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Agree with everything Jack said. Here are a few more suggestions:
(6) Capture lots of sound. (Even if it’s dark and the video is not so great. If you go to see something like a history or native dance performance that could provide some nice background for your other edits.
(7) If your camcorder has external audio input and a shoe mount, consider attaching a small zoom microphone. (Like the Rode VideoMic … check Craigslist for a deal on a used one.)
(8) I have a $100 Zoom H1 digital recorder that’s great for capturing external sound.
(9) Save all of your receipts, brochures, tickets. Scan them when you get home, you might be able to use these as stills in the video
(10) Make sure your traveling companion(s) are aware of the camera. My wife always walks ahead while I’m shooting, then complains ’cause the camera is always looking at her butt.
(11) Let someone else operate the camera so you can be in the video
(12) Carry a mini tripod
(13) Trekking in Australia? I have a telescoping walking stick; when the top knob is unscrewed it becomes a monopod
(14) If you’re the video person, make sure everyone is shooting stills and movies with their phones or point ‘n shoot cameras. Use it for B-roll when you edit.
(15) Use the smartphone’s “flashlight” function to illuminate things when it’s too dark
(16) Every place visit starts a new chapter for the tale of your journey. Each chapter needs its own shots for establishing, medium, closeups, people, location sound, etc. Write down every shot you’ll need on an index card and tape it to your camera or camera bag. Keep checking it to make sure you come home with everything you need for the edit.
Hope these provide some extra help.
Verbal agreements are worth the paper they’re written on. Nevertheless, it’s worth filing an action in Small Claims Court
Great tip Graham I’m found my iLife 9 disc and will archive it somewhere safe!
What if it’s not a live event? Just want to mark-up a home video to make it more fun. Maybe an inexpensive plug-in?
Polar Bears in Churchill Canada. Just returned, made this quick trailer in iMovie.
Your Macbook Pro has some decent specs; but data transfer for 4K production will be painfully slow from the internal HDD. You're going to need a fast Thunderbolt RAID to serve up those huge 4K files, even if you upgrade the computer … so I suggest that you invest in a Thunderbolt RAID before buying a new iMac.
Plus, inexpensive to upgrade the RAM in your MacBook Pro to 16GB. That might be all you need for now.
Then I'd save my cash, wait for the second generation of the 27" iMac with Retina Display (2016?). Buy it with an SSD, upgrade the processor. Bring it home, plug in my Thunderbolt RAID, good to go!
The new iMacs with Retina Display look pretty nice. But all of the iMacs are capable.
I'm using a 27" iMac from 2011, works great with FCPX (I don't have an Adobe subscription). When I bought it I upgraded the processor to Intel i7 and internal SSD. So I expect it will meet my editing needs for several more years.
Go for SSD or Fusion internal drive, the regular HDDs take too long to boot and load programs.
Regardless of iMac choice, your satisfaction when editing long-form videos is going to depend upon the speed of external Thunderbolt RAID drives. I'm using a DROBO 5D but there are faster solutions you could consider.
A few quick ideas:
Maybe chage the color saturation. sepia?
Put imaginary inside a frame, smaller than the resolution of the non-imaginary? If comic, this could be a thought bubble?
Music change? Sound effects? Record an ambient noise to softly underlay the imaginary?
Alter the imaginary voices – slight reverb or other special effect?
Put the voices out of sync with the lip movement?
Good luck, this is one of the "fun" parts of editing. Try a bunch of things, post a few of them here so we can see how it's going!
That was fun, Graham! Looked like they were blowing dirt [into?] your water tanks?
Wouldn't it be good form for new members to contribute something to Videomaker's Forums before promoting their own videos, products, and services? There are lots of first-timer videos here, but not much critique/suggestions/etc.
"Just sayin'…" There's not enough discussion here!
Funny video, John. Is that your daughter? She's a great actress.
No problem playing the video on my 2011 iMac. Perhaps blocked on mobile devices?
I watched with special interest, 'cause my dad served in Surinam as part of the US Navy in WWII.
As a music video, the scenes were interesting, you captured some interesting shots, angles, & camera moves. The montage held interest for the duration of first song.
But I feel that a fifteen-minute "Trip Video" needs to tell some sort of story to hold the viewer's interest. This could be narration, titles, graphics (maps), etc. When you play this movie for your friends, you probably prepare them with some description, or give a narrative while they watch? Maybe try inserting something like that into your movie.
By the way, Hindu is one of Surinam's major religions. I've been to India, always wondered if a traveler would find any similarities in South America. Did you see any festivals, temples, etc?
Awesome Bill thanks
Wow thanks for the well thought-out reply!
I've got some soul-searching to do. Well, BlackMagic's pricing on the BMPCC is good until the end of August, and I don't have any immediate travel plans … 4 weeks to think about it.
Once again, thanks for the terrific answer!
Jeff you are right about 13GB for an hour of DV. It's been so long since I've done it my memory is faulty.