“Chief of Sun” by Old Arc

This is a music video I shot last year, but I was not able to edit it for so long because I got the equivalent of writer’s block, but for video (long story). Which is such a shame, because the track is wonderful (future of music, right there), and the band is both great guys. Both the video, and the song/EP by Old Arc are available for free download.

We shot the video within two hours time (in a quick trip down to Santa Cruz, the band is from there), using the Canon SX200 IS P&S digicam (flat colors, -1/3 locked exposure). The 720/30p footage was converted with Cineform to 24p (20% slow down), and edited with Sony Vegas Platinum 11. The CartoonR free plugin was used quite some. Here’s a directly-out-of-the-camera screengrab.


Ivan wrote on June 26th, 2011 at 11:15 PM PST:

I’d say this clip is fantastic! It’s incredible what this small camera can do! A friend of mine bought the SX220 only last week, and I’ll forward him this video. I’m sure he’ll be stupefied!

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Eugenia wrote on June 26th, 2011 at 11:20 PM PST:

Thanks! Yeah, the newer SX220 is even better, since it can also do 1080/24p at 38mbps (my SX200 can only do 720/30p at 24mbps), plus it has a timelapse miniature mode. Everything else is the same video-wise (one added pain for him though would be that he must always lock focus, otherwise focus will keep jumping — mine didn’t support zooming-while-recording, so it’d stay put, but on the new Canon models, focus must always be locked in addition to exposure).

Ivan wrote on June 26th, 2011 at 11:22 PM PST:

You used some interesting transitions which I can’t identify, so I think you made them yourself, right?

Ivan wrote on June 26th, 2011 at 11:24 PM PST:

Here is a clip of my friend (his first ever video). It starts with an example of the timelapse miniature mode.

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Eugenia wrote on June 26th, 2011 at 11:30 PM PST:

Pretty good stuff, great visual clarity lens/footage-wise, but his encoded video has visible ghosting. If he’s using Vegas, please advise him to always set the right project properties AND disable resample. Also ask him to add some tags about the camera model on youtube, I know a number of people who search for that kind of thing. πŸ˜‰

The transitions are all from Vegas btw.

Ivan wrote on June 27th, 2011 at 3:19 AM PST:

He used Powerdirector (comes with the camera) and had noticed the ghosting myself already and told him, but Powerdirector is not so flexible as Vegas.
He has now downloaded Vegas and editing another movie, which should be better.

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Eugenia wrote on June 27th, 2011 at 3:24 AM PST:

PowerDirector (Vegas, and iMovie) would not enable resampling if the project properties and exporting dialog were set right. That’s always something to be conscious about, I almost exported my video above without disabling resampling either, I had almost forgotten. πŸ™‚

Glenn wrote on June 27th, 2011 at 8:28 AM PST:

Well done! You’ve got some nice shots in there. I’ve never been a fan of the cartoonr plugin, but you haven’t gone over the top with it which is good. Nice work on the editing as well.

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