Video Back up

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It was time to back up videos I’ve collected the past few years. My computer gets a fresh back up every few months. It’s not an auto back up. I just do it myself using Seagate’s software and hard drives. The computer has 6-1T drives, and two of the six were empty until the Canon video cameras cam along. Now there are three copies of videos

A Drobo was used to store wedding photos, and since that business is closed I pulled those hard drives out of storage, formatted them, and spent two days copying videos.

A dock is used for those internal HD’s and I don’t use the Drobo anymore. The docking unit allows you to plug in a internal hard drive. It’s good for occasional back up but not stable enough to leave plugged in and use all the time. Dell shipped some hard drives I ordered, in this box years ago. This packaging works well for storage and protection.iPodT_HD and dock

I found this metal container somewhere and use it to store cables for the back up hard drives (Seagate and One-click)iPodT_cable holder2

Back up for 6 hard drives uses lots of HD space, so a Clickfree 1T, two 2T Seagate (USB 2.0), one 4T Seagate Free agent GoFlex (USB 3.0) are used for the normal computer back up. I keep them handy in my office with the cable container, and two other shoe box size clear plastic boxes for misc cbles, and the back up drive for Time Machine (Mac Book Pro).iPodT_HD shelfTime Machine back up drive for Mac. This Seagate has a docking unit for various cable uses. If I want to copy files from the Windows computer to the Mac computer, I use the USB 3.0 adapter on the PC, and the Firewire 400 adapter when transferring to the Mac.iPodT_dockable HDiPodT_mac drive

And where would system back up hard drives be without their trusty cable ties? After finishing two rolls of Velcro 1″x 12′ One-Wrap® Tie Rolls at $10/roll, I found an alternative: Rip Tie 1/2″

It’s not my favorite (The rip-tie wraps are thinner than the Velcro and not as wide). But at under $15 for 75′, I’ll compromise. The price seems to have gone up anyway, and I don’t see the 1″ widthiPodT_cable ties.



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Cameras are ready for an interview for the current project. Two Canon Vixia camcorders, two lights with light stands, two tripods.

EQUIPMENT: Canon Vixia camcorders-HF M50 and M500. The M50 has a 8GB hard drive, the M500 uses SD cards only, no internal storage.

LED video lights-Vidpro Varicolor 144, Vidpro K120.

Zoom H2N recorder for two system sound, and a Rode SVM microphone on the camera accessory shoe ( Pearstone CSA-II Shoe Adapter) for better quality sound.

WHAT I LEARNED: I need a lavalier mic to reduce room echo. Just when I thought I was ready for this 😦

The two lights were nice to have. When I have the time, I’ll upload the video I shot and add it to the post. (Don’t hold your breath. I need to finish several things before I have time for that). Sorry.Image

Premiere Pro

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Chris Campbell, IVY Tech instructor, opened up a new world for me when demonstrating video editing with Premiere Pro. Several years ago IVY Tech taught video editing with Avid. Not wanting to buy another program (The Adobe Suite I bought included Premiere Pro) I wouldn’t consider a video editing class. Now they’re using Premiere Pro for editing class. My first class, VISC 105-Video and Sound, is wrapping up after three of the four projects and this is THE MOST FUN!

Project 1-editing excercises

Proj 2- Promo, :30

Proj 3-Biography, 5:00

Kim’s Solution to Camera Motor Sounds with DSLR Shooting, Vello V-Bracket

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One serious issue I encountered with D-SLR video shooting is the mic records everything. What’s wrong with that? It hears the lens focusing motor. Zittt-zip-zitt. It’s so annoying to hear that sound instead of the birds singing, or someone talking. So, I thought, manual focus is the answer. I got camera shake. So, put it on a tripod, silly. I have a really excellent tripod (That’s another post in the future), but not a video head. Shopping for a video head eventually lead me to buy a video camera-yet another post in the near future. Let’s just say a good fluid video head is another investment I didn’t want to make.

SOLUTION: Flash mounted microphone. I bought the Rode model SVM. The main reason was better quality sound (D-SLR’s and video cameras in general, are known for their lack of good quality sound recording). Also, I read a shoe mounted mic lessens the sound of the camera’s operation.

RESULT: The sounds of the camera ARE lessened, but still there. Bummer! Recently I found this little bracket on B&H’s web site. This Vello CB-450 bracket did the trick. Yepee! AND, I can add my new VidPro Model K-120 light to the mix at the same time.

CONCLUSION: I have yet to test this set up out officially, and will post a video comparison in the coming weeks. The short test I did solved the issue-yepee!

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