It's not as exciting as the TV series 24, but it was a lot of fun!
One item I’ve been asked about, but never discussed on this blog is ‘how’ we create our videos. It’s safe to say they’ve evolved over the past 18 months. We’ve created over 23 videos. Some good, some average. It’s fun, but a lot of hard work.
Generally, we use two video cameras (GoPro 3 & Canon HF G10 with boom mic) and a M-Audio Producer mic for voice-over work. Video is 50% visual and 50% audio. It’s CRITICAL to have better than average audio components. If you have average audio, your final video will be average – no matter how good your visual composure.
For editing I use Final Cut Pro X (FCPX). There is nothing better in my opinion. I’ve used Final Cut Pro for over 10 years, and Adobe Premier. I believe Apple’s editing suite is the best.
|Final Cut Pro X|
The 24 Hour video below took me about 40 hours. The complex pieces were the animation visuals. For this, I had to photograph my paper charts, edit and stitch together in Photoshop, and then add transparency and water effects for the final product.
The new splash screen for video titles took me a while to engineer. I wanted the same theme and feel as the Field Trip Intro. I also wanted to add a ‘sketched’ Field Trip logo with some different items. All of this was done in Motion, including tracing the standard logo within the application and adding some hand drawn effects to make it look like a pencil sketch for a clean finished look.
|Sketch of logo done in Motion|
|New video title screen with sketch logo applied|
The final critical ingredient to the video is a fast internet connection. It’s impossible at best to upload video files that are 500MB – 1.3GB on a slow connection. Fast connections are not common in the Caribbean, so I’ve found myself waiting - sometimes weeks - before I can upload a video that was finished weeks prior. That is the case with the 24 Hour video below. It’s been finished for almost three weeks, but I’ve had to ‘sit’ on it until we moved our boat from Hog Island to St. Georges.