<![CDATA[Pilothouse Films - Video Production | Motion Graphics - Blog]]>Tue, 23 May 2017 15:42:20 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[√Čire]]>Sat, 27 Sep 2014 22:34:20 GMThttp://pilothousefilms.com/1/post/2014/09/ire.htmlPicture
I had the rare opportunity to film in Ireland recently. My family and I were in Killarney for my brother's wedding. Although we didn't have much time to get out and explore, the few chances we did have were incredible. I was really excited to try out my new Konova K2 80cm slider  and I was able to run it through its paces on a rapid fire tour of County Kerry. I put together this video (mostly) on the flight home. 

Almost all the shots in the video were filmed on our last day in Ireland, which we tried to pack as much site seeing into as possible. Every shot was done in a rush and so that created a bit more work in post as I tried to realign shots that were not perfectly level, and adjust under/over exposed scenes. I also shot most of these scenes with the flat Cinestyle color profile from Technicolor. This was my first time shooting that flat on purpose and then trying to correct and grade everything in post. I learned a lot, but I'm not sure the film ends up "better" in the end. It may have been better to just shoot the best possible shot in camera and do less adjusting in post.

I plan to do a review of the slider I used in the near future so I won't say much here, except that the 80cm of slide was enough to get beautiful shots, and the slider itself was butter smooth in most cases. I'm very pleased with that purchase.

Equipment/Software List:
Camera: Canon T3i with Magic Lantern installed.
Filter: I used a variable ND Fader Filter on the bright sunny day (almost everything except shots at Muckross Abbey).
Slider: Konova K2 80cm with a ballhead mount.
Edited in Adobe Premiere CS6.
Color Corrected and Graded in Adobe After Effects CS6 with Magic Bullet Looks.

By the way, I brought more gear than I used, but everything fit in one small camera bag, plus the slider bag (which is about the size of a cheap tripod completely folded up). It was nice to pack light and be so mobile, especially since everything was shot in such a compressed time frame. Don't think you have to bring everything to shoot like this. Pack light, you'll shoot more.

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<![CDATA[Subscriptions]]>Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:55:11 GMThttp://pilothousefilms.com/1/post/2014/03/march-17th-2014.htmlPicture
Among the many issues that Adobe's new subscription-only plan (called Creative Cloud) raises for customers, there are two that I haven't seen addressed much:
  1. Adobe's incentive for improving their software
  2. The effect on customers' eventual hardware decisions

First, by keeping everyone on a perpetually updated subscription service, there is no need to convince customers to upgrade to a newer, better edition. If all Adobe did from this point forward was fix occasional bugs, the subscription customers would still have no real choice except to keep paying for the service. Although there are some corporate-structure-related legal reasons (described here) why this move frees up Adobe to make more improvements more often, it is the long term incentive to improve that I worry about. For example, Adobe recently announced the end of support for Encore DVD creation software. For many wedding videographers, this is an essential part of their workflow. How many of them signed up for Creative Cloud, only to find out later that Encore was not going to see any future updates?

Second, there is the potential for Adobe to make sweeping decisions that could shut older hardware out of the market. When Adobe released CS5, they made the decision to only support 64-bit operating systems for some of their software. So if you wanted to use After Effects CS5, and you had a 32-bit machine, you had to get a new computer. Or you could just stick with CS4 and it would continue to work fine. If Adobe decides that its CC subscription will only support 128-bit operating systems in the future, there is no alternative. Subscribers will have to buy new computers to keep up. Maybe Adobe will think of a charitable way to handle this...maybe not. After all, what is their incentive? They've already got you hooked as a subscriber.

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