A Medill faculty Canvas success story: Journalism 321

By Nate Bartlett on 24 Feb 2015 – 4:27 pm
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This Canvas success story profiles a Medill journalism class, and the faculty’s use of our new LMS from Instructure.  We hear from the students in Professor Karen Springen’s class Journalism 321, Storytelling: Magazine & Feature Writing.


Animation Workshop Part 2

By Laura_Kick on 19 Feb 2015 – 4:42 pm
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Workshop Part 2

Workshop Part 2

Stop Motion created by Students

Stop Motion created by Students

 

Today, in Part 2 of our Animation Workshop, we did a quick overview of Premiere (combining audio and video, changing the speed of clips, basic editing) and After Effects (adding text, basic animation and keyframes, shapes).

 

 

 

Hand drawn animation created by students.

Hand drawn animation created by students.

We’ve created a great Canvas site full of materials for students who want to review and learn more.  You cannot fully cover either of these complex programs in one workshop, let alone both of them – the aim of this session was to introduce students to the programs, give them enough information to put together a video, and hopefully spark and interest in exploring video post and computer animation further.

 

 

Hand drawn animation created by students

 

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Stop motion created by students

Animation Workshop for Freshman Seminar

By Laura_Kick on 17 Feb 2015 – 3:47 pm
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Today, Mohammad (FSS), Brigita (AMPS), and I (AMPS) had the pleasure of presenting an animation workshop for 15 freshman taking Teri Odom’s Freshman Seminar.  The students will be creating animated informational videos about nanoparticles/nanotechnology for class.  Mohammad explained the value of storyboarding and how to plan out an animated piece.  The students then had time to create their own storyboards, to be used in the RSA-style and Stop Motion sections.

Hand drawn animation using a white board and overhead camera

Hand drawn animation using a white board and overhead camera

Hand drawn animation on paper.

Hand drawn animation on paper.

 

 

Half of the students joined Brigita to learn about RSA Animate style animation and achieving a similar effect through drawing.  They had a lot of fun drawing and recording accompanying audio.

 

 

 

 

 

Students discuss which storyboard to animate

Students discuss which storyboard to animate

 

Meanwhile, the other students joined me for an introduction to Stop Motion animation, using an iPhone app called Stop Motion.   Students will likely be using their phones to capture any assets not created on the computer and this app (and a time lapse one called Lapse It) is a great options.

 

 

Students recording a stop motion in class

Students recording a stop motion in class

 

Here is a stop motion example created for this class as well as a proof of concept for claymation using Model Magic clay.

 

And a second animation created by the participants of our workshop dry run:  Michael, Adam, and Irene.

 

 

The students were excited and engaged in this workshop and learned a lot! We thoroughly enjoyed preparing for and presenting this seminar.  The fun continues with Animation Part 2 this Thursday!

 

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan

By Laura_Kick on 4 Feb 2015 – 10:51 am
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Justice Kagan

Last night, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan visited the Law School and was recognized as the 2015 Trienens Judicial Scholar.  NUAMPS had the honor of viewing the moderated discussion with Justice Kagan in person while providing a live stream and overflow feed for attendees who were unable to find seats at the crowded event.  You can view the event recording here. 

Scaling Operations MOOC

By Laura_Kick on 4 Feb 2015 – 10:09 am
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We wrapped filming on Monday for the Scaling Operations MOOC.  Professors Gad Allon and Jan Van Mieghem are extraordinarily efficient on-camera talent, finishing filming for two modules in the same day!!

Scaling Operations

We were delighted to film in Kellogg’s beautiful green screen studio.  Above, Stephen (silhouetted, video director) and Nate (silhouetted, camera operator) prepare for Jan (left) and Gad’s (to the right of Jan) final shot.  This Kellogg MOOC launches March 30th.

Global Studies and International Scholarships in Focus

By Stephen Poon on 28 Jan 2015 – 5:41 pm
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Northwestern University received the largest gift in its history – over 100 million dollars – through the generosity of Roberta Buffett. To commemorate this event, Northwestern gathered a panel of six speakers, discussing everything from religious freedom to Russian literature, discussing how an enormous range of topics will positively influence Northwestern students and the worldwide community. NUAMPS recorded this afternoon’s speakers, which highlighted the donation will go towards the Buffett Institute for Global Studies.

Fast Previews with HD Quick Look

By Nate Bartlett on 6 Jan 2015 – 9:16 am
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In our production workflow, we use many types of image and video files.  Apple’s Quick Look framework allows the user to see a fast preview of video, stills, documents and other files by selecting a file and pressing the space bar. This is a great way to see more information about various video files, and one we use daily in our production workflow. However, some of our cameras shoot to a format called AVCHD, which uses the MTS file extension, and Quick Look can’t decode these files natively, or even play them without the VLC Player from VideoLAN.

That’s where Shedworx’s HD Quick Look comes in. The HD Quick Look plug-in uses the ShedWorx AVCHD converter to make a thumbnail image from the first frame of the AVCHD file. This happens in seconds, and only needs to be done once per file, regardless if different computers access it from our servers. In the conversion process, the colors don’t always come through correctly, but it is enough to see the slate, framing or location of the shot. It has been a huge time saver.

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Office of Undergraduate Research Launches New Website

By Alex Miner on 4 Nov 2014 – 1:29 pm
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NUIT A&RT AMPS, working with Peter Civetta (Director of Undergraduate Research), has just rolled out an all new website for the Office of Undergraduate Research. This new site features stylistic influence from the new web theme designed for the Office of the Provost, an improved search engine powered by Apache SOLR, and an interactive decision tree tool to help students drill down to the content relevant to their needs. This new site was built in Drupal 7, with a blog powered by the new campus blogging solution, NU Sites.

Hello and Goodbye, Amman!

By Stephen Poon on 2 Nov 2014 – 3:07 pm
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NUAMPS just wrapped a week of production in Amman, Jordan! We’ve been privileged to work with the most welcoming of people, eat unparalleled hummus, and record incredible stories.

Who Are You Because of NU ? Webcast is live …

By Harlan Wallach on 17 Oct 2014 – 1:00 pm
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The second #NUReunion webcast from our second location has started. Follow along at the Alumni Website. Enjoy the webcast, here’s what it looks like backstage. NUIT’s Don Kenyon is monitoring the board and Stephen Poon is switching from the control room at Norris’ McCormick Auditorium.