Guess we all do it. We go some where, and we bring a camera, and we shoot and shoot, or film? When we come home from the trip, we copy it all to the Hard-drive, and maybe even edit some of them before we share them on Facebook. We could of course just show it all to our neighbor as it is, if we want to be sure he don’t come back … asking for the lawnmower…. I previously posted a page with images from a trip to Lapland, a trip that gave me a chance to create some good images, that even goes well as stock-images. Again, its a good idea to have a flexible camera when traveling, one that shoots good/excellent still images, but also provides good video. I will later address issues like weather sealing and other things that might come handy when choosing a good camera for preserving your holiday memories.
Now back to the part about video; There is just one down side to shooting video when on a holiday trip, and that is the time you eventually will have to spend editing the movie files, at least if you expect some one to look at your video. Take your time to cut away things that are not necessary, stabilize you shaky film clips, and maybe add some of the images to the movie, so you can present your trip in one single SHORT film. One thing you need to think about if you want to use images in your movie, have them as horizontal images. It look kind of amateurish having images taken in portrait orientation, leaving a black bar on each side of the frame in your movie.
You should not think in short clips veil you film, please help your self and get 3 to 4 sec of recording before and after the clip you want in the final video. The worst thing is to not have enough length in the clip when putting things together. Framing is also important, not only esthetics vice, but also take in to consideration if you think you will need to stabilize the video later.
When you editing program preforms stabilization it not only stabilize it, it will also have to zoom in a bit, so that the final clip will be enlarged compared to the original, but it is of course depending on how much stabilization you need to do. When filming veil you move, walk etc it´s good to not frame the movie to tight, give a little extra space in the viewfinder, and if you don’t need to stabilize afterwards, you can always just re-frame the whole thing by zooming in when you edit. (here is one advantage having 4K video, but that we also will have to get back to later)
Some thoughts about sound –
I you “only” plan to upload your video to YouTube, you have a great source for sound, and music files on your hand and all for free – right there on YouTube. Here is a link to the files at YouTube. (link will open in a new window) If you use the music and sound-files from YouTube, you can not use it commercially, but I guess that is OK. If you want to take it a bit further with the music there are places where you can download files, and use them for free in your projects, as long as you remember to give credits to the owner of the material. Remember to read carefully on the website what is required of you when using the content. Here is a link to Sound Image, a site I use a lot. (Link will open in a new window) Now that we also have the music in place its just to start editing. I will get back with some tips and tricks on using programs like “Lightworks” and some other editing software packages later in the winter. If you can’t waint here is a little teaser. You can click on the image to get to the registration and download page for “Lightworks” here. When you have started to download you will see some nice instruction videos below on your screen, and please take your time to watch them, they will make you editing life so much easier. You can also find them here on this link (Link will open in a new window). “Lightworks” have versions for both Linux, Mac and Windows. Please do not give up too fast if you start using this software – it takes a little bit of effort to get started but please keep in mind that this is professional software, It will take you far in your venture of creating stunning movies. I will get back with more on this software later in the winter.
What did I get out of the trip to Lapland? Take a look and judge for your self. The final result was not as important as enjoying good company, and just live the moment feeling the coldness of Lapland veil viewing the beauty of light and landscapes. Some might argue that I did not pick the right music for this – sorry for that, since it is very important. The sound for this film was downloaded from YouTube. Music and sound is half of you creation, so if you like I did in this little movie, fail giving the right feeling to the images and footage, the viewer will loose interest, so this might serve as a good example of what not to do.
If there were single events on the trip that might have some special interest for some viewers you can make a special edition out of them and on my trip I saved up all the skiing clips for a separate movie, since I had more clips from that event than the others, and they did not fit together with the rest of the footage, due to color and activity.
What about the files that turned out bad, wrong, too shaky, not in level, not in focus, grainy – you name it. You could have some fun with it, instead of feeling bad about it. In the movie below, I played around with all the material that after the first evaluation had ended up in the trash bin, but then I took a second look at it, added some “salt” and cooked together some eatable stuff. This little movie is called “Up North”. All the sound has been taken from Sound Image.
This was just a few sentences about video filming during a holiday trip, and more will come, just need some more holiday.
Wish you all the best capturing your memories
Stine Lise Nielsen