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Posts Tagged: Canon 7D

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I recently finished editing this video for my friend Alex Pinto of a performance he did way back in November at Viracocha in San Francisco. With the help of Tim Howarth and Tim Finn, we filmed Alex’s set with two Canon 7D’s for close ups and a Canon XH-A1 for the wide, as well as a Zoom Hn4 for the sound. Although the main goal of this shoot was to film the show, the challenge was that we ultimately wanted to edit one of the songs into a music video — we just didn’t know what song. This was a little tricky because our 7D’s have limited space in the amount of continuous footage we could capture on the cards.

Essentially, short of purchasing several larger CFs, we opted for capturing a bunch of “generic” close ups throughout each song of the set in hopes that we could use the footage regardless of what song we ended up featuring in the end. For unique shots, we tried to rotate the 7D’s on the fly for filming solos and whatnot for each song. Tricky stuff for filming within a small space with low light where the only communication we could use between cameramen was with hand gestures, but I think the end result came out alright! Be sure to check out Alex Pinto’s website and listen to his music. It’s cool beans!

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Here’s a video I made for funzo of the drive from the San Francisco Bay Area to Boulder via I-80 in an old school Volvo 240 DL. Twas good times! Equipment: Canon 7D

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Here’s a cool project my brothers (Jonathan Howarth and Tim Howarth) recently completed with a local band called The Deaf Pilots. My favorite thing about this video is the mixed use of motion-tracked CG with the grimy look of a “grind-house” type of film. Kind of a juxtaposition of old and new school films.  It’s a good example of the professional level results an independent film maker can achieve these days with little to no budget. For this shoot they used a Canon 7D and After Affects for all the motion tracking and animation. Check out the original post here.

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This is a video my brother Tim Howarth and friend Tim Finn of Terrabang Studios made to test out Twixtor. Twixtor is a plug-in you can get for certain video editing programs (they used After Effects) that enables you to simulate the type of slow motion footage you might get from a high speed camera. Below is what Tim Howarth posted on Terrabang about the project, or visit the original here.

Finn and I decided to head over to the Concord Skate Park to meet up with a friend of ours to see what we could capture using the 7D at 60fps and some added digital slow motion, courtesy of After Effects and Twixtor.
We shot for about an hour and a half at various shutter speeds and using a couple of different lenses.  Then we spent about 2 hours editing and working out the slow motion.  We took the 60fps shots and interpreted them back down to 24fps, giving us true slow motion.  We’ve done this overcranking effect with real film before, and wanted to see how digital compared.  If we wanted some additional slow-mo, we implemented Twixtor.  Do a little bit of color grading, throw some cool music on there, and it’s ready for export.  I don’t remember how long rendering took, but that’s irrelevant anyway.  Here you have it, a quick and dirty but fun little test.

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I edited this video when I worked for the Center for Music National Service to showcase the service day’s participants and events. Overall there were 10+ hours of footage that had to be made into a 3 minute video. The day was fun and inspiring! I strongly encourage people to get involved with their communities and dedicate time to volunteer in service. Also be sure to check out the Center for Music National Service because they are an awesome non-profit! Equipment Used: Canon 7D, Canon XH-A1, Zoom H4n