Saturday, 25 August 2012

Porthcawl - 550D Test Video

Originally published on Mar 26, 2010 @ 14:49

I took my camera out with me last Sunday and shot some video as a test.  Although I wasn't happy with the footage I decided to edit and post the video anyway.  The footage was shot in 720 /50p (720p 50fps) and converted to 720 25p Apple intermediate codec using MPEG Streamclip.  I quickly edited it using Final Cut Express 4 adding the music, titles and 2.35:1 widescreen matte.  The film was then exported as a quicktime movie and converted to MP4, cropped to 1280x546 using Quicktime 7 (Thanks to @philipbloom for the cropping method).  The music is Giotto by Mark Roberts used with permission.

There are three main problems with the footage:  I didn't use a tripod for all of the shots so they are very shaky, I don't have any Neutral density filters yet so the shutter speed had to be compromised to get the correct exposure which means the aperture had to be very small also so there is a very large depth of field in every shot.  Lastly the picture profile was not set correctly.  I used the Marvels_Cine_ V1.2_rel.pf2 picture style which I'm not sure is right for the 550D but in any case the sharpness was set too high which showed some artefacts.
Apart from all that It looks OK considering it wasn't planned and I was lacking those ND filters.
The video can also been seen on Vimeo Here