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Vines made with a DSLR

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Svideoshooto what happened to my blog? I know I use to post more than once a year, but School and a new start-up at AppliedAwareness.org, have monopolized my time.

The good news is that some of the classes I have taken at school are adding a multi-media dimension to my skill set.  This doesn’t mean I’m ready to start a new career as a photographer or video editor, but it’s gotten me up and over the hardest part of the learning curve so that I can figure the rest out.

One of the things that wasn’t part of my course work was how to take all the footage I’ve recorded with my DSLR and break them down into Vines.

Lucky for me, the Vine Client extension for the Chrome Browser, had all of the settings listed so it wasn’t too hard to figure out and adjust settings once I knew the basics of video editing terminology and where the features were in KdenLive.

If you’d like to do the same, the first thing you’ll need to do is create a new project profile that matches the Vine parameters. I started by going into the settings and selecting the “Manage Project Profiles.”

kdenlivesettings

Then I went about modifying one of the included profiles. I chose to modify the “HD 720p 29.97 fps” profile.  (note: the profile drop down shown below already says “Vine” because I saved it before I took the screen shot.)

To change the boxes from gray to white for editing, you’ll need to click on the icon with the green plus sign.

I changed:

  • the size to 480×480 px (Vine’s square)
  • the aspect ratios to 1:1 for both Pixel and Display aspect ratio.

Finally I saved the profile using the floppy disc icon.

kdenlivevineprofile

Next I chose a video that I thought might have a good 6.5 second sound bite in it since the Vine can’t be any longer than that.  (With the frame rate specified above, the maximum length will take you out to to time code 00:00:06:14 – aka 6 seconds and 14 frames)

Then to make sure I had my new profile in effect for my video I went to Project > Project settings and selected it.

Once I had my clip, I wanted to get rid of the letter box effect that happens when shoving a 16:9 rectangle video into a 1:1 square.

To center,

  • Right-click on the clip you want to center
  • Add Effect > Crop and transform > Edge Crop

kdenliveCropping

Once that’s done, there’s a high probability that the subject isn’t centered. However, there will be a new dialog box in the Effect Stack section in the top center portion of your screen.  While you can fiddle with each of the top, left, bottom and right settings, an automatic center-crop and center balance might be all you need to get things lined up correctly.

kdenliveEdgeCropsettings

The last thing to do is set up and save a render profile.  VineClient.com’s upload dialog suggested MPEG-4/AAC but with a reduced audio and video bit rates of 64 and 1200, respectivly.  Since I plan on making more Vines with my DSLR footage, I created a render profile with these settings as well.

I started by selecting MPEG-4/AAC and just like before I clicked on the page icon with the green plus to “Create new profile” and changed the settings to give me a Vine-friendly output.

kdenliverenderprofile-editskdenliverenderprofile

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, whenever I’m ready to render out a video I just have to look for my Vine profile in MPEG-4 > Vine.  The better news is that these little movies only take about 30 seconds to render and were a little over 1mb when done.

To upload your video from your PC you’ll need the Chrome/Chromium browser with the Vine Client extension.  If you don’t have the extension  you can download it from http://vineclient.com.  Instructions on how to do that are available on the Vine Client website.

Once the extension is online, simply log into your vine account and with the drop down menu located under the head and shoulders icon in the upper right corner of the screen, choose “Upload” and follow the instructions given.  vineclientuploadAt this point I’m really happy I figured this out.  I never liked the video quality that my phone put out…

And when I tried to make a video to upload before I knew any of the video editing vocab I got this…

Now, though, they’re starting to look like this…

Good luck turning your videos into Vines.

Written by Karlie

December 19th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

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