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Old May 14th, 2007, 12:29 PM   #1
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San Francisco Weekend Footage

Friends,

Here is some footage I recently edited: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=N3TXP72X

It's a 6 minute clip. The original is over 950 MB; I compressed it down to 200+ MB so I can upload. Obvisouly I had to trade quality for file size.

It's an mpeg. Plays with the latest Windows Media Player, or VLC Player.

Turn your speakers on. There's a nice foot-tapping song in the background.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:49 PM   #2
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it's Canon HV20. Completely handheld - no tripod usage. Some shots are digitally zoomed in post for effect.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 02:52 PM   #3
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what were yo u setting did yo ushoot 24p or 60 i and if 24p did you use cinema mode? also thanx for sharing the footage

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Old May 14th, 2007, 03:21 PM   #4
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Martin,

it's 24P with Cinemode.

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Old May 14th, 2007, 04:47 PM   #5
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Good shots, good handheld moves (especially the rotation one) with good "Bollywood style" music. :)

BUT I think is too long... I guess because the song. I prefer shorter edits, even if I have to re-edit the song himself.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:04 PM   #6
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I thought it was well shot and edited. Lots of variety in the scenes. plenty going on all the time, and great camera work. I would have prefered it to be half as long and posted in HD to show off the cameras HD quality. Thanks for sharing you video. I would have never guessed it was all hand held and taped on an HV20 after hearing all the complaints about 24P and wobble. I think you just blew a hole right through those complaints.
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Old May 14th, 2007, 08:24 PM   #7
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Nice footage. Your handheld technique is really good. Though I agree with the previous post about posting in HD.
BTW did you increase the playback speed while editing?
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Old May 15th, 2007, 12:28 PM   #8
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Ajit,

you're right. Sometimes I sped them up, sometimes slowed down and a couple of times reversed the clips to match the music beat. The sea gull closeup, for example, was 4 times the original speed.

My trick for steady handheld shots is to shoot while holding the breath and standing still. I can still pan and tilt the camera without noticeable shake. Such shots, I won't shoot for more than 15 seconds (as I don't want to mess up my lungs).

I'll try to limit my future clips to 4 minutes or less.

Cheers,

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Old May 15th, 2007, 01:00 PM   #9
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i notice the footage lookes not as sharp on the cinemode almost dust like and older 1970, 1980 dvd kung fu movie i think that what i mean any one chime in if they understand what i mean it look dusty like, but loved the footage and the 6 minutes was just fine with me i apprecitate the time you gave too put it up and show to us

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Old June 21st, 2007, 04:57 PM   #10
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i notice the footage lookes not as sharp on the cinemode ....

Martin
The lack of sharpness is due to excessive compression. As I mentioned in the opening post, it's an 1GB clip reduced to 200 MB for ease of upload/download. The 'dusty' look in some of the moving shots is because of the dirty windshield of the car I's shooting from.
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