|Jan 24, 2012, 04:27 AM|
Creating Video Presentations
I've been flying now since September 2010.
In that time, I've had photos and vids taken of my flying, and I've photographed and video'd models for others.
I've also watched MANY vids of models in the air.
I have generated some good comments on my vids / slideshows, and some less than flattering; but along the way I've learned and, I believe, improved.
Of the vids I have watched, some have been great whilst others have been a waste of time.
So far, I've not been able to find a resource for this dimension of this hobby.
With that in mind, I've started this thread so we, RC modellers, can have somewhere to go to so we can show off our vids for comment on the production rather than the model.
I hope to be able to pass on tips I've learned along the way, and I hope to learn from you, your hints and tips for creating great vids within which we can really showcase our models; for that really is the bottom line.
I have used still photography, handy can video, and Video sunglasses to collect the imagery of the models flying, and then to produce the vid I use Windows Movie Maker.
To get the ball rolling on this subject, I'm submitting for your critique two vids.
One, an older production, and the other a more recent effort.
My first ever posted vid;
and one of my latest
|Jan 24, 2012, 07:59 AM|
The first hint I can offer, is that you need to conduct some planning. I'm not talking about recreating "Memphis Belle" just talk it up between pilot and photgrapher (also read camera person).
What do you want to show?
Where is the best place for the camera to be position for this shot or other?
Most importantly, where is the sun?
Will I just get sillouette, or will I get good images?
Where is the best place for me to do my loops, rolls etc for the camera to get best images?
In camera editing.
Start the camera at the beginning of a pass and stop at the end of the pass.
To illustrate these points look at the following images.
|Jan 24, 2012, 08:28 AM|
Firstly: great idea re video presentations.
Your's looked pretty food to me except for the dirty lens in the 2nd video (something that I also had in my latest video ).
I've got a few (very ordinary) videos on You Tube and I would like to improve the standard.
My main issues are the following:
- My panasonic video camera does not have a viewfinder, only the flip out screen. It makes it very hard to follow the a plane in glare. One of my friends doesn't even bother looking in the screen when he's filming my flights. He just points the camera in the general direction (please see my latest effort below for what can result).
- I use iMovie but it also struggles with the MOV files form my panasonic camera. I use a convertor (into MP4) but the quality is affected.
Anyway any tips on a better camera for outdoor filming (I would like to pick up something relatively cheap from ebay) and converting to MAC friendly video formats would be greatly appreciated!!!
|Jan 24, 2012, 09:43 AM|
Yep, I was aware of the dirty lense, I tried to clean it, but it needs more than a T shirt to clean it.
Agree with the issues of the flip out screen, but most affordable handy cams only have that as an option. Great for birthday parties, but not the best for our applications.
Another issue is including the shaky shots of planes which are black dots, yours even dissapeared at one stage.
In your planning, which can be a coversaton before the flight, or even filmed over a number of flights (batteries permitting), tell your camera man what you want to achieve, and try to restrict aeros in close at a reasonable safe height.
When you edit, try to remove the shaky black dots, and only include the closer in shots.
These are sins for which I have been guilty in some of my earlier vids.
Additionally, conversation, try to eliminate them from the vid, or restrict talking whilst filming. In that first vid of mine with the Pee Zed T28, my brother tells me to shut up, which is a good idea.
Thats not to say that all conversation included on the tape is bad.
When I flew my first IC plane, my brother filmed whilst I flew. He was gving limited instruction, which in this case, helped to get the idea accross that I was a learner under instruction.
Watch some of this one;
|Jan 24, 2012, 10:01 AM|
Auto focus cams
Geez, what a pain in the arse.
With older cams, you could set your focus to infinity, and for filming models, it was great. But modern cams try to focus on clouds, flies and, yes, crud on the lense.
Flying in close helps reduce this from ocurring, but not eliminate it.
Film a number of passes, aeros, so that when editing you have more material to work with, and you can get rid of the poorer shots.
I have a JVC Everio, not because its great for filming RC planes....its not...its just what we have. $$ is an issue, so I work with it.
Great idea, but I don't like them much because I'm restricted too much by them, and the friction locks often cause a jerky tracking shot. (for me)
They may work for you.
Try not to do anything unsafe on your vid, then include it on your youtube posted production. Its called 'Evidence', and there's always someone ready to use it against you. I have seen two vids which had things on them demonstrating this. In one, some guys drove their car through town filming as one of them flew his plane accross town. Brilliant and lucky flying, but Evidence of unsafe acts for the filth.
Another guy lost control and his onboard cam filmed the crash...into someones house. That should have ended up on the editing room floor!
Lots of info here, but just advice.
Sometimes I can't get anyone to film or photograph my flights, so my 6 yo daughter can sometimes be bribed to help. She takes heaps of pics, most aren't much good, but sometimes she comes up with some great shots.
Check this sequence out.
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|Jan 24, 2012, 10:20 AM|
Geez, I might just chuck my cam away.
Brilliant on Soooooooooo many levels.
You're right. Best I've seen.
3D Flying....who are these guys? they're gurus.
That had so many elements, great use of available lighting conditions (his cam really helped.)
The guy who put this together is either very clever, or is a pro.
Yep that's the standard, but I doubt I'll be any threat to him.
I'll just concentrate on trying to produce vids with the resources I have, which help showcase the models in the best way I can.
I got SO much from that vid.
Thanks for posting.
|Jan 24, 2012, 07:58 PM|
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