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Original entry posted: Tue Aug 5 14:59:18 2008

That Fuzzy Bastard @ Wed Aug 6 11:58:14 2008 EST

Groovy! Very nicely put together, and I love the shaky animation effect.

If I may offer a couple of tips for the video:

-Dissolving from one part of an interview to another looks weird. My advice is to use a 3-frame white flash instead, either by creating a color matte and setting it's opacity to 0, then 100, then 0, or by using a Dip To Color dissolve, with white as the color and 3 frames as the length. This is a common reality-TV trick, and it makes things look miraculously smoother.

-When shooting interviews, remember your kick light! A nice white outline on the hair does a lot to make the subject jump out of the background, especially when you've got sort of a dull background, as you do here. You can also try putting some attractively chopped tinfoil on a light, and pointing that at your background, to give it some texture. Also, I think lightening the whole video, then saturating the color a bit more, might give you a brighter, warmer look, in keeping with the friendliness of the host.

Hope this is helpful in future video endevours, as it sounds like those are coming---I'll look forward to 'em.

Thomas @ Wed Aug 6 12:23:47 2008 EST

Thanks! I'll bear those in mind. My lighting experience is basically nil. Lots to learn.

It's funny about the saturation and color. The camera I'm using (Canon GL2) seems to have screwy white balance no matter what I do, so I did some tweaking in Final Cut to get it looking warmer. Then, when I exported to QT, it seemed like it desaturated again. Exporting to MPEG, on the other hand, ended up a little garish.

Mostly, I was just happy to get the Good Eats-ripoff text cards working fairly well.

That Fuzzy Bastard @ Wed Aug 6 13:59:21 2008 EST

You might have already done this, but if not, I recommend googling "three-point lighting". That's the basic interview setup, and some familiarity with the theory and practice of it will carry you through most interview shoots.

And yeah, color is a dark art, especially when combined with exporting. Generally I focus on getting dark patches out, warming up skin tones as much as possible, then doing a whole lotta trial and error in the export process. I'll often create a separate timeline of interview footage, just a couple seconds long, so I can play with different export settings there with minimal export time.

Good luck!

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