Have a Conversation with Yourself-5 Stars

This assignment‘s prompt  is:

Have a conversation with yourself! Film yourself talking, then change clothes, hair styles, etc and then film the other half of the convo. Edit this in any movie editor program (I used Pinnacle movie maker) To overlap the two scenes so that you are talking to yourself! Play around, to figure out the most efficient way! Also, timing is everything in this! Make sure when talking to leave breaks for your other self to respond! 

The Work Itself

The Story Behind the Story

I wasn’t sure what kind of conversation I wanted to have with myself for this assignment. I finally decided after awhile that it would be me studying since that’s about the only thing I ever have time to do anyway. I honestly do not know how people have time to do anything else other than studying while in college! I picked my bed and my desk to have the conversation because that is usually where you’ll find me while studying; either my bed or my desk studying the night away.

Narrating the Process

I was pretty unsure on how to start this assignment. There are very directions other than what kind of movie editor to use. I watched the only tutorial someone has posted for this assignment and saw that it used iMovie. I have a PC so iMovie wasn’t really a viable option for me. I researched to see if Windows Movie Maker had the capabilities and unfortunately it did not. Then I tried to find online movie like Magisto, but unfortunately that one did not have the capabilities either. I wasn’t really interested in downloading another program because my computer has been running slow enough as it is and bogging it down with another program was not going to help. I finally asked a friend if I could use their Mac for an hour or two and they graciously agreed.

After sorting out how I was going to accomplish this assignment, I set up a script and filmed the two separate scenes with my Nikon L120. I made sure not to move the camera and that everything remained the same between the two shots. I also followed the advice about leaving long pauses between each sentence in order to make the conversation seem like it’s flowing correctly.

Next I went to my friends house to edit the videos on her Mac in iMovie. I attempted to follow the directions from the tutorial, however, it did not exactly work for some reason. One video would always cover up the other. So then I set off to find another tutorial. Out of the four tutorials I looked at, only one actually worked out for me. A nine year old made this tutorial. None of the adults were able to fully explain how to achieve this effect but a nine year old child did. How crazy is that? Anyway, following his directions I made sure my advanced tools were on in Preferences. Then I added the first clip into the editing box and then I placed the second one on top of it. Once I did that, a pop menu appears and I picked the “Side by Side” option along with the “Blue Screen” option. For some reason the blue screen option worked while the “Green Screen” option didn’t from the ds106 tutorial.

Once I finished editing the video on the Mac, I saved it as .mov file and sent it to myself so I could finish the rest in Movie Maker as well as fix the low audio sound in Audacity. This is where something went wrong. I cannot explain but everything worked fine in iMovie but once it was saved, everything jumbled together. I should have checked to see if it still worked after I saved it but I have never had a problem like this before. Since I was already back at my own home, I decided to try and fix problem myself but to no avail. I used effects in Audacity like Effect –> Noise Reduction and Vocal Remover. Nothing worked. It would always cut out of all of the audio instead of separating the two voices. Next I tried to edit the video in Movie Maker to try and separate the parts that were speaking over each other. However, given Movie Maker’s fairly basic applications and the fact that the videos were together as one, there was nothing I could do.

I decided to take the original recordings’s audio and edit that so I least it made half sense when the whole thing was put together. You can see the two recordings within Audacity below. Screenshot (61)

After the audio was cut and pasted together. I uploading the .mov recording and the audio file into Windows Movie Maker. I was able to have the first part of the video and the audio line up perfectly, but after that the video is all jumbled and the audio flows nicely.

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Lastly, I added the title and the credits along with some music from Free Music Archive.




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