|Our Vegas Entry
||[Sep. 21st, 2008|12:12 pm]
Man, I stayed up all night trying to get the video quality improved (you're watching the high quality version), but our internet access blows, so I never was able to successfully upload another version. This one's decent, though. Anyhow, you have until 2PM CST to vote, so please do!
I've started a movement. I have friends, talking to friends, talking to friends. Everyone loves you. I praise you for not focusing on the whole product placement thing.
Best of luck!
It's past 2:00...they're still accepting votes. Did you mean today?
So, did you use Camera B or did Southwest provide you with one?
Camera B all the way! I used the shotgun mic for the first half of filming, too, but then I got paranoid that it wasn't working properly and took it off. Still, the sound was decent throughout.
Once I gain a little confidence I'll take the camera off of 'P' mode and start doing stuff manually more.
Also, I bought an extra battery and a carrying case. So if you do take it back or I decide not to buy it, you'll have some compensation for the time you loaned it to me.
Sweet - okay - there's something you should know.
When you record on the HV20 - or any other 16:9 camera - you're going to get video that's 16:9. When those get uploaded to YouTube, YouTube does something funky to them that cuts down on the framerate and makes it look choppy.
Basically, you can get a smoother flowing video if you render black-bars on the top and bottom of the video, -or- crop the sides to a 4:3 ratio. Something I noticed and a problem I had with YouTube myself.
I noticed the quality wasn't quite what I wanted, but I think it's acceptable in the high quality version. I did render a 4:3 version, but the internet connection at the hotel sucked too bad to upload it in time.
No doubt; for the contest it was fine. (Vegas's internet SUCKS!) But in the future, when presumably Southwest will give you more time.
Also, the shotgun records only to the left channel. You basically have to switch it from the left-channel to mono - should be something you can quickly do in Final Cut Express.
If you want, I can sit down with you and Kaci sometime and show you the tricks.
I noticed the shotgun only records in mono, but I thought iMovie was automatically copying it to the right channel as well. at least when editing I didn't notice in my headphones. Now that you point it out, I see that you're right. The final video has some silent right channel. Damn. Ah well! It was enough to win.
You can also get like a $2 adapter at Radio shack which copies a mono signal to both channels, if it's a pain to deal with in post.
I think it's ridiculously easy to deal with in post. I just didn't do it.