Edited by panamax4, 26 December 2008 - 06:34 AM.
Posted 25 December 2008 - 08:21 PM
Posted 26 December 2008 - 05:20 AM
Im brand new to the forum and video and video editing. PLease tell me what you think and how I can improve, feel free to be brutally honest as this is my first ever video. Thanks in advance.
Cool! The first thing you need to improve is post a link to the film :-)
Posted 26 December 2008 - 06:55 AM
Posted 28 December 2008 - 04:38 PM
The editing: Everybody has their own likes and dislikes. Personally, the music was bad. Music should set the mood and mold into the scene. Harmonicas and country don't do it for underwater. In fact, there are very few vocals tht fit into the underwater world. Transitions are next. Don't get fancy. Good ole crossfades work the best for video. Slides? Do what you want. Major scene breaks? Fade to black and fade back into the next scene, with about a 5 second blackout between them.
Thi one of the problems with many editing programs. So many choices of trsnitions and such and we only need a half dozen at most. As I said. Keep itsimple for the sake of your viewers.
Overall, it was pretty decent for a newbie. Practice makes perfect. So when is your next trip.
Posted 29 December 2008 - 03:52 AM
Posted 30 December 2008 - 04:55 AM
I'm pretty new at this myself and have done three videos. Without a doubt the hardest part for me is finding the right music. One of my videos was about 5 hours worth of film condensed into a 30 minute video. It took me longer to listen to lots of music and come up with what I thought was the right combo than the editing did. Most all the music I use is instrumental also. Like bfisher said, it's hard to find the right vocals unless it's just a feel good Jimmy Buffet style of video.
But the bottom line is do what YOU like if you're not too concerned about what others think when they see it.
I'll be going to Bonaire in late February and although it will be my 7th or 8th time there, it will be my first with my video rig. Can't wait.
Posted 31 December 2008 - 10:14 AM
Posted 31 December 2008 - 01:17 PM
Nice color on your shots.
Try not to hold your clips for longer than 5/6 seconds
Create a story with your footage, ask yourself What is the point of the film?
Use royalty free music.
Use lights on close ups; re: shrimps in beginning of film
Try not to use every transition available in your NLE..cuts and dissolves are the mark of a pro
Your stills are fine but do not make a point within the video.
Not sure what you are using for compression to upload but the footage seems to have a jerkiness to many of the clips.
Love the spotted eagle ray shot, keep in mind the rule of thirds when composing your shots.
Wonderful start to your new underwater video career .
Happy New Year-Steve
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Posted 01 January 2009 - 11:15 AM