A short video of Dublin Zoo, Ireland

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superj
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Hi

Yesterday my wife and I went to Dublin Zoo in Ireland for a trip.

I decided to take along my camera and film something of the animals.

I did this for 2 reasons:

  1. To record what we saw and showcase the zoo a bit
  2. To learn to use my Canon XM2 (GL2) in manual mode

I have had the camera for about 1 year now and this was the first time that I tried it in manual mode.

Can you guys give me some feedback on how it looks in terms of colour and lighting and DOF.

short film about dublin zoo

I did it all handheld, so I know that it is shakey in places.

Also I uploaded it to you tube just using the Sony PSP settings (mp4) in Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0.2. Is that the best quality I can get it onto you tube at?

Thanks

J

Flame1
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Hi Superj

My honest opinion is technically i personally thought it was fair to poor!

The reason i say this. apart from the shaky footage(i have a thing about shaky footage...it never sits right with me) which you acknowledged, most shots after a cut were either zooming out or zooming in to the shot. Their was a point that cut after cut you were zooming out and it became uncomfortable. The shot following on from the giraffe walking towards the camera did not fit with me! It was not a natural progression.
The cut further on with the ape was cut too quickly as you were zooming in.

Difficult for me to comment on colour and lighting as its highly compressed, i would not like to judge...maybe someone else could, but for me...no.

However i did like some shots and generally i love animals, so from that point of view it was pleasant to watch.

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Mike Pulcinella
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Not too bad for a first attempt, but you gotta go easy on the zoom! You had way too many consecutive zoom out shots.

As for the color, it looks a bit dark and faded on my screen but that could just be theYoutube compression. What is the bitrate in your MPEG4 settings? The higher they are, the better...up to a point.

Flame1
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Hey Mike,

We both answered at the same time and pretty much said the same thing...how funny:)
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Mike Pulcinella
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Flame1 wrote:
Hey Mike,

We both answered at the same time and pretty much said the same thing...how funny:)
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I noticed that! Funny!

To be fair, the zoom criticism was pretty obvious, but that's the point of this forum, isn't it? It's difficult for anyone, especially a novice, to see his/her work objectively. I'm sure SuperJ is seeing his video a little differently now. There are things about my early videos that I can no longer stand to watch because of the way my eyes have been educated right here in this forum.

superj
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thanks

Hi guys,

thanks very much for the comments.

I'll be honest in saying that I was very pleases with this video when I produced it and even thought the zooming was the right thing to do to keep it interesting!!

I think the most amazing thing about this project was that for the first time I can really see what quality the XM2 can produce. I have burned the dvd of this and watching it on my 32" LCD TV has shown me that when used correctly it can produce amazing clarity and colour.

Have you any sample videos I can watch to get some ideas how I should be going?

My next project will be the Irish Downhill Mountain Bike championships on Saturday.

Here is the last mountain bike video I did at a round of the winter league.

Winter league video

Can you give me some feeback on it before I go on Saturday

Thanks

J

Mike Pulcinella
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Just ready to run out for the weekend so I need to be brief.

Zooms are amatuerish for the most part. If you see one in my vid it's becauase I had no choice but to use the clip. What makes something interesting is when something interesting is HAPPENING. Zooming in (or out) on nothing still equals nothing.

The music you chose for the bike race vid is completely inappropriate. it does nothing for the visuals and I think detracts from them. You have a good eye for following fast motion, I'll give you that, but keep the interviews shorter. The first one is too long and the second can't really be heard well. I think with a little tighter editing and a really good piece of music your next vid will be much better.

Take a look at the "Strongman" clip on my website here...

http://mikepulcinella.com/home/portfolio.html

I'm particularly happy with how the music emphasizes the action. You might want to try to have portions of your bike race vid be high-energy montages like this of various runs and audience reactions. Don't forget the audience reactions!!

Gotta go! Good luck!