After changing my plans of filming and recording, I found it much easier to do the whole process. I actually think that the sound quality is better than using a mic for some reason. Possible reasons could be the surrounding sounds and as well as not experienced with the mic. Additionally, based on the comments, I think the water bottle microphone has become a big hit! Lots and lots of people have commented about it:) (they were all positive) I will continue filming with my phone becsuse it’s way easier and faster. 🙂
I haven’t been posting for a month now, and this is because I had few troubles that had came up to me.
First, the article 13 has passed. I thought I was not going to be able to post a cover video anymore, but Mrs.Lemley and I have solved this problem by digging into the topic deeper- researching about what it is and how it will bring disadvantages to us. After that, we thought that it may not affect me yet, because it just got passed in the EU, and it will take awhile to cross the US and or Youtube.
Another problem that I came faced was microphone and camera. Because during this whole project, I ONLY published 2 videos- which I’m very disappointed of, I was thinking about what was taking me so long. I realized that recording and editing is taking too much time. Usually it will take me about 1 class to brainstorm, 2 classes to record, 2 classes to edit and another class to publish and record. 6 classes in total for a video, which means more than 2 weeks to upload a video:( From now on, I will solve this problem by taking the video on my phone, using the voice recorded on the camera. This will take 1-2 classes depending on what song I’m singing. I will edit and reflect in one class, then publish. I hope this plan will work out. My goal is to publish at least 10 videos:)
The last problem that I encountered was the “documents gone” problem. I was assigned to make a video out of people’s feedback and talking about how I can improve the quality of my video. I have recorded about more than 15 people’s feedback and finished editing it. But today, there was an incident where most of my computer’s documents just disappeared. (Yes, my feedback video, too) Because this was actually assigned so long aog, and I have worked so hard on it out of class, I was very mad:( But I will use my free time to make the feedback video as soon as possible!!!
I think that encountering so many problems was actually a good experience because during the process, I learned so much about how to be responsible to my own problem. Solving the problems weren’t easy, and sometimes my emotions were all messed up, but what i learned during that process was very helpful.
OMG, second video is up…! I really worked hard on my singing that day because I was a little sick and I had to hit the high note. It was very frustrating as I get close to the high note because my whole body was frozen every time I try to sing. This video has been a journey because I never thought that I could hit that high note! Although it doesn’t sound perfect and polished, I’m still proud that I got there. What I did differently for this video was editing. I did edit my previous video, but I didn’t layered it. To make the high notes more impressive and louder, I layered my voice about 4 times. I think it did its job, but next time, I have to make it sound more sharp and clean so that the listeners won’t be able to tell.
For today, I decided to work on revising my blogs. During these few weeks, working on blogs, I realized that I never really put on that much time and effort on my blogs. I do upload them, but I thought that there’s so much more to share than what I posted. So instead of just writing a brief, short, not detailed summary, I decided to spend the whole class on revising my blogs. I also realized that sometimes, I have some blogs that are overdue. And I think it’s not a very good idea to push it to later time to post because it doesn’t benefit both myself and Mrs.Lemley. I would have to wast my time writing all the past memories that I probably don’t even remember, Mrs.Lemley would read some nonsense. For this reason, I decided to put more effort and details on my future posts.
Today I worked on finding new songs. I have recorded a few and reviewed them. I still am not sure what song would best fit me, so I would have to work on that next class as well. I also started to figure out how to use the new mic. It is a little bit challenging and there are lots of things that I need to learn, but I think I will get the hang of it once I actually start recording. The process is a bit complicated, since I can’t listen to it right after I record it. Yet, I think that the quality is so much better. Here are some songs that I thought worth trying, and I will probably sing for my next video.
Honestly, this is so unbelievable, because I thought I’d never do anything like this. It has been a journey (even though it only took a week or so, haha), but I am really happy that I actually have done something! For the video, I think it turned out pretty well, and I am satisfied with the finished product because I’ve never done anything like this and every single part of it was my “first time”. Uploading the video on youtube was probably the hardest part of the process, because I wasn’t able to upload it due to copyright problem. SO instead of using the original sound file, I used the sound recorded on my camera while I was filming myself. The sound quality, of course, is not as good as the original file, so I will have to research about how I can publish the video with the original sound file. For my next video, I will have to work on the volume because it’s very inconsistent. I would also like to work on my intro video to make it look and sound more professional. I’ll probably use a better recording device to make it into a higher quality and upload it with the original file instead of the camera sound.
I finished recording and editing today. I’m thinking of using more of an advanced tool for next recording to improve the quality of sound. People have gave me some feedback on the recording such as the volume control and the background noises. I had a hard time figuring out how I wanted myself to sound like. Sometimes I wasn’t even sure if I picked the right song. Throughout the process, I realized that it is definitely not easy to make something sound good or perfect. Of course, there are some flaws in my recording, but because this is my first time and I really wasn’t sure how to organize things, I just went with it. I am pretty surprised about how it turned out. Recording this song had been a journey, even though it sound easy. It took me about a whole class just to record the intro. I finished rest on the weekends, spending a whole day. Now that I think about it, it’s so cool that I spend a whole day just recording because I usually never spend my whole day just doing and focusing on it.
-My goal for passions project is to produce a high quality video of my song covers and put it out to the world:) Singing has always been my habit, but using this chance, I want to make it into more than a habit. I would like to improve my singing and as well as filming. I’ve never really filmed anything before, so this would be my chance to learn.
What do you want to learn?
-As I said before, I want to improve my singing and filming. Filming might be a little more challenging to me since I’ve never done it. Technology might disturb me at the beginning of the project, but as time goes, I’ll be a pro:) I don’t think learning singing would be a big deal, though. I might just have to watch some videos to improve occasionally.
What do you want to create?
-I want to create music with just my voice. Make covers of songs. Publish it on youtube.
How do you want to share your learning/product with our community?
-Sharing my cover on youtube is actually a big challenge for me since I don’t like putting myself out there, sadly. But I would like to challenge myself to try something new.
For my passions project, I would like to make covers of songs. If i could, I might consider uploading it on youtube, but that’s just a thought for now. I sing by my own very often, but I never really recorded and officially published it. And this would be my chance too:)
I will use my own camera to film, and ask the performing art office if I can borrow a microphone to record:)