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

Still frame from 1080 Canon camcorder

DILEMMA:  I’m in a video class at IVY Tech community college. I thought I’d be set in equipment with the Nikon D3s 720 video capabilities. Looking at the video from the camera when making a PSA for project 2, I wasn’t happy with the movie playback. I turned to my point-n-shoot,  Nikon S8100. This little camera shoots a very good video but the exposure wasn’t controllable and I didn’t have a mic input.

RESEARCH: The instructor, Chris Campbell, ordered cameras for the class after he found DV import is not possible with Premiere CS6. The video cameras the class would use were DV cameras. He told us his shopping led him to the Canon M30 for our needs. IVY Tech purchased 6 of them.

I normally would go straight to Sony brand, but Chris’ talk to the class, and video camera forums claim Canon and Panasonic were the way to go, not Sony. Panasonic research uncovered nothing for me so the decisions was CANON! Now to psych myself up into letting go of the cash.

VIXIA HF R30 $366:

Canon site stats R30:

VIXIA HF M50 $545:

Canon site stats M50:

SOLUTION: I purchased this camcorder model for these top reasons…The Canon M50 has a CMOS Pro chip for better image quality (So says Canon).built in 8GB storage, 64GB maximum capacity SD card, mic input, and what I perceived would be a better lens than the Sony G lens. The zoom is 10X so I sacrificed zoom range for lens quality. I can always add a lens to my constantly changing want list, and save for one or sell something to get a lens add-on from Canon.   I love the image quality of this little camera!

Enough for the lengthy set up story. This post was supposed to be showing a still shot from video.

I opened a :08 video clip (1080/60i) in Photoshop CS6.Click and sliding the play control to advance frames, I chose a frame>select all>copy>file>new>ok>paste. That was it. Saved for web and kept the image at maximum quality and 100% size.

Now to find out what 1080/60i means in the specifications.

(This photo from a video frame was a close-up of me holding Brad Paisley tickets, and one of his semi trailers in the background.)

Still from a video

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!

First blog post

Digital photography vs. Film photography- who wins?

Digital-hands down, no question, no comparison, no contest-for me.

I experienced my first glimpse of digital photography in 1997 with the Sony Mavica. As a  salesperson for a camera store, it was wrong to refuse embracing digital as I did for the first few years, yet once I let go of my reservations and began learning this new lingo, I realized it was short sighted of me to hold out.

Now there’s no going back! That stinky darkroom, the unknown after my shutter fires, the ‘locked-in’ confinement of film capture…I don’t want any of it. I’m proud to say trading ISO limitations, grain, and sprockets for pixels, resolution, and megabytes is an excellent trade!