Our lecturer today was the one and only male lecturer for this course; Dr Khalid. He led the class today with a lecture on Principle of Multimedia and audio/sound editing. The class kicks off with a power point presentation on the types of multimedia there is. The five main elements that one should put in a video is; audio/sound text, clips, photos and storyboard. Dr. Khalid then show us a video from youtube, to give us a glimpse on the types of video there is and how audio or sounds plays an important role in it. He showed us two videos, one made by himself and another a complete stranger. Both videos have its advantages and weaknesses and with that Dr. Khalid gathered us in groups to discuss about it.
At first, I was taken aback with this task as we are supposed to criticize a video that he personally made during his trip to the Death Valley. However, he was quite laid back and received the criticism maturely with an open heart. His video lack in terms of video clips and choice of song whereas the other video lacks in term of text and photos. However, both video are able to imply to us audience the message they wish to show.
Moving forward, Dr. Kahlid then introduced us to an audio editing software by the name Audacity to get us exposed to this particular software in case we would need it for our video editing session later on. He gave us a task to mash up two songs together and present it later on. This task was quite challenging as we were not exposed to this software. For me personally, I have come across this software before however I never have the chance to work it out as I did only a small editing for some audio for a task before. Having to do a mashup was an entire new phase and it took us at least 20 minutes to figure everything out.
What I learnt from this task is that; firstly you need to know what sound works for each other. Having to choose the right song that match the other song you wished to mash it up with was quite tough however we managed to find the perfect two; Be Together by Major Lazer feat Wild Belle and Revolution by Diplo. Secondly, finding the right part to cut or trim to mash up the two tunes together was the tough part. We decided to take both chorus from both songs and mash it up together. It was quite impressive that we are able to mashup two songs in just a short period of time. Our group was called then to present and the audience pretty much enjoyed our little mash up :) This is our last class for now until the end of semester break. Right after class, we were on our way to Penang for our video assignment. Can’t wait to show everyone the footage we have! :)
Here is the mashup we did for class earlier on :)