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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:39:11 AM »
Thanks regarding mic input.

Should I worry regarding mic getting loose on its jack, making the shoot go worst that not having an external mic at all.

Honestly this is the thing that I worry the most.

I've not had that problem with my Rode video mic on the camera...however, I will admit after a couple-three years (how long have I owned this rig??)....the plug doesn't seem to snap in with the secure click I used to feel.

But, so far...hasn't been a problem.

I have, however, had to depend on the camera Rode mic....for the occasional times my lav mic plugged into my old iPhone 3gs (as the recorder) has mis fired and didn't record a scene or I forgot to hit the record button on it....so, very nice to have 2x of them, one is always a backup in addition to being a guide to sync the sounds in post.

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Video & Movie / Re: My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:36:13 AM »
Indeed, you should get - at least - 10% of that. Good tempo, and there seem to be a bit of the same humour that was typical in your earlier "Cooking videos".

Keep up the good work!

Thank you!!!

I don't actually have a FB account...so I can't even vote on my own entry...but have been trying to gather as many as possible to help with that.

Thanks for the views and the comments....I believe the finalists are announced this Friday.

The grand prize is the $1M, 2x Superbowl tix, and a contract to do something with Universal Pictures.
But I think there are also 10-20 1st place prizes which are pairs of Super Bowl tix alone and I think $50K.

Lots of fun and learning on this one...and I definitely need to work on my green screen skills. We got it hung and lit remarkably well my first time at it...but I need much more practice drawing a key and refining it....

C

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Theater, Concert and Event / Re: Concert Shots
« on: November 13, 2014, 09:32:24 AM »
Nice shots all!!

Here's one of mine from a big fest I shot last year...I just loved the moment I caught here...


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Video & Movie / My Dorito's Superbowl Commercial Submission
« on: November 12, 2014, 05:59:34 PM »
Howdy!!

Well I did my first collaboration on a video and we've entered it into the Dorito's $1M Superbowl commercial...

Please give it a watch:

https://crashthesuperbowl.doritos.com/gallery/submission/4023?filter=

If you like it, please rate it high and share with social media and anyone you know!!

It was shot with my Canon 5D3...mostly the 24-105mm f4 and 17-40mm f4 lenses...I also tried my hand at my first green screen.

I used Davinci Resolve to try color....strange that once the Dorito's site uploaded it to my YT site...it really over saturated the colors much more than what I had on my screens when editing...

We did have 3x VERY good looking models, and NONE of them showed up for the shoot....so our "athlete" called a girl friend of his, and our makeup artist got an immediate new role.
:)

Anyway, my first endeavor trying something like this....renting a place, hauling equipment all around....getting there and being told we had an hour less than supposed to....etc.

Anyway, was fun and a good lesson learned in logistics....please leave thoughts, ideas and again, if you like it, please vote it up on the doritos site!!

cayenne

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: November 04, 2014, 04:54:49 PM »
Thanks guys.

From reading, I will go towards these direction:
    . Research and study about Adobe Premiere
    . Use external mic with recorder: I only found this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/966010-REG/shure_vp83f_condenser_shotgun_mic.html - Shure VP83F. Is there any cheaper alternative than this.

    . I think camera slide and crane does not suit.. I need to do some testing, if glide really is needed in contrast to hand held only..

what do you think guys? Do I really need glide?

At very least...get a good mike to attach TO the camera, that's what I started with and still use as backup audio and to sync with off camera audio.

The Rode videomic is a shotgun mike that fits nicely on the hotshot of the camera, is directional and works quite well for the price.

HTH,

cayenne

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Shortest response possible on the matter:
For women, don't shoot straight on, have them turn shoulders toward the camera. For men, broad is good - masculine.  Women have curves, embrace the S - hand on hip, waist pushed. Flattering to shoot slightly elevated for women; sensor angle has slimming effect. For lighting; nose/face toward the light. Women, turn body away from light source.

Yep..and one general rule I try to remember, especially for women...whatever is closes to the lens, looks the biggest, so I have the shift weight back on their hip, fat arms away from camera, etc...

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older camera like 1ds2 or 1ds3 are so much better in low iso...5d3 is really bad in iso-100.
I want a new camera with good low-iso, they are already good in high-iso.

I may be wrong, but I"d heard that the 5D3's "native" resolution is 160....that you get better images at 160 than 100?

cayenne

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A few weeks back, I shot the 2nd annual New Orleans Bridal Crawl....it is for charity and involves a bar hop after the initial gathering. Its a fun party.<P>
I was shooting video on my 5D3 as I did last year. This year, I rented both the Sigma Art 50 1.4 and the Canon 50L 1.2.<P>
I shot stills with both...and what I gathered for my experience of the two...if I were buying ONLY for stills, I might lean towards the Sigma. Felt more solid and was sharp.

However, from what I've read and saw in person, the extra special coatings on the Sigma, actually seem to make it a bit slower than 1.4.  It almost seemed that it was about 3/4 of a full stop slower than the Canon.

I'm still wavering, but at this point, I'm leaning towards the 50L 1.2.  I was able to shoot some MIGHTY dark bars with this and no additional lights with the 1.2 wide open.

So for when you need very low light...at this point, I'm leaning towards getting the canon 50L 1.2.

HTH,

cayenne

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:29:36 AM »
Thanks. I don't know how to ask the correct question. So I started this thread.
A lot of thanks..
Alright, so lets go through some basic questions.

1. Mac or PC
2. Do you already have editing software? If so, what is it?
3. What type of video are you shooting (of your travels? of events? of your kids? of sports?)
4. Where would you be putting the video? (DVD? Youtube or Vimeo? Just on your computer?)

Once we have that info, we can walk you through a workflow. It will be heavily dependent on the editing software you have (some you need to convert, some you dont), and where you are putting that final video.

For example, for work, I edit on Macs with Final Cut. I convert all my footage to ProRes, edit, and export usually to Youtube or Vimeo. Both have standard settings (h.264, 5000kpbs, etc) and I tend to export at 720p. For stuff outside work, especially if I just use a GoPro, I might just edit in GoPro Studio with the original files. Simpler workflow because it doesnt need to be complex. So, it depends on what you have.

Curious...why not 1080p instead of the lower 720p?

YouTube and vimeo both take full 1080p....quite readily.


cayenne

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 30, 2014, 11:28:26 AM »

Currently, I bring all my video onto my working and backup hard drive with Lightroom, I just do all my media through LR.

I then, open up Davinci Resolve and bring all the footage in there, I've been using the version 11 interaction with the Xrite passport color utility...and in Resolve, I use this to set and correct all my basic WB.

I shoot with the Marvels Cinestyle 'flat' profile, and this one step on each clip makes them start to really pop and look good for rest of workflow.
That is way too advanced for a newbie, my opinion, but thanks for sharing, it is clear.
I haven't moved to 11 yet. From a hardware requirement is there a big difference between the 11 and 10?
By the way, the Marvels Cinestyle is indeed the way to go. I will have to try the Xrite passport once I am with 11.

I consider myself a NOOB myself...I'm just adamant about trying to learn and teach myself. But I certainly don't do this professionally, at this point, it is still a labor of love.

I got my 5D3 about 2years ago...my first DSLR and video camera really, so I'm just self taught since then, learned a lot on CR here too from day 1.

:)

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video Editing Work Flow?
« on: September 29, 2014, 04:18:41 PM »
I am beginner on taking video / film making / videography (i dont know if these terms can be use interchangeably).

After recording a video using my 6D. The SD card shows .mov file.

  1. What is usually the next step? should I convert it to other format prior to video editing?
  2. What are the usual video editing that needs to be done? cutting/rejecting portions of the video?
  3. What is the usual final format (for still, its jpeg).

Thanks.

Currently, I bring all my video onto my working and backup hard drive with Lightroom, I just do all my media through LR.

I then, open up Davinci Resolve and bring all the footage in there, I've been using the version 11 interaction with the Xrite passport color utility...and in Resolve, I use this to set and correct all my basic WB.

I shoot with the Marvels Cinestyle 'flat' profile, and this one step on each clip makes them start to really pop and look good for rest of workflow.

I set the WB as mentioned above...I then render out what is basically a 'proxy' file in prores and XML which I bring into FCPX.  I do my edits...when pretty much locked, I often send back the XML to Resolve, but UNCHECK the import files part, so that Resolve will use the edited information, but work with the original files.

I"ll do my color correction, grading, noise reduction (Neat plugin)...and render this out..and do XML too.

I"ll bring this back into FCPX, finish up sound..and if I have certain clips I want to do motion graphics on, I'll pull that clip into After Effects, do my magic there and render out, and add into the Library/Project in FCPX...I finalize things and render out my movie

Of course there are variations depending on the shoot or what needs I have for a project, but most are my own things....so, that is the general workflow I follow.

I am trying to work Pluraleyes in there too...to help sync when using external audio....in addition to the Rode video mic I have mounted on camera.

I'm shooting with a Canon 5D3.....editing on a mac.

Soon, I hope to start teaching myself Premier and see how I'd fit that into the workflow.

But I start off bringing things into Davinci Resolve (Lite..the free version).

HTH,

cayenne

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While this isn't isn't directed at Wedding day shots, I found this class to be VERY much worth the money (I bought during discount days), but this Creative Live class by Sue Bryce, really helped me the first time posing models, especially inexperience models:

https://www.creativelive.com/courses/28-days-sue-bryce

Especially how she tells how to give hand gestures to your models...I watched this shortly before my models came over (happened to be posing in wedding dresses for a bouquets product shoot), and it worked like a charm.

This class has sessions showing how to pose women, "curvy" women, groups, older women, men...etc. Many categories and how to pose around people's weaknesses (if they're a bit overweight, or if older how to keep wrinkles from being overly emphasized, etc).

Hope that helps, it really worked well for me.

Oh and the class comes with some printable posing guides too.

cayenne

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art in Stock at B&H Photo
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:48:41 PM »
Ugh..what to do...what to do.
I have $$ burning a hole in my pocket.

Lenses have just dropped in price..do I wait to see if rebates will hit on top of price drop?

Somehow, I messed up this year...and got a refund of about $2600. I also just received an additional rebate check from the state tax folks for about $950.

I had originally planned to get the canon 50L 1.2...and the 100L macro...but hmmmm.

I rented the 50L once, mostly for video on my 5D3...and was blown away how it turned almost pitch black bars into daytime.

I'm guessing I should rent both the 50L and the Sigma Art 50 and compare one weekend side by side.

But now...do I get those, or maybe the 24-70 2.8 and the 100L? Or...or ...or....

Hell, I am bogging down my macbook pro late 2011 with AE and other projects..hell, even multiple smart RAW objects in PS can crash the thing...maybe I need to add a bit more to the fund and get the Mac pro...for about $5K.

Ugh...can't I just win the lottery and just be over the whole "can't buy it all at once" syndrome ???

;)

Anyway....what suggestions would ya'll make on lenses?

C

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Lenses / Re: Canon Price Drops on L Lenses
« on: September 04, 2014, 01:39:52 PM »
It's the dawning of the age of aquarius .. good old EF is dying ... new native short flangeback lenses for mirrorless FF are on the horizon ... or maybe even around the corner. :-)

Canon has to lower lens prices, because so many people like myself are not interested in big mirrorslappers any longer.
Yeah...like those Canon mirrorless cameras are just RUSHING out the doors, hard to find one left to buy....[rolls eyes]

;)

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Video & Movie / Re: My latest Cooking Video
« on: August 20, 2014, 10:39:16 AM »


I"m trying to start to research a new set of sticks that has the ball (half ball?) type base that the video head connects to, so that you can set up and then adjust level....not sure what to get as that I"m just starting to look.
I can spend some $$, but not a ton....

C

This:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/554093-REG/Manfrotto_438_438_Compact_Levelling_Head.html

Might make your exsisting sticks more video friendly without buying a whole new set of legs.

If you have the budget, I cannot see past Sachtler ACE video tripods.  The Medium MS version (mid level spreader) works on all terrains, has the half bowl, but uniquely at the price point, a properly variable counterbalanced head.

I cannot overstate how essential a counterbalanced head is, or how easy it makes camera movements.

With the ACE you set the balance up with locks opened.  Find your middle point (very long video plate provided).
Lock.  Set your spring weight.  Set your resistance level (stepped, so that pan and tilt can have exactly the same resistance)

You touch the camera you get a movement.  You don't touch the camera. You don't.  Absolutely effortless movements with superlative ramping.

You'll ballk a little at the price at first, especially if you are used t buying stills tripods, but I guarantee you it is 3x 5x 10x the tripod you would get from any other manufacturer at the same price.

The head is fantastic. If you shoot video it's what you need.

The 438 leveller will kill your levelling frustrations in the meantime...

Thank you for the reply and suggestions.

Is this the unit you're talking about ?

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/822102-REG/Sachtler_1001_Ace_Fluid_Head_with.html

I currently have the Manfroto Manfrotto 502 Video Head, which uses the 504 plate system for QR.

Would this work with the Sachtler?  I ask because I also have this same video head/plate system on my slider, as well as my Manfrotto video Monopod....I'd hate to have to redo the plate system at this time, etc...

Thank you so much in advance for the input and information!!!

C

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