I just got a hold of the Manfrotto ModoSteady 585. Here is a 'first look' at this little device. May not be for everyone but I think its kinda cool. Great for someone who needs something small and may travel a fair bit.
OK, I went to Bogenimageing today and the guy there showed me a little trick. I have uploaded another video with this trick.
I think it makes the whole thing a whole lot easier. I put a 45x no name wide angle lens on the camera. But when I watched the video I saw, that I should have zoomed in a lillte bit, so that these ugly black corners wheren't there.
I think with holding the thumb just a little against the plastic, it makes look the video much smoother. With a little more practice I will probably turn out real good.
This footage was taken in The Cologne Cathedral. I used the Modosteady as an arm support, which works realy great. Paning and zooming is a lot easier with the Modosteady.
Unfortunatly it was a cloudy and rainy day in Cologne, so the light conditions in the Cathedral weren't that great.
Recorded in 720 60fps. The settings where most of the time "auto". When I recorded the beautiful windows I set the ISO down to 50, since in the auto setting you couldn't see any detail.
I rendered it 1280x720 2mbps, but it looks a little chopy now. Sorry, for that.
For some shots I used a fisheye lens.
I love the Cathedral, it is such an awesome church. You could spend days in it and see everytime something new. You can see the new Richter window. I think it looks so beautiful. A lot of people don't like it. I do!
This was shot during my free time while I was in Quebec city shooting a corporate assignment.
2008 marked Quebec's 400th anniversary, so there was lots going on. It is an incredibly beautiful place with a rich history. The people were great - I definitely plan to return.
This video was shot hand-held on a Canon MiniDV camcorder using a Manfrotto Modosteady shoulder brace. It was great to wander around Old Quebec grabbing clips with such a small and light rig.
The edit suite was my hotel room and a laptop. This was my first time using Vegas Pro, and I found it to be quite a nice editing package.
Canon HV20 owners are probably wondering why I didn't shoot this in HD. It was because I wanted to use a couple of these clips in the other project where I was shooting with a pro SD camcorder. Since I was new to Vegas I didn't really have time to resize HiDef to fit the other project.
I've shot HD on the HV20 exclusively since then...