Posts Tagged ‘Video

16
Jan
09

how to – shoot hd video with 5dmarkii

Ever find a kindred spirit through the power of Vimeo contact random awesomeness?

Thanks to Tristan Tom for posting a comment here.  Through Tristan’s blog I found a link to the above video produced by Tyler Ginter.

tyler-ginter

Tyler’s got a kick ass blog himself and is starting to get some good attention from the folks over at FreshDV.  Bonusly, my Dad got stationed at Fort Meade way back in the day, which lead to him meeting my Mom at some officer’s ball, which lead to me, which lead to this blog, which resulted in the moment you find yourself in right now.  Sort of.  Well, how ’bout that.

Anywho, Tyler’s stuff is definitely worth checking out.  And you can see the hd version of his tutorial right here.

proactively • peter

15
Jan
09

hd time lapse innovation

A friend of mine linked to this video in her Facebook status.  Wow.

It’s so awesome to see different ways time lapse photography is being integrated into HD video.  How cool is the internet, giving us access to great sites like Vimeo and YouTube that host this stuff.  For free.  In HD.

And I didn’t post this HD time lapse last time so, in the spirit of saving the best of the best for a follow up blog post, check this out.

Simply stunningly amazing.  Thank you Till Credner.

proactively • looking at the trigger that once pulled delivers a 5dmarkii to my apartment • peter

12
Jan
09

fcprose episode 5 – manage hd media

The trick isn’t simply cutting, coloring, and compressing your film for independent internet distribution.  The real trick is keeping your post production pipeline managed so you can cut the sequel while simultaneously finishing an extended director’s cut of the first film in Edit 2 (be it your MacBook Pro on the coffee table or a DaVinci suite with bells on it).

Or maybe you want to collect all your media from thirteen diferent internal and external hard drives and place it in a new Shared Acces Network box.  Or move all of day one’s P2 media on drive 67 and day five’s XDCAMmedia on drive 32.  Or whatever else your entreprenurial, independently film made heart desires.  Media management is your ticket.

The principles I discuss in episode 5 can be applied to all types of HD and SD media formats including footage acquired by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Nikon D90, Canon HV30, Panasonic HVX-200, Sony EX-1, RED ONE, etc.  I highly recommend clicking through for the HD version in case you want to see FCP’s UI properly.

Hope this to0t helps with managing all those Terrablocks, G-RAIDs, and bus powered LaCie hard drives out there.

proactively • managing our medium • peter

18
Dec
08

canon & bicycles – hv30 vs. 5dmarkii

And the theme for this comparison is… bicycles! Here’s a Vimeo SD embed of a video I shot & cut for the Travel Channel Academy with my Canon HV30 at 1440x1080p24

And here’s two YouTube high quality SD embeds of footage shot with a pre-production model of Canon’s new 5D Mark II Digital SLR at 1920x1080p30

Sure, the 5D is 3500 bucks off the shelf, and my entire HV30 kit with wide angle lens adapter, boom mic, camera bag, and a sweet lens cleaning pen topped out at 1200 bucks. But holy hell, look what an additional 2400 bucks can get you!

So what’s the point of even looking at the Canon XH-A1 or the Sony Z1U at a very similair 3,xxx dollar price point? None. Or maybe you’re required by DCI to jump through flaming hoops of razor wire to deliver tapeless footage (my sympathies). Or then maybe you like recording video AND sound. I’ve yet to see, err hear, any audio examples at all from the 5dmarkii.

Anybody out there know of any? And when the hell is my Apple TV going to start playing YouTube in HD???

proactively • just make the sound up in post • peter

18
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 4 – cut color compress 5dmarkii footage

Here’s the all-in-one video tutorial showing you how to cut, color, and compress 1080p video captured with Canon’s upcoming 5D Mark II Digital SLR with three Final Cut Studio 2 applications: Final Cut Pro, Color, and Compressor. I recommend clicking thru for the hd version to better see the application interfaces.

In this episode I walk through the steps to edit your footage in Final Cut Pro, perform a broadcast safe grade in Color, and then make a web compression for upload to YouTube and Vimeo using Compressor.

I work directly with the source H.264 video Vincent Laforet made available for download (no H.264 -> Apple ProRes 422 transcode this time around). I also discuss some system specs and rant about High Dynamic Range video. A quick tag surf lead me to this post that has an example of HDR video captured by something called the HDRC® MDC04 CL camera system.

What’s High Dynamic Range (HDR), you ask? Check out yet another Chad Richard HDR timelapse (click thru for the full HD effect):

Mr. Richard has done a lot of heavy lifting to convert a series of HDR stills into 1080p video (and then compress for Vimeo, of course). Check out his tutorial for this process here.

We’re at the forefront of a paradigm shift where digital photography and high definition video are converging. Check out Romy Ocon‘s 5dmkii bird photography, err, video:

Right now is an exciting, exciting time.

proactively • sitting in a front row seat • peter

15
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 3 – Color Grading 5dmarkii footage

Here’s part 2 in an initial 3 part series of Final Cut Prose video tutorials working with footage from the new Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to better see Color’s GUI.

One considerable addendum to the tutorial. I loaded the h264 source files into Color and observed far different measurements in Color’s waveform monitor. Check this out:

Broadcast safe on:

Broadcast safe off:

So it would appear there were some luma and chroma changes taking place during the conversion from h264 to ProRes. Almost as if Compressor applied a broadcast safe filter during conversion. The h264 source video that Vincent Laforet provided for download does indeed appear to be sans color correction.

Bleh, the h264 to Apple ProRes 422 workflow will need improvement. Well, it’s a working model. You are witness to my real world self-analysis, right here before your eyes, humble reader.

If there’s an FCP, Color, and / or Motion topic you would like me to cover, then post a comment and let me know. Check back soon for FCProse Episode 3 – Compressing 5dmarkii Footage for Web.

In the meantime, here’s some HDR timelapse footage (click here for a how-to) shot on a digital SLR in San Francisco by Chad Richard.

Know any $2600 video cameras that can produce these results?

proactively • sculpting my brain to comprehend this new world of possibilities • peter

07
Oct
08

FCProse Episode 2 – Editing 5dmarkii footage

Whipped up a quick video toot for anyone who wants to edit the Reverie footage but is having a tough time working with the native 1080p h264 Quicktime files. I recommend clicking thru for the HD version to see the FCP interface text clearly.

Hopefully everything I’m saying there is making sense. Fast, good, and cheap; I picked fast and cheap.

**UPDATE**

Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation has posted their video analysis of 5dmkii source footage.  With the disclaimer that this analysis is based on footage produced by a beta model of the camera, they report:

It looks like the GOP-structure of the clips are one I-frame for each 15 P-frame. No B-frames.

Click thru for the full report and pics of bitrate histogram and footage properties! (In English)

**UPDATE END**

And in case you haven’t seen the Reverie film because the Canon link is down, here’s the video on Vimeo until it’s taken down:

And here’s some more footage shot with the 5dmkii for your viewing pleasure:

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With the wireless WFT-E4A backup disk attached:

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Vimeo member Sebastian Stevens commented on this last video, stating

Watching the movie above seems to show the seem rolling shutter problem the nikon D90 has, but when you download the original video file, the video is very stable and shows no weird image skews.

I’m really looking forward to finding more original footage from this camera. In the right hands, this is going to be a killer video capture device. Now, what about audio recording… ?

proactively • 5dmkii’ing • peter

08
Sep
08

apple color – steve hullfish video tutorials

This just in from the FCP-L!  Steve Hullfish writes:

I just started doing a weekly series of color correction tutorials on
http://www.provideocoalition.com. They’re free. Each is between 3 and 12
minutes. Some will be quite basic and fundamental and others will be
very in-depth and “pro level.” Most of the tutorials utilize Apple
Color, but others use Final Cut Pro, Avid or Color Finesse. You can
subscribe to the tutorials via RSS if you want. The tutorials are
part of the newly revised edition of “Color Correction for Digital
Video” which Jaime Fowler and I wrote in 2002 (the first color
correction book on the market). The book is completely revised and
the new edition will be out in December.

Screen from Steve's first Tutorial

Screen from Steve's first video: Color Primary Video Tutorial

The direct link to Steve’s blog at Pro Video Coalition is here.  And if you haven’t read Steve’s amazing book,

click thru here for the Amazon link.  Looking forward to your Color tutorials, Mr. Hullfish!

proactively • helping to shed light on the dark art • peter

27
Aug
08

happy birthday – me 30, rory 28

Just dinged 30.  Holy crap, I’m officially old and untrustworthy.

Cosmically, my good friend and colleague Rory Sheridan also got one year cooler today.  If you’d like to celebrate with us, sing along to the epic rock ballad Rattler Way of Life:

proactively • 30 is the new 25 • peter

20
Aug
08

motion master templates – learn by buying

First seen (by me at least) on Mark Spencer’s site, this could be one of the coolest collections of Motion master templates around.

Available for purchase here, I will most likely be putting these in my edit suite. If you are wondering what the hell are Motion master templates?? the answer is the best thing since sliced video clips.

Motion master templates essentially nest a motion project in your Final Cut Pro timeline and contain drop zones and text fields that you can edit in FCP. In addition, you can open them up in Motion and customize them to your heart’s content. Two words: awe-some.

For me, the best way I learn is to see someone else do something and then copy it shamelessly while adding a slight tweak (isn’t that the definition of originality?). So purchasing 100′s of working hours of master templates and then having the felxibility to customize them just so a) saves me the time of creating them from the ground up and b) let’s me see how they were made in the first place.

Imagine an After Effects guy nesting his project into your FCP timeline. Hey says “Sure, go ahead and resize the text and change out the video in the windows as you see fit. And if you want to change the colors of the 3d strokes, go right ahead.” He then comments on the cold front that came in last night and what a pleasant change the ice storms are for this region of hell.

If you want to learn more about Motion templates (and Motion 3 in general) I can’t make a higher recommendation than Mark Spencer’s two Motion 3 tutorials from Ripple Training. Fast Forward walks you through the interface and Deep Dive focuses exclusively on 3D.

holy crap these toots are frickin’ awesome

They’re available for download so you can just impulse buy them right now. Kind of like the Matrix but without the coaxial cable jacked straight to your brain.

proactively • psyched as hell about these master templates I’m getting • peter




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