30 sec tour of Japan

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noddydog
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This was a recent mini task I had to do. I must admit it was fun to cut:

http://www.vimeo.com/5640149

Note that due to the fast cutting and the inability of Vimeo/Net to provide all the frames when streaming, it looks a little more jerky across the Net than it does on my Mac. Fortunatley the end users will not be using it in a streaming context.

Nytram1309
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Loved it!

I'm a newbie around here but can I say I loved it! Can I ask ... is all the footage your own?

I loved the fact that it's only 30 seconds and not at all self indulgent ... I think that's a mistake many of us make. Less is certainly more!!

Any more I can watch?

Cheers

Martyn

Chrome
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Nice one noddy... great content, great edit.

To be honest knowing your work, simply as expected :)

tom hardwick
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Loved it. Transitions worked a treat, as did the changing pace. How many different shots were used?

noddydog
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To be honest I'm not sure how many shots I used. Basically I copied and pasted them from other projects I've shot and edited, hence no more grading needed.

It was a lot of fun to edit since with this type of pace you can throw almost anything in to the mix and it still sorta works. Shame my normal stuff isn't this quick or fun!

sleepytom
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Really nice footage in there... But, wipes? in this day and age?

The sections with hard cuts / fades look so much more professional than the sections with wipes and cube spin transitions. The footage is very good and stands up by itself without needing (or benefiting from) the wipes.

Watch some TV or films and count the wipes, you'll be watching for days until you get to the number of wipes used in your 30 second film! Unless your specifically trying to emulate the look of a 90's wedding video cut on an MX50 then stick to fades and cuts!

Other than that its great, the selection of footage to keep pace with the music is excellent and the general pacing of the edit is superb. The colours are really vibrant and make Japan seem like an exciting and beautiful country.

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noddydog
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Yeah, probably did get carried away with the wipes, but the Star Wars kid in me will never die!

tom hardwick
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No - I'm with noddydog. The transitions were so beautifully timed and so sudden I didn't feel they dated the film in any way. The 'hand claps' complimented the audio to a tee.

The lack of transitions in today's footage is as much of a fashion statement as the MX50's inclusion of them in the 90s.

Bob Aldis
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tom hardwick wrote:
No - I'm with noddydog. The transitions were so beautifully timed and so sudden I didn't feel they dated the film in any way. The 'hand claps' complimented the audio to a tee.

The lack of transitions in today's footage is as much of a fashion statement as the MX50's inclusion of them in the 90s.

I agree and it has made me think again about transition lengths. I have tended to make the odd one long enough to be admired :) but using this technique I can indulge myself more.

Bob Aldis

stuart621
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I think the transitions are just fine and fit in well with a piece like this. For something fast paced, it would be madness to use fades as all it would do would be to jar with the speed of the video (sorry - for me, a film is something you go to see at the cinema! :)). You might get away with the odd dissolve but as it stands, the video works very well.

The only thing I have a huge dislike of is speeded up motion but having said that, in a short piece like this it doesn't stick out to much.