Interview/Epsom Downs/Nutfield Priory Filming Sunday!

Sunday is always a hectic day for me, and yesterday encompassed helping Glen with his dissertation; he interviewed me about getting jobs in the broadcasting industry after university. He filmed it on the 5DmkIII, Samyang 85mm T1.5 Cine, Lilliput field monitor, Zoom H6 & Sennheiser ENG-100, Manfrotto 055CX and my new MODA RIG – in studio production mode.

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It was a great opportunity for me to test out all of the new equipment on a video shoot together, and being on the other side of the camera was definitely interesting form me!

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We then took a trip up to Epsom Downs, it was a really clear day so from the viewpoint I could see London on the horizon, with the Shard gleaming in the winter sunlight. This was taken on the 5D with the Sigma 70-200.

I got some pictures of the MODA rig in action, we were using it in two setups for the various shoots that day; the production mode for a large DSLR body and lens with cage and shoulder mount, as well as micro rig mode for a Canon 60D and cage. This shows how flexible the MODA rig really is in different shooting scenarios!

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We then jetted off to Nutfield Priory near Redhill for the last video shoot of the day, for Steve from Partytime entertainment. He has an awesome new setup with white speakers, moving heads, star cloth, light up dance floor and now a dry ice machine!

Using the MODA rig with the Canon 5DmkIII, and a combination of lenses from Samyang 14mm T3.1 to Tamron 24-70 to a GoPro, myself and Glen captured the night. The dry ice was used for the couples first dance which looked great!

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The footage from this shoot will go to John Harris Media, as part of a bigger project with Partytime, so I am looking forward to seeing the results!

I have also been working on the behind the scenes videos for the SWPP conference, showing how you can use Canon, Manfrotto and Elinchrom products to produce fantastic video on DSLR. I’ve been experimenting with beauty looks for one of the models…

Grading test for Canon/MF/Elinchrom BTS

There will be lots more coming over the next few days, I am currently buried under lots of post production work as well as developing Camsmarts new products too. Tonight I am out filming and taking photos for a new florist at Epsom RAC, so look forward to some new beauty snaps!

Happy New Year to you!

Getting more impressed by the 5DmkIII every minute!

I’m flying through the behind the scenes edit of CJ’s Booty Camp for SWPP conference, and getting blown away by the sharpness and quality of the image of the mkIII. Continuing on my post from earlier, I am used to shooting on the 60D so nearly every new shot I look at taken on the mkIII is wowing me every time.

Check out this quick screenshot, footage is without any colour correction just to show how impressed I am! Both these shots were taken with the Sigma 70-200mm F/2.8 HSM OS APO.

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What I’m editing today – Booty Camp BTS for the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers!

I have the pleasure of working with the footage I shot down in Falmouth last weekend with Bjorn Thomassen we are both sponsored by Manfrotto so we took the opportunity to film new products and features, as well as how to shoot video on a DSLR! These videos will be available online, as well as on major suppliers websites. It will also be shown at The Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers conference in Jan!

I filmed the Behind The Scenes of the production, showing how photographic styles, techniques and equipment can be used to transist from photo into video with Canon cameras, Manfrotto grip gear and Elinchrom lights.

This is my view for the day, not bad aye 😛 I do love my job!

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The results are incredible. After using my Canon 60D for the last two years, stepping up to the Canon 5DmkIII has dramatically improved the picture quality that I capture. Teamed up with Samyang (Rokinon) VDSLR cine lenses and you have an awesome camera setup for cinematic visuals. Yes, I captured the video in ALL-I compression (the lowest compression available), as Magic Lantern does not have a firmware upgrade for the new 5D 1.2.3 firmware 😦 I hope that comes out soon!

Elf vs Santa: This is how it’s done…

Awesome making of with the MOVI stabilizer rig!

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There’s nothing better than seeing your colleagues do something that pushes the boundaries and makes you jealous. Director / Producer Mike Staniforth (Apisode) and Leighton Cox (LoveAlwaysWins) have teamed up with the awesome talents from Papertwin, demonstrating what the hottest gear in the industry right now (Iron Bird and Movi) can do to tart up the old ‘xmas card video.’ The results, throw in a pair of freerunners in Santa and Elf costumes – and you got yourself some epic looking footage.

People. This is how it’s done. Introducing #SantaVsElf…

Take a look Behind The Scenes courtesy of Ric Jones below:

Never mind the naughty list… the these guys should be on everyone’s list to work with in 2014… Brilliant work guys 🙂 And Merry Christmas!

Full twitter credits below: (go follow them!)

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Long days..

It has been a succession of long days over the last couple of weeks.. After filming the John Sinclair ‘Mohawk’ documentary, I’ve been working and editing furiously to get it out the way for Christmas and to have enough time to play with my new toys (which I am going to get tomorrow from Park Cameras).

It has been exhausting, but thank you very much John Harris (John Harris Wedding Films) for your awesome help in the work around! I usually edit in Premiere Pro, however after numerous problems with playback and rendering on my workstation I moved over to one of Johns editing suites. Still having problems, we attempted to export the XML file from Premiere to FCP, so see if the problem would remedy itself, however it did not.

The next day, John had synced the footage to the main audio recording using Red Giants Pluraleyes (GENIUS software), and imported the multi-cam to FCP, so I began editing in there. What a difference. I was unaccustomed to the interface, functions, workaround in FCP, so getting stumped happened occasionally. Safe to stay working in FCP did not put me off Premiere, in fact it made me appreciate it more!

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Anyway, the video is finally finished thanks to the wonderful John Harris, ready for viewing and comments from Steve Fly, the commissioner of the video.

I am now in Devon filming for the weekend, more about that in the next blog post!

Busy!!

I’ve been busy over the last couple of days, working on both John Sinclair videos, as well as the arrival of the professional camera rig I designed. It is still a prototype so some changes will be made, but so far it is a great fabrication of my design I proposed 18 months ago!!

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I’ve since been working on the John Sinclair documentary, which I’ve titled ‘Behind The Smoke’ in Adobe Premiere, which has been going very smoothly. I’ve also finished the title sequence using footage from the Amsterdam gig rehearsal, as well as using outstanding quotes from John, it is accompanied by the track Mohawk of his new album with Steve Fly.

I used the layers blending modes to merge the layers together, as well as distorting the text (in a bold font like the 70’s John Sinclair posters) and animating them in a style that conveys the subject.

I will post the video up later!

 

 

Bublcam, a 360 degree video camera, closes successful crowdfunding campaign

Got to get me one of these now the crowdfunding is complete!

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You’ve seen videos, 3D photos, live streaming and footage taken from a drone. But have you ever seen 3D video live streaming from a drone?

The Bublcam is a ball that shoots 3D photos and videos, and its creators at Bubl recently released a video the camera shot while hanging from a drone. It’s pretty cool; as the drone takes flight, you can pan in any direction.

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While Bublcam is the first 360-degree camera to incorporate live streaming, its real strength is its price and toughness. Today is the last day to grab one on Kickstarter, where units are available for just less than $500.

Roughly the size of a baseball, the camera shoots 14 megapixel photos and high-definition video. An included app can be used to control factors like zoom and saturation, plus browse galleries of photos and videos.

Unlike the Panono camera, which is a…

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Interview with John Sinclair and new Manfrotto gear!

Hello, yesterday was an awfully hectic day.. Just as I was due to leave for London to film and conduct an interview with John Sinclair, there was a massive knock on the door.. A delivery man with two big Manfrotto boxes, Christmas came early!!

For the new year, and as I now have the financial backing to launch Adam Plowden Videography I needed to step up the grip gear I use, especially as I am a single shooter keeping light is key.

Kit list – Magnesium Q5 ball head, Hydro-static magic arm + clamp, 775CX3 legs, 500AH head – pictures soon!

After much research into the many models of fluid video heads, tripods, ball heads and more, the list came together and off it was sent. I had been wondering to myself when the bits would arrive, as I was due to be going down to Devon this weekend to film with Bjorn Thomassen for product promotion and films for a conference, so the timing was perfect.

I quickly unboxed the gear and checked it out, to quickly pack it away again into my kit bag and leave for London! Having a carbon fiber tripod makes so much difference to the carrying weight, and it almost feels nicer to use.. Probably because it is so new haha!

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Filming the interview with John was fantastic. If you don’t know who John Sinclair is (like I did a couple of months ago) then wikipedia gives a basic overview, but listening and talking to John during the interview opened up a whole new person than what was written.

Here’s a still from the interview, that I will be editing over Christmas for a short documentary for Iron Man Records. Cheers Caleb for the use of your massive flat!

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Anyways, I am now finishing off the John Sinclair Viper Madness gig video, and it should be up and viewable by the end of the weekend, so if you missed the show and want to check out John and his Vipers LIVE, then keep checking for the link!

Fractal Noise does EVERYTHING in After Effects!

After finishing up the multi-camera edit of the John Sinclair Viper Madness video the other day, I have moved on to creating the graphics; title card, lower 3rds and credits in After Effects.

I’ve used After Effects for about 7 years now, since CS3 so I’ve got to see it develop and grow over the years, just as my knowledge in motion graphics has too. I always find, if you’re trying to create some kind of animated texture, no matter what it is, Fractal Noise will always have a solution.

To animate the title card, I added the Fractal Noise effect to a solid layer and changed the parameters so the fractal resembled smoke, using expressions to control the evolution over time. The result is perfect, simple and easy!

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