Posts tagged ‘steve paul’

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.