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Old September 1st, 2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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Please critique a cinematic newbie's

I'd appreciate constructive feedback on my technique in this short lead-in as I try to make my family videos interesting by trying to give them a cinematic feel. I'm stretching myself to learn the manual controls of my XH-A1 using common subjects I have around the house to prepare for when I'm surrounded by better scenery.

Winds of Mackenzie on Vimeo

I shot in HDV 60i then converted to 720 x 24P wmv for uploading to Vimeo. I'm using Vegas Pro 8 for all editing and processing.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:08 AM   #2
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I think that is a great exercise in documentary shooting. I even find myself sometimes thinking, "there's nothing to shoot around here", so a little perspective adjustment is always helpful. I didn't find anything wrong with the video except for the beginning where I think the encoding in vimeo had a glitch. It skips to about 8 seconds and only white plays for a few seconds before the music starts. I liked the fast shutter with the hummingbird. It gave the impression that it's wings are in three different places at one time.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 06:57 AM   #3
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Thanks for taking the time Marcus. I know it's difficult to tell much from a 1:30 clip on such limited subjects! Thanks for not trashing the humming birds; I know they it really don't fit the piece, but it was good practice with the camera.

Any thoughts on pace, matching transitions with music, color & saturation levels? On the opening scene I focused on the clouds instead of the windmill. Good Idea or should I have changed focus to the wheel right after the sky and clouds came to life (closed aperature to expose sky color)?

I want to get some of the basic techniques right before I let something "real" get away.
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