Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram

In Exercise Four, you will create a music video using iMovie (or another movie making program of your choice), and then make a diagram of the interaction model of your experience. Please read the instructions that follow carefully, as there are many steps and a number of deliverables.

1) Locate the source files for your music video, located in TEMPORARY_STORAGE in a folder called “Exercise Four.”

2) Check out the video clips and audio tracks that I have compiled for you. You’re welcome to use your own clips and tracks if you have any available. We will, for the time being, ignore any copyright infringement issues. This will be discussed in a future class.

3) Open iMovie, and create a new 4:3 iMovie Project with a title of your choice.

4) Using File>Import>Movies, import all of the video clips into iMovie. From here, you’ll drag-and-drop them into the upper left pane, in order to add them to your Project.

5) Choose the audio track that you want to make a video for. Import it to iMovie by drag-and-dropping the file into upper left pane.

6) Make your video! Play around. There are a lot of features in iMovie , but a couple that you’ll want to be sure to learn how to use include:

  • Adjustments to your clips and tracks (hover over the element in question and click on the button that appears)
  • Photos, text and transitions, which can be added from the buttons at centre right

7) Keep making your video. Play for a couple of hours. Learn as much as you can. iMovie is a great tool for making quick videos, and will serve you well in Project One. Your final music video must be at about one minute long (and no longer). It must contain at least three video clips, one audio track, some transitions and a smooth start and finish.

Eight) Remember to save your iMovie project often. iMovie doesn’t create a playable file directly — in order to do this, you’ll need to perform one last operation. Click Share>Export Movie, and then select “Mobile.” This will take a few minutes, and will create a playable MP4 file, just like the video clips you were given to work with. Make sure you try this at least once before the end of class today.

9) Post your video to the course blog. Note that OCAD’s WordPress implementation has limitations on the size of media hosted internally, so you’re better uploading your video to the video-sharing service of your choice Youtube or Vimeo), and “embed” a playable link to your video into your post. There are buttons for doing this where you make your post.

10) Last but not least, make a diagram of the entire interactive experience of creating your video and uploading it to the blog. It would be prudent to take notes throughout the process (it’s also always prudent to read all of the instructions before you start a task). Draw the diagram by hand, scan it and upload it to the blog in the same post as your video. There’s a scanner in the lab, and the monitor can help you if you’ve never scanned before.

11) Lastly, remember to name and categorize your post appropriately.

Exercise Four is due at 15:30 on Friday, February 11.



One Response to “Exercise Four: Make a Music Video, Make a Diagram”

  1.   Shi Tong Li Says:

    i cannot locate “exercise four” in temporary storage