Thank you to everyone who participated in the selection process. The images going forward to represent Croxley will be published shortly.
AV Sequences, or presentations, have have been a standard in Camera Club photography, but have seen a decline in popularity in recent times, and were dropped from the Croxley programme in 2021. However we have brought them back this season as an experiment and if popular will feature again in next year’s programme.
So what is an AV sequence,… well the RPS says this about them:
Audio Visual presentations, or “sequences”, can range from interpreting music, poetry or song, to stories and documentaries on subjects as varied as nature, travel and tourism, topical issues or historical events. They can be humorous, educational, campaigning, inspiring or eccentric. AV is much more than “pictures to music”! AV at its best has the power to touch people’s hearts, communicate feelings and emotions, and to change people’s lives.
How to Make and AV
Probably the best starting point is to look through your back catalogue and find a group of related images, such a:
- Taken at the same place
- Have a similar subject or theme
- Or possibly share the same photo technique, like ICM
The individual images do not need to be “competition winners” themselves. What’s more important is that they fit a story; there’s no need to edit them to perfection in Photoshop, straight of camera is good enough.
After you have identified a set of images, look for some music which fits the story. You can use more than one piece if you wish and you can also chop your music into sections then only only use the parts your want.
If you don’t have any MP3s then you can choose from the music library the tools usually come with.
After you have chosen your image files (and music) it’s time to upload them into a video editor so you can put you AV sequence together.
There are many editors you could use:
|Write on Video
|Final Cut Pro
The RPS has a large amount of material on AV Sequences:
And here’s the example from the RPS Steve used in his presentation:
Making an AV with Clip Champ
For Windows users, Microsoft offers a simple but powerful powerful video editor called “Clipchamp”, which is more than enough for making AV sequences. Clipchamp is free to download from the Microsoft Store but does require you have a valid Microsoft account. Download it from the Windows Store:
There are many YouTubes on ClipChamp. This is one is dedicated to making AV sequences. He does go to town on all the bells and whistles, but it does illustrate what can be achieved:
After watching the Youtube, I suggest the following steps to make your first AV after installing ClipChamp
- Look through your image library for picture which tell a story together
- Resize the images so they’re no larger than HD resolution (1920×1080) to make them easier to handle.
- Chose music from your music library (if you have one)
- Put the resized images and chosen music in Windows folder
- Start ClipChamp and select Create a new video:
- From the your media tab, use Import media to upload the images and music from the folder created above:
- As per the Youtube, add all the images to the timeline and arrange them in your desired sequence (don’t worry about the length of time each image is on screen for at this stage, just get them in the right order).
- As per the Youtube, the default display time for each image is 5 seconds, which maybe too short or tool long for your AV. To change the display length of all your images in one go then select them by by drawing a box around them, then using the handle on the last image, drag it left or right to alter the display time.
- As per the YouTube now add your music from either your Imported media or from the ClipChamp built-in music library.
- Position the music on the timeline where you want it to start, for example you may want it come in a little after the first image is on the screen.
- If you play your video now, its highly likely that your image transitions are not aligned to the music. Making them change in time is manual process unfortunately. which you may decide is not worth the effort. The process is to move the start and end of adjacent images (using the images tabs) until the transition happens where you want it. Clipchamp snaps images together on the timeline so any gaps are easily removed.
- After you have aligned your transitions you may care to add some overlay text at the start and end of your video. As per the YouTube, there are many styles to choose available under the text tab on the left hand side
- After you have added any text elements to your AV, you can then add transition video effects as per the Youtube.
- Finally remember to trim your music track if it extends beyond the end of your picture time line. To do this use the split tool on the audio track to divide the audio track into two events. The first event will be the section of the audio needed for your images, the second event will be the unused part you can delete.
More detail on splitting
- After you have trimmed your music to the right length you can export your finished AV As per the Youtube click on the Export box at the top right of the screen and select the 1080p option. Your finished AV will be deposited in the Downloads area of your computer as an MP4 file.
- As ClipChamp is a cloud application there is no need to “save” you work, everything will be as you left when you next start the application so feel free to exit from it any time
Demo AV Made with ClipChamp
Stop Motion Animation
If you’d prefer to try your hand at a stop motion video rather than an AV sequence then there is a brief video how to make these in the Members Area. Search for 2nd July on the page
The next round of the Rosebowl competition will be on January 16th and sees Croxley competing against Ealing and Stoke Poges. The competition starts at 8.00pm and is on Zoom only (link available in the Members Area)
Your 6 set subjects are…
Please find the dates & topics for this year’s set subjects here.
Minutes of the 2023 AGM can be found in the Members Area
Open & High/Low Perspective Rounds
This Thursday saw the final two rounds of our print league competition. We had a fantastic 22 images entered in Open and a healthy 8 in High or Low Perspective set subject round. The standard was remarkably high, which gave Kevin Day, our judge for the evening, a very difficult task and almost ran the Open competition twice because of the number of images he needed to hold back to make his final marking decision. Special you mention to Colin Macdonald and Antony Olins, are latest members who both did fabulously well on the night.
Image credit: Steve Bailey – Sunrise on the Jetty
Apologies for the delay but the galleries are now finally up to date. Recently added to the Gallery Page include: the final round of the PDI League, Rounds 5 & 6 of the Print League and the results of the Landscape and Portrait Cup.
Congratulation to all the members who have images in the new galleries but special mention to Rose Highet, the youngest member of our club, for her success in the Portrait Cup with “Monochrome Daydream” and “Time for Tea” .
With only one round remaining in the PDI league things couldn’t be tighter at the top! In the advanced group, Gordon, Steve, Ian and Alan are all within a point of each, with Vanessa not far behind.
In the intermediate group Lisa has a healthy lead, but Saud and Paul are in hot pursuit!
Everything could change in the closing round of the PDI League – get your entries in!
The Print league competition is also very close although we’re only half way through. Scores so far can be see here
Nature and Triptych Cup Images Added
Check out the gallery page to see the latest competition winning images
New PDI and Print Competition Images Added
Check out the gallery page to see the high scoring images from the latest competitions.