This funky feast of goaty goodness features my sister’s pygmy goats, occupied at her Oregon homestead to keep the blackberry brambles at bay. They can also shake a move.
The song for #13 of the #100videoclips project is “There It Is,” by the ever-generous Kevin Macleod at incompetech.com.
Once I had the footage, I was trying to channel a bit of Cyriak in my editing, although I didn’t get anywhere near his level. His bovine creations are far beyond my caprine ones.
What I Did
I visited my sister and filmed her goats. Who could resist?
I didn’t have a clear goal at the time, but I thought I needed at least some footage of them scampering around. The resulting clips were very random, but there were a few good scenes that I pulled out.
In PremierePro, besides the obvious “start, stop, go backwards” bits which never fail to amuse, I multiplied the goats in a scene or two using the following:
- Multiple tracks of the same scene, shifted one way or the other to fit them as needed.
- The track matte key effect. (I talk about using that effect in more detail in my Copley Square post.)
- Title clips as mattes. In the Title object, I drew a filled bezier shape using the pen tool, then applied a Gaussian blur effect to the Title clip to soften the edges of the matte. I didn’t have to animate (move) the matte to follow the action since the clips were so short. However, I did need some trial and error to get the edges of the mattes in the right places.
What I Learned
- Creating a filled bezier shape in a Title clip and softening the edges with a blur works quite well. I had used the technique in other videos, but never quite like this. Of course, more refined results could come from using AfterEffects, etc., but for a relatively quick editing job, I am pleased with the results.
- Pay more attention when taking footage, and take more than you think you need. In this case, I really didn’t know what I was going to do with it, so I didn’t pay really close attention or take very much. However, I would like to have had better shots of the goats rearing up, for example (not rearing out of the frame).
- Any movement, even if uninteresting, can be made more interesting by giving it some back-and-forth groove. Multiples don’t hurt either.