This highlights video is a "behind the scenes" look at the 2012 "Production of Broadcast-Quality Training & Promotional Videos" class I taught at Maine Media Workshops this summer.
The one-week class covered the full workflow of producing a scripted training video -- including: creating the initial concept, instructional design, working with clients, creating a bid, script writing and formatting, pre-production planning, auditioning talent, working with a teleprompter, hiring talent, booking a location, lighting, camera setup and picture profiles, shooting, sound, directing talent, the XDCAM workflow for backing up, archiving and ingesting clips, basic FCP 7 editing, creating graphics with Photoshop, exporting the final production, and utilizing Media Manager to wrap it up.
A few months ago I decided to shoot a piece about an extremely talented group of artists that work just a few blocks from my office. One of the key goals for me was to go back to the basics - keeping things as simple as possible. No Steadicams, fancy helicopters, or generators for lighting: just simple and straightforward. I wanted to shoot in a style very similar to the way I used to shoot as a still photographer: one camera, one prime lens at a time, one small light - handheld. I think it's very important to exercise these type of "simple" ways of working on a regular basis. For more information on the shoot and gear used go to: blog.vincentlaforet.com/2012/08/07/motoart/
We recently got our hands on a few of Canons new 60Ds to run some test time lapses with. The weather was sunny, boring, and without a cloud in the sky so we shifted gears from our usual land and urban scapes to the micro gears of an antique pocket watch. We kinda have a thing for antiques and have always wanted to introduce the element of time into our time lapses, so here it is Pocket Watchscapes Vol 1- first of the short series.
Please regard the footage as "work in progress". (I will try and upload more test footage in different frame rates and camera modes in the near future).
The very short camera test was intended to check how good the S35 All-I mode is "out of the box" ready for delivery.
No CC or sharpness applied in post.
To my opinion this is the first HDSLR camera that can shoot full HD vide in a quality that can rival any good HD camera out there. Please feel free to download the high quality ProRes version and judge it for your self.
Note that the gentleman in the video is waring a jacket that can challenge any camera out there....The 1Dc did very well.
For even better full HD picture quality the camera allows clean HDMI output in all modes. (you can even record 4k to the CF card and simultaneously record HD to Atmos Ninja 2.
-Good battery life
-Moire-next to non
-Very good picture quality in S35 mode (if you are after good HD footage)
-Very good picture quality in 4k mode (As seen on a big screen projected in 4k)
-Silent audio level operation during recording
-The smalest camera to record 4k out-there
-Very good low light quality
-8 bit only
-24p only in 4k (no 25p)
-While shooting "flat color surface" the picture can get a bit "mushy" (more experiment is required).
-Price (For many the camera is expensive. for others the price is acceptable since this camera is like a "Swiss army knife". You get an excellent photo camera, 4k, full HD up to 60 frames per second in HD for €9000 net).
Camera settings used in this video:
ISO settings: between 320 to 1250
Canon 100m macro
Sachtler Ace L
Lite panels Sola ENG kit
Various Kata bags
Glidetrack shooter slider
Johnnie Behiri is a BBC freelance cameraman/editor operating from Vienna Austria.
When not BBCing, Johnnie is filming documentaries, commercials, music videos and testimonials/image videos (johnniebehiri.com)