Archive for January, 2011

January 25, 2011


January 18, 2011

Hard Drive Crash

Last night I was on my computer – rendering files, on the internet, and loading up software. It was acting funny and then froze. I re-booted and it was booting slow. BTW, it’s a Mac Pro. Blue screen pops up and it’s been on for a while. I re-boot…which could have been a mistake. Next thing I know, it is cycling on and off. Not good. I tinker with it and still nothing. I have 4 drives with 3 different OS on it. I try to boot into a different drive. No bueno. I am starting to get a little worried.

I pull the computer out of my cabinet and take out all the drives. I did boot into a different drive. I’m breathing a little sigh of relief. I find out my main OS drive running snow leopard is the culprit. No problem, I will just fix the drive using disk utility. Doesn’t work! I try a 3rd party utility. Still doesn’t work. I have my last 4 videos that I have done on that drive. UGH!
Luckily, I do manage to get all my important data off the drive.

I can’t stress the importance of backing up your data. On my music computer, I have a raid set-up where all my clients songs go to 2 separate drives. In addition, I strongly urge them to back up their work. On my video computer, I usually back everything up to 2 drives. Most of my photography and finished videos are on 2 different drives. Of course, over the holidays, I have been lazy about it. Lesson learned. I dodged a bullet this time.

I am now re-installing Snow Leopard. I am bored waiting for the updates to load. I have another 30 minutes of waiting. I must say, one minor bonus is that all my software is going to be up to date. I have a larger drive for my OS. It’s a pain, and the timing was terrible, but I do like a fresh system.

January 15, 2011

Music Video for Rear View Mirror

This is a music video that I shot and edited. I shot this entirely with the Canon T2i. The artist name is Tu and it’s a take off of a MJ song.

I used 2 lenses, a Canon 50 1.4 and a Canon 28-135 zoom. I shot most of it handheld and used a tripod for just a few scenes. I also recorded and mixed the audio for the song. Most of the video was shot with an fstop between a 4 and 5.6. My first attempts with the T2i were not as nice as I would of liked them to be. I love the very shallow DOF a lens at 1.4 will give, but as I found out when I tried to edit the content, quite a few shots were a little out of focus. My next couple of videos, I closed the lens down and bingo….much better. ……

For the audio, I used a boombox or the cd player in the car. I just used the onboard mic in the camera to record. One of the greatest tools ever is Plural Eyes!!!! I imported all the clips into Final Cut and opened Plural Eyes…and like magic, pushed a button and everything synced to the pre-recorded audio. What used to take me hours, can now be done in a matter of minutes. 15 clips all in perfect sync.

After I edited the clips, I used a combination of Magic Bullet Looks and Apple Color to correct and grade the video. There’s a few things I wished I had done differently, but overall, I really like how this turned out.

January 14, 2011

Canon T2i

For those of who who don’t know, I love filming, video, and all things techy. I have a very nice HD camera. It’s a Sony EX1. It has a great picture, tons of features, and is a larger camera. There is a new crop of cameras out that are giving the big beasts a run for their money. They are digital dsl still picture cameras or HDSLR for short. Canon makes the most popular, with Panasonic and Nikon also releasing models.

I ended up buying a Canon T2i. It’s the cheapest of the Canon models. It has the exact same sensor and picture as the more expensive 7D and 60D.  It is an extremely cool little camera. Little being the key word. It is small, lightweight, easy to carry around and takes incredible video. I do notice a difference in video quality between this and my Sony, but it is very close.

One of the really great things about these new crop of cameras is that it can give you a really small depth of field. In the most general terms possible,  it gives a very cinema look to the footage. The background can be out of focus with the foreground.

Her hand is in focus, but her head is not.

So far, I have mainly used this camera for video. I have done a little photography, but I like the Nikon D300 better for stills. It could be me, but i find that the Nikon has a truer image and I like the skin tones better.

Must haves for this camera….
I have the Zacuto Z Finder. It is attached to the monitor on the back of the camera….ala…top picture. It basically adds a magnified viewfinder to the camera that really helps with focusing. I also bought a Transcend 32 gig SD card. It was $50 and I have 2hours of recording time. Lastly, getting the 50mm 1.4 or 1.8 lens is critical. That one lens just opens up all the possibilities with the camera.

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January 12, 2011

January 2011

A new year …