Posted on Jul 17, 2009
Posted in BTS

My first experience with Apple Motion software was pretty confusing.  At first I couldn’t figure out the different window arrangements and what they meant.  Once I figured this all out thanks to Ripple Training and the DVD tutorial called “Motion 3 Fast Forward“.  After watching this tutorial for an hour I decided to venture off and “play around” with the software.  I started by bringing in some Photoshop layers with my character “Flathead” and trying to set the scene for an introduction video to Flathead Productions.  After days and many hours working by trial and error I finally completed the intro along with the Hawaii wedding video I had shot in May.  It’s the best feeling to finally finish a completed video piece.

The coloring was done in Magic Bullet Looks by Red Giant software thanks to Philip Bloom and his video tutorial on how he did his color grading on “Return to Dungeness”.  The scenes I shot in Hawaii were on a Canon HF100 with the JAG35st adapter.  The 35mm adapter has a static (st) screen in which images from old school Canon FD lenses project onto and in turn the video camera records this projected image.  In the camera itself the image is recorded upside down which makes shooting live events a little difficult to do especially when you need to create an interesting composition of each scene with only a few seconds to do so.  That’s the nature of “LIVE” events like weddings and such in life.  This was my first time using the 35mm adapter with a few lenses I had purchased off of eBay the week before.  I guess you can say there is nothing like waiting until the last minute.  My past experiences with shooting weddings has been with a huge and bulky camera called a Canon XL1s which I mount on my shoulder to do all of my “run N gun” shooting.  This little camera with adapter and lens doesn’t even feel a quarter of the weight of my huge camera which in turn makes it difficult to say the least in getting a completely steady shot.  In the future a steadicam of some sort would be more than helpful.

On another note, the editing of the video was easy to do in Final Cut Studio which I made full use of by using Final Cut, Motion, and Soundtrack.  I can say that using these 3 software titles together was as seamless as anything I have seen.  I can’t wait to continue learning new and cutting edge techniques with this software package to help tell interesting stories through video and animation.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009
Posted in BTS

I wanted to write something on how to get music that is royalty free to be used in those movies you might spend hours creating.  I say this because if you have ever posted a video to a popular site (remains  nameless) where it is being hosted and then to have that site just delete/mute the entire audio from your video without telling you.  Ok, so I am kinda upset about that but I should have known better than to use a song I purchased from an online music provider and to think it would be OK to use for my personal use.  Silly me.  Actually, the video I created was not for sale and I did not make money on it  or claim the music to be my own so you would think that it would then be ok to use.  I guess I need to read the fine print on uploading my video to this specific site where it states that this type of music in videos is prohibited and can not be uploaded on this site.  Oh well, I guess my movie will just have to be a silent film.  Unfortunately it was more of a documentary where the subject is talking and the music in the background is what was muted.

In the process to find royalty free music that you can either purchase and use or download sample music that is free, I found a couple websites that might be useful for your next video/movie creation.

My personal favorite music background:

These guys are really good at soundtrack creation and have awesome websites to sample their music ensemble.  I do believe you have to pay for some of their music or ask permission to use it in your movie but some do allow you to download .MP3 samples. This quality (.mp3) is not good enough for those using Final Cut Pro but you can try and up-sample the song to an .aiff file and then import that file into Final Cut Pro or Express.

Some of these sites offer applications or software of some sort to demo and try, which adds a little more freedom when searching for that perfect musical score to fit your video masterpiece. Enjoy.