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Old July 25th, 2008, 04:17 PM   #1
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wedding Highlights with xh-a1

Hello there,

Is being a long time i don't visit the forum. I missing a lot of information in here, so is time to read again. lol

ok, I did this wedding highlight for a friend and I need comment from here good or bad. that is the way to learn,

Record at 30f HDV
factory preset
transfer to 1280x720P WMV

http://vimeo.com/1400654

thanks again
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Old July 25th, 2008, 06:03 PM   #2
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Think you'd get more response by posting this in the "wedding event" area, anyway, one thing which I noticed in the beginning is that the focus starts hunting at 00:40 which make me believe you were in auto mode, better to work in manual mode in darker area's because it didn't look nice seeing your image going out of focus each time.
Also when teh couple came in at 00:50 you were handling the zoom quite nervously, if you use it use slow zooming speeds.
At 01:13 there was some quite sloppy editting because you pointed your camera to the floor and left that part in there.
I also didn't like the music because it was too repetitive and didn't fit with the images, you did cut nicely to the beat but sometimes it was too quick and I think it would have been better if you started with a slower bit more romantic song and then increase the tempo at the end when they were dancing.
The slomo at the end when they were dancing didn't fit with the music either.
What I realy missed was some live audio, when they said their vows f.i.
Sorry if I might sound negative but it's just my opinion, I"m sure if you just would focus manually and go a bit easier on the zoom that would make a difference.
Also use slowmotion when it adds some emotion to it but it doesn't work well when used during the dancing. The editing mistake at 01:13 is something you must avoid, especially if you use this video as a demo, that's a mistake that's easy to correct and should not happen.
I would add more creative shots, f.i. at 01:30 when the couple was sitting down you saw this special mirror behind them, that would be a great shot if you could use that mirror as a starting shot and then slowly pan sideways to show the rest of the room. I think I was missing these kind of creative shots a bit.
Think that you need to use the tripod a bit more because steady images are more pleasing to look at, if you start moving around it's better to have a glidecam or a shouldercamera.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 08:08 PM   #3
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thanks for the tips, I will try again and see how this time will look. this is a great way to learn, when somebody point on what are you doing wrong.

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