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The Video Editing & Effects Thread


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Made a rig on the weekend. Works pretty awesome. Still need to buy some hockey stick grip to wrap the outside in though. Its super stable when walking though, which was the main thing, and you can lower it down nice and low using the handles.


Now I just need to buy a follow focus, the cam ranger, and attach it all.

$39.94 in parts from Bunnings. WIN!

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Made a quick video of the Skyline.

Couple of things I've noticed.

- I need a new tripod. The one I have doesnt have a fluid head movement, and the shakes show up in the video quite a bit.

- Lighting was rubbish. Too many shadows, causing an inconsistent medium across the whole video.

- Its very boring with no action shots, simply because I can't drive and film at the same time. Lol.

This was more of a test video just to try out new settings and whatnot, so feedback is very much welcomed. Especially if it is how to improve.

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Nice effort there on the latest video. Gets off to a really good start/pace but then gets repetitive as you do the cars on the highway. Remember that viewers have been trained to see things in 2-5 second bursts. If you have a clip that is longer than that it has to be something of special importance or lots of action/activity. Or, it could be drawn out for dramatic effect, such as sombre times, etc.

Video is such an emotional medium. As the director you are bringing someone along for the story. It's hard to create long stories on car themed items. So usually I just try to tell the story, "This is how the event went". But, unless you have action like track, drifting or glamour car shots, rarely would I exceed 2 1/2 minutes. That's just a rule of thumb. All depends on how you "feel" the pace is going and if you can keep viewer interest for that long. A good test is that if you can watch it 10+ times as you are editing and still maintain interest then you are doing an ok job. If you find you are getting impatient watching something after the 3rd or 4th time then you need to trim it up.

I really like your intro. Adds a bit of "this is a production company" feel. I do that with Yamashita Productions so that people know that this is one of my videos when they see it.

I can already see the improvement in your videos so just keep working on it.

Here are a couple of my latest videos:

And some slow motion artistry testing of my newest camera. As I indicated before these are really long clips because slow motion is usually used for dramatic effect emphasizing the emotional feeling.

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Non car related video but here is my latest video from our holiday in the Philippines.

I found that using the slow motion effects from my camera really added to the "production feel" of the final video. Then I did some other small effects like speed-up and just a few transitions to round it out.

It is a bit long, but this is primarily for my brother in-law's family. It was a two week trip condensed into an 8 1/2 minute video.

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Made this one from the recent putty run.

All shot on a 7D with Canon 18-200mm IS glass and a Glidecam HD2000. Most of the day was around F11, at 1/125 shutter speed in 720 @ 60fps. Color grading was done using Magic Bullet Mojo plugin, as well as some level adjustment, exposure correction, gamma correction, individual colour level adjustments, a vignette mask and a whole heap of other stuff I've forgotten. Transitions were made up using the "Twitch" plugin from Red Giant.

Was all edited in after effects. The slow motion highway shots were done using the twixtor pro plugin, and reducing the speed to 30% of original and rendering in a 29.97fps timeline. The shots of all the cars coming past with me filming from the side of the road was actually 3 or 4 clips, that I had to merge together. If you look closely at the background, you'll notice the trees are a bit weird in the transitions. I wasn't really sure how to make this look better' i'm guessing a mask and copypasta of the previous shots background layered over the top might be the way to go, but I just played around with the opacity settings and keyframed it to look half decent.

Feedback welcomed!
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