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EMP – Project Evaluation

project evaluation

Synopsis

Having previously worked with the voluntary organisation RELAYS (Regional Educational Legacy in Arts and Youth Sport) we were asked to work with them to film and produce a series of short videos recording the Sport activities organised for the ‘Free Your Fitness’ project.

Sports Edge Video Productions

‘Free You Fitness’ project is a Lottery funded project to enable Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth students to get involved in a Sport. The videos would be used by sportBU for presentations to Sport England and would also be used by BU Sports Management students in their final year projects.

Objectives and Approach.

I worked in a team with Aleksandra Leontyeva for this module, with each of us working  in clearly defined roles, although these could and have been interchangeable as required, but in the main my personal key responsibilities have been first the capture of the visuals and then the editing and post production.

In addition to my key responsibilities I have also been involved in the marketing of our work on the Internet. One of my ideas was to create a separate website dedicated to showcase the videos we have produced to help promote our YouTube Channel and in particular with the aim of improving our listing position in the Google search results.

Marketing in the MomentWebsite Links to our videos – help promote and improve our listing positions in Google search results and therefore increase traffic to our videos and increasing the views.

This project can be broken down into three parts.

  • Part one was to work with an external client, in this case SportBU to produce videos from the Sports Activities organised for the “Free Your Fitness” project for their presentation to Sport England and the project stakeholders.
  • Part Two was the creation of a YouTube Channel for the submission of our work for this unit and to showcase our work to the general public.
  • Part Three involved the marketing of the videos and the YouTube Channel using Social Networks including Facebook and Twitter.

Pre-production, organisation and planning

After three years at University, Aleksandra and myself have acquired excellent film making skills, the experience we have gained from working on many Film projects mean that we are very well organised as a team. We quickly created a detailed plan for each of the sport activities we intended to film, allocated time for editing and methods for delivering the content to the client. Including saving to memory sticks and uploading to the YouTube Channel, which we created specifically for this project and titled Sports Edge Video Productions.

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We set ourselves three key deadlines:-

  1. The first was to deliver a range of sports videos for a group of Sports Management Bournemouth University students to use in their final projects by the end of February but this was rescheduled by the students to March.
  2. The second deadline was to deliver video content suitable for sportBU to use for the Sport England presentation scheduled for Friday 19th April 2013.
  3. The final deadline was for our personal hand in and critique for May 2nd 2013, which would include the content created for the YouTube Channel and of the marketing of the channel/videos using Social Networks.

I’ve created individual Blog entries for each of the filming sessions and what we did for each sport in order to film and decide on editing choices, but in general we split the filming duties.

Bournemouth Velodrome 1Filming Sports Creatively – ‘You need to get the camera low and follow the action’

For example I tended to concentrate on capturing the sports action and look for opportunities to use new camera angles including the use of the GoPro to create an alternative perspective POV. Aleksandra complimented this by filming close ups and the social aspect of the sport. However we swapped roles as necessary to make sure that we captured as much footage as we could. One of the key points we learned when filming live sports is that you have to be in the right place at the right time to get the shot and there’s little opportunity to re-shoot.

Pre-production – Time Management and Project Management

For time management in particular we made use of Social Networks by creating Facebook Events for each of the filming sessions, which reminded us when we were online what, where and when we had to be to film.

EMP EventsTime Management – ‘It’s about being organised, having a plan and sticking to it’ using Facebooks Events service was the perfect solution for organising/planning filming sessions at multiple venues over a period of weeks/months.

I started off by using an online Gantter Chart for project planning, which can be shared with other team members as I’ve used for my previous projects and then added Facebook Events, which turned out to be much more successful for planning the Filming sessions and organising as I’ve already mentioned what we needed to do, at what location and when. I’ve posted a dedicated Blog entry for this which can be found click here.

Athletics Track - On Your MarksBetween filming sessions we allocated editing time immediately after each event so that we would have videos completed at each stage of the project, which could then be presented to the client who we arranged to meet with on several occasions during the project. At  these meetings we also agreed any changes in the order of the events, the dates/times and at the same time the client may have asked us for something specific to be included in our videos. This for example could have included getting video of the organising staff or photographs/screengrabs for presentations.

Links to individual Blog postings for each sport

Pre-production Planning – Storyboards and Shot Lists

In the early stages of this project I started off creating detailed storyboards (Slide shows for an example click here) and shots lists in the usual manner as for any previous short film project, an example of which was the detailed shot list and outline I created for the Boxing session, which can be found in this Blog post click here.

Boxing Shot ListFor filming Sports we had to be more adaptable have an open mind rather than work to detailed shot lists and storyboards

Following a tutorial with Liam I was advised to instead film the sports without a preconceived plan or detailed shot shot and be more spontaneous and adaptable to events as they unfolded. The idea behind this was that as I have on many previous projects carry out intensive planning and I tend to like to control all aspects of a production and in live sports this is just not possible. With this in mind for the majority of sports activities we filmed there was a basic outline of what we were looking for, an idea of the type of shots we wanted for example I wanted shots of the surfers taken into the Sun, so I made sure that I got those but other than these generalities I kept an open mind and just recorded as much footage as possible with as much variation in shots as possible.

Post Production

I created several edits for each of the sports activities that we filmed giving each of them a unique quality. For some I focused on the visual qualities, the narrative or for some it was the soundtrack that was important to the final edit. In all, between us we created 35 videos for sports including:- Surfing, Volleyball, Track Cycling, Golf, Athletics and Judo.

Athletics Track Coaching SessionIn all, between us we created 35 videos for sports including:- Surfing, Volleyball, Track Cycling, Golf, Athletics and Judo

Some of the experimentation was created in Camera, by this I mean I selected a picture style (see this Blog post for  details click here) or a method of moving the camera that was new to me.  I experimented with Lens Whacking a method where the lens is removed from the camera mount and by changing the angle/focal plane you can change/introduce exposure changes while at the same time moving the focus point. I also tried several new camera angles and shot the majority of the footage handheld intentionally using a camera rig, details of which can be found in this dedicated Blog post click here.

I also used several post production techniques to simulate camera movements which could not be created at the time of filming, for example using scaling to simulate a zoom in or out, or to key in a tracking movement in Premiere Pro to simulate the use of a camera slide/dolly movement. I would combine several video transformations to stablelise an image or to follow or centralise the movement of the action on screen. A good example of this is tracking the cyclists as they cycled around the Velodrome, even though I tried my best to follow the movement as steadily as possible using the camera handheld it was still very difficult to keep the cyclist central in the frame. Screen Grab of Premier Pro

I solved this issue in post production by keying in horizontal and vertical points to help centralise the cyclist in the centre of the screen. In most cases I limited my modifications in post production to those that enhance the quality of or the movement of the image rather than to add special effects just for the sake of adding them, but they do have their place and I’m happy to have made use of them when required. Certainly my knowledge and skills with Premiere Pro and After Effects have grown even in the last few months working on this project working on the editing of over 30 videos for the YouTube Channel.

GolfCreativity in Post Production – ‘Using Video Transformations and Colour Grading to add interest’ – changing the duration of the video clips – speeding them up or slowing them down.

My video edits are colour graded or use an effect to add interest to the visuals, one example would be the Girls Cycling Event (for Blog post click here) where I layered videos changing opacity and blending modes to create the visual effects. I also used After Effects to colour tone and create a Triptych effect, which can be seen in the video below.

I also made the decision to create Movie style Trailers using iMovies, I’ve not used this editing program much over the last 3 years but I decided to make use of it in this project to create these short trailers. The reason behind this was introduce a different style to some of the edits, it’s very quick to use and the results can be very effective when for example you want to make an impact from just a few video clips. The feedback on these edits was mixed but generally most people liked them. In fact one of my recent iMovie trailers is getting a hit rate of 2 to 1 compared to any other edit.

Music and Soundtrack

I’ve used music that is Royalty Free or Creative Commons adding artist information in the end credits when required. This means that the videos can be monetised on YouTube without any limitations. The soundtrack for the Golf edit is particularly interesting as I created this from the sounds made as the golf club hits the ball, changing the pitch by changing the video speed and editing clips together to create a soundtrack. See my separate Blog for more details on this click here.

Effects & Post Production Examples

Cycling – Narrative Example

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I created this video to show the build up to the start of a cycle race, beginning with showing the details of the cycles, the riders and the coach’s last minute talk to the riders. Then it’s the race itself, three riders racing around the track, one drops out after a few laps leaving just two to battle to the end. Then finally just the one rider crossing the finish line. This is really a difficult story to tell when there are only three riders on the day but I think it works well.

Magazine-00039thBeing Creative – ‘Is creating a video about a Cycle Race with only 3 cyclists’

Cycling Triptych – Editing Technique

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This video I think personally works well however I would like to make another version of this at some point which does not use the current visuals in the left panel. Possibly replacing them with some new footage of a group of cyclists chasing a leading cyclist. But the numbers were not available on the day of filming so I will have to go back and shoot some more footage in the Summer. My research and ideas behind this video can be found in this Blog entry click here.

Surfing – Narrative Example

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I created this video to show the build up, the emotions and anticipation of the students as they exercise and are taught the guidelines before carrying their boards to the edge of the sea for many what would be their first time Surfing. I ended the video at the surfs edge as this ties in nicely with the opening ident sequence, which if you notice is virtually identical as this was scene from where the photograph was taken that we used to create the ident.

I also wanted to include some of the visual styles that I had identified in my research for this project in this surfing video, which in some ways had also influenced some of my camera work, which again came from my research for this unit click here for details. My research included the Guinness Advert ‘Horse Surfer’. In this video you will notice some of the similarities, the use of monochrome and music choice. I did think about adding a narration but in the end I felt the video worked on it’s own with just the music soundtrack.

The feedback on this video has been very positive.

Guinness Horse SurferBeing creative can mean looking back as well as forward for inspiration

Video Idents

We decided that as we were creating a YouTube Channel that we would design our own ident and use this for the opening for all newly created video edits. I created a selection of idents in After Effects using screengrabs from the Surfing Videos. Some were over elaborate in their design and in the end the final version was almost the simplest that I had designed. It was based on a photograph, which I modified in Photoshop first to create a silhouette effect and some colour tone changes and then processed again in Lightroom 4.3, which I have described in detail in this dedicated Blog post, which includes the research we carried out before picking this final design click here. Additional research on ident design and my preceding designs can be found in this Blog post click here.

Sports Edge Video ProductionsIdents – Creating a Logo/Identity for your video and services – ‘Branding’

Cycling-1-19Aleksandra agreed to concentrate more on the Branding and Marketing side of our project and so in many cases I deferred to what she said would work for the best for our project while I concentrated on the physical design, which as I mentioned was created using a range of applications including Photoshop, Lightroom and After Effects.

Creating the YouTube Channel

Sports edge Video Productions YouTube ChannelWe decided early on in this project to create a YouTube Channel to which we could both upload our videos and that also had the benefit of providing the client/clients a single online resource for their projects and presentations. For example one of the clients planned to embed the YouTube video links into a Powerpoint presentation and having them all in one place made it much more easier for them to achieve this. Creating a YouTube Channel is very easy all you need to do is open an account with a valid email account. However more recently the channel setup has been changed to allow for customisation, which includes header images, colour choices/backgrounds and some layout design controls.

Cycling-1-22The range and diversity of the video edits we’ve created should appeal to both the Sportsman and to those just wanting to be entertained

I’ve made changes to our channel over time in particular to include playlists. The idea behind playlists is that you can set them up to automatically play each video automatically in sequence. This has the benefit of increasing video views for chances are if a viewer likes the first video they see they may carry on viewing the next video in sequence adding to the view counts for all videos in the playlist. I also went back through our videos to add annotations, adding links to Subscribe embedded at the end of the videos.

I also created a YouTube Channel widget which allows you to embed the channel and play videos directly within the widget, I’ve added this to all the pages on this Blog in anticipation that this will also increase views for out videos. I’ve gone into more detail on this in a dedicated Blog entry click here.

  • YouTube Channel

Another benefit to using a YouTube Channel is that this provides the client and audience an easy way to view and share the video footage we have created. The other option we had was to produce the content for delivery on DVD but this had its own problems as the client was not certain that all venues had access to DVD players. Fortunately the majority of the venues were expected to Internet access and those that did not had computer facilities (Laptop) that could support playback of the videos from a USB memory stick. With this in mind we also copied our videos onto a memory stick as a back up to the YouTube Channel and supplied this to the client for their presentations.

Website – MarketingSport Edge Video Web Landing Page

My responsibilities initially was for video creation rather than marketing and promotion but I decided in the latter stages of the project that a website would be a useful addition to our marketing processes. So I decided to create a website to showcase some of our videos and create links back to our Facebook Pages and YouTube Channel. As I am the most skilled at website design this job fell to me and so I created this website using a customised WordPress installation on my personal server. The website has no pages just Blog postings and it makes use of SEO scripts to generate web traffic through the use of keywords, which makes it easier for Google search robots to find and index our videos.

The website can be viewed here Sports Edge Video click here

Ethical, Social & Cultural IssuesCycling-1-27

As we were generally filming students who had been asked and had given us permission to film many of the potential issues for example how we portrayed people on screen were resolved at the beginning of the project. That is not say that we did not also take into consideration how people would be portrayed in our videos for example we would not use the footage produced to embarrass or denigrate those people on screen.

We did however cancel the filming of the Boxing when we learned that minors would be present as would youths who were participating as part of a rehabilitation program. Although permission could be granted to film these groups we felt that it would not add to the project and may cause future issues. For example minors filmed boxing and uploaded onto YouTube could have created major issues based on the public interpretation of what they were viewing and indeed for some moral issues may have raised.

Athletics Track depth of fieldOur videos help to promote the idea of sports for all by portraying sports and their participants positively.

Both genders were equally represented in our work, the Sports Activities were open to all participants regardless of gender, age and race and our work clearly shows this aspect. In fact our work helps to promote the idea of sports for all.

Final Thoughts and Project Evaluation at the Projects Conclusion

After a stumbling start to this unit with several filming/sports sessions cancelled for a number of sporting events, usually at the last minute mainly due to poor weather and also by low participant numbers, we soon got back on track, following the pre-production project planning and filming everything that we wanted to film. However with a caveat in that, it was a little bit unexpected and certainly when considering the subject, Sports activities at this level is basically just not that exciting.

Cycling-1-5Being Creative – Filming first time Sports participants is just not that exciting so we looked for the underlying narrative or created a unique selling point in our videos in post production.

I’m certain that if we were filming sport professionals or even experienced amateurs the action on screen would have been so much more interesting. But the team worked around this as much as we could, by making low participant numbers, low speeds and low activity levels appear interesting if not exciting on screen through our creativity.

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Free Your Fitness project – enabling Bournemouth Students to participate in Sports

It has been a positive learning process I personally have a better feel for filming live action sequences in general and a clearer idea of what now makes for good Sports footage. I’ve also used the Sports footage to convey different meanings, one example would be one of the JUDO videos, which feels more like a dance video than a Sports video.

I’m generally happy with what we’ve produced for this project. The client was pleased with the videos that we produced and has passed back to us their positive feedback having used the videos in their presentations and a successful meeting with Sport England. We have gone onto to produce more video edits for the client to use in their ongoing presentations to future stakeholders in the project, which continues into 2014.

In the final weeks of the project created a series of videos for entertainment purposes with the idea that it may attract viewers not specifically interested in Sports genre videos. I suspect we were our most creative while making these videos and the client agreed, for example asking me to put back into early videos the trips and the falls.

What would I do differently? I think in the circumstances we did a reasonably good and professional job given the limitations, but when I do this type of filming again I’d prefer to start work in the Summer months, when participant numbers would be higher. I’d also aim for a higher level of ability in the participants, who were more skilled at their sport and therefore performing at a higher level.

I’ve written a dedicated Blog entry, which is a summary of what we hoped to have achieved for our Learning Outcomes, which can be found here click here

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EMP – Post Production Video Editing (Choices)

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One of my favourite video edits for this project and why?

Why is this Cycling video one of my favourite edits? There are many reasons but taken collectively this edit combines the hard work of filming on location in the difficult position of not having little if any control over the participants.Velodrome Track Cyclist I therefore had to position myself to get the shot rather than position the participants to be in front of the camera. I was also faced with the problem of there being too few participants to actually film and in many cases there would be just one cyclist on screen at any time.

Sometimes you just have to work with what you’ve got

At the time I doubted that I would end up with anything that would be interesting as the cyclists passed me in single file as they moved around the Velodrome, sometimes with 20 to 40 seconds between each rider or circuit, time enough to turn the camera off between shots. I had no choice but to work with what I had and produced the best edits I could from the footage, which even I knew was just not that exciting. To prove my theory I put these video edits up for critique and sure enough the feedback was not positive. A change of music and a switch to Black and White visuals just did not get over the problem of just how boring it is to watch 6 cyclists riding in single file around a track.

Post Production Video Editing – being Creative?

Creativity born out of necessity! I guess my thought processes were ‘How can I make just 6 cyclists appear to fill the screen’ and the answer came to me. I would layer the footage to double or even triple the number of cyclists on screen. Initially I tried matching the movements of the riders so that they were all going in the same direction and then I discovered that by crossing the riders over each other the lines on the track created an interesting pattern on screen, from this I went back and changed the layered video tracks to include more of this crossing over. Blending, the option I would normally have chosen would have been ‘screen or overlay’ but it was such a dull day filming that I felt colour was required so I opted for ‘Vivid Light’. Now when the riders cross over each other you see a burst of colour.

Taking creativity to the next level

Although the new video was a good improvement on the original video edits I decided to see if I could take this idea forward and add a new element to the final design. I’ve always had an interest in Montage and then I thought of one my favourite films ‘Grand Prix 1966, John Frankenheimer’ with the Montage visuals created by Saul Bass, the story is not as important as the visuals but there are parallels with my video. For example, it’s shot on a race track with cars circling in single file except when overtaking. The directors solution was to use Montage to show more cars on screen and to use a layering effect to show cars at different points on the track appear to be side by side and even crossing these visuals over to great effect. I’ve researched the internet for an example and although there’s no example of this effect on YouTube or anywhere else for that matter, but there is the Movie Tralier for the film, which shows some of the Saul Bass montage effects being used.

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I’d already experimented with this technique on previous projects but without much success as the subjects I had to work with at the time did not fit with this technique, but maybe this one would.

The Montage video how it was done

First of all this is a Triptych design I chose this as the videos I was using had height but little width as they were mainly of single cyclists on a track. I didn’t want to rescale the videos to fit the frame so I switched to After Effects to use it’s Masking features to mask out the unwanted video. The first stage was to design the frame for the Triptych which is easy enough using a ‘Solid Object’ and adjust scale and positioning this on screen to create 3 equal sections.

Then it was time to decide on the footage to use and positioning. Another one of those creative ideas came to me when I decided to use the footage taken using the GoPro as the central video for the entire edit. My thoughts on this were that this would provide a continuous image throughout the video linking each piece together for the entire duration of the video. I decided to start the video from the point when the cyclist repositions himself to the middle of the track to follow the rider fitted with the GoPro camera. So the image start on the left of the screen and move to the centre in the opening few seconds and then remains there for the video. As I mentioned I did this using masks and keying in the movement as the video moves from the left to the centre. For the other videos I used the same technique sometimes adjusting the mask over 2 sections of the screen. Some of the footage was already colour graded but the GoPro footage was still in its raw state. I’ve been working with toning on my Photography work recently and decided to use this technique for the GoPro footage by adjusting the lows, mids and high tones to match green, brown and orange.

The footage of the single rider storming around the track at high speed I just had to use for the start and end of the video, I love the very low angle from which it is taken and the fixed focus, which seems to offer clarity yet the rider appears to appear in the distance unfocused  and approach at high speed. This blurring effect along with a change in the duration settings adds to the effect of the riders speed.

I then ditched all the music I had lined up for this project and went back onto the internet to find others, an exhaustive task requiring hours of listening to unsuitable music to find a single track that would work.

Time to stop adding

The video is just 1 minute long, which I would normally have decided is not long enough. I wanted to see more of this cycling action on screen, but I decided not to add more footage – leave them wanting more.

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EMP – Girls Track Cycling Training Event

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Track Cycling Training Video – Final Edit

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Another opportunity to film track cycling training at the Bournemouth Velodrome, this event was organised by the Free Your Fitness Project specifically to introduce girls to track cycling.

My brief was to film the event itself as much as the cyclists using the track as the organisers expected a large attendance of both cyclists their friends and family. Unfortunately the weather was not at its best, which meant only six riders attended and were in fact outnumbered by the organisation staff on the day. I therefore had to change tactics and concentrate much more on the coaching and the cyclists as they ride around the track.

For the majority of the filming I used my Canon 60D attached to the spider camera rig, capturing the footage hand held, which works really well when filming actions and sports sequences as it allows you to follow the movement much easier than using a tripod.

I made use of the GoPro again but this time with not the same level of success. I suspect the bikes being used on the day were more effected by the tracks surface or the riders lesser weight had some effect as the footage was much less steady and therefore mainly unusable due to the vibrations.

I created several edits from the days footage and asked my peers to provide feedback, much of which was negative to quote ‘boring’ ‘music too slow’ and so on. I then remembered how I had used overlaying video tracks as an experiment for the specialist project. Although I was at the time not convinced by using this technique I thought it would have greater appeal when used for this video as it would create the idea that more cyclist were on the track at any time than there actually was. I did this by layering up the video tracks and getting the riders to appear to be racing ghosts or having riders cross over each other making the screen more busy. In many ways like the old film Grand Prix which used this and a montage effect to great effect. I particularly like the colours created by my choice of blending options, normally I would have used the Normal option but Vivid Light worked better to bring out the crossing over colours of the tracks and the colours in the riders clothes. I was tempted to over grade the final sequence but instead settled for an adjustment using curves to just bring out the colours a little more to get over the greyness of the day with the Sun hidden by thick cloud.

The response to this edit was much more favourable particularly after changing the music as well to tie in with the new editing approach.

On the whole I agree now with my peers that this is a much better edit than my earlier efforts which struggled to get over the problem of having so few riders at the event with the knock-on effect of having the riders riding around the track in single file each taking over 20 seconds to pass in front of the camera.

Photographs of the cyclists and the support team

While at the venue I took the opportunity to take several photographs as I’d noticed that I hadn’t done this one previous occasions only for people to request photos of the training sessions or screen grabs from the videos for their use in presentations and advertising/marketing.

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EMP (RESEARCH) – Canon Picture Styles and GoPro

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What are Canon Picture Styles?Canon Picture Styles

Looking through the menu for your Canon Camera (In Manual Mode is best) you’ll find the menu heading ‘Picture Style’.

Picture Styles set among other things the dynamic range for your pictures and videos. Some are obvious in what they do or what they are for, for example Portrait, Landscape and Monochrome. Then we can see there are 3 labelled User Def 1, User Def 2 and User Def  3 and these can be modified by the user. When I say modified you are able to upload Picture Styles using the EOS Utility Software that came with your camera. (NB: If you’ve upgraded your MAC to Mountain Lion this does not work install the upgraded utility software first) Refer to your camera manual for the process for installing new picture styles or this site has a good guide EOS Network.

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Canon Picture Styles are useful for example when you want to create a look in your videos without having to colour grade in post production as it’s all done in the camera. This is really of benefit when you are in a hurry to upload your latest creation to YouTube or get it in front of a client in a rush. While editing in your camera is generally not advised sometimes it’s more important to get the video online as quickly as possible an example would be for a News article.

Technicolor Cinestyle

Using this picture style gives you a flat image but with a wide dynamic range this is most like shooting your video in RAW and is the most compatible between different Canon camera so if for example you had a 600D and a 60D the footage should be fairly close from both camera using this picture style.

Personally this is not my favourite option, it’s dynamic range maybe the best but there’s no warmth in the video it’s too flat. Also due to the dark image in the Liveview display it’s very hard to get good focussing, particularly for low light scenes.

Flaat_10 & Flaat_11 Picture Styles

I’m new to these picture styles but on first use I’m quite pleased by the vivid colours these produce although again not the best option for low light conditions.

Filming using the Flaat_10 Picture Style and the GoPro

I used this picture style for the first time on Monday 4th March 2013 for the filming of the RELAYS Training session at Winton College. The colours looked great but the footage itself was not the best and low light levels meant the footage was grainy if colourful.I’m looking forward to using these picture styles outside in good lighting as I’m sure this is where they will perform at their best.

We also fitted one of the trainees with the GoPro using the headstrap. Although it worked the footage again was not very usable as the sports being filmed required the participants to look down so we have lots of footage of the floor of the gym and a low flying ball. This is an ongoing issue with using the GoPro you never know what you are going to get until your upload the footage to the computer. Sometimes it’s just stunning but most of the time it’s unusable. Solutions – using the LCD back helps to setup the shot and fixing the GoPro to something that does not move around to much really helps.

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