cycling, hiking, travel, video

My video/photo editing workflow

A #CovidGoal is to improve my video editing.

A secondary goal, to improve photos and start sharing them more. I started an Instagram account for my hiking pics – BestHikeVisuals.

It’s working. But so far I’m only up to the stage of knowing now what I don’t know yet.

Mostly my videos are for outdoor recreation, but I also hope to get back indoor soon shooting Gymnastics.

Click PLAY or watch a sample on YouTube.

It has more editing magic than I’ve used in the past: Sound effect, Color balance, Slow mo, Intro flash, Ken Burns pan, Speed ramp, Focus blur, Zoom, Directional blur, Gausian blur, Radial centre. 3 cameras.

Audio the most time consuming part, however. I’m starting to enjoy background track music selection and audio editing.

Here are the BASICS for upcoming shoots:

  1. I’m usually shooting solo
  2. 3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone X with DJI OM 4 gimbal)
  3. ZV-1 is primary A roll footage.   It has by far the best audio. 
  4. ZV-1 mode #1 = 1080p / 120fps 
  5. ZV-1 mode #2 = 4K/24fps 
  6. ZV-1 mode #3 = for photos (9×16) saving RAW and JPEG
    1. RAW editing requires free Sony Imaging Edge software Nov. 2020.  But it’s pretty ugly.  
    2. Apple’s free Photos app is not great, but I’m still using it for organization.  I’ve switched to Pixelmator Pro for editing the best of the best photos.  
  7. X on the gimbal is for B roll: slow-mo, time lapse, special effects, etc. (mostly 4K 60fps)
  8. GoPro is for B roll: action, water, mimic drone, etc. (mostly 2.7K 60fps as that’s the highest it can go with stabilization.  I’d only put it on 4K if on a tripod.)
  9. Editing with Final Cup Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2020 with the new silicon chip. 
  10. Export 29.97 frames / second
  11. Export in 1080p
  12. Any video with vocal audio shoot in 24 fps
  13. Timelapse 60 fps
  14. Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire
  15. Shoot 240 fps or higher for fast moving sports, etc. 
  16. As little hand held video as possible.  Use tripods
  17. Target length of my final edit is 4min or less 
  18. No ads

1 thought on “My video/photo editing workflow”

  1. Hey Rick, I’m going through the same growing pains with video. Seems like a lot harder process going from knowing how to hike to learning about capturing video than the other way around. I find editing a video can take me a lot longer than do actually do the hike. I also find I have to slow down a lot then just taking pictures on hikes. Anyways, it’s definitely a time consuming process than just hiking. Anyways, thanks for sharing your experience.

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