June Audiovisual News


On Monday night, the 6th of June, we had an informative and excellent presentation by Colin Hunter on Keyframing and Chromakey.

Chromakey is the process of creating partial transparencies so that one image can be superimposed on another image. Colin demonstated how to create transparencies with Photoshop editing as well as with ProShow software. Keyframing is the process used to animate an image by zooming, panning, blurring, desaturating or gradual editing during playback of the presentation.

The use of both of these techniques were demonstrated in Colin’s AVs which showed balloons, birds and planes flying in and out and across the sky. He concluded the session by giving everyone a disc so that we can go home and practise. The demonstrations on the disc are excellent and we have a couple of copies still available for anyone who missed out.
Over the past couple of months I have watched over 200 Audiovisual presentations, of a very high standard. It amazes me how creative people are and it has been a pure pleasure immersing myself in these ‘film’ festivals. Because that is what audiovisuals are: they are short films created from still images. I have recently watched the Adelaide International AV Festival, the VAPS judging, the APS Autumnal judging, the Hyange 321 Diaporama judging in Adelaide and the winning entries from the 3rd MFFC AV Salon from South Africa.

The variety and styles of AVs is enormous and growing by the minute, especially as new software, with new fangled gimmicks, is being developed.  It has been very interesting to observe the personal opinions of judges varying enormously, as shown by the selection of winning entries in these festivals. Some judges need a strong storyline well told, as expressed by the MFFC Salon comments, others concentrate on the image quality such as at this year’s Adelaide Festival, some focus on the art of the transitions and the quality and appropriateness of the sound and music, and some judge mainly on emotions stirred by the AV, whether it be humour or sadness. Emotion is what grabbed the judges’ attention and produced the winners at this year’s VAPS competition. In the end it is apparent that the style you use and your interpretation can only be judged by you.

Judges luckily change from year to year, from country to country and from competition to competition. The reason for making an audiovisual should however not be for winning competitions. It is what grabs you and what you would like to share with your audience that matters and the most important thing is to enjoy the process.

Ruth Goldwasser
Audio Visual Group Convenor

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