Still learning. Baby video shot with Canon 5D Mark 2.

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Renderz, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. Renderz macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #1
  2. gameface macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #2
    Looks good, now get rid of the faux vignetting. With the right lenses you can get cool vignetting if you want but that fake post one ruins the video for me. Stuck out like a sore thumb when I should have been paying attention to the shallow DOF and the cute little kid :D
     
  3. Renderz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #3
    Yeah, sorry. You're right. All part of the learning process. I remember almost 15 years ago when I got my hands on Photoshop, I practically LENS FLARED everything LOL!!!

    Thanks for the tip. In my defence, it comes from watching too much Top Gear. They vignette practically everything!!! :)
     
  4. gameface macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2010
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    #4
    haha! That show "grinds my gears" for that very reason. And sorry to point that out because it was a cute little video of a cute little child. I just notice that stuff since I do it for a living. Now go out and shoot more, because you obviously have the camera skills that many budding videogs don't. :)
     
  5. MattSepeta macrumors 65816

    MattSepeta

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2009
    Location:
    375th St. Y
    #5
    I like it

    I like it! I also am rather partial to vignetting! I add a tad to most of my photos, and when I start shooting video I will probably add a bit to that as well!
     
  6. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2007
    #6
    On the subject of the vignetting: the problem is that it has nothing to do with what's going on in the video. Much like a narrow depth of field, usually you'd use it to guide the viewer's focus, but here the centre of the vignette is always the centre of the frame, which makes it often conspicuous and awkward.
     
  7. Renderz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #7
    No complaints from me. I've been asked to do other baby videos since doing that one. And I promise, NO VIGNETTE :-D
     
  8. FroColin macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 4, 2008
    #8
    I actually quite liked the vignetting in a few of the shots, in others it was a bit distracting. I would say don't get rid of it completely, just use it when you think it needs it, and try not to make it obvious, Don't think Top Gear, there vignettes are WAY too drastic (Although I don't mind cause the show is awesome). Vignettes should be used as a tool, they should help direct the viewers attention as KeithPratt said.
     
  9. Renderz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #9
    @frocolin - In the type of video I just showed, I don't think it makes sense to sometimes do a vignette. I believe it's a case of always or never in a video.

    By posting the video online it has revealed to me I still have much to learn and still making noob mistakes. That's not to say vignettes are pointless, but I will use it subtly from now on.
     
  10. jabbott macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2009
    #10
    I think the video looks very good, and I don't mind the slight vignetting at all! If I could offer one suggestion, it would be to smooth out the occasional camera shake by using lens image stabilization (if it isn't used already), in software via FCP, or by using a Steadicam motion stabilizer. The Steadicam is unwieldy compared to hand-holding but it produces butter smooth video (it was used in The Shining for the hallway scenes). Here is a website that shows how to build a DIY Steadicam for $14.
     
  11. Renderz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #11
    @jabbott. Your comments are fair. There is some camera shake. I was flat on a sofa with some of those shots and I wasn't in a great position to hold it still. I understand a steadicam system can make things smoother but I have to stop buying equipment at some point. However, it is on my shopping list. :)

    Thanks for your feedback.
     
  12. sweetie81 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2007
  13. Mac'nCheese macrumors 68030

    Mac'nCheese

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2010
    #13
    The video looks really good but, my god, that is one of the ugliest babies I have ever seen.
     
  14. THX1139 macrumors 68000

    THX1139

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2006
    #14
    What was the song used? Sounds familiar but I can't put my finger on it.

    Nice plug for the iPhone by the way.
     
  15. Renderz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 27, 2004
    #15
    You're Beautiful by Phil Wickham. It's a Christian worship song.
     

Share This Page