10-25-2013 01:13 PM
10-28-2013 06:29 AM - edited 10-28-2013 06:40 AM
Opus Antics wrote:
Grant, what do you use to capture video? (Please don't say a video camera...)
I started with Flips and camera phones but honestly who wants to watch a scratchy, pixelated mess when your trying to show the highlights of a show.
Now I use a couple of different cameras. I have alot invested into the camera part. When I started releasing regular video to help market the band I started investing heavily into equipment. Put it this way I said about 3 years ago I would sacrifice what I normally spend annually on upgrading my keyboards and guitars and invest it instead in video (after all I don't have to buy a brand new board every three years).
I just bought a Canon HF G20 ($1100) that is the bomb. Great low light sensitivity with excellent stabilization. Audio is decent. I set it and forget it.
I have a pair of Canon HV 40's ($750 each) These were my prime cameras for three years. Still mini DV tape. (At the time...) They had excellent low light performance and capture was simple with my set up. One cam is busted (I put the tripod mount through the control plate... ugh!) but the other cam I fitted with a fisheye lens to give a groovy curve and to capture in more light.
My favorite for capturing cool B-roll shots is a little $90 Canon ELPH 300. I have it on a monopod stick which I can reach into the crowd from the stage. The condenser mic is blasted beyond 90dbs but the video footage is very cool under stage lit conditions. I was going to spend $400 on a Go Pro but be warned these don't perform well under low light. Ever see their demos... it's always bright sunshine. Pull up some dark camera footage of a nightclub on You Tube and it's a pixelated mess.
I have a pair of Rode Stereo Video mics ($300 each). These are essential for getting on camera recording. And belive me syncing audio even with iMovie or Final Cut X is a chore. If I can get usable camera audio... that's what I'm going with.
Last weekend and the week before I capture the entire show. A major chore... but I thought it was neccesary given the new lineup. I had a 'helper' to go into the crowd and take footage (fisheye lens cam). So I cam home with over 7 hours of video, But I know the best parts of the show. So it's easy for me to go to the intro of DSB and and pull the crowd singing. I have an excellent memory when it comes to remembering moments that were captured on camera. My goal is to come home at 3am... set my cameras up for capture to my computer and go to bed. When I wake up on Sunday, I pour myself a cup of coffee... run to the palce in the video that I remember had the most activity (songs with great crowd reaction, participatipation) and I pull clips. I try to keep clips down to 40 seconds or less... some of the full songs I've posted here I don't post to Facebook or our website. I just thought you guys would appreciate the full song. I can get a video up and posted in under an hour. Then I work on one or two more throughout the week. So 3+ hours of video, and 2-3 hours of editing for 2-3 minutes of shared footage. Yup... but I don't want to miss that crucial second when there's a moment I know I can use to help sell the band. We were a popular band before I made the effort into video... when I was putting out weekly clips our attendence and FB activity was through the roof. This past spring and summer I backed off the video as I wasn't proud of the presentation and our attendence dropped at shows. I'm not saying there's a direct causal effect, but the videos helped maintain buzz most definitely.
10-28-2013 07:44 AM
10-28-2013 07:53 AM
The G20 mic on Auto handles levels remarkably well. In fact, I'd say that is one of it's best features. I had it as a staionary on a tripod about 5 feet away from the speaker main and I ended up using that as the base audio track for almost all of the video I shot. Sometimes I'll take the board recording and sync it with the video audio to really beef up the vocals and brighten things. But... that get's time consuming.
Canon 6D? I've completely given up shooting with DSLR's Unless you have someone decicated to manually control shutter/aperture settings using a DSLR in a guerilla filming environment is pointless. You can't auto set it and forget it b/c the AF will continually reset and focus after every strobe flash. Fimographers LOVE DSLR cams because of the lensing... but even the smallest most independent movies may have someone seperate on set pulling focus.
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10-28-2013 08:28 AM
Oh yeah, Grant, if you do like the results of the board mix enough, this may be worth your while. http://www.redgiant.com/products/all/pluraleyes/
There's certainly nothing wrong with your camera audio though.
Holy ****... that's exactly how I feel after a gig. LOL Looking into it!
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