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    To me that looks like a basic compositing. It’s something you can do just about every editing program you place the new version of the building on the lower timeline, and then place The still photo of the damaged building on the upper timeline and align them. Next you make a matte that hides the parts of the photo of the old building you don’t want to see and use the matte to reveal what’s on the lower layer.
    It’s easier to understand if you watch it being done on YouTube, look for compositing videos.

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    Are you using the waveform monitor to check your exposure? That’s what you need to be doing. Or try auto exposure because often it will make better choices than you can.
    And what white balance setting are you using? Check with the lighting people and ask them if they use tungsten lights or daylight-balanced lights (you want to know the underlying color of the lights before they have colored gels or color effects applied). Then set your white balance to whichever they say. You can also just experiment, shooting part of a rehearsal on tungsten and part on daylight and decide which you prefer.

    in reply to: Can I get some help? #215224
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    As far as software, make sure you have the newest version of MovieMaker but also investigate whether Panasonic has free editing software for your camera.
    One thing that will help quite a bit: Slow down your pans to very, very slow. If you watch professionally produced documentaries their pans just creep along. Also, if you want to do pans like that, you almost always need a tripod unless you have the coordination of a ballet dancer.
    The alternative if you want to show a bunch of quilts would be to shoot each one individually and cut the clips together. You don’t need to move the camera very much, especially if you’re just starting out.

    in reply to: Pro 2/3-inch 3-CCD camcorders—Better than a DSLR? #215155
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    Wow. Thanks guys. I always assumed that if you want to play with the big boys, you need to bring the same toys.
    But it’s always a mystery to me when I go to a news event and the camera guys from the big networks are all using old school, shoulder mounted 40 lb. ENG cameras (mainly Sony) while everyone else is using cameras ranging from beat up 70Ds and Canon XF300s to FS7s to various flavors of Red.

    So, if I understand, are you saying that it’s not the 3-chip imaging chain that makes the cameras more suited to NBC/CBS/ABC/CNN broadcast world. It’s more that their audiences expect a certain look when they tune in and that’s what those cameras deliver?

    in reply to: Is 4k worth it #215064
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    I’ve had the same observation. In my experience the quality comes from the lenses more so than the sensor.
    I will say, however, that when uploading video to YouTube, they compress 4K video differently than they do regular video and it winds up looking better. So I export all my video, 1080 and 4K at 4K for upload. In other words I upload everything at 4k whether it was originally shot that way or not. That makes a noticeable difference.

    in reply to: Filming a conversation where people are in different lo ations #215006
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    Are you talking about Skyping? Could you be a little more specific? Are you shooting this for a film? For streaming? What do you plan to do with the footage after it is shot?

    in reply to: Remedies For Sticking Tripod Head? #214882
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    The part number is “Manfrotto R116,23. Grease”
    Beware that fluid head lubricants are hellishly expensive—the Manfrotto version is $41 in 2016, but they’re all at that level.

    in reply to: Rendering Speeds #214861
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    And one other thing to add if you are thinking about chasing faster performance: newer editing programs use different parts of your computer to render video you might want to check whether your program relies more on the graphics chip for the CPU.

    in reply to: Rendering Speeds #214852
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    It’s extremely variable, but 1:1 is not bad in my experience.

    in reply to: Lens filter buying advice #214803
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    You don’t need filters you need diffusers to shade your subject; they are a big square or rectangle of white fabric on a frame that you put between your subject in the sun. In the movie industry they’re called silks or butterflies and they come in sizes from about 2 x 2 to 12 x 12

    However if you really think you need filters, search for what is called a low contrast filter, they’re expensive but they come in different strengths depending on how much you need to cut the contrast

    in reply to: Help!! DSLR or Camcorder #214802
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    Unless it’s your sole business, it usually doesn’t make sense to buy a camcorder. If people are paying you, they deserve to have their videos done with the best equipment, only way to do that is to rent what you need for the days you need it and add it to your invoice. The often overlooked alternative to purchasing a new camera is to upgrade your lighting equipment because I have found a better and more lights make your images look much better than changing cameras

    in reply to: Shooting Fluorescent #214571
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    Do you get the same problem when shooting at your home with those lights?
    It could be that you’re shooting out of sync with the frequency of your local electricity. Luckily, many cameras have an anti-flicker setting that lets you choose between 50hz and 60hz power. In North America our power is sent out at 60 hz while Europe and most of the rest of the world is at 50hz.
    The other issue might be that if you wife works at a factory, a mining company or some other kind of high-electric usage environment, the power could be something completely different.
    Try shooting with only the office lights on and see what happens.

    in reply to: TRIPOD #214497
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    O’Connor is another good brand. Professionals who I respect say don’t bother with Manfrotto because they’re not as smooth as the others.
    But the bottom line is always go try out as many kinds as you can and ask around if anyone is selling theirs…

    in reply to: Slide motion without stutter #214397
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    First, make sure you wait a couple of days before you view on youtube. Many people feel that the site puts up a quick compression first so you can see it right away and then later replaces it with a higher quality compressed file.
    But it also sounds like you’re running into the camera moving too fast problem. The camera can only capture a certain amount of movement before you get weirdness. Have you tried a slower shutter speed to get more motion blur? Or you you could shoot a big, high-res of the entire scene (stitching if necessary) and pan across it in your editing system.

    in reply to: What is this effect? #214396
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    Which part of the effect are you referring to? The floating globe? The camera movement? The graphics?

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