was exported to Premier Pro.

I use a Nikon D5100 for capturing my video. Two recurring problems have been exposure spikes and headroom. The class helped research these problems and these are the causes:

  • While shooting video, the exposure must be locked. Otherwise, the camera is constantly adjusting for metering the exposure.
  • There are two SMALL white lines on each side of the LCD screen that indicate actually framing for video.

I had a shoot scheduled with the owner of the pipe organ in construction. Solving the problems I encountered has re-framed my attitude about having an interview  cancelled last week. I feel confident in getting the best interview with the most important person.

I want to one of my intended outcomes for this course. I think getting certified for Adobe Premier might have been too ambitious. Instead I would like to focus on entering the Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival. More to come later.

This week…

Research and Pre-production

I finished the second segment of my script, the shot list for those two segments and the questions for my first interview this weekend. I also have a planned shoot at the workshop where my friend is building the pipe organ for the convention in 2016.

I practiced setting up  the lights and camera for the interviews. I listened to audio tests for different mics that I recorded at my mom’s church. I was not happy with the on-camera mic, the lavaliere mic nor the condenser mic.  So, I ordered the Zoom H4N Handy Portable Digital Recorder today.  Last weekend, I went to see some friends play music and one of them is the sound man for the Houston Grand Opera. He told me that this little device would do the trick. This is the same device Professor Brims recommended. Imagine that!!  Below is a shot I took of the Zoom H4N attached to the ceiling.


I visited the American Guild of Organist website to verify that their convention will be held in here in 2016. Since my last I visited, the site had been updated  and could not find the information. I called the office in New York City and started asking questions about statistics about obsolete instruments. I got a call back from one of the officers and we talked for about 20 minutes. I did not receive the information I was looking for but came away with some fresh ideas. 

Production Proposal

 This a screen shot of Adobe Story Plus. I found it by accident at the beginning of the semester and have been using it ever since. It really is a database for media production. I will post exported text files to show the depth of this app, so check back to see what I have learned and want to share. Now, on with the proposal.story

1.0 Scope of Work

Screaming Pipes:Personality of the Pipe Organ will produce several segments that will tie into a documentary portfolio piece. Key topics that form the are historical aspects, the intertwining of art and science, recycling, rebuilding and saving the pipe organ. This documentary will cover a few local pipe organs to go hear live. Screaming Pipes should entertain, educate and connect with the
audience compelling the viewer to go hear the instrument live. The project will possess an upbeat pace and include a transition-heavy introduction, lively comments and beautiful images of the instrument.

2.0 Pieces of Work

Five three-minute digital media projects.

  • History
  • Art/Science Intertwined
  • Around Houston
  • Recycling, Rebuilding and Saving
  • Introduction/Conclusion

3.0 Production Methods

The use of a project and this document was created in Adobe Story Plus. This application produces scripts, lists, schedules. reports, and metadata to use in other Adobe products. My editing environment include tools available through my Creative Cloud. Prelude provides ingesting and trans-coding media; then will then by processed by Premiere Pro. I realize now that I will also be using Adobe Audition.

Sound: Often Overlooked but JUST as Important as the Visuals!!

My project is very dependent on audio, so I have determining that I will capture the audio straight to Adobe Audition with my laptop. Previously, I recorded the pipe organ at St. John the Episcopal Church with the Nikon D5100’s on-board mic. I was unhappy with the output. The audio files peaked out and produced a clipped file. I do not want this to happen again. I have included a couple of useful videos about Audition.

Recording an Audio File

How to Use Audition in Video Workflow

Visually Editing Sound

This video shows how to visually analyze problem sounds.

What I want to get out of Digital Storytelling…


I love to learn and this course is about learn while creating. I am ready to get after.

Intended Learning Outcome

As part of my of my semester proposal, I listed what I would like to set in my target for goals. I realize what I want will take work but I am up for the challenge.

I intend on becoming proficient in creative media production applications. I want to practice efficiently managing media assets and creating video effectively. Using music, spoken word, video, photographs and title screen to produce a digital story that I feel confident in sharing with the public.

  •  Outcome #1 To increase level of proficiency in the Adobe Creative Cloud video applications.
  • Outcome #2 To use effective media asset management skills.
  • Outcome #3 To create a workflow that follows a preproduction plan and schedule.
  • Outcome #4 Obtain the Adobe certification for Premier Pro CC.