Thursday, December 14, 2017

Yi 4k action camera - How to color correct flat video

Yi 4k action cam Xiaomi YI 2 How to color correct the flat picture profile using Cyberlink Color Director 4. This is a tutorial, step by step from the settings of the camera to the fine adjustments of the sliders and their functions. This camera only features two profiles, the color profile is excellent and really does not need much adjusting at all, so if you wanted to skip the editing process you could just film in the regular color mode and still get great results. This video is for those who would like more control over their footage. Canon cameras offer a similar profile called Cinestyle which allow a flat file with greater dynamic range. Sony E- mount A6000, A6300 and other mirrorless systems offer the S-log profiles with great enhancements and dynamic range. The YI 2 4k at the moment only has one, the flat profile. I think in the future will will probably see more features for these formats in future firmware or new camera models.




Cyberlink Color Director 4 works as a stand alone program and can easily handle many file types. I use it in conjunction with Power Director 14. The cost for both comes in a roughly 200.00 and it can do hd, 2k and 4k files very easily. The pc processor you use determines how well and how fast the footage is rendered. If you have an old pc it will probably not be able to handle editing the 2k or 4k files.

The tutorial footage is filmed with Canon 600d in Cinema style and no adjustments. The field images are taken with the YI2 set on flat profile using 2k mode to stabilize the image. The entire editing process is then output as a h.264 format at 1920 by 1080 resolution for youtube and internet streaming.

How do you render your footage and what type of program works best in your particular editing workflow? I searched for tutorials using Color Director 4 but never had luck finding any, I hope this tutorial is helpful to someone out there. I'm not an expert but, I just want to share my information as well as using this as a reference for the videos I produce. Below are links to the items I used to create this video.

Xiaomi YI 2 camera - Amazon

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The 606 Bloomingdale trail

Ride with me to The 606 Bloomingdale trail. Starting on the Milwaukee entrance near Damen blue line stop. The video footage is taken with the YI Xiaomi camera with a wide angle setting and YI color profile set to normal. The photos are taken with Panasonic GH2 and adapted Helios 44m prime lens.








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Friday, November 17, 2017

Helios 44M-4 and Panasonic GH2 How to use it

HELIOS 44M lens how to adapt to Panasonic GH2. Plus how to set up the menu. A step by step process that is very easy to use. Keep watching until the end, I will have night video clips taken with this specific set up. For the purpose of low light performance, the lens was kept at f2.0 for the entire set of clips, only the ISO was raised in the very low light scenes.





The Helios is considered a vintage lens and was produced in Soviet from 1958 to 1992. Apeture f2 to f16, Optical form 6 elements in 4 groups. Focal distance is 58mm. You can purchase this lens for under 50.00. 
Panasonic GH2 is a micro 4-3thirds camera. A Sony SDHC1 class10 card 40mb was used for the examples, I recommend 100mb or higher to capture HD footage. Only one battery was used for the filming along with a few photos. 

Location downtown Chicago, Riverwalk, Lakeshore Drive and House Of Blues. The menu settings and adjustments are stated in the video. The adapter is unknown to me but, I recommend checking out Fotodiox, they will probably provide the best quality adapter for this camera.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rode VideoMic and Sony A6300 How to set it up and use.

In this video we will demonstrate how to set up Rode VideoMic and Sony A6300. Audio examples will follow at the end of this presentation. 




If you would like to skip some parts, we will set up time stamps to other scenes of the video if you already know some things about the camera or mic. 

To start you will need to insert the battery into the mic. Locate the hot shoe adapter on the bottom of the mic. On the camera locate the hot shoe and remove the tab, it should click and slide off. You will then attach the mic and turn it clockwise till it fits tight. The next step is to find the mic input on the camera. It is located on the left hand side. There is a small door that pulls open. The mic input is red. Take the mic cord and plug it.
Next, turn the camera on. Set the camera dial to film mode. Press the menu button and go to number page 8 of the menu. Go to Audio recording and set it to on. Turn the mic on. Go to Audio Rec Level and make sure that it is not clipping.

Now you are ready to use the RODE mic with the Sony A6300. If you found this video helpful, please share it and don't forget to subscribe.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

How to record better sound at concerts

How to record better sound from live concerts or extremely loud areas. Have you ever filmed a live music event with your phone or small camera? If yes, then you know that sometimes the audio is terrible from that recording. This video will help you get a better audio recording. 





This first method requires a pair of scissors, tape and a light fabric material. An old t-shirt or any light material would do the trick. Step one is to locate the Mic, this is usually one tiny hole or three small holes in the shape of a triangle, sometimes two. Step two is to cut a small piece of fabric to cover the Mic. Step three, take a piece of tape and tape the fabric to the mic opening. 

This should do the job well. It is not the best solution, but it beats not having anything filtering the sound. You can take it a step further and edit the sound in post production.

Method number two, requires a dslr camera that will allow you to control the audio levels of the mic. For this example, I used the Canon T3i dslr camera. Whichever camera manufacturer you go with, be sure to check the specifications to see if the camera has this feature. Step one, go into the camera menu system, for the Canon set the dial to camera icon. Go to the menu, on the second menu tier, scroll down and set Sound Recording, go to Rec. level and tap it to the left until you hit two. Now that the mic level is set to low, you can record loud sources and get a cleaner sound.

Bonus; included in the video is a third method. Thanks for watching. If you have any further question, please feel free to contact me and I'll be happy to help you.  

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Using old digital cameras - Fujifilm Finepix Z90 final result

The final results from several months of using Fujifilm Finepix Z90.



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A sample of panorama with Black and White picture preset

After several months of making photographs with this little camera the time has come to move on to another. My favorite option was to be able to use a simulation film preset for black and white photos. The results were impressive almost every-time. To be able to use the preset and make a panorama was a lot of fun. I added a few example images at the end of the presentation. There are two other video reviews of this camera on my channel in case you are interested in checking those out.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 Street photos Black and White set1

Fujifilm Finepix Z90 Street photography session first week in May 2017. 


Hello people, in this video I am featuring four of the best pictures taken recently with the small Fuji Z90. In the previous segments I experimenting with the different picture profiles which are set to have a film look from the old days of 35mm film. The first week in May I spent looking for subjects with high contrast and detail. 



You can view the entire set in my Flickr album if you wish to see these images in high resolution. If you have any comments or suggestions feel free to contact me on the section below. The locations are all from the mid-west and Chicago region. The camera settings were on the Program AE mode, ISO 100 during sunny afternoons.

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