Review of GoPro Fusion Studio

GoPro Fusion Studio (version 1.3)

“Easy as Pie!” : User Interface

Launch the program

GoPro Fusion Studio 1.3 has a clear and easy UI. For the first time i launch the program i didn’t need any tutorial to help me working with it. It just couldn’t be more simple and clear.

First time you open it you’ll need to select the directory to GoPro import your footage. Click on Add Media and select the folder. Then wait and Voilá!

Launch GoPro Fusion Studio
Add Media
Importing media

 

Working Area

On your left side you have the Camera Media where you find your footage and you can see it all or apply a filter and select only photos, multishots, etc…; on the right you make the edition you want and it includes color correction, stitching, pitch, stabilization, etc. To make any of these changes you just need to move the tab of each property to the left or to the right while you watch the changes at the same time on the video. Done to many changes, want to go back? There’s a reset button just on top of the bars. Easy as i’m saying.

You can switch between the edit and the render windows just by selecting the window you want to view on the middle top of the UI.

Working Area

 

Edit

To edit a video you just need to select the clip from the Camera Media tab on the left side of the screen and on the right press play on the preview screen (you can click on Full Screen to increase the size of the preview window) to decide which part you want to select for rendering. How? Just dragging a little blue tab on the begging of the playing bar to define the start and dragging the white tab on the end of the playing bar to define the end of the clip. Then just click on Add to the render queue, a big blue button on the bottom right side (that turns grey when the clip is already on the render queue).

Edit the video
Full Screen Preview window

 

Render

The first time you select to render a video it will open a window and you just need to select the render options, that goes from the purpose you want to give to the clip (eg. Facebook, etc…) to the quality (eg. 2K, 3K,…) and audio properties. Then you just need to click on the middle of the video bar on the render queue and it will opens the rendering properties window and click on Render Selected.

First time you render a video during a session

You just need to make this selection once because as it will assume that you’ll keep rendering the videos with the same properties during that session, the options you first choose will appear selected already every time you put a new video on the render queue. But if for some reason you want to change the render options of any video on the render queue, click on the middle of the video bar you want to render differently and on the rendering options window select the changes and click on Render Selected again.

Render Options

 

“OMG! The software crashed!”: Reload Session

Reload Session it’s an option given by the program everytime it crashes and you reopen it. It reloads your last session, adding the footage you was working with without needing to select again the origin folder. Besides that, if your computer crashes in the middle of a rendering process it keeps the videos you already had in your render queue there. The only video that you will have to render again from the beginning will be the one that was rendering at the same time the program crashed, what saves you a lot of headaches and time.

Hands on: Edition and Rendering

Before choose to render, you can edit the video as i said previously, selecting the only part you’ll need for the final footage what saves you a lot of time editing the clips on other video edition programs (eg. Adobe Premiére; etc…). Note that if you already edited the video before rendering it, taking out the parts you won’t need for your footage, it decreases a lot the final size of the rendered clip, because depending on which size you decide to render i can tell you that a 4K rendered video with about 16 seconds can reach up the 500 MB, so it will save you a lot of disk space also at the end of the process.

“2K it’s fine…but if i can, why not have better quality videos like 4K!?”: Upgrade your rendered videos quality

The constraint i found using GoPro Fusion Studio was that when i decided to upgrade the videos quality from 2K to 4K i couldn’t do it from the already 2K rendered clips. On the first edition i made, i edited the videos before putting them on the render queue but i didn’t save the changes i made because it would change the original footage (unless i was using a copied folder of the original GoPro Footage, what i wasn’t). I really wanted to keep the original as it was, in case i needed to change the clips and check back scenes (remember that 360º footage needs more attention on reviewing scenes as everything visible on a 360 degrees and happening on that setting is catch by the camera). The problem was that the program only renders the videos from the original footage or from a copy from the original (by the way when you select your media to load the session on the GoPro Fusion Studio you need to select the main folder that should contain 2 subfolders with footage from the 2 sd cards used on the camera, one folder normally called “Back” containing 180º degrees of the setting and other named “Front” with the other 180º degrees).

In resume, my first rendered videos were in 2K. When i decided that i wanted to have a better quality in my videos and upgrade them to 4K, i couldn’t simply (re)render the already 2K videos, because the GoPro Fusion Studio only loads the session from the original footage as you copied from the sd cards of the camera and not with an already rendered footage. So i needed to go back to the original folder, edit it before render it all again (and as i didn’t save the editions i’ve made from the originals. So please people out there reading this: “Make a copy of the original just in case, edit the copy and save it! You’ll be thankful to do that if you need to upgrade your quality videos or just render it again with other properties!”). Do all the rendering process again took me a lot of time that i could be doing something else (like start compiling the final 360º cinematic videos, going to the beach or whatever!).

My suggestion is (and also a note for myself in future work):

  • Create a copy of the original footage and load the session on the GoPro Fusion Studio from the copy folder. Keep the original folder just in case you need to go back and make a deeper review on the scenes you’ve putted on the side.
  • Now that you’re loading the session from a copy folder of the original footage, save the editions you made and it will save you a lot of time if you go back and need to render it again with other properties.

 

Note: This review is based on my personal experience with the program. Any other person can find a different opinion or experience with it. For more technical and specific information visit the GoPro website at https://pt.gopro.com/ .

Volunteering At Pingo Doce For AAC

Volunteering At Pingo Doce For Ajuda a Alimentar  Cães

Saturday at 9 a.m we went to Forum Madeira as volunteers for AAC. The job was to pass out flyers at the supermarket door so that the people who wanted could help by giving some type of contribution.

At first we thought it would be hard to fill one car, because the people wouldn’t even take a flyer, some just passed by us like they didn’t see us. But with time we managed to fill not only one car but six!

From the time we were there (from 9 a.m to 1 p.m) the people that contributed mostly were people from the ages of 30 to 60. There were these two types of people, the ones that passed through us not even responding to out “Good Morning” and then the ones that would stop and ask what it was for and what they should buy.

But all in all we were surprised by the ammount of donations that people made. Some even gave us entire shopping cars with food for cats and dogs, others helped with what they could.

We would like to thank the people that contributed. Thank you very much, your help makes a difference!

 

Saturday, 2nd March 2019

3 Days Of Filming At The Kennel (Canil Municipal Do Funchal)

First Day (22 Feb. 2019)

The first day was dedicated to test out the camera, the camera angles and plan how the shots would be. We learned that the GoPro tripod was too fragile for the kennel floors, because seconds later after putting it on the ground, a dog dragged it with his mouth! That’s when we affirmed that Tânia needed a good sturdy tripod that could handle some licks and tugs. Good thing we already predicted this and went prepared..

(photo tânia a pôr camera)

 

We finally got to meet the new cat room, and it is wonderful and full of places for the cats to play, sleep and eat.

 

Because it was the afternoon the kennel was calm and the workers had already done the heavy part of the job. The dogs were also all out of thir cages, so we were greated very warmly and excitingly. Inbetween the techical aspects there was always time to pet and play with the dogs around us, that went wherever we went to.

Later that evening, when the dogs had already played and run around in the sun we went inside to talk with Sara and of course the dogs came inside with us.

Second Day (26 Feb. 2019)

We arrived bright and early at 9:30 a.m so that we could capture the workers from the kennel starting their work for the day. Each personnel is in charge of a sector of the kennel and work there. So we saw them setting free the dogs for their daily exercise time. Then they also clean all the cages, give them food and put fresh water.

This day we started the actual filming, following the daily tasks of the workers and seeing what is that really happens everday taking care of the kennel and the dogs.

Third Day (27 Feb. 2019)

The last day was saved for the cats. We were glad that while we were filming the lady taking care of the cats some voluntaries came in and brought some treats.

Also while we were there the vet arrived saying she was going to put microchips on the puppies so we went with her and filmed that process too.

 

It was very fun days that we spent at the kennel with the company of lovely animals and the workers, that were always happy to help us. They even had to stop what they were doing or re-do it so that we could capture them on the camera.

In only 3 days, we already created bonds with the cats and dogs, and we already miss them!

Thank you very much Canil Municipal do Funchal.

 

Experimenting VR & IPad

We went to experiment some new technology so that we could see our options and try new things to inspire us.

This was our first time ever trying on a VR headset and interacting with it. We played games and saw interactive videos. It was a really interesting and fun experience.

 

Then I also tried to draw on ProCreate with the IPad, and it was also very fun and intutitive. I liked how the screen was the paper and you could directly interact with it without the constraints of having to look down to your drawing table as the wacom tablets. It was also very easy to swap between brushed, layers and colours.

 

 

 

Comic Prototypes

I have started to develop what will be my final graphical art style so that when the stories are fully developed and completed I can start with the graphical side.

Because the comic will be interactive, where the user will choose what path they want to follow I had to decide how the readers would follow the story line they chose.

At first I went to research examples of choose your own path comics to see how these artists let the reader go their own path without any difficulties and complexity so that the unfolding of the story is not compromised. I found 3 very good examples:

Image result for adventure time comic choose your own pathAdventure Time  “Choose-Your-Own-Adventure-Time” #10 by  Ryan North, Shelli Paroline, and Braden Lamb

Image result for adventure time comic choose your own pathMeanwhile by Jason Shiga

Image result for unwritten choose your path comicUnwritten #17 by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Of the three, only the last one uses numbers instead of arrows. I ended up choosing the arrows because of my target audience (11+ years old) and because visually it’s easier to follow the path to the desired storyline.

Here is my first prototype:

After printing out I could see that the arrows and all the colours could possibly be too confusing for the reader to follow along the lines. So I tried to re-arrange the panels so that the paths wouldn’t intersect and create a visual mess that could lead to frustration to the readers.

 

Sarah.

The Transmedia World

Our next step was to  make some decisions about what media our projects will use and the target audiences.  So we came up with the following infographic where it’s possible to see what are the medias used in each project and its target audience.

Transmedia World of Animal Welfare Project

Sarah will be working with AR (Augmented Reality) that goes together with an interactive comic book and I will be working wiith VR (Virtual Reality).  Each project will be targeting different audiences which the age gap isn’t that big so that hopefully the Tween can look up for more information and get to my 360º Documentary if they ever want to see some addictional information and vice versa.

Also our Transmedia World has a great advantage for us. It gives us the opportunity to add smaller and different projects in the future, using other types of media that could enrich the narrative world and complement each other.

Project Pitch to the Sense & Tell (M-ITI) Group

  • 21 January 2019

We have joined the group Sense and Tell from M-ITI (https://senseandtell.m-iti.org/ ) as interns. The group mission is to make sense of complex data through storytelling and interactive media and they are developing different projects in this area.

So on 21 of January, we had our first meeting with the group, where we had to pitch our project to the remain members.

For us this was an important milestone for the work we had up to date, since it was the first time we had the opportunity to present and publicly explain the whole project from the beginning to the point where we were (storyboard, story ideation and technology) . This was the opportunity to test if things would make as much sense to us as to those who still did not know nothing about the project. In addition, as Sense and Tell is a group already experienced in the area of storytelling and interaction media we expected to hear constructive criticism that could help us in some way to improve or complement the choices we had made.

We managed to make a straight and clear presentation that left the audience without questions about our goals and choices and the whole project concept, which revealed that we made it clear to the audience and for us it meant we were following the right path.

We have now news goals to achieve in February:

Sarah has to finish the stories and decide the final branching narrative course and decide the AR technical aspects and what it will do; and,

I need to make decisions about what I really think it’s crutial to have in the documentary, make contacts and start collecting all the footage.

Pitch at Sense and Tell meeting

Animal Welfare Mindmap

Last week we had a meeting with our main thesis teachers, where we presented a Mindmap to expose categorally the problems/issues related to the animal welfare having in consideration what we have found now with the results of the questionnaires we have made to the general public but also to the NGO’s.

We came out with 6 main categories as main issues:

-abandonment

-uneducation

-adoption

-sterilization and castration

-kennels

-Ngo’s

As we can see some of the main categories could be branched in more subcategories, like the case of the Abandonment where we found the questions “who”, “how” and “why”. Also in Uneducated category to find a more concise definition of who are these “uneducated people” we branched the category in 4 main subcategories: “older people”, “owners”, “non-owners” and “people afraid of animals”.

We found several connections between the issues we pointed out. For example, considering the answers we’ve received from people, one of the reasons for abandonment is “no money for bills” and “dog has puppies” what is also connected with the “Sterelization and castration” expensive costs. The Abandonment category is also connected with Kennels because the consequence of one helps the increase of the problems of the second as the fact of it being over-populated and so on.

For more information, you can check it all in our Mindmap below.

Animal Welfare mindmap

Visit to SPAD

Today, me, Tânia and Tiago went to visit SPAD.

SPAD is a non profitable private institution where most of its money come from donors. 

Their main objective is to fight for animal rights and animal welfare, basing of the Universal Rights of Animals and all acting laws. When they have the space and means, they bring in abandoned animals, giving them assistance, when they are sick and promotes ways to sensibilize people how to care and love your animal. They also solicit and act with competent entities of adoption associations to prevent and conden cruelty to animals.

When we arrived, we went in the main headquarters, where there is the reception and also a toy store for pets, and everything appears clean and modern.

For newcomer, finding where the animals for adoptions are is a bit hard, there in no indication of such event, but we could definitely hear them.

In the farther side of the place we found the door to the kennel, and very close to these, the temporary animals that are just there for a little stay, while their owners are out.

When we went inside, we first saw the cats, more precisely one cat that was alone, and some dog heads popping out of their cage barking for our attention.

There was this big cage with a lot of cats inside, all hanging out together with a big space for them to run around freely and plenty of beds and food for them all. The dogs cages however, were almost always packed, with a minimum of 2 dogs up to 4 or even 5 dogs in a cage.

There were the dogs that craved for attention and wouldn’t let go of your hand and then there was dogs that would hide in the back of their cages, afraid and shivering.

In the dog’s cages, many times their food was all spread out and the water bowl had nothing inside but urine.

At this time, there was a lady cleaning all the cages, Her process is, open the cage, put the dogs in a big carrier, clean the newspaper, spray the cage with water, put back some new newspaper and pass the dogs back into the cage. She even told us that one of the cages there had 3 siblings and a foster mother to them all.

We also spotted dogs that where sponsored, we knew this because the outside of their kennel was advertised as such. There were 3 in total, this may seem a few, but to the dogs i’m sure it makes all the difference.

Sarah

12th October

Visit to Canil Municipal do Funchal

Today Sarah and I went to visit the Municipal Kennel of Funchal, managed by the AMAIS Association (Madeira Animals Association), since 2016.

We thank the person responsible for the management of the kennel, D. Sara Machado, for all the attention and willingness given to guide us through the enclosure and to respond promptly to all questions that were arisen. In a respectful way, we also take this opportunity to thank and publicly praise all the work, perfectly visible, of all the team that works there, cherishing, caring and daily looking after  hundreds of lives “discarded” by society, with limited resources but with giant hearts. Thank you so much.

This certainly was an experience that marked us and will not be forgotten!

The Vasco Gil Municipal Kennel is now known as the Official Collection Center Vasco Gil although it is not recognized for all legal requirements and accommodates some 270 canines and 60 felines. At the moment, the space destined for the cattery is under construction, making it difficult to manage the space where the cats are welcomed, but even then everyone is properly pampered and cared for, as best as possible.

The daily routine begins very early, as it was noticed as soon as we arrived at the Kennel at 11am. Even from the outside, it was possible to see the hustle of the work that is repeated day after day by all the workers. All cages are open and clean. The dogs are let loose in the meantime, in a grouped way and at the same time. They can walk freely in the zone of the “park” or in the corridors. In addition to the daily tasks of the workers, they have to be on caution everyday because there are situations that arise and need special attention such as fights between dogs at night when no one is there that can lead to injuries or even deaths.

We met a dog named Mena, a very loving foster mother who helps take care of the litters that are taken in the kennel, helping to keep baby dogs clean and with the “warmth of a mother” nearby. Puppies are usually separated from other dogs, especially to facilitate control of virus propensity.

 

At this point, Sarah and I were already covered in mud everywhere but very unconcerned about it, since we were constantly surrounded by lovely caring dogs expressing themselves in the way they know it, with their eagerness for attention. And it is so natural how they give all this love and affection to us, even after being abandoned.

Inevitably, one of the topics we discussed with D. Sara was animal abandonment, which is one of the most worrying factors on our island, where animals are treated as “disposables”. This makes this facility in a overcrowded place which host the animals and that have spatial limits. Even though they are fully crowded, they always have to be able to get one more corner, which can sometimes reach 20, 30 dogs collected per month (at best), reporting cases where some were left overnight tied up at the gate kennel or simply left in the surrounding area.

 

We wondered if there was a specific season with a more propensity for abandonment based on some research we did, which pointed out that some seasons had larger abandonment rates like summer, and in fact that may be the case, but not for the reasons we were thinking (like the old holiday story …) but rather because there are increasing number of litters and so the number of dogs collected increases.

 

But not everything is bad! We know that the Kennel currently makes very happy partnerships with some German Associations, which has allowed some older dogs (mostly discriminated against by the Madeiran population at the time of adoption, choosing newer dogs to the older ones!) To have a new opportunity for a happy life, they are welcomed by families in Germany. This difference of mentality from a European country to our regional reality is also one of the problems pointed out in our society, which discriminates against adult and older dogs at the time of adoption and which involves other factors such as the misconception that “a dog adult does not learn, “devaluing the fact that any animal needs an” adaptation phase, “which is naturally different for each one, which often results in the owners'” misperceptions “and what it really is to have an animal and give him all the education, attention and care needed.

 

Since we started the research work about three months ago, one of the things that stood out was the question of “wandering animals.” From the conversation we had with the manager of the municipal kennel today we can conclude that wandering animals are not really “the problem”. At this moment, according to what has been transmitted to us, most of these animals are already well signaled and sterilized, being under the periodic care of people who know the animals and the places where they are. The problem now is lack of education.

There is really a society that needs to be re-educated and move quickly out of the “bubble” it is in, facing reality and becoming aware of the consequences of its actions.

Tânia de Andrade

9th October, 2018