Creative: Vlog 0004

Ya, okay. Me again. Better get used to seeing my mangled head. I’m not entirely sure why, but for some reason, I am LOVING this motion study experiment. Yes, it’s my job now, and perhaps that has something to do with it, but I finally feel like I’m all in. I’m smoking now, watching old French films and acting like a total douche whenever anyone asks me about any movie made after 1958. Don’t even mention Michael Bay or I will lose it.

This was my first real chance to use the Feiyutech G6 Plus gimbal. This is my first gimbal experience, so I don’t have much to compare it to, but all I can say is it works. The gimbal comes in a slim case which fits perfectly in the front side of my trusty Atlas Athlete. The battery lasts WAY longer than I need and I can control the gimbal from their app if I so choose. Most importantly, the gimbal works with every camera I’m using for my motion needs. I’ve narrowed to mostly the Fuji XT2 and the GoPro Hero 6. I am contemplating a look at Sony equipment, after a short training session with a friend who is sponsored by Sony. What I like about the Sony is the full frame impact on the look as well as all the small features that Sony has added for motion shooters including their audio options. Now, am I going to go drop a lot of money on new gear? No. The Fuji stuff is really solid, and in fact is way more solid than my actual filmmaking abilities. Finally, the gimbal balances very quickly, especially with the Go Pro. I’ll be using this gimbal a lot more on my upcoming Blurb trips as well as many of my adventures.

Anyhoo. I feel like I need a subject now. Like you. What are you doing? I also feel like I could make a short doc now. And I might. What I haven’t solved, only because it’s a technical mess as a lone ranger, is the two camera interview. Ugh. I feel sick. One long, one short, audio, cuts. Can’t we all just get along? I’ve been so busy I haven’t really had time to dive into much, so you are getting me at a baseline level. I will improve the interview portion. The camera position is too low and my audio is tinny due to hard surfaces, but you can hear me, so bombs away.

Sit back and watch me trend.

19 Comments on “Creative: Vlog 0004”

  1. i’m lining up some doc projects. i’ve got two people so far. just trying to get the timing right. yesterday’s hand surgery has put a damper on things but only short term. been meaning to run the idea by you.

    not sure if i’m interesting enough for you but i’ll volunteer.

    sponsored sony friend? i have no idea who that might be…

    multicam editing (premiere or fcpx) is much easier than it sounds. the software takes care of just about everything on its own.

    1. Sean,
      Why do you need that hand? I think we wrap the hike and the story into the same piece. The hard part, time and distance. And schedule. I’m going to do a multi-cam test.

      1. well, it’s the right one. so, if i want to pick up a camera again, i kinda need it back. hoping for an easier recovery than when the left was one as i have paying gigs, including a wedding, at the end of september.

        had been thinking the same thing on the climb. we’ll get it figured out. one of next month’s gigs is being used to test out a few ideas in that regard.

        look up multicam editing and you’ll see how easy it’s going to be. the hardest part will be the audio but use your zoom recorder with a clap at the beginning and you should be all set,

      2. well, it’s the right one. so, if i want to pick up a camera again, i kinda need it back. hoping for an easier recovery than when the left was one as i have paying gigs, including a wedding, at the end of september.

        had been thinking the same thing on the climb. we’ll get it figured out. one of next month’s gigs is being used to test out a few ideas in that regard.

        look up multicam editing and you’ll see how easy it’s going to be. the hardest part will be the audio but use your zoom recorder with a clap at the beginning and you should be all set,

  2. Dan
    Have you looked at the Fuji XH1. It has IBIS and that plus in lens stabilization might eliminate the need for a gimbol maybe?

    1. Jim,
      Great point. I held it in my hands for about 2 minutes, but I’ve never really used it. Would be very keen to know.

  3. OH wait you need a flippy screen see your face thingie…for vlogs…dunno if the xh1 has that…erase forget I’m an idiot.

    1. Jim,
      Oh ya, these things work well. I might see what the XT3 is like first. Not sure it has IBIS however.

  4. Dan,

    Very interesting to see this. Kinda seems like I’m seeing inside that hole you spoke about, especially the sequence of fast forward (have no idea what the correct term is) images from the outing in NB. Enjoyable!

    I am going to remember the fact about Michael Bay just to potentially see what would happen.

  5. Hey Dan,

    I have the X-H1 and it’s great. Superb image / video quality. I personally like it’s bigger size over the X-T cameras, but the one big challenge I’ve had is getting clean audio from anything other than the internal mics. I’ve tested three different LAV setups, and my Rode mic, and always have a problem and I find setting the audio controls a bit painful in the menu system. Quite possibly I’m not setting something correctly but I use a number of other cameras without issue.

    Definitely enjoying your ventures into motion!
    Q.

  6. Dan
    I have been giving this a great deal of thought. My old brain has gotten quite the work out. I’ve come up with the standard you should be shooting video at.
    I call it the “good enough” standard. You should resist shooting any video that requires (tempts) you to buy new gear. If all you are doing is posting on a website your Fuji XT2’s are probably more than adequate. I’ve seen vlogs on youtube shot on an iPhone which were perfectly adequate for the task. Here are some questions I’d share with you.
    1. I love Casey Neistat, he’s a terrific guy, but I’m tired of staring at his face…his weird hair…the sunglasses…I mean it was ok but it’s old. Show me what you’re talking about. It has to be visual…talking about some conceptual 268 project he’s working on which is continually under construction snoreeee
    2. So 15 minutes of you talking to the camera with just your face is boring. I guess I find the whole vlog thing tedious.
    which leads me to
    3. You live in a visually cool place…you are a story teller…daddy tell me a story 😉
    4. Please dear god no affected Youtube voice. And about that bandaid on the side of your head…How do you avoid skin cancer in your part of the world? See that’s useful stuff.
    5. If you do an interview of a photographer it would be nice if you’d just show their work as the visual with the interview as a voice over.
    6. I know you love your gimble…its nice…let’s just say I just bought a shotgun mic for my iphone….i intend to shoot commando style, camera shake and all. If anyone complains I’ll scream “cinema verite” in a high pitched nasal voice, <—joking, or maybe I'll drink less coffee…
    7. Check out a person called "antimodel" on Instagram. She does little IG movies that are wicked pissah. I think she shoots on an iPhone…she probably doesn't use a gimble 😉
    8. Your problem is you are a late comer to the vloging…video thing. You are coming on the heels of people who were revolutionary in their time but who's time has passed plus a lot of boring ass face videographers….jeeze start a podcast already.
    9. I got it make a video book.
    Ok I gotta get more coffee…..

    1. Jim,
      I’m on it. Not buying new gear, except I need to add a lav mic for interviews. I don’t own one. I hate shooting and using phone. I’ve tried but had so many problems over the years, and also found the quality to be lacking, especially with sound. I LOVE the GoPro. My main goal is audio voiceover…..then adding stills and vid.

      1. Dan your interviews are imho super strong. BTW I’m thinking of stealing your portrait ideas. Picasso said it would be ok.

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