Month: May 2017

Evaluative & Reflective Writing


What happened? – The Beach

You have used Past Tense.

We got in the minibus to Cornwall beach and arrived at the beach. We set up a barbecue and cooked some food.

What feeling/emotion? Past tense.

I felt excited when I arrived at the beach knowing I was going into new territory I had never been to before.

Subjective – Good or bad?

Make sense of the situation – rationale – source research (x3) – compare – Present tense

conclude generally then specifically

Actual plan for the future e.g. next time i will… – Actions and timescales – Future Tense


You MUST reference books

Title (Author, date)

Sources (urls)

Evaluation 6.1 Evaluative records (dates) – Highlight problems

Minimum 500 words

Evaluation – Depends upon who is evaluating. Peer evaluation who took part in production. – Angle

Reflective – Gibbs – Completed cycle x5 times

Success – Your own goals


Blog Diary – 18/5/17

30th March 2017

This lesson we learned about rationale and concept which is your plan and your idea. I wrote a bit about my plan for my FMP and then for concept, mentioned about the idea of my FMP.

31st March 2017

This lesson we listed our strengths and weaknesses when it comes to media production so for example, I said one of my strengths was video editing and a weakness was directing because I’m not a very controlling or outspoken person.

26th April 2017

Today, I wrote about 500 words on my research for my final major project for example listing all the research techniques like Wikipedia with the link to the website.

28th April 2017

I rewrote my 2000 word essay to include research and a bibliography about my topic which was the female role in the soap EastEnders.

4th May 2017

Solving Practical and Technical Problems. This lesson we wrote about 500 words about solving practical and technical problems, for example anything that could go wrong/has gone wrong in video, audio and compression.


Unit 13 3.1 – Solve practical and technical problems


Some problems I might encounter whilst videoing my piece could be that the video might not be White Balanced. This is when you have to place a sheet of something white like paper in front of the camera and change the settings to ensure the piece gets colours correctly called RGB (Red, green and blue) which is when the camera is at 100%. If you don’t white balance the camera, then then it won’t be RBG so it could be over exposed. You are making the camera know what white is. There are two types of filming: interlaced and progressive. 1080p video is called progressive scan. 1920 x 1080 pixels in HD movies are progressively drawn line after line so they aren’t interlaced. Usually, films are filmed in 24fps (frames per second), TV is usually filmed in 30fps and PAL is 25fps.



The audio cable (left and right) is called an XLR and this could easily stop working in the film so this could be a problem I might encounter. We use Bars and Tone for calibration back when analogue recorders were used to setup the VTR (video tape recorder) to the same levels as were recorded by the original camera so that they got the best footage. It is also used at the start of the tape to lay down the start of timecode. Timecode is when you set the time of the film to hours, minutes, seconds and frames. This is how you identify a precise location of the film and is very handy when you are filming on more than one camera that may be filming at different times. A variation is known as time of day timecode, which means it records the actual time the recording was made rather than the time of the footage.

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This is an example of Bars and Tone.


Unit 13 3.1 – Solve practical and technical problems

Technical Aspect/ Learning

Video technology

Scanning of the frame (25fps 24fps)

Interlaced & progression (i and p)

Audio – LR, PPM, Level, VU, dBs, Bars and Tone, Time Code

Compression – Files, Lossy and Lossless (Small and large), Examples, Camera and edit suite, BPS (Bits per second)

Rules for video, audio and compression. What problems? Audio cable (l&r) is called an XLR. Switch channels. Analogue. Bars? Calibration. You are making the camera know what white is. (RGB at 100% – Red, Green and Blue) – White balance. If you don’t your colours won’t be RBG so it could be over exposed – Tungsten.

Final piece compressed (MPEG – Moving Pictures Experts Group) .mp4. Lossy? Too large

Evidence and examples (Photos of the camera settings for example, screenshots and examples of solving technical problems