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Old August 9th, 2007, 04:25 PM   #1
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Video vs. Photography clip

Attached is a short clip that I recently produced for a local Sacramento photographer who was presenting a NACE seminar at Wine & Roses (a popular wedding location here). I shot the wedding video, he shot the stills. After the piece was shown at the NACE meeting, a wedding coordinator grabbed an extra DVD copy out of my hand and said, "now I can finally sell video!" I think she will use the DVD as a comparison piece- showing that video captures a dimension (including emotion) of the wedding day that photos alone can not:

http://www.jensenvideo.com/movies/Wine&Roses.mov

Please be patient as this clip was has a fairly large screen size :)

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Mike Jensen
Jensen Wedding Films
www.jensenvideo.com
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Old August 9th, 2007, 05:16 PM   #2
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What video cameras do you use? Demo was excellent.
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Old August 9th, 2007, 06:15 PM   #3
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I've always enjoyed the integration of the two and I think it can really take the piece to another level when done right.

I liked what you did with this clip, but I did find some of the effects seemed a little forced. Having the video playing in the background with a photo in the middle seemed a little messy, but maybe thats just me. I find that slightly faster songs seem to help with the video to photo transitions as well.

I noticed one tight shot of the photographers hand that was one in black and white and it looked like some sort of black artifacting on his fingers- very odd.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old August 9th, 2007, 07:02 PM   #4
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Video vs. Photography

Jon,
Thanks Jon. The camera used was Sony PD-170 pre-wedding, some JVC DV500, and a Z1 on a Flyer rig.

Patrick,
Perhaps we just differ in taste. One of my favorite aspects of this piece is the positioning of video behind the stills. This was also one of the simplest edits I've done this year- 99% simple cuts and dissolves - gentle pans and scans, so I'd be interested to know what effects seem 'forced.' The only real 'effects' I can think of were the 'rays' filter, a color shift and a few simple cam flashes to intro the photos. I believe the odd photographer 'burn in' you mentioned was an artifact added by Compressor when I raised the brightness levels a bit. Maybe I've just invented a new effect :)

Thanks for your comments.

-Mike

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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:07 PM   #5
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Mike, where did the aerial shot come from? Not sure if it was intentional but the blur effect made it look like a miniature.

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Old August 9th, 2007, 08:31 PM   #6
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Beautiful photography, and sensitive, well-composed video. I like the editing very much. Really nice piece!
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Old August 9th, 2007, 09:38 PM   #7
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Aerial Shot

Adam,

I taped the aerial shot myself a few months ago from a helicopter. I go up about once a year and can get several wedding location exteriors on each flight. That's interesting that you think that the shot looks like a miniature- you're right:) I blurred the edges intentionally to de-emphasize the ugly industrial buildings on the lower right and the housing development near the top of the frame. Here is an older post I submitted about heli work:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...083#post706083

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Old August 9th, 2007, 10:02 PM   #8
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Thanks! I know a few pilots. I may see if I can go up and get some footage. That's a great idea. Thanks!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 06:07 AM   #9
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Terrific! A lot of wedding videos I've seen focus too much on technical aspects rather than emotion and expression, which is most important. You focused on both, which is a real winner! Great job!
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Old August 10th, 2007, 03:03 PM   #10
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Mike:
I liked it. I liked the camera shutter. Did you record that and use it or find it elsewhere? Good idea about the aerial work.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 05:36 PM   #11
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Very nice! Had the look and flow of a PRO all the way. Great work Mike.
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Old August 11th, 2007, 11:13 AM   #12
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Sound Effects - camera shutter

John,

I don't remember where I found the camera shutter used in the video clip, but there are several free audio effects sites on the internet. Here are a few examples of effects I found on a very cool collaberative audio effects web site we really like called freesoundproject (http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/index.php)

8mm film:

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samples...e.php?id=13687

35mm camera:

http://freesound.iua.upf.edu/samples...e.php?id=16071

Be sure you pay attention to the copyright restriction that may come with this material. You might also consider contributing to the project by uploading a few effects yourself...

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Old August 11th, 2007, 08:21 PM   #13
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Very nice. Did you reach in my bag and grabbed my FX3 or did you soften some of the shots ins post? :)
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Old August 13th, 2007, 12:38 PM   #14
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Softening Filter

Alex,
I often use the Sapphire "glow" filter from thier 'lighting' set, although it is a bit render intensive. This is an expensive filter set, but the quality is great. I used the rays filter from this set in the dress shot. I also use the Silk Stocking filter (Eureka Vol#4).

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Old August 13th, 2007, 10:06 PM   #15
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Wow, that is one heck of a production. I truly like the "look" of what you did, amazingly like one of those luxury good commercials. The half speed theme is just icing on the cake.

Thanks for sharing
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