Canon T2i (550D)

This travel video highlights various tourist places in Bangkok, Siem Reap and Khao Lak (near Phuket). It was a wonderful trip filled with great food, various cultural experiences and some shopping. Hope you enjoy the video as much as I enjoyed reminiscing the memories while I edited the footage. People of Thailand and Cambodia are very hospitable and modest. The values they share is inspiring. I have lot of regard for Buddhism and for the fact that it is revered in these countries.

About the footage: The footage was shot on Canon T2i/550D and was completely handheld. I used a macro lens with Sigma Normal 50mm f/2.8 EX DG Macro Auto-focus Lens for Canon EOS which in hindsight was definitely not a good lens because of its telephoto tendencies especially when you are traveling. All my other lens are fairly large and I didn't want to pack my 50mm f/1.4 prime lens for this trip, which was the next best candidate. I would stick to a wide angle zoom lens next time, perhaps the 18-55mm lens. Technicolor Cinestyle was used in combination with Magic Lantern. It was my first experience using both these add-ons. I must admit it am pretty late to the game of Cinestyle+ML but rather late than never. I will certainly continue using Cinestyle+ML going forward for all my video work.

About the editing: The video was editing using Adobe Premiere Pro CS4. This was my first editing experience in Premiere Pro and I must say I am quite impressed by the ability to integrate video editing and titles (opening title, lower thirds etc). I have been using final cut pro for the past 5 years, but Premiere pro is definitely a winner when it comes to editing documentary/travel video footage which requires lot of titles. Overall the user experience in Premiere Pro seems to be a tad better than FCP. I really wanted try out the LUT Buddy by Red Giant but unfortunately it is not free anymore. I am really bummed about it. I just ended up using some brightness/contrast video effects and minimal color correction. One thing I have also added to each of the location titles such as Bangkok, Siem Reap and Khao Lak are the video flares. I hope you like them.

About the music: This melodious and cinematic music was composed by Olivier Renouard aka Butterfly Tea and the track is called Asian Dream from the Album Adventure Action.

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