American Goldfinch DSLR video; filmed in Cape May, New Jersey

It was a real treat to get some close footage of our vibrant state bird recently.  I knew that I would want footage from several different angles to create diversity… even in a short wildlife video.  Varying the focal lengths and my angle of view on the birds was how I tackled that challenge.

Footage shot in 1080p at 30fps on the Canon EOS 7D with the tripod mounted Tamron SP 150-600mm VC zoom lens.  DSLR was set to the desired shutter speed of 1/60th of a second and I adjusted the aperture and ISO value to get as good of an exposure as possible for each clip.  Unfortunately it was a windy day so I had to strip the audio of the birds interacting and feeding.  I don’t think anyone would have enjoyed listening to the hissing and popping caused by the wind hitting the microphone outdoors.

Fingers and Fretboard

A short guitar video (of myself) that I recorded and edited recently in New Jersey.

Manually prefocusing two cameras on the position my guitar would be at was a challenge in itself.  I actually took a cardboard box from a photography light stand and laid it in place as a marker for focusing.  Took me about 3 tries to really guess exactly where my Ibanez guitar would be.  I had external microphones from both cameras wired fairly close to where my small guitar amplifier was on the ground.

After setting the manual video exposures on both cameras, I started rolling and slid myself into position.  Took me about 7 minutes on this take to get a 45 second musical passage that I was happy enough with.

Video post-processing first involved syncing the full 7 minute clips by matching peaks on the audio waveforms.  After that, it was a matter of cutting to whichever video feed I wanted to be viewed for the guitar part being played.  I did some color corrections, highlight tweaks, and selective saturation before rendering out the AVI file.

 

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