Spielberg’s job’s safe

Little did I expect when signing up for a cyber security masters degree that I’d be editing video at some point for an assignment submission, but low and behold I have. I want to assure the likes of Spielberg that their jobs remain safe, I’m neither director nor editor.

Like many who might come across this posting, I have edited videos on my phone, iPad and desktop using consumer grade apps like iMovie, I’ve even previously used Adobe Photoshop to do same, but my skills are limited, and it shows. On this occasion, it was also the software that was limited, Panopto to be precise.

Typically used in academia for recording and delivering lectures, I was on this occasion using to record my visit to a website and examining the networking information that results from that visit via software called Wireshark. Now, I’m not the most photogenic individual, in fact I loathe it, so having to appear in my video, thankfully only a small square, was less than appealing. What should have taken little time to me thirty attempts; pathetic, I know.

Editing my (final) videos in Panopto proved not only a tad confusing to say the least, it also was frustrating as I couldn’t necessarily do all I might wish. I did eventually get there in the end, under the ten minute limitation requirement for the assessment, and my cuts looked not so bad for the limited editing features.

Though a written assignment is difficult, I much prefer them to multimedia I think. Hope they’re limited to just this unit!

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