Chipmunk Style: Mia’s Fast Makeover

Chipmunk Style: Helium may be in short supply, but a little digital tweaking can still leave your favorite actors sounding like the Chipmunks. Take a clip from a film and either speed up the action or raise the pitch on the audio track for some high-pitched laughs. (3.5 stars).

For this assignment, I found a YouTube clip from the movie, Princess Diaries. I love this movie, it’s a classic! The clip is when Mia, the soon-to-be princess, gets a princess makeover. I thought this would be funny to speed up. I converted the clip using a converter site, Fltvo, and turned it into a mp4 file so I could easily insert it into my iMovie. Once it downloaded, I did just that.

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I had a little bit of help from Apple Support, which helped me figure out how to slow and speed up video and audio using iMovie. I realized it was so simple to change anything regarding to the audio or video, you just have to double-click and the toolbar pops up above the video screen. There is a button that is in a shape of a turtle. I clicked that, and then it shows Speed. I clicked on the arrow, and then hit “Fast”, in order to speed up my video! You can also slow it down and customize the speed to your liking!

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This assignment reminds me of any girl’s makeover or any girl’s process of getting ready. Most girls want to look perfect, or like princesses, and we take FOREVER to get ready in the morning. For me, this getting ready time has definitely decreased since middle school, but sometimes, I still wish the process took a little less time and I could speed it up, like the video I created! Mia’s makeover was a long process, but I did manage to make it seem faster with their movements and their funny and new chipmunk voices!

I enjoyed this assignment because I do like this movie and I like finding new things to try, like the Speed tool.