Video production

Been knee deep in video production the past week or so for the upcoming Lady Jays Softball banquet.  I’ve replaced Final Cut Pro with Adobe’s Premier Production Suite, After Effects, etc., and feel as if I’ve climbed Everest this past week – learning new tools and scrambling to meet deadlines.  It’s pretty much just your basic slideshow at this point, perhaps one day my skills will match my vision, assuming there’s enough time to complete the project.

That’s the thing with video… it really takes a long time to produce.  Yes, I know there are easier tools, automation and alike, iMovie for one, but you give up so much control in the process.  In Premier, nothing is automated, every single pan and zoom is deliberate, every photo’s placement is deliberate, every transition, every effect is deliberate.  Forty-something hours invested in this so far – almost done.  Yeah!

I had plans for a really great 6-7 minutes video with lots of effects and video intermixed with stills, but settled for a 16 minute slide show, without any video.  There just wasn’t enough time and I couldn’t bring myself to cut so many photo.  Previous years videos have been 30 minutes or more (from another person), but I still have the idea and over the winter I’ll work on putting it together, just for fun and practice.

Lightroom, as always was a big help in categorizing, sorting and selecting the 240 photos out of 6000 plus this season.  Without Lightrooom, just the selection process of what makes the video would of taken forever.  Oh, I forgot to mention – photo collages – those too – 27 individual collages.  Man, I just love Lightroom – it’s a life saver for quickly putting together projects like these.

Anyway – that’s about it – haven’t been up to much otherwise.  Softball season is wrapping up this weekend and so is baseball.  None too early I might add.  Hopefully within a few weeks we can dig our house out from the chaos of this year’s ball season.  I can barely walk through the garage and I think we still have mail we haven’t opened.

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