Sausalito’s Waters

A few quick shots from Sausalito’s coast, overlooking San Fransisco. We stopped there after visiting Muir Woods this morning. Too bad SF was completely under the fog during shooting. It’s the second time that I go to Sausalito trying to get that shot with SF only partially in the quick-moving fog, but it has proven to be elusive so far.

The timelapses were all shot with the Canon SX200 IS digicam in video mode. Tilt-shift effect added in post. HD version, and download of the video here.

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Carlos R Dueñas wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 1:59 AM PST:

Great vídeo, really like the music..i have to tell you that i have learned in the past 4 days(sorry about my english), more about vídeo editing an codecs on your blog, than in the last 5 years, jaja..i`m a DP getting into rough editing and deep color correction, and your tutorials on intermediate codecs are priceless, but the proxy thing..it doesnt work for me, at the end, it doesnt convert to original files..and, do you need to convert first to lossless codec from .mov h.264 5D, to later convert to proxies ??..thanks a lot for all the great information that you provide..


Alastair wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 7:09 AM PST:

It is a lovely video. The time lapse is great.

A further opportunity might be the “wooden boat festival” in Port Townsend (Wa) – complete with mountain backdrops (if the weather is kind). Just a thought!


zima wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 11:28 AM PST:

What Carlos R Dueñas says, and even more – after stumbling upon this blog some time ago thanks to, mostly, OSnews, it became quite clear that toying with semi-serious video stuff is now feasible to me…and who knows, perhaps few of my ideas will turn out decent.

So, BTW – as I understand, Eugenia, the recommendation from 2 years back to get DVcam in my situation has changed to Canon SX200 IS? And with a bonus of quite decent photo camera, if my videos turn out to be far from decent…

Though one thing bothers me about this Canon – form factor; it’s actually…too small for my taste. Not a big problem with video & tripod, but for photos, mostly only held in hand, I’d prefer something more steady, something which can be held like typical SLR camera, with left hand firmly below lenses/improvising as a “tripod”. Something like…recently released Canon SX20 IS. Could it be even better than SX200? On paper, at a first glance of readily available specs, it appears just as good…still way below $500, with manual focus and optical-style viewfinder. Unfortunatelly almost nobody really focuses on video performance of such digicams…have any info from your channels? ;p


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Eugenia wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 12:05 PM PST:

>doesnt work for me, at the end, it doesnt convert to original files.

Carlos, it does work. If there’s a flaw on the script you are using, use my own proxy method. And if you find it too complicated, buy Cineform NeoSCENE. If you have a question about past articles, just email me.

Zima, the SX200 IS is a point and shoot camera. If you want better videos, with more camera controls in video mode, you go with the HF-S100 or the HV40. And if you want a DSLR with video, you buy the Canon 7D. I have articles on all of these cameras. It depends what kind of shooting you do to determine which one to buy. I use the SX200 IS when I get lazy to use my HV20 which is a fair bit bigger. It’s a point and shoot camera, but with more controls and video quality than most others. So it compromises well.


zima wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 1:10 PM PST:

Thing is – video capabilities of SX200 IS are perfectly adequate for me at this point. I would basically just love to have something which is also a notch higher in photo camera department… (with added bonus of not significantly higher price – especially since it would serve two functions, and one of them, video, is for “trial”)

But it’s hard to find info about video performance of cameras in this <$500 price segment…asking about SX20 IS was simply me wondering if this camera, while having "better" (for me) body and few other niceties, is also just as good as SX200 in video. But recently you wrote in "The new Canon digicams" post that some products in this range are castrated, so I'm a bit confused.

I guess my point is similar to yours "this is what I want in video camera and I can pay for it $2000", just for different (and much simpler in video) functionality and lower price.


Carlos R Dueñas wrote on September 7th, 2009 at 8:37 PM PST:

Thank you very much, Eugenia, i will try that scripting, and i will write to ask a couple of things…the best of lucks..


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Eugenia wrote on September 8th, 2009 at 10:10 AM PST:

Zima, I can not guarantee that the SX20 IS, which it has an older firmware compared to the SX200 IS, has all the video controls as the SX200 IS has.


Steve wrote on September 9th, 2009 at 12:08 PM PST:

Very nicely done. I like the sped-up effect more than I thought I would. Can you share how did you do the tilt-shift effect in post?


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Eugenia wrote on September 9th, 2009 at 12:22 PM PST:

It’s a preset in the new Magic Bullet Looks.


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