Instead I’ve spent most of the year in small town Parksville B.C. at my parent’s home. All is well with me and family. We have had very few COVID positive cases in this part of Canada. Almost everything is open.
We’re staying safe as possible in these troubling times.
Since March I’ve made about 15 overnight bikepacking trips. And now feel very confident in this new-to-me hobby.
As days grow short I’ll cycle less, run more. Add more playground conditioning. Add basketball. Perhaps add Golf.
I’d hoped to get to Nepal for November. But they can’t get the virus under control.
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:
I’m usually shooting solo
3 cameras (Sony ZV-1, GoPro 7 and iPhone X with DJI OM 4 gimbal)
ZV-1 is primary A roll footage. It has by far the best audio.
ZV-1 mode #1 = 1080p / 60fps (60 is better math when slowing for 30fps output)
ZV-1 mode #2 = 4K/30fps for zoom and cropping (I’ve switched from 24fps to 30fps for EXPORT)
ZV-1 mode #2 = PHOTOS 16:9 RAW and JPEG both
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.
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.
iPhone on the gimbal for B roll: slow-mo, time lapse, special effects, etc. (mostly 4K 60fps)
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 enabled. I’d only switch to 4K if on a tripod.)
low light set on auto
ISO min 100, max 400 (400 might be low)
Editing with Final Cup Pro X on a MacBook Pro 2020 with the new silicon chip.
Export in 1080p
master file using ProRes 422
export H.264 Faster Encode
Timelapse 60 fps
Shoot 120 fps only for smoke, fire
Shoot 240 fps or higher for fast moving sports, etc.
As little hand held video as possible. Use tripods.