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Monday 3 April 2006

A special video for the start of Videoblogging Week

Our contribution pokes fun at the fact that no one seems to be making any money from videoblogging, despite some having hundreds of thousands of viewers.

Story links:
Rocketboom

Last Thursday evening we were standing in an underpass next to the motorway, during a thunderstorm, filming for this. That was just the start… We had a load of fun and there are some very amusing out-takes.

EDITING
The editing took a l-o-n-g time. Even though I’m quite organised, it’s still not enough. I ended up rendering the same effects several times as I made a couple of different versions (and needlessly so, as the effects were unchanged). It can take hours to produce a minute of special effects. So, I need to rethink my workflow: work on the effects separately and then include those prerendered versions on the main timeline in Vegas Video.

HUFFYUV CODEC
I use the free HuffyUV video codec to render archive versions of finished productions to store on disc. The video is uncompressed but HuffyUV gives a smaller file size.

That way I avoid DV compression artifacts on graphics and effects. So, I could also use HuffyUV to render the effects and then drop them into the timeline. Finally, I make DV, MPG2 and online versions from the HuffyUV master.There’s more information about the various tools I use on my favourite software page.

Though overall I’m really delighted with the Sony camcorder, its performance in low-light isn’t too hot. We used my old Canon Hi8 for the shots walking towards the subway and the colour balance and brightness are much better than from the Sony under the same conditions.

We shot a lot of different stuff last week. I have three other things ‘in the can’ to edit, not including the out-takes.

UPDATE (September 2012): a slightly re-edited version of this video was put back online.


Filed under: Fun — GS @ 12:31 pm

3 Comments »

  1. Shame the Sony can’t handle low light situations. Loved Rocket Brum btw, I wish I could get my friends involved with my work.

    Comment by Mark
    Thursday 20 April 2006 @ 9:10 pm

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  3. put it back up – its your best work ever

    Comment by peter norton
    Sunday 2 May 2010 @ 11:35 pm

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  5. I want to re-edit it slightly. Then it’ll be back. There’s also a lot of other footage that’s never been seen of ‘Amanda Condom’ etc!

    Comment by GS
    Saturday 15 May 2010 @ 2:11 am

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