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Sunday, July 29, 2012

••◊ San Marcos Circuit Race 2012

Today was my cycling club's annual race at San Marcos State University.  We had a bit of a rough start with the guys who were hired to block the roads.  They showed up 1.5 hours late and thought they still had time to run and get coffee.  They also showed up with an inadequate amount of cones and barriers, which left us scrambling to set up the course in 45 minutes, only to start the cat 5's late.  Augh...and I was operating on 4 hours sleep!
That said, we pulled off a minor miracle and the horses were off.  By the time I got down to corner duty and got my stuff situated the 50+ group was on the course.  I want to highlight the second picture below because a fellow photog, Connie from Pink Shorts Photography, said that this tough hombre is somewhere near 80 years old...and racing!  Plus he's got good taste (Italian) in components. 

In contrast, next up were the kids and teens age groups.  Man, why didn't I have their parents money when I was younger.  Quite a few of their bikes were slightly nicer than mine!

Last, but not least were the adults. Usual pre-carnage pictures follow. You have to love the SDBC rider's expression in the second picture below.  That says it all about bike racers.  I left the race mid morning because of the aforementioned lack of sleep.  Today's effort to capture something special had to be cut short.  With an exhaustion headache it was just time to go home.  At least I remembered how to use my camera in stills mode.  It's been much too long since I used my 5D for actually shooting still pictures for anything more than a snapshot.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

••◊ Hangin' with the dude

After a long day of video editing, my neighbors and I met Clarence at Cardiff State Beach just before dinner. The waves were basically flat to ankle-slapper height, so any pictures would be less than epic, dude. The clouds had also come in, which meant lighting was dull and flat. Not the best for pictures, but better than being stuck in front of my computer. It's been so long since I've taken still pictures that I actually had to re-install my neck strap on the camera body before driving out there.
Below are some pictures from the evening at the beach.  Nothing special, just thought I would share with the people involved in the outing.

As a side note, Clarence received the nickname "Lumpy" as a surfer when he was younger.  The nickname still exists in the form of his Flickr account.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

••◊ Davinci color correction tutorial

Rob Bessette of Finish Post has a two hour tutorial on Davinci Resolve color correction.  I thought it would be good to re-post it here to share with a few color conscious filmmaker friends and also so I can find the tutorial in the future.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

••◊ The frustration of a multi-cam shoot

Now that I'm editing Stronger part 2 I have the issue of dealing with a multi-cam edit.  In this case I had three cameras running during the interviews at all times.  Being primarily a low budget guy, I usually have one camera running and I walk it around the interview subject for different angles, sometimes asking essentially the same question again in order to get something to edit out all the studders and stammers.  Footage variation is pretty minimal.

In this case, anytime the interviewee said anything I had to choose between three angles.  This could quickly become a mess if I let it.  Which angle was the right one to use?  When?  Am I sure?  How long would it take to change my mind and would that discourage me from using the best angle?  This is what has been on my mind the last two weeks.  At first I was overwhelmed with too much information in my multi-angle footage, mostly because I want to do the material justice but I needed a system to get the best results.  Much like any engineer, I like to solve problems once and never think about dealing with them again.

To quote my mom, "keep it nice and neat and tidy and clean."  So here's what I came up with as my most efficient method (so far).

I put the three cameras on video tracks 1-3 and the audio on tracks 1-3.  The three cameras angles are synced up through the audio tracks, which you can do visually by looking at the clap at the beginning of the clip.  When getting organized I also tiled all three camera angles as the above picture shows.  That was I can check for stupid human errors, like a mic or light in the shot.  It's also a first pass way of knowing what I have to work with.

Because tracks 1-3 are dedicated to the interview I can simply turn the tracks on and off using the eye icon and associated speaker icon.

This seems like a quick and efficient method to select which camera angle I want. Then it's just a matter of "Disabling" the clips I don't want to use by right clicking on the clip and un-checking the "Enable".

I know there's a method of making Premier act like a live switcher, but that's not what I want.  I want to edit out chunks of dialog, remove between interview questions, create better phrasing through the edit, and overlay bits of other associated footage on top.  It's not like a sit-com or live interview type of edit.

What's next?  ...dealing with how to start organizing the dialog into manageable chucks.  Again, this is mainly having to deal with the productivity stagnation of information overload.  More next week.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

••◊ Screenshots from Stronger part 2

I *finally* started editing Stronger part 2.  Since my brain is fried tonight, I'm just going to post a few random screenshots that aren't necessarily in the edit - mostly because the edit doesn't exist yet!  Please note that none of these pictures have been color corrected.  They're just off of raw unmodified footage.  I'll talk about organizing a multi-cam shoot in the edit next weekend.  Enjoy the pics for now.