Originally Posted March 10, 2012
My first video shoot this week with my DSLR went really well until post production. I was shooting lakeside at a small stream running into the lake, and the late afternoon lighting was excellent. There was just enough snow in many of the scenes to convey the theme of "Leaves in Winter" which is the title of this 3 minute video.
It really wasn't until I went into post production that the troubles began. Although images import flawless from my camera into Aperture, the video import into Final Cut Pro didn't work well at all. Although I was able to get footage into FCP, the system quickly became unstable and soon unusable. Turns out T3i video isn't compatible with my video editing software! Lesson #1: Any video I shoot with this camera needs to be processed by a third party application before importing to my Mac.
The next problem I ran into was with the audio. Although the camera had nicely picked up lots of the ambient environment (waves, birds, etc.), a slight wind kept clipping the sound. Also, other undesirable sounds had crept in (plane flying overhead, traffic nearby, etc.) and so I had to remove the audio entirely and add lake sounds with Logic Pro. This wasn't too big of a deal, since I planned on adding music anyways, but disappointed not to be able to use the original sound source. Lesson #2: Will need to look into an external microphone with some ability to muffle wind sounds.
Finally, I thought I was done when I exported the video from FCP but no matter what settings I chose, the file came out to big to upload onto various websites. I had to import the finished video back into the program I previously used to make it FCP compatible and then was able to export the 3 minute clip at a high enough quality while keeping to about 100MB. Lesson #3: Creating HD video for web is going to be a tricky balance between video quality and keeping the file small enough to upload!
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