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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sonlight's Box Day Video Process - Part 2

[Read Part 1 here]

My computer is currently chugging away at making a web-ready copy of the next draft of the Box Day video. It says it only has 18 hours 3 minutes to go.

The video is a minute and a half long.

Yep. Video production can take time.

But the part that took the most of my time was assembling the pieces.

Illustrator to Photoshop

I went in and grabbed the specific elements that the artist drew (you'll notice these images lack my "homely" flair). Then I pasted them into my graphic program to resize to my scene's dimensions. After that, I saved the frame as a single moment in the video and moved on to the next scene. I did this about 60 times for each of the elements.

After that, I positioned all the bits in the timeline and exported the video with just picture and voice over. I brought this into my audio mixing software and added sound effects. This also takes a while because you have to find the right sound. If you can't find the right sound, you record it. I recorded some paper rustling and opening/closing a binder.


There were several moments throughout this process when I wished someone had assembled the pieces for me so I could focus on the fun part: Using those pieces to make something great. But, alas, no such person appeared. I was stuck wading through hundreds of layers and sound bytes looking for the one I needed. I was copying and pasting bits from something someone else had created. It wasn't fun. It wasn't how I wanted to spend my time. But it needed to be done.

Thankfully, you don't have to go through that.

Well, you will if you decide to make a video like this. But you're not doing that at the moment. Right now you're focusing on homeschooling. And with homeschooling there are options where someone else has assembled it for you. Every one of Sonlight's curriculum packages includes the books and schedule you need. You can push a button and have all the pieces sent to you. You don't have to spend your time copy/pasting parts that others have built and left for you to put together.

Your time is valuable and best spent on important things. Consider having the work done for you in the form of a Sonlight curriculum package.

 ~Luke Holzmann
Filmmaker, Writer, Surrogate Father

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Michelle said...

Ah yes - great segue way from your video producing to why to choose Sonlight... and one of my favorite reasons why I chose Sonlight for my family's homeschooling adventure.

The one-button (nearly) ordering and everything arriving on my front step.

The 'I-can-find-this-book-on-my-shelf' joy instead of 'oh-shoot-I-forgot-to-find-this-week's-book-through-interlibrary-loan' frustration and the stress of figuring out to do about it...

Thumbs up (and looking forward to seeing the final product when your computer's finished rendering)!

Luke Holzmann said...

I like that: 'oh-shoot-I-forgot-to-find-this-week's-book-through-interlibrary-loan' frustration <smile>.



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