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Old November 7th, 2005, 05:47 AM   #1
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Music Promo - Z1 + Redrock M2

Hi All,

I thought I should share my first attempt at shooting a music promo using the Z1 along with Redrock's M2 (with M2G), all shot within an hour (run-and-gun style), then sync'd and edited in PPro 1.5 yesterday (@ 8 hours of post).

(WMV 29MB)

http://dl004.filefactory.com/get/i.p...9c4f1f6ced4619

The look I aimed for was to match colour reversal stock / 16mm footage - gain was needed for some of the shots and levels were tweaked in post hence the high 'grain' in some shots (PPro's Auto Level introduces a funky slow flicker/pulse which I normally wouldn't be happy with - but it seems to work in this situation).

Lenses used : 80-200/2.8, 17-35/2.8, 85/1.4 & 50/1.8

Now for your critique...


BTW the band is a local group based a few miles from me here on the South Coast, visit them here...

www.britonica.com (in case you missed the plug on the vid)
If you hunt their gallery enough you may find a few pics of me in action with my camera !

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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:01 AM   #2
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Dave,

Looked great. The colors were really nice and rich, and great DOF. And nice job with your choice in contrast at the very beginning (about 4 to 5 seconds in) with the blurry video in shades of blues, browns and greens with the bands name appearing.

If you don't mind me asking, what did you compress it in for the web?

BTW - I've got the M2 as well. Great isn't it!!!
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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:15 AM   #3
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Hi Derek,

Thanks for checking it out. I'm pretty pleased with this as NO planning went into the shoot so the good bits are mainly happy accidents (I love when that happens !). I just can't get over how great the M2 does its thing - it has its challenges but they are well worth overcoming and the results make editing much more pleasurable.

The wmv was first exported from PPro as a 720p wmv (vc9) file (@148MB) using the Adobe Media encoder and this was then recompressed to the 29MB file.

I think the compression actually takes out a bit of the grain that is present in the original which may be a good thing - although it is obviously softer.

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Old November 7th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info on that Dave.

You did a great job balancing the compression with file size. Especially considering the length of the video. I bet the band is thrilled, and they should be!
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Old November 8th, 2005, 06:13 AM   #5
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Really well done!! I could see that on MTV easy!
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