Third in the Smoothee Video Manual series shows the tips, tricks and techniques one would want to use after basic experience had been gained.
Here's some news from October, 2011: The new iPhone 4S in both black and white fits the iPhone 4 camera holder like a glove. The newer iPhones weigh within 1.3 grams of the original iPhone 4's, meaning they balance instantly.
When I made this series for Tiffen Steadicam, I used a Steadicam Merlin rig with vest and support arm, shooting with a Sony HVR-Z1U, one of the early 3CCD HDV cameras. With battery, this camera weighs over six pounds, making arm-supported shooting out of the question.
The actress and kids are really a family, and Melissa, mom, got quite good shooting with the Smoothee. A number of Melissa's shots were used, especially of Travis the iPad Boy.
Unexpectedly daughter Audrey started picking up on shooting with the Smoothee. She's only 7 but took to it immediately. Perhaps we will make a video in the future shot by and of kids?
During editing I superimposed flashing call-outs over parts of the frame where scripted points were occurring. Sometimes you can't plan an event that becomes the focus for an idea.
The announce track became the timing reference for the video edit in Final Cut. That assembly went over to GarageBand and all music, effects and final announce were layered there.
Throughout the series, you'll see things that blink to alert you of some feature or event. These are backed up with musical accents to reinforce their importance. Garage band makes adding and composing music to the visual easier than one might think.
That audio mix went back out from GarageBand and was reinserted to the Final Cut edit. Within a few tweaks, a master edit was ready to go.
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