Discussion in 'Other Hobbies, Interests & non Photography Related' started by Rob MacKillop, Feb 13, 2013.
The latest offering
Great stuff Rob, I really enjoy these videos you put up on You tube. However, I am still waiting for the one where you wear a black suit and are accompanied by several identical women in skimpy outfits with guitars.
Or the one where you are wearing a sk... no, on second thoughts!
I think this might actually be my favourite so far. Aside from the wonderful music, I like the way the new (?) guitar creates areas of clear light and dark in the video. I also like the way the general lighting works and the way it lights you as you move closer and further from the camera especially as that usually follows the rhythm.
Good points, Pete. With limited technology, I try to create something worth looking at, something which highlights the instrument as much as possible. I also don't like to spend more than a couple of minutes setting things up, as I only do it when I feel in the mood to play, and don't want to dissipate that energy in setting up lots of equipment. So, these are still very much 'home movies'.
What are they shot on?
A Panasonic SD60 - AVHCD (or something like that) about 8 years old, I think. I record the sound separately with a Fostex FR2-LE recorder, a Rode NT-4 Stereo Mic, edited in Steinberg Wavelab to take off the tuning and swearing at the beginning and the massive sigh at the end, and add a little reverb...Then I put it all through Sony Vegas - the cheaper, simpler version, replace the sound, and add titles. Et viola!
Works well. How do you sync the sound and motion?
I have to zoom in, then just drag left and right, matching up the sound waves accurately, then mute the camera sound. Only takes a few seconds. I can do this very easily in Vegas Studio, but find it impossible to do in iMovie - if anyone knows how, let me know. iMovie can get close, but not close enough, in my experience. So, I have to do all this on my old pc laptop.
The fancy way is to either use a clapper board or hand clap in the leader or software like Pluraleyes (Singular Software - PluralEyes). I'm sure there used to be a free version at one time. There's a programme called QT but I've never used it. This might help though.
iMovie Tutorial: How to Sync Sound with External Audio | Obama Pacman
Thanks. I'll look into that.
great playing there, and a beautiful sounding instrument. I play the acoustic guitar, so was intrigued to see how you were going to use the two extra low strings - now I know.
Thanks, Andrew. Love those low notes!
Rob I could listen to this all day, lovely sound indeed,,
Well, that makes me happy, Kev. I'd like to think you could have it on in the background while painting.
Best send me details of how to get a copy
Over six hours of my playing can be heard for free here: https://soundcloud.com/robmackillop/sets Enjoy!
He's quite good Rob - where did you discover him?
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