Tuesday, February 7, 2012
The Hybrid Photographer
Essential gear and tips to capture knockout stills and video
|This Article Features Photo Zoom|
Final Cut Pro X is the newest software from Apple, with Premiere Pro (professional) and Premiere Elements (consumer) being Adobe's editing software offerings. Whichever software you use, a good rule of thumb is to stick to one or two types of transitions between scenes per project, and only use those that add to the story you're trying to tell. Otherwise, the end result can look gimmicky.
When it comes to mixing sound, the key is to edit with your eyes on levels, not your ears on your computer's speakers. A good starting point is to have dialogue between -6 and -12 dB, and background "wild sound" and music between -15 and -18 dB. If the audio was captured using an external recorder, PluralEyes is a popular utility for sound synchronization and is compatible with most editing software.
Once a project is edited, it needs to be output, the final stage in the HD video workflow. When choosing compression options to output a finished product, the most important question is "Where is it going?" Answers range from web streaming, YouTube, iPad and mobile phone to DVD, broadcast TV and digital cinema. Since noise is a consequence of compression, it's important not to compress more than what's needed.
Now, with all the tools at the ready to capture great-looking and great-sounding HDSLR projects, it's up to us, the hybrid photographers, to create great content.
Mark Edward Harris is the author of several books, including The Way of the Japanese Bath. See more of his work at www.markedwardharris.com.
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