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Old 11-15-2007, 06:00 PM
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Default Where The Zune Videos Were Shot

I've seen a couple of questions/comments about how my videos were shot (one person commented they thought I used a steadycam), so I thought it might be interesting for Zune Thoughts readers to see where and how <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/ThoughtsMedia" target="_blank">all of the Zune videos</a> were shot. Ok, here's a peek behind the Thoughts Media kimono...<br /><br /><img border="1" src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/500/zt/auto/1195015164.usr1.jpg" alt="" /><br /><br />Basically, it's a photography light table. It's soft white plastic that absorbs and diffuses light, and provides a white back-drop for the objects I'm filming or shooting. Two fluorescent light bulbs provide extra light, with an overhead natural light provides the bulk of the light. I sometimes turn off the main light if I want to lower the overall light level. The camera is a Canon GL2, a three-chip minDV camera that's a few years old but still provides awesome video quality and has crisp optics. The tri-pod is a Manfrotto, with a Manfrotto 501 head - that's the secret to the smooth gliding motions. The audio was picked up by the Canon GL2 microphone, though I may investigate some sort of improved audio input.<br /><br />The videos were edited and uploaded inside Premiere Elements 4.0, though the program crashed on me several times and I generally don't think much of it in terms of robustness or stability. I may switch to Vegas Video since that software has always rocked.<br /><br />There you have it, some of my trade secrets. But no one can ever duplicate my sparkling personality! ;-)
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:49 PM
Ricardo Dawkins
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nice setup there, man. Looks quite professional.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:49 PM
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Great post, nice to pull back the curtain once in a while. And Vegas does rock.

btw, anyway to allow us to embed our zune cards in forum posts? Maybe through here?

cheers.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:45 PM
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I have to confess I've never actually used Premiere Elements but I can give a huge thumbs up to Vegas...
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:28 PM
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Great post, nice to pull back the curtain once in a while. And Vegas does rock.
Glad you liked the post. I haven't used Vegas Video since version 4.0, but keep meaning to email Sony and ask for a review copy so I can check out what's new. I remember it being quite fast and stable - snap snap, everything was quick. I hate how sluggish Premiere Elements 4.0 is. Does Vegas still have that ultra-kick ass multi-machine rendering thing?

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btw, anyway to allow us to embed our zune cards in forum posts? Maybe through here?
Good question. Let me address this on the front page, since I think some discussion would be beneficial.
 
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:29 PM
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I have to confess I've never actually used Premiere Elements but I can give a huge thumbs up to Vegas...
Cool, thanks for the suggestion, I'll definitely have to give Vegas a look in the new year...
 
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