Cleaning your front element

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tom hardwick
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I've been sent a wedding VHS from a prospective client.
"We've wound it to the bit we like and can you do the same sort of thing for us please?" Of course I can - all the editor's done is selected stills from the timeline (predominantly close-up faces) and dumped them alongside some music. No attempt made at cutting to the beat.

A single camera shoot. Tripod, boring, static, predictable. Quality pretty
good. But not once, not twice, not three times but FOUR times out came the
grotty hanky and wiped the lens clean!! Yes, while the service was running!
Can you imagine what it looks like to have the inside glass of your 34" Sony telly rubbed over with a snotty hankie? Four times?? I can even hear it squeeking.

I was gobsmacked. No editing attempt to insert a cutaway, big advertising logo on the tape, the box and at the end of the film. It was a woman videographer (I could hear her speak at times) though of course this has no relevance.

My own films have gone up in my estimation. I still can't quite believe what I've just seen. I've written back saying I hope the video was a freebee, though I know it wasn't.

tom.

Ron Spicer
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Tom - Are you sure you`re right about this. Could it have been a very young girl, or even someone very young sounding like one...... !

(Atcherly, in my earlier days, I took a wedding video - church ceremony only - and some time later was able to see the result of another videographer`s production of the church and reception. Only then did I realise that I was`nt so bead with my own efforts!

Ron

Alan Roberts at work
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Could it have been a joke? I've done things like that for effect - get the viewer involved in a scene then break the attention by cleaning the lens.

tom hardwick
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Yes, me too in Super8 days. But on someone's wedding video during the solemnity of the church service? Er - no.

Mind you the lens wiping was brought about by severe misting of the camera's lens (it was raining outside). So before the wiping interlude we had lots of *very* soft focus misty duey shots to peer through.

OK, most if not all videography involves damage limitation on the editing bench. What surprised me was that this hadn't even been attempted.

tom.