Our final music video has been completed and submitted. I feel strangely removed from the final work because I wasn’t as involved in post-production as I was in the pre- and production phases. My role in post was more of an advisory role, I guess you could say. Being stuck at home with a medical condition during the final week didn’t help either!

The first time I watched the final submission, I couldn’t help but smile. It was done (ahh, sweet relief!) and while it isn’t exactly what I had in mind originally, it is still a fun MV and I think it captures the essence of what we were trying to achieve.

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Media 5 - Music Video Production

Some sage advice given to me during the highly stressful period between the rough cut and the fine cut. It really helped me stop and rethink the anxieties going through my head right now:

“To wildly paraphrase a popular idiom we tend to teach narrative/drama filmmakers, every film is in fact three films: The one you write, the one you shoot, and the one you are capable of creating from the materials you shot. It might be that film number three only bears some relationship to film number one!”

Media 5 - Music Video Production

Production Day #3: Cancelled

Unfortunately, we had to cancel our third day of production today. Our talent was unable to attend despite our trying to accommodate their schedule and booking everything at a time that suited them.

I’m disappointed because I think that the Gaolhouse Rock scenes were crucial, and I’m really worried that we don’t have enough footage to complete a four minute-long music video.

And our fine cut is due tomorrow.

Media 5 - Music Video Production

How to Convert Video Files to Apple Pro Res 442

Apple Pro Res 442 is “a lossy video compression format developed by Apple Inc. for use in post-production that supports up to 8K”[1], that allows you to “work in a wide variety of frame sizes, frame rates, bit depths, and even color sample ratios”[2].

We have been advised to convert all of our rushes (which are in MPEG4 format) to Apple Pro Res 442 format before importing them into Adobe Premiere. This will provide us with a better video format to edit with, and ensure that all of our footage is uniform for editing even if we’ve used different cameras.

I’ve put together a list of instructions for batch converting the footage using video converter software MPEG Streamclip (free to download here), which I’ve made available to my group for their reference during the editing phase of the project. Enjoy!

  1. Put all video files in one folder
  2. Create a new output folder inside that folder, e.g. ‘foldername_prores
  3. Open MPEG Streamclip
  4. Perform the following steps:
    1. Menu: List > Batch List
    2. Select the files and click ‘To Batch’
    3. Select ‘Export to Quicktime’
    4. Select destination folder (e.g. ‘foldername_prores‘ as above)
    5. Select:
      • ‘Apple Pro Res 442’ from drop down menu
      • Set Quality to 100%
      • Uncheck ‘Interlaced Scaling’ box
    6. Click ‘To Batch’
  5. Wait for the files to be processed (this could take a while depending on how many there are!)
  6. Your files are now ready to be imported into Adobe Premiere!