Video Comments: OK - I worked really hard for this revision of "The Big Game" - literally over 50 revisions - yes, I'm persistent.
Points to consider:
1. shooting 24 (23.976) fps on a Canon 7D.
2. shooting most of it on a Tokina 100mm macro with no image stabilization (pans are really shaky).
3. finding out after I fell in love with 24p that 24p is really crappy on long horizontal pans (skips on playback over the web).
4. H.264 footage in 24p (23.976) is hard to export in Premiere Pro CS4 (on a PC) and even harder to find the correct export setting for it to export to sites like Vimeo or YouTube (tried the standard Vimeo and YouTube settings, and that still produced rough playback).
So I'm going to share what I have learned to get this video to run decently on the web (which looked great on my hard drive from the beginning):
1. reshot some of the horizontal pans on the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly in 60p and converted it to 24p (slow motion) in Premiere Pro CS4 - that seemed to help make pans in the web version smoother.
2. experimented with different Vimeo settings and adjusted them for 24p - and this is the best result for me (exporting in Premiere Pro CS4 to Vimeo) - a picture is worth a thousand words: victoriataylorgore.com/images/vimeosetting24p_optimized.jpg
Note: this is not foolproof - There are random artifacts on most of my video exports to Vimeo, but finally this setting worked OK - not perfect, but OK...pans are still a little choppy, but not as bad as before. And a there are some random artifacts left in the video when the HD setting is off, so please watch the video in HD. If anyone has any suggestions on improving these settings, please let me know.
All in all, the video is better because I was forced to edit it down to its essence.
This fairly decent video would not be possible without the rock steady quality of the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly and the K-Pod tripod with the Hercules 2.0 Fluid Head. kesslercrane.com/
The original "The Big Game" video problems (vimeo.com/11114742 ) were due to a comedy of errors - no macro lens stabilization, 24p video is horrible on pans, and Premiere Pro CS4 has its problems with H.264.
I'm a fine artist by profession (now possessed by Canon HD-DSLRS), ignorant of many limitations in cameras, film rates, editing software, lenses, compression settings...and determined to overcome them :) Video with HD-DSLRs is a very fragile, unpredictable art to me...but I also work with pastels, so I can handle this.
Enough - back to the video description:
This is a video of an old child's pin ball game that I purchased in an antique store on 6th St. in Amarillo, Texas years ago. I fell in love with its beautiful imagery and graphics...the" coolness" of it, but never imagined that this game would be the subject of one of my videos over ten years later (or that I would ever be shooting videos!).
Now I see that the title of this game has a double meaning; alluding to a game, and "big game" - animals in the wilderness that become our targets...predators and prey alike. Here the "big game" are hunted with the eye of a camera lens. I chose the music "Drifting Away" because of its nostalgic quality, and it follows the imagery like a lullaby.
Shot with a Canon 7d with a Tokina 16-50mm f2.8 lens, and the majority of shots with a Tokina 100mm 2.8 lens. For stabilization, I used the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly and the Kessler Crane K-Pod Tripod with a Hercules 2.0 head. Post color grading and value levels were done in Adobe Premiere Pro CS4.
I can't say enough about the exceptionally high quality of the Kessler Crane and K-Pod Tripod system with the Hercules 2.0 head. The macro lens I used (Tokina 100mm Macro f2.8 lens) has NO image stabilization, and I was able to get very smooth motion and focus with no follow focus - kesslercrane.com/