Its that time of the year again. More journals and this times its for the 2nd IPT assignment on Databases. Though practically easier this presents itself as s double edged blade. Since it is easy, I can use it to climb the ranks but since it is easy, it would give others to do so as well. Of this I shall endeavour that I will best them all and the sole path to that is smart, hard and consistent work.
The work on SQL really aided my understanding of databases and my skills in constructing one was honed further by the small database task from last week’s homework. I’ll make some more notes on this later though.
I haven’t started this assignment yet but will be planning when I will do the specific parts and decide on what to make a database about in the coming week.
THE FINAL ENTRY
Sir you better give me 10/10 for this section.
Quite excited for this last bit, I really learned a lot from doing this assignment and I actually enjoyed it. Learned how to use After Effects, got to know more about Dad’s hotel AND it gave me a lesson on shamelessness!
Dude, just fixing up some edits for the DFD. Sir recommended I add some things.
AND I WILL
I went off to Office Works to print the assignment and learnt a lesson in internet file conversion. So I converted the Word File of the portfolio into a PDF using an internet batch converter. I upload the files and it gets converted but when I printed it out, SOME OF THE WORDS AND SENTENCES WERE IN RANDOM LETTERS.
I guess it wasn’t coded that well or something. I don’t know. At that, I rode my bike to Marrickville Library and reprinted the faulty pages there. I even used a barcode scanner :3
A most amazing thing has happened. I managed to insert that last 3 seconds or so at the end of the ad! But it only took me about 4 hours! Why? Well because I learned how to use After Effects!
So I downloaded AE CS4 and I had no idea what was happening on the screen. So I spent a good 3 of those hours learning how to use AE from tutorials. The last 2 bits were meant to be the tag line of the ad and so through trial and error I got the last scene in but I wanted to spruce it up a bit so I added glimmer and shine to the end which surprised me because I was amazed that effects were actually made from scratch!
I fixed it up and so then rendered it.
It is done and I am quite happy about it. Even if I don’t get the most amazing mark for it, I’m glad I managed to learn AE and make something I never thought I could’ve made
The past two days have been spent editing the filming done on Sunday. On Monday, I first made a quick patch together of all the clips (discarding the oned I didin’t need) on Camtasia and the clips seemed pretty solid. A huge problem for me is the hardware I have. My old HP Laptop from the 3rd Century BC is really really slow and due to coffee spilling on it a year ago (my fault funnily enough) I need to use an extrenal keyboard. Oh and lets not forget about the fact that this thing gets so hot Satan uses it to heat up his 9 Circles of hell.
But complaints aside, I got the sample clip done and then on Tuesday, I put the entire shebang together on Sony Vegas. I had to use Vegas because my After Effects CS4 (CS5 and up can’t run on my 32 bit laptop) kept crashing. I got the clips together and managed to give the hotel scenes audio (because they were completely silent before) using stock SFX, a bit of Miles Davis to class things up and my own voice as recorded on my Condenser mic at home.
Tomorrow I intened to place the final scene of the logo and the tag of the ad and pray that this wounded baby of mine will survive year 12 IPT. I know she can .
^Pic related, the spirit of my laptop AND THE BLOOD FLOWING THROUGH MY VEINS
I really need a good bloody HD camera. OK so I spent much of last night at the Stamford Hotel filming the scenes for part 5. Before that, I employed the use of my skilled production crew (Mom) to film me during my shenanigans. Learning from my past experience with ads from that horrible PDH ad in 2012, I paid careful attention to focus and camera movements.
When came the time to film it in the hotel, the lighting was a very difficult adversary to overcome. Since I had no access to proper lighting equipment, I had to rely on the ambient lighting since I was only using my dad’s S4 camera to film it. Also for some reason the audio stopped working on the camera for the hotel shots. To allevieate this, I will disguise the lighting issue with a filter of some kind and the audio issue with some over dubbing using my microphone at home.
I pray you all don’t laugh too much at my ad.