Assignment 4: Group Video Project


Video projects are due by 6 p.m. on Friday, April 25. To make it easier to send and share the video projects, please do the following:

1. Video file – Upload your video to YouTube and email the link to Prof. Berkey-Gerard OR Upload your video to Google Drive and the share it with Prof. Berkey-Gerard.

2. Headline, teaser and bylines – Email a word docx with your headline, a three sentence teaser and bylines of everyone involved in the project to Prof. Berkey-Gerard.

3. Still image. If you are able to capture a still image (instructions for Final Cut Pro X and older versions of iMovie are below) attach that to your teaser email. If you can’t because you are using a newer version of iMovie (10 or 11), then skip this step.

4. Original file – Hang on to your original video editing files. We may need to access them to get video to post to the website. We’ll follow up with you if we need original files.

Due Thursday, April 17  Friday, April 25 by 6 p.m.
Worth 15 points (20 percent off for late work)

The video project is a group project. Teams made up of students from the Online Journalism 2 and On Camera Field Reporting classes will be assigned. Students must schedule reporting and editing time with each other. This will happen outside of the usual class time. Team members will receive the same grade.

Group 1: Jon Adams, Lauren Berman, Elizabeth Brister
Group 2: Michelle Blank, Rob Marshall, Michael Iannucci
Group 3: Matthew Elwell, Tyler Edwards, Ashley Force
Group 4: Stephanie Gaano, April Gambardella, Jeremy Rybak
Group 5: Ryan Hagerty, Brianna Greco, Kimberly Kerr
Group 6: Cassie Hoffman, Matthew Hoffman, Shawn Stiles
Group 7: Tyler Carman, Eva Morreale, Deanna Miller
Group 8: Peter Imbesi, George Nicholas, Anne Palmer
Group 9: Davin Jurgensen, Samantha Rizzo, Chris Massari
Group 10: Jeremy Rodriguez, Erica Milbourne

Group 11: Luis Diaz, Ashley Freas
Email your teammates, compare schedules, and brain storm ideas. Pitch your story ideas by Thursday, April 3.

Topic: Sports/Activities Along Route 47
The theme for the project is sports or physical activities “From the Delaware to the Sea.” The students will stories and assignments along Route 47, also known as Delsea Drive.

For this assignment, the story must involve a sport or physical activity. You are looking for unusual, surprising, or unique activities. You are looking for action.

The stories should be “evergreen” feature stories or profile based, rather than news based. You are looking for stories that won’t go out of date quickly. However, they can still be timely.

The project must meet high journalistic standards for accuracy and ethics. All information must be able to hold up to criticism and legal challenge. This is a public website, and students are responsible for all content.

Your video must include interviews with at least two people. No friends or relatives can be sources for this assignment.

This is an “in their own words” story. No voice over or narration.

Here are examples from some former students:

In Its First Season, Rowan Women’s Ice Hockey Makes Headlines
Kronum Comes to Rowan
Deaf Disk Golfers Play Vineland
Ed’s Bike Shop
Pitman Yoga Studio Offers Healing
Racetrack Fulfills the Need for Speed
Vaulters Mix Horseback Riding and Gymnastics

Submission Guidelines:
All assignments must be in the proper format to publish on the website.

Videos should be 2 min or less.

Each team will submit three items:
· Video exported as either an .m4v or .mov file. 1280 X 720 resolution
· Still image captured from the video in .jpg format
· A Word document with headline, two-three sentence teaser, and bylines.

1. Pitch your story idea by Thursday, April 3.

2. Each team will create a web video shot with both the DVX and a Kodak video camera (or your own camera) and edited on the video software of your choosing. We recommend using Final Cut X, which is installed in Bozorth 132B. Use the “in their own words” style where reporter’s voice is not heard. Gather interviews and b-roll with action.

3. Back up your raw footage. Before you return your camera, make sure to save all of your raw footage to your hard drive or computer. If your project crashes, you need to have the raw footage as back up.

4. I suggest you pick one computer for editing and use that for the whole project. Moving from computer to computer and different versions of editing software creates problems.

5. Add a Title Card for story headline and reporters’ names. Stick to a basic title card like Lower Thirds option, black background, and flush your text to the left. Display for 4 seconds.

For example, (flushed left):
New Jersey State Fish Faces Extinction
Video by Bobby Journalist and Jane Reporter

7. Use the Lower Thirds to introduce people. Those lower thirds should be centered. Make sure you have full names (first and last) and title.

8. When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format as a Quicktime file, H.264, 1280 X 720 resolution.

To export your video in Final Cut Pro X

Add Export File Destination (you only have to do this once on your computer

>Add Destination
Drag the icon for Export File to the menu on the left
Close the window

To Export 

Select Export File icon
Click on Settings
Set Video Codec to H.264
1280 X 720 resolution
Click Next
Save to your Desktop or other location

9. After you export, capture a still image from your video. This will be used as a thumbnail for the video player. Pick a compelling frame that informs the viewer and makes her want to click play. Remember: People are more interesting than objects.

To capture a still image:

In Final Cut Pro X

Add Still Image Destination (again, you only have to do this once on your computer)

>Add Destination
Drag the icon for Save Current Frame to the menu on the left
Close the window

To export your still image

Select Save Current Frame icon
Click on Settings
Set to .jpg
Click Next
Save to your Desktop or other location

In Export in iMovie…

When you are finished editing, export and compress into web-ready format.
From Menu
>Export Movie
>Select Large Size 960 X 540
Save to as YourLastNameVideo.m4v

Create a New Project – name it VideoStill.

In the lower part of your iMovie workspace, let your cursor hover over the video frame that you want to extract as a still image.
>Control key + click
From drop down menu, select “Add still frame to the project.”
The still frame will be added to your project as four-second clip.
In the upper editing window, put your cursor on your clip and click on the wheel icon.
Select Clip Adjustment
Set the duration for 0.1 seconds.

From the top menu
>Share>Export using Quicktime
Give it a name. Save it to your desktop.
Choose option “Movie to Image Sequence.”
Choose the preset export option: JPEG 29.97 fps.
Save. This will create about 6 images. Pick the best one.
Save it as LastNameThumb.jpg

10. Create a Word document and write your headline, a two or three sentence teaser, and proper credit for your video. This will serve as the introductory text for the web site.

11. Make sure you have multiple copies saved in multiple locations. Put everything on a flashdrive. It is due Thursday, April 17.

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