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Old February 9th, 2008, 11:31 PM   #136
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I noticed that the colours really washed out and the picture was brightened up after it left compressor. I didn't use any of the colour corrections in Compressor, just compressed to H264 and cropped for 2.35:1.
Overall nice job on the different cuts/shots, though the action wasn't all that exciting.

In Vegas there's a setting to switch the video to StudioRGB, anything similar in Final Cut Pro? Other than that, try setting your levels and color curves - or use the VividRGB preset for the XH-A1. But you were shooting on what looks like a pretty cloudy day, so your colors are going to be generally muted anyway. The flat indoor lighting probably didn't help either. Were you shooting in Auto? I noticed at the beginning your reverse shots of the guy walking away from the underpass towards the car were darker than the rest.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 07:00 AM   #137
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Ok where to begin...1st teach the girl how to read on camera. Wow, talk about uncomfortable to watch, also what's with her posture? The hand on the hip is not natural. Plus she adds nothing to the review.

2nd, don't sit in front of the monitor, you're blocking the video!
either sit next to it so we can see what you're talking about, or cover you guys with the video when you refer to it.

3rd wardrobe, if you eventually want to get advertisers on your site, you don't want it to look like some high school production.

4th, technically, your chroma key needs a little work. Too many green halos still.

5th, the 2 of you are pretty natural on camera, the dialog back and forth is good, very conversational, not to scripted , which is good.

Sorry to be picky, but I think this is the feedback you're looking for.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 07:15 AM   #138
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I have heard there are some problems with how the gamma curve is handled on H264 - it is viewed differently in Quicktime vs other players, or something along those lines?

The file itself is fine, but it looks washed out in certain programs. Is this the case?
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Old February 10th, 2008, 10:37 AM   #139
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I'm starting up a new web series 'Action Film Fan'

well... I guess it must be new, I posted the title wrong.
=P it's called 'Action Movie Fan'

Let me know what you think about Episode 1-

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Old February 10th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #140
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Music Video I produced

I produced this music video last year (senior year in high school) for a local Columbus, OH group. Shot on the sony pd170 and a panny dvx, edited in final cut. At the time i new very little about lighting, but it's not too bad. Let me know what you think.
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Old February 10th, 2008, 10:21 PM   #141
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Hi Dave
Hey a fellow diver...
They way the net goes I'm sure word will get around to them about it.
I'll send SSI and email.
Getting some nice clips loaded up now.

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Old February 11th, 2008, 01:20 AM   #142
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New Company Reel

Hey everyone,

Below is a new version of a quick reel for my prod. co Meydenbauer Entertainment. This isn't really meant to be a full reel, but more of a quick introduction/presentation of the work the company and I have done so far (it would more than likely be at the beginning of a DVD or website). Many of you have seen some of our films including The Beautiful Lie and The Ronnie Day Project.

Just thought I'd see what you guys think.

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Old February 11th, 2008, 11:00 AM   #143
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yeah, can't afford the $2000 century fisheye...

thanks tho!
Depending on where you live, you can rent one!
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Old February 11th, 2008, 03:25 PM   #144
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Great lighting. Good pacing!

Toward the end, maybe just a little too much cutting on the beats, but in the beginning I think those cuts work fine.

I don't know if I'd like it as a force-play before a DVD feature, but certainly as a DVD extra or as a piece on the web.

Good work!
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Old February 11th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #145
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I think it looks great. Good choice of clips. If I were to make any critical comment, it would be that there are a few too many 'clips to beat' at the beginning.
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Old February 11th, 2008, 09:31 PM   #146
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Unfortunately, most of the real suspense came from waiting for this film to load up. Man, must be a really slow server or something.
After waiting that long for the film to load, I was really hoping for some kind of big payoff in the end, but there wasn't any.
I thought most of the video looked nice, anyway.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 03:35 AM   #147
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It is against forum policy to link to works better than my own.

BTW, do you have any tips on how you get those results? I see in your sig that you use an XL2 but there must be a lot more to it than the camera.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #148
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Hi David. I guess the story is a bit slight but it is your first film! It's great to try stuff out without worrying too much about tricky plots at this stage. The the first movie I ever made was a suspense film too.

I liked some stuff. I thought the opening shots, with the handheld long lenses did add a bit of a "surveillance" mood which did make it a bit suspenseful, a lot of contemporary thrillers use the same approach.

I could have done with a few fewer zooms, but then I seem to be in a minority about that these days.

Be careful with the long handheld tracking shots - I noticed you had to speed one up to fit it in. It's best to shoot a few of angles and just cut. I know filmmakers fall in love with the long windy tracking shots, but usually they're pretty pointless, and actually that's how my mum would shoot a movie: "I'll just follow you while you walk around, honey"
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Old February 12th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #149
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Not bad George! It looked very professional, something you'd see on TV here. From what I saw, the actors look like they're doing a great job. Nice locations too.

The 'films' in the logo for GH films is kind of unclear though. I don't know if that's just because youtube squished the video to 4:3 but the f looks like an l. You might want to change the font for that.
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Old February 12th, 2008, 09:38 PM   #150
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Wow, that's all I can say. I love the story, it kept me entertained the whole time. Beautiful work. Amazing. Holy crap. Usually I don't like those love type stories, but this was just incredible. I will watch it a second time. I loved the twist, the pregnancy at the end all that. How they were both married. Very good storyline.
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