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Old August 30th, 2007, 08:27 AM   #1
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My Engagement Video

Ok, took most of your advice after my first video and on an engagement session I had the other night shot some footage to play with.

I know I lost a couple shots because at certain points I couldnt resist the urge to zoom. (I WILL NO ZOOM, I WILL NOT ZOOM)

I now have found a way to do a small amount of zoom in post process so can get rid of that urge for good, it really does mess up a clip.

Anyways here it is

www.kyserphoto.com/Engag.wmv

Again Crituques are appreciated.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 08:58 AM   #2
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Checked out the footage. Some nice imagery and flow. A few comments below.

I thought the photos had good movement throughout most. There were just a couple that you stopped the movement (coming to a full stop at the end) and I'd adjust those so they all keep slight motion. They didn't flow as smoothly as the others from a transition perspective.

I'd add a mask across the entire movie, as the cropping was too varied and was a bit distracting. The top and the bottom black strips altered too much - and you went full on some, the portrait shots. As much as they looked good for the whole entity to be cohesive they should all have a standard top and bottom crop. This is just an opinion as a viewer, not as someone who might do this regularily - so not having experience in wedding style footage this may be acceptable. But I'd definitely standardize all the landscape items.

And the one caveat of mixing that video in with the photos - some of the color on the video was very different from the still shots - i'd try and color correct to match these a bit better. The flesh tones are very warm on some of the photos and look fantastic, but the video in a few spots (looking more magenta) looked subpar because the color on the photos worked so well.

But overall some good timing in the editing, and the flow was there.

BTW - I think this is supposed to be posted in the sample clips section, the administrator might end up moving the post there.

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Old August 30th, 2007, 09:32 AM   #3
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Checked out the footage. Some nice imagery and flow. A few comments below.

I thought the photos had good movement throughout most. There were just a couple that you stopped the movement (coming to a full stop at the end) and I'd adjust those so they all keep slight motion. They didn't flow as smoothly as the others from a transition perspective.

I'd add a mask across the entire movie, as the cropping was too varied and was a bit distracting. The top and the bottom black strips altered too much - and you went full on some, the portrait shots. As much as they looked good for the whole entity to be cohesive they should all have a standard top and bottom crop. This is just an opinion as a viewer, not as someone who might do this regularily - so not having experience in wedding style footage this may be acceptable. But I'd definitely standardize all the landscape items.

And the one caveat of mixing that video in with the photos - some of the color on the video was very different from the still shots - i'd try and color correct to match these a bit better. The flesh tones are very warm on some of the photos and look fantastic, but the video in a few spots (looking more magenta) looked subpar because the color on the photos worked so well.

But overall some good timing in the editing, and the flow was there.

BTW - I think this is supposed to be posted in the sample clips section, the administrator might end up moving the post there.

Trish

Thanks for the input, and I will start posting these in the samples thread.
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Old August 30th, 2007, 02:41 PM   #4
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There is nothing wrong with zoom.. hehe... sometimes it's nice to have a combination of panning and zooming. Don't do zoom in in post. It will reduce the video quality.

Which NLE you are using? you might want to apply some filter like Flicker Removal and Deinterlace.

You do need to invest a tripod. It makes a big difference.

I would suggest not to mix still photos with video. Should either show all video first, then goes to stills montage style panning/zooming. or the other way around. It's quite odd to see the image/sharpness/color difference between video and stills especially the stills look a lot better.

I would also crop all the stills to 16:9 instead of seeing all the black borders around.

Here's a video I edited in Premiere Pro, shot with Canon HV20.

http://lacolor.com/video/hd/?id=Jess...x_PhotoSession
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Old August 30th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #5
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I edited with Vegas 7.0, I did just purchase the Adobe Producer Suite that includes premier CS3, After effects etc. Will play with that later.
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Old September 5th, 2007, 05:36 AM   #6
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Here's a video I edited in Premiere Pro, shot with Canon HV20.

http://lacolor.com/video/hd/?id=Jess...x_PhotoSession
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