Organizing Multi camera footage

After filming last weeks multi-camera live music show i have spent a couple of days organizing the footage.

I ended up with footage off 5 cameras all of which have been sorted into separate folders and named based on the song the footage is of and the shot itself. Each camera has roughly 2 hours worth of footage.

I think its an important thing to do when starting editing a project such as this as it makes the editing process a little easier.

I am hoping to have the whole thing edited by the end of next weekend.


Editing Music Promo – Timeline organizing – Syncing musical instruments

One of the most valuable lessons learned when editing my latest video was organizing clips.

The audio for the live session i had filmed was recorded on a Zoom H1. This was a really good idea as i ended up with a great recording of the audio.

The audio was recorded 2 takes one 45 minutes long the other about an hour and a half long. The first thing i did was place the audio on the time line and cut it up into separate songs, i then changed the colour of each song so that it was different to the ones next to it. I then sorted out my clips from the single camera shoot and colour coded them to their corresponding song and went about syncing the clips with the video.

Syncing musical instruments is not something i have had to do before, it was very time consuming and took me best part of two days to get the whole thing synced perfectly after a lot of shifting the clips a frame at a time back and forth until the video matched the audio.

I then went about picking my favourite clips and and condensing the 2 hours worth of video down to a 3-5minute promo video making sure that each member of the band was shown and named.

I then colour corrected and after finding a suitable font added titles.

Below are some screen shots of the colour correction and of the multicolored timeline.

The complete video will be in the next post.

Color Correcting

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Cutting up audio track

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Canon DSLR settings

I’ve had my DSLR for 3 years now and have played around with the settings a lot to optimize the footage.

I have however always shot it 1080 at 25fps and I’ve decided with me doing a lot of stock footage lately that shooting in 30fps would benefit me more.

So I went about changing it. Which at first puzzled me. My only settings were for 25 or 24 fps. After a play through the menus I found an option for video type with PAL selected and realised that if I changed that to NTSC it would probably let me shoot on 30fps which it did.

Client meeting – music show.

Yesterday I had a meeting with a client for an upcoming project.

We’ve arranged filming promotion for a music show this Thursday. This will be edited over the weekend and will start circulating via social media by Monday.

Filming of the actual event will take place Thursday 15th of August. I will be directing 2 camera operators as well as filming myself for this event. The footage will then be editing and used for promotion of the band via the internet.