The abstract edit

Abstract video is non-narrative visual/sound experiences with no story and no acting. They rely on the unique qualities of motion, rhythm, light and composition inherent in the technical medium of cinema to create emotional experiences. (wikipedia)

When recording abstract audio, we need avoid to record some audio which we known well, like people’s dialogue or the footage, train’s sound. Our job is trying to record unique and incomprehensible audio. Using non-narrative sound experience with anything.

Abstract visual, I think we did great job in recording abstract video. Because abstract visual uses a visual language of shape, form and color and line to create a composition, so the video we recording is full of those basic abstract elements, the colour, line and unique form. Most of the previous work on emotion recognition focused on extracting emotions from visual or audio information separately, including both visual and audio from video clips, to recognize the human emotion. I know it’s very hard to use abstract video to have a deeply connection with human emotion.

Through abstract edit, we learn how to use mix two footage, how to use ‘fade in’ and fade out’ to mix two footage.I mean we can use effect control to adjust opacity. It’s really like Photoshopshop, putting two different image and change the layers transparent. We shooting the lobby of building 9, in that place, there is a bing screen and have a beautiful light effect. I’m happy to shoot that place, because it’s color and shape.

I also learn how to title to add the text in the video. Putting haiku is awesome idea in abstract video, because the Haiku can make your video be more fun and creating an emotional experiences  which have a strong connection with people. 


Jiajun Bu ; Chun Chen ; Nan Li (2004) ‘Audio-visual based emotion recognition – a new approach’ Vol.2 pp. II-1020 – II-1025

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