Archive for April, 2011

April 15, 2011

Lightbulb Moment

I have a new music video that I am producing for a guy. We are shooting this guerrilla style. Very low-key and trying not to draw too much attention to ourselves. Lot’s of public spaces and on the Dart train. I am using my Canon T2i and a small travel tripod. So far so good, but what about sound and syncing. I have been racking my brain.

What I have done in the past has been to use a jambox and record into the camera using the built in mic. I have an Ipod that I have different sections of the song on that I feed into the jambox. I then replace the audio with the real song and everything sounds great. It works, but is a pain to take to different locations. Camera, bag, tripod, jambox–starts to be a bunch of items to keep track of.

Wouldn’t it be great to just send the signal from the Ipod straight into my camera. That seems to be the answer. I can split the feed from the headphone out of the Ipod and run a wire to headphones for Marlin and feed the camera for sync. I’ve incorporated headphones into the video as a prop. I then started thinking. how can I get rid of the cable to my camera. What a pain to be tethered to the Ipod.

I must say, I am pretty proud of myself for this one. I have a Sennheiser wireless set up. It is a lav mic hooked into a transmitter and a receiver with a locking connector xlr out. The input and output is a 1/8th inch jack. I have a headphone splitter on the Ipod running a headphone out to Marlin. The other side is fed the 1/8th inch jack to the Sennheiser wireless transmitter. That will be hidden on Marlin. The signal will be fed wireless to the reciever that’s mounted on the hotshoe connector feeding the mic in of my camera. And for the good news….IT WORKED!!!

Camera with Sennheiser G2 Reciever

Ipod with Splitter and G2 Transmitter

Sound quality is actually pretty decent. Much better quality than just using the built in camera mic. Will make syncing that much easier. The only drawback in my testing is that the signal is a mono signal and is recorded to the left side of the stereo field. All in all, not that big of deal.

I will post the finished video and do a follow up in a couple of weeks.

April 5, 2011

Styleez And Rippz

I just finished shooting and editing a video for a group called Styleez and Rippz. Every time I work on a video, I learn something new. For starters, things don’t always go as planned.  People don’t show up, some people are unrehearsed, and some props don’t quite work. I was lucky. For the most part, everything went very smoothly. We had a script to go off of and we followed it. The guys were prepared, looked great, and had a ton of energy.

Just a couple trouble spots. Fist, and a biggie, the song was way too long. Nowadays, attention spans are short. There is a big case of ADD going around. Keep the songs closer to three and a half minutes please. The other, relating to the press scenes….cast correctly and ENERGY!

The shoot was a low budget affair. Shot in 4 hours without a lot of wiggle room. I shot using a Canon T2I with Magic Lantern installed. Lenses were a 50 1.4, 17-35 2.8 and a 28-135 IS. Just a little grading in post. I used Plural Eyes to sync the audio. I can’t say enough about Plural Eyes. If you do music videos, GET IT!