The QiRanger Adventures

The process…

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The West Sights of Seoul video was posted yesterday. I have to say, that this was a great learning experience in video content creation. I say this for a number of reasons.

First, it marks the first time I’ve really used the features of my new camera. I’ve posted several blogs over the past month about me trying things out and getting used to the device. The thing that was really bugging me was playback in Final Cut. After doing the Busan Video, I found that I needed to make some changes.

You see in that video, I had the camera set to 7mp recording mode. While it creates great images, it’s only a third of the possible recording power. It really bugged me that I couldn’t use the full potential of the camera. So I went to the net and did some research on Final Cut and improving playback performance. What I found was quite illuminating.

By changing the playback settings to unlimited, I was able to playback the 24mp recorded videos without any problems. It also allowed me to work on the film without having to render each section as often as I used to do. Figuring all this out made a huge difference in splicing this video together.

Another question that often comes up is how I put these videos together. The first step in the process is figuring out where to go. Jo and I love going out and exploring new places, so that’s usually no problem. Once we pick a destination, we’ll also see what’s in the area and if we can hit that as well. Then we’ll sit down with our travel books and computers to pull up information about the sites and compare notes. Sometimes we even bounce back ideas and compare resources. For example, the sources I was using for this project didn’t have information about the museums, but Jo’s did. If we hadn’t been working together, I would have missed out on a great place to visit.

Next, we go out and shoot. I’ll have my notes with me and try to get everything in one take. Sometimes it works well… other times it doesn’t. With this camera, I can shoot a lot more video on each outing and then pick and choose when I edit it in post. When using a tape, I usually would record about 30-40 minutes of video. Now, I’m averaging over an hour… maybe two on each occasion.

I try to keep all my notes when I edit the video and put the topic in an order that makes sense. I’ll use transitions and lower thirds if needed. The latter is proving to be a real pain, as I usually find a few mistakes well after the video is complete and live. Since these things take a long time to correct, I don’t have the discipline to go back and fix them (re-rendering takes a few hours). I know I should… and it is something I’m going to be better about.

I’ve also recently found the best way to export as well. The West Sights video was an experiment, and while I’m pleased with the overall quality, it’s nowhere near the resolution that my other samples have been. So I’ll be reverting to that export process. In short, this video was exported using the “1290 x 1080 HD” setting rather than “HD 1290 x 1080”. The latter really pushes up the quality.

I hope you enjoy the video and this little explanation of my process.


Written by Steve Miller

January 27, 2010 at 9:50 am

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    January 27, 2010 at 10:50 am

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      January 27, 2010 at 2:03 pm

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