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

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

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!