Video behind the scenes

This is a totally techy post, so if you are not interested in all the challenges of video making, feel free to skip. But if you make videos and are curious as to all the things that had to be done for the Staff Shift video that I talked about in my previous post, read on! (Or if you just like reading behind the scenes stories of everything that goes wrong, you might find it interesting too.)

The shooting was actually pretty stressful. I miscalculated the time and only had 15 minutes to set up before everyone came down to begin shooting. Fortunately people helped me out but I was sweating bullets. My cheeks are red in the video not because I’m healthy looking but because I’m sweating to death!

We didn’t have a straight wall in the church that wasn’t covered over by some kind of signage or artwork, so we used the back wall of the worship center, which was curved.

We need a microphone because there was major echo in the worship center. We only had a little lapel mic and no stand. So we put the mic between the chairs. Bad idea. It worked great for the first take, but after that it moved so that on the final take, every time someone sat down, there was a big CLUNK or THUNK A CLUNK CLUNK! I had to go into the video and edit out all the clunks. Unfortunately sometimes people talked over the clunks, so there is a slight bit of noise. Every time I cut out a clunk, I pasted in a clip of the ambient room noise. After I showed this to my daughter, she told me that the director books tell you that you should always record a full minute of ambient room noise for just that reason.

This is what happens when you learn everything on your own instead of taking classes.

Some people talked really quietly so I had to raise the audio levels so there was a big hum.

This is what happens when you have no money to buy equipment. At least we try to be creative and I think the end result was pretty good considering we weren’t able to have the right equipment!

Some people sat down slower than others and there were long gaps. So I added in a transition called Wind Blur Cross, a free plug-in from Too Much Too Soon.

When Jamie sat down, because he had a light shirt, the entire camera dimmed the exposure so he was much darker than the others. I had to use the Color Corrector to brighten just that clip and then cross fade between the clips before and after Jamie’s talking.

Alex flubbed his lines (which made everyone feel better, because Alex is like Superman who does everything well), and it was impossible to try to cut between that and the other takes. So I sped it up, reversed it and added the fast forward noise (which actually was the track of everyone talking as we were sitting in the chairs, sped up by 500%). In the end, it actually was a good break from what pretty much was the same thing of everyone jumping in a chair, talking, and jumping out.

There was also the usual splicing and cross-fading of the music track (which was too long) and adjustment of volume levels for when people were talking.

And so we come to the end of the very technobabble jargony explanation.

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