I understand that technology can be troublesome. I'm here to try and help you!
To download any Adobe program at Clemson University:
- Go to creativecloud.adobe.com
- Sign in with your Clemson email without the .g (example: firstname.lastname@example.org), and Clemson password
- In the top left menu bar, select “Apps”
- Scroll down to find the program you need, select the blue “Download” button, continue the rest of your computer’s download steps
The Creative Cloud desktop app should automatically download for you.
Adobe Spark is a versatile web program (and ios app) that can help you make a website, graphics, and videos. Though the options are limited, the result is a clean, professional looking composition that could be shared via a URL.
Spark Post: Make a graphic based on a set template (YouTube thumbnail, Facebook cover image, etc.) or in a freeform, customizable art board.
Spark Video: Make a video based on sequences outlined by a template or design your own. You can make edits, record voiceover, and add text in a very intuitive way.
Spark Page: Make a single-page webpage with images, videos, and text. No design experience needed!
How to create and share your Journey Log (Spark Tutorial): HERE
Uploading to Youtube
Note: Rendering can take a LONG time; it all depends on the computer. Give yourself several hours to render and upload your video.
- Log into your YouTube account (can't use your Clemson email).
- Click on the "upload" button at the top right of the screen after logging in.
- Drag your file onto the "upload" screen. It should change to the screen on the left.
- Change the name, add a description, add tags (if public), and change viewing to either Public (searchable) or Unlisted (non-searchable).
- Click on "Publish" once finished.
- After the shareable links are shown, click on "Embed" and copy that link.
Before starting, know that using a stabilizer will crop your video and can take a long time to analyze longer clips. To minimize the need for a stabilizer, use a tripod or gimble.
- Click on Effects > Distort > Warp Stabilizer.
- Drag Warp Stabilizer onto the clip.
- This will activate it to start analyzing.
- Once finished, you can change some settings.
- I typically change "Smoothness" to 10-20% but if there is a lot of movement, you may need more.
- Method should be subspace warp
- Framing should be "Stabilize, Crop, Auto-scale"
- If cropping is an issue, you can go to Advanced > Crop Less <-> Smooth and make it a lower percentage.
Everyone has a different method and approach to color correction. This is highly dependent on what "look" you are trying to achieve in your film. "Natural" looks try to achieve balance (good for interviews).
- Click on the "Color" workstation at the top.
- Click on Window > Lumetri Scopes
- Right-Click on the waveform under Lumetri Scopes and select "Vectorscope YUV" (a circular graph should show up.
- The first adjustment you make is White Balance. Under Lumetri Color, click on "Basic Correction."
- Click on the eyedropper next to "WB Selector" (white balance), then click on something in frame of your clip that is supposed to be white.
- For fine tuning, you can click on "Curves" and make sure the dropdown says "RGB Curves."
- Based on the circular graph, you should be able to see if R, G, or B are spiked. For a natural look, you want them to be pretty even.
- Select the color that is in need to adjustment from the Curves and then grab and drag an anchor point on the top or bottom of the line to make adjustments.
- Points can be added to create curves.
- You can make other adjustments to help balance the image the way you want it to. (Too blue? Make it warmer. Too orange? Make it colder.)
You should always try to capture multiple sources of audio in case one source doesn't work the way you intended.
- To sync multiple sources, make sure you have the sources on the timeline and select them all.
- Go to Clip > Synchronize.
- Click on Audio then Ok.
- The clips should synchronize. You can mute different audio tracks to see which one is better. If you want to delete one, make sure you unlink the audio attacked to the video (clip > Unlink)
Noise Reduction/Audio Enhance (manual)
Sometimes there is background noise that you want to get rid of. Maybe the speaker is quieter than you want?
- Go to "Effects"
- For noise reduction, go to Audio Effects > Denoise.
- Once you drag it onto the clip, you should hear a big difference. You can go to the effects panel and change the Amount under "Individual Parameters" if you need to.
- For vocal enhancement, go to Audio Effects > Vocal Enhancer.
- This enhancement is automated based on the vocals Premiere hears. It will enhance the vocals only.
There are a lot of automated features under "Essential Sound" under the Effects workspace. These can clean up audio quickly with minimal effort.
- Click on "Effects" at the top of the interface.
- Click on the Essential Sound menu to the right.
- Select the type of sound that best describes your audio clip (dialogue, music, sfx, or ambience).
- Each feature has its own adjustments. Most notably, if you change the talking clips to dialogue and the music to music, you then have the ability to engage "auto ducking" with music which will automatically lower the volume of the music when people are talking.
Green screen is both easier and more difficult than it may seem. To key out green is a simple click of a button, but to get it to cut out everything you don't want is more difficult.
Setting up the lighting is one of the most important parts of green screen work. If there are shadows or uneven lighting, it will be very difficult to cut out.
- Bring in your green screen clip.
- Note: If your subject is mostly stationary, I recommend making a mask to minimize what you have to key out. Go to the Effect Controls > Opacity then click on the circle, square, or pen tool. Adjust to have the whole subject in the mask.
- Click on Effects.
- Go to Video Effects > Keying > Ultra Key.
- Click and drag Ultra Key onto the clip.
- Click on the eye dropper next to "Key Color" then click on the most "common" green in your clip.
- To make adjustments, you can either make manual adjustments under "Matte Generation" or "Matte Cleanup." If you want to automate the cleanup, click on the "Settings" box and choose one of the presets.
- Class demonstration of Premiere Pro Basics: HERE
- Professional Introduction to Premiere Pro Basics: HERE
- Adding Text: HERE
- Zach King on Camera Angles: HERE
- Making Epic Trailers: HERE
- How to Evoke Emotion (Game of Thrones Example): HERE
- Making a Compelling Video Essay: HERE
- Adobe Digital Studio - Cooper Library (5th Floor)
- In the physical space there is a sound recording studio, green screen room, collaborative work spaces, computers, and interns.
- The interns are there most of the day and they can answer any Adobe question you have.
- Workshop Series
- This workshop series covers Adobe and Makerspace technologies.
- CCIT - Cooper Library (2nd Floor)
- If you are having hardware issues, I highly recommend going to CCIT's service center.
This list is compiled to be a list of resources for open source materials. This is an ever changing list that will continuously be updated to include creative commons, open source, and fair use media and resources. This list will also include resources for Adobe products and other programs that can be used in the classroom. If you would like to suggest an addition, please email me at email@example.com.
General Information on Media
- Clemson Library Guide on Copyright
- Clemson Library Guide on Fair Use
- Clemson Library Guide to Multimodal Projects
- What is Creative Commons? (Video)
- Bound by Law (Graphic Novel on Public Domain and Fair Use)
- NASA Video
- Pexels Video
- Stock Footage Archive
- Youtube (choose “Creative Commons” under features)
Video Capture Tools
- Camtasia (free through Clemson/Best)
- Clip Converter
- OBS Studio (open source)
- Quicktime (very large files)
- Wikimedia Commons
- Biodiversity Heritage Library
- Library of Congress
- National Gallery of Art
- Bucketlistly (travel shots)
- ISO Republic
- New Old Stock (Vintage)
- Pexels Images
- Public Domain Archive
- Women of Color in Tech
- AudioLibrary (Music for Content Creators)
- Vlog No Copyright Music
- Amper Music Composer (makes a unique song for you)
- Free Music Archive
- Incompetech (great source)
- Free Soundtrack Music
- Free Play Music
- Archive.org (Audio)
- Tabletop Audio
- DesignCuts (Mostly vectors and textures for Illustrator and Photoshop [free and paid versions])
- PremiumBeats (All things video editing and effects)
- RocketStock (for AfterEffects [free and paid versions])
- Canva (posters)
- MakeBeliefsComix (Make comic strips)
- Minecraft: Education Edition (free trial/$5 a year)
- Plasq (make comics [free and pay models]
- Pomodoro Timer (Writing/Presentation timers)
- Scratch (make simple games through programing)
- Slack (team site)
- Storyboarder (make storyboards)
- Teams (Microsoft teams software)
- TimeLine (make timelines)
- Trello (team site)
- Twine (text-adventure software)
- VirusTotal (virus scanner)
Information about Adobe and Clemson's partnership can be found here: Click Me!
1. Go to bit.ly/ccdadownload
You will be using GoogleDrive throughout the semester. Most of your work will be turned in--in some form--to GoogleDrive. You should have a class folder under "Shared with Me." Make sure you "add it to my Drive" for easy access.
There will be a GoogleSheet called "Quest Board" where most of your compositions will be linked for assessment.
How to Upload and Share your Google Doc: HERE
To download the software: CLICK HERE
Note: The instructions are for Macs. However, if you have a PC, you will still follow the same steps, but you will double-click the file to install instead of dragging it to the applications folder.
To import/export worlds in Minecraft: Education Edition: CLICK HERE
To download the game, go to Education.Minecraft.Edu > Get Started and then scroll down to "Download a Free Trial." The top button becomes a download link (Windows 10 will show if you are a PC user)
Click HERE for the Minecraft world we will be using.
This video goes through the building of Winterfell from Game of Thrones. He explains the process of building, the planning, and execution. Great video for inspiration. HERE
Notes on Minecraft for design:
- /wb - Turns worldbuilder on so you can use the Education Edition features (NPCs and other blocks)
- /op - Turns on operator status so you can use codes and mods.