Part 1 | Part 2-1 | Part 2-2 | Part 2-3 | Part 2-4 | Part 2-5 | Finalize

We will create music videos with a music bed and pictures.  We will start with a basic project -- it will begin as a video-version of a simple slideshow (part 1).  Then we will enhance the presentation (part 2) to add more visual motion.  We will also look at ways to enhance the audio track with audio compression, EQ adjustments, and more.

This first project is practice -- once we complete this video, students will create their own music video in Vegas using the same techniques used in this project.  When you get this project completely set-up in Vegas, is should look like THIS.

Directions, Part 1:  Old McDonald Had a Farm (downloadable, printable .pdf file).  The media files we will use are below:

  1. Music File
  2. Song Title Board
  3. Cow
  4. Farm 1
  5. Horse
  6. Farm 2
  7. Dog
  8. Farm 3
  9. Duck
  10. Farm 4
  11. Mice
  12. Farm 5
  13. Sheep
  14. Farm 6

Part-1 of this project, when put together on the timeline, will look like a simple automated slideshow, but it will be in a standard widescreen video format.  Each picture will fill up a widescreen player and there will be no distracting changes in the presentation's apparent aspect ratio.  We will finalize/render it in the National Television System Committee (NTSC) format for widescreen (standard definition).

Example:  Part 1

In part 2, we will enhance this basic video by adding more "pizzazz" and style.  It will be EASY! 


Directions,  Part 2-1:  Old McDonald (downloadable, printable .pdf file).  Let's "fly in" some animations to create some "eye candy".   In The media files we add to this project are below:

  1. Animated Cow (gif)
  2. Animated Horse (gif)
  3. Animated Hot Dog (gif)
  4. Animated Duck (gif)
  5. Animated Mice (gif)
  6. Animated Sheep (gif)
  7. Dancing Calvin & Hobbes (gif)

Directions,  Part 2-2:  Old McDonald (downloadable, printable .pdf file).  Now we are ready to add pans & zooms (Ken Burns effect) to the full-screen pictures that we are using for the "A-roll" -- our project's main visual.

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Directions,  Part 2-3:  Old McDonald (downloadable, printable .pdf file).  Now we are ready to add transitions so that each picture comes in with a "squeeze" effect.  The last graphic, the Old McDonald board, will use a fade effect.  We will also look at the basic audio tools that


Directions, Part 2-4:  Old McDonald.  Text-overs are important.  Not only do they add visual interest, but they clarify and emphasize what we want our viewers to see and know.  Effectively using generated media like text-overs differentiate professional-style videos from the many other types of YouTubes we see and share.


Directions, Part 2-5:  Old McDonald.  We will finish the editing by creating a video "bug" (semi-transparent logo/image that is on-screen through the entire video to brand the piece or channel).  We will also add sound effects -- animal sounds for each farm critter.

  1. Cow Sound Effect (.wav)
  2. Horse Sound Effect (.wav)
  3. Dog Sound Effect (.wav)
  4. Duck Sound Effect (.wav)
  5. Mouse Sound Effect (.wav)
  6. Sheep Sound Effect (.wav)

Finalizing -- We're Done!   Under the FILE menu, select RENDER AS.  BE SURE YOU ARE SAVING IN YOUR PROJECT DIRECTORY!  Use the settings shown below:

Use these settings to "render" your video into a standard widescreen format

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