Sony Bloggie: Like last year, I used a Sony Bloggie, which records in 1080p HD, throughout the research and planning and the construction and stages of my coursework.
As part of my research and planning, I used the Bloggie at the start of the year to film my one minute recreation 'Summertime', which made me realise that close up shots became a little pixilated and blurry, due to the Bloggie losing quality as it zooms in. I thought this may cause problems during the construction stage of my coursework, as I planned to use a lot of close up shots in my own music video, however after experimenting with the clips on Final Cut Pro, I realised that a change of brightness and the use of a colour filter would make the clip appear a little less blurred, which although wouldn't fix the problem completely, would help to an extent, leading me to the decision to use filters when constructing my music video. I also used the Bloggie to take the photos used on my digipak and poster.
Apple iMacs: The iMac I used was also a vital piece of equipment throughout all three stages of my coursework; I used it for research elements, such as analysing real life products, the construction of my music video, via the use of Final Cut Pro, as well as the evaluating stages, through the use of PowerPoint, which I used to answer part of an evaluation question.
Despite learning how to use the macs last year, I did have some problems with them this year, as some of my files kept disappearing, however I overcame this by saving them onto my USB stick, so that I'd have an extra copy of the files. (I'm sure the macs have a grudge against me and delete my things. Maybe it's because me and my friend set all of their wallpapers to pictures of James Franco pulling funny faces?)
Final Cut Pro:
I used Final Cut Pro (FCP) during both the research and planning and the construction stages of my coursework. I first used FCP when editing my one minute recreation of 'Summertime', developing my skills from last year by learning how to add filters and colour corrections faster and more efficiently; I was taught how to copy the propeties used on one clip to multiple clips at a time. (THANKS MR NICHOLA) This came in really useful during the construction stage of my coursework piece, as I wanted to repeatedly used different filters, effects and colour corrections throughout the video and this provided me with a much faster way to do it, rather than enter the correct percentages by hand on every clip.
Photoshop was very useful during the construction of the ancillary tasks, the digipak and poster, as it allowed me to do many things to make them look interesting and effective, such as cut around photos, add layers to create backgrounds, edit the lighting, size and position of photos and add text. As I had never used photoshop before, I learned most of the skills I developed through trial and error, though we did have a lesson on the main elements which taught us the basics, e.g using the magnetic tool, free-transform, adding layers etc.
For example, I learned how to 'merge' layers, which was useful when adding the roses to the digipak and poster, so they would all become one layer, allowing me to change the position of them all in one go, instead of one at a time which would have taken forever seeing as they were all singles. I also learned how to use the magic wand tool, which allowed me to select the entire background of photos much faster than if I had used the magnetic tool, in order to delete it and put the photo onto a new background.
Powerpoint and Prezi:
Powerpoint and Prezi were important during the research and evaluation stages of my coursework, as they allowed me to present my work clearly and efficiently, as well as make my blog less text-heavy and more interactive. Hopefully my Prezi's didn't give you motion sickness.
Social Networking Sites:
I used social networking sites frequently during the research and planning and evaluation stages of my coursework, as sites such as tumblr allowed me to answer a large number of people quickly and easily on their opinions. They were also useful during the construction stages, as I was able to post the draft versions of my music video, digipak and poster and constructive comments on my work so far, helping me improve the next draft. Tumblr was the most effective, as it is the social networking site where I have the most 'followers', so I could show my ideas to a large amount of people instantly, which would have taken a very long time to do if I were to ask people face to face. Despite this, it did mean that the majority of the opinions collected were from 12-23 year old's as that is age range of people following me, so I don't have many opinions from older audiences.