This is a mini-documentary (promotional trailer) I shot for The Los Angeles Youth Orchestra - a small, creative (non-profit) organization where young musicians from the Los Angeles area come together to rehearse and perform symphonic music alongside professional musicians.

The video was shot by a crew of only two in one afternoon (except for the interview part) using a Canon 60D with a Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM lens as the main camera and a Canon T2i (Tamron 17-50mm f.2.8) as a stationary second camera. Sound was recorded with a Rode Videomic Pro on the 60D (for voice) and a Zoom H2n (for music).

Both cameras ran Magic Lantern, which was incredibly helpful! (Audio levels while recording! Focus assist while recording! and so on...)

Then - as an experiment - I cut the entire video in Final Cut Pro X. Automatic synchronization of video and audio worked flawlessly. FCP X's "match color" feature was great to quickly get one camera to match the other. And I have to say - once you don't try to recreate your FCP 7 workflow and really use FCP X the way it was envisioned by Apple - it's actually quite a powerful and fun tool - especially for a DSLR project like this one.

It was a lot of fun and on top of that - the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra is a realy wonderful organization that can't survive without outside support.

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