Updated September 2021.
A #CovidGoal was 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.
Mostly I’ve been disappointed with the many limitations of Instagram. Not yet a fan.
After posting my French Creek tribute, I declared I was GOOD ENOUGH at video editing for my purposes. Approaching “Concious Competent“. I could sit down at a table with a professional video editor and understand 75% of what they were talking about. 😀
NEXT STAGE = STORY
Story. Story. Story.
Every edit should contribute to the STORY.
I threw this one together quickly as a teaser for upcoming West Coast Trail videos. But in some weird way, it’s evocative of that wild and challenging hike.
I’m particularly happy with the audio.
Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.
Mostly my videos are for outdoor recreation, but I also hope to get back indoor soon shooting Gymnastics.
Here are the BASICS for upcoming shoots:
- I’m usually shooting solo
- 3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone X with-or-without DJI OM 4 gimbal)
- For video I’ve switched from 24fps to 30fps as it’s a little clearer, though less cinematic.
- ZV-1 is primary A roll footage. It has by far the best audio.
- Ignoring all advice, I mostly shoot Intelligent Auto Mode. In fact, I shoot Intelligent Auto Photo Mode almost all the time — as it’s QUICK to take a photo and QUICK to take Intelligent Auto video 4K 30fps. FAST with good enough qualify.
- ZV-1 Memory Recall #3 = … not set at this point
- ZV-1 Memory Recall #2 = 1080p / 60fps for slow motion (60 is better math when slowing for 30fps output)
- ZV-1 Memory Recall #1 = is for quickly taking Time Lapse
- 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 for Instagram.
- Best photos are archived in my Flickr Pro account.
- I quit trying Sony S-Log2, S-Log3, and other HLG profiles used by the cool kids as it was way too much hassle for dubious gains in quality. I often shoot photos in RAW and JPG both as colour correcting RAW is easier.
- iPhone on the gimbal for B roll: slow-mo, time lapse, special effects, etc. (mostly 4K 60fps)
- I’ve started experimenting with the Moment – Pro Camera App on the phone.
- GoPro is for B roll: action, water, mimic drone, etc. (mostly 2.7K 60fps as 2.7 is the highest it can go with Superview (16:9 aspect ratio) enabled. I’d only switch to 4K if on a tripod.)
- 16:9 ratio
- low light set on auto
- ISO min 100, max 400 (400 might be low)
- Protune off
- Head mount, chest mount, handlebar mount, selfie stick, or tripod, depending on the situation.
- Editing video with Final Cup Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2020 with the new silicon chip.
- Export in 1080p
- master file using ProRes 422
- export ‘Computer’
- export H.264 Faster Encode
- Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire, fast moving sports, etc.
- As little hand held video as possible. Use tripods. Handheld would only be used to show ACTION. Close-up motion. I don’t shoot much of that.
- Shorter the better for my videos.
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