Great question Randy! In fact, I had this very same question when I first started using Premiere Pro CS5. I was lucky enough to be pointed in the right direction by a fellow HDSLR shooter and Premiere user, Richard Allen Crook. Below are a couple of screenshots I took of the settings I use to produce a 1080p, 16:9 aspect ratio video and 1080p 2.35:1 cropped cinema version. Please remember, the export setting’s I use below is what has worked for me and might not necessarily be the right way to do it. Continue reading
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After reading Nino Leitner’s Epic DSLR Viewfinder Review, I knew what had to be purchased next, an LCD viewfinder. There are quite a few viewfinders out on the market, however I had narrowed it down to the LCDVF 3:2 and the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro 2.5. It did’nt take me long to decide which unit to get and there were three reasons why I went with the LCDVF:
1) LCDVF has introduced a viewfinder made specifically for the Canon T2i/550D and it’s 3:2 screen. So when I got it home, I knew it would fit my platform perfectly. This was my most deciding factor.
2) Cost. The LCDVF clocks in at $119.00, and the Zacuto 2.5 at $395.00. Not a huge concern, but after hearing that Zacuto has something that could be “game changing” in the works, I did’nt want to drop money on a Zacuto product that could be obsolete in a few months. More on this, see #3. Continue reading
I got back from lunch this afternoon, and to my great surprise, a box from Jag35.com was waiting for me on my desk. Inside was David Aldrich’s latest version of his D|Focus, follow focus system.
I currently do not use rods or a cage, so I also ordered the D|Mount, which will allow me to attach directly to my CanonT2i/550D. I quickly unboxed both items and placed on my camera. Looks like there are several different ways to configure, in the pictures below is one way I have found, (please let me know if you come up with something better).
Aug. 21, 2010 – Officially released! Thank you for watching the debut music video for unsigned, San Antonio musician, Josh Glenn and first time director/editor, Rod Guajardo.
I learned quickly that, while you can get amazing depth of view, it also requires a lot of manual focusing (something I’m still getting used to). I’ve found it quite cumbersome to stay focused on subjects that are moving (like my 1 year old son). I noticed in some of your shots in your monopod/tripod post that you have some sort of extended ring around your lens. What is that thing called? Do you have any recommendations? (I was looking at http://www.indisystem.com/products/snap_gears) Do you have to get one specifically for each lens? Are they expensive? Does it make a big difference? Best Regards! -Jeff
Are you a Premiere Pro CS5 user? Can’t afford the full blown version of Magic Bullet Looks? In April 2010, the fine people at Red Giant Software have made Magic Bullet Looks 20 Limited available for registered Premiere Pro CS5 users for FREE! This plug-in gives you an introduction to Magic Bullet Looks with 20 presets. So what are you waiting for? Head on over to the download page, fill out the registration page, and get started!
I first heard about the indiSYSTEM indiSLIDERmini while browsing the forums at cinema5d.com. I really wanted to try out a portable dolly system but the majority of the one’s I found online were out of my budget starting at $500 and up.
I was pretty impressed with the sample video’s others had posted so I quickly logged into their website and placed my order. A few days later my new slider arrived and was waiting for me at my desk. Packaged securely in a cardboard box, I open it up, took a quick look and placed it back in where it would have to wait until I got home to play with it further.
via youtube.com – Rod, Okay, so this is stunningly beautiful. Do you mind if I ask you some advice?
I just got my hands on a T2i, primarily for the video capability (though I am more of a still photographer). What I am dying to know is, what did you do to get such stunning color, contrast, clarity etc? I see you used the stock lens, that is mind boggling to me… What software did you use to enhance the video, and how can I get started learning these techniques?
Thanks in advance. – TheOriginalPol
ANSWER: Congratulations on your new T2i! You already have a head start with being a still photographer and familiar with Adobe products. I’ll try to answer your questions the best I can, however, remember these are just my opinions and what works for me.
Great question! You made a great move by picking up the T2i, however you may have made an even better choice by thinking of using CS5 to edit your footage. I am a avid PC user, and unfortunetly Final Cut Pro is not available for us. Pre-CS5, if you wanted to edit HD footage you have to convert it first with another program like MPEG Streamclip. That is no longer the case, you can edit natively! That means you can take the files directly off your camera, drag them into Premiere Pro and you are rolling! Check out this youtube video from Adobe Ambassador, Jon Barrie, who goes over some of the new great features. -Rod
Hope this helps!
via email – Rod, I was on YouTube and found a couple of your videos, while my search for the best dSLR for HD recording. I enjoyed both very much as I am a new Dad and want to capture as much of my kids on video as I can. Your shorts have made me realize that the T2i is the right choice for me but if I could ask, how do you keep the camera so study while panning or sweeping? I was thinking about getting a monopod but any suggestions would be very much appreciated. -Doug
We woke up Sunday morning with no plans. So we packed up the kiddos and headed to downtown San Antonio. It was a wonderful afternoon spent outdoors around the Alamo. Continue reading
The family and I took a little day trip down to Port Aransas, Texas for Memorial Day. We had a great time! Beautiful weather, warm water, and the kids really enjoyed being on the beach again. If you have never been to Port A, or haven’t been in a while, we definitely recommend it! Continue reading