Premiere CC issues

So Premiere CS6 has been a loyal companion for this videographer. My only gripe has been the crap, non-user friendly, colour correction tools. Colour correction has not been my strong point, as my subscribers will attest to, however it is something I have been working on. 

After checking out Premiere CC recently via their free trial, I loved that the colour (sorry adobe there’s a U in there!) tab was very much like the tab used in lightroom. Meaning you had sliders for exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, etc. This is right up my street, and I feel this is the best way to go, especially for budding videographers. 

Now, CS6 was not perfect, and sometimes I had issues with my projects. However, I could always recover them, and it would always find files from any memory cards that were plugged into my MacBook Pro. 

Premiere CC does not. Not only did it struggle and fail to load from backup, but it also could not find the files on the memory cards and load them. I did not panic, as something similar happened in CC recently, and I managed to work around it by loading it into CS6. Not this time...

Premiere CS6 could not load the project created in CC due to ‘corruptions in the file’. This was very frustrating, as I had pooped 4-5 hours into editing the previous day. This is something that really needs correcting in an update. I now have to spend a solid 5-7 hours editing and rendering the video in one go, because I do not trust Adobe Premiere CC. 

I will message Adobe and get their outlook on it, however I am not impressed so far. The only redeeming feature I have found in CC is the Col(u)or editing, which is fantastic. This is the only reasons I moved over to CC, but it is not worth the hassle if I am going to have project issues with CC.

My suggestion to anyone reading this and looking into CC is: Make sure you backup your files, and perhaps make a render of any project before you close it. This way, you will always have something to use if there are any issues. 

Food for thought - Sly. 

Editing videos/ rendering


Now that the first video in the 'Battle of the Zuiko 40mm' is up on youtube, after 20 odd hours of editing and rendering, I have decided to make a blog about editing videos.

Now making videos has become an important part of what I do, and it is something I enjoy doing. I am lucky enough to have a good friend filming me most weeks on the London streets. Editing is something I have had to learn on the fly in regard to photo walks. Most of my older videos were just guitar gear reviews/demos, and did not need much editing. Photowalk vids are hour(s) worth of footage, ontop of scaning/ uploading/ editing photos. 

Trying to gauge and feel my way through what is right in terms of editing has been a steep learning curve. Even having an idea in my head of what I want, can be difficult to translate to the screen. However, I have gotten comfortable with the whole documentary style shakey video and fast editing. 

It is the hardest part of making videos. The content flows more easily, as it is spontaneous on the streets, and things always present themselves. Once in the editing suite, everything slows down, there's footage to cut, music and audio to sync, and subtitles to write (dear lord the bloody subtitles!). 

If I have any tips, it would be to be cut throat with the footage. I have found that about 6-8 mins is best for me, with 10-12 mins when I have someone else in the video. As nice as it is getting footage walking along, adding more than 5-10 seconds of walking footage in between photos/ actual content is a no-no. It is something I have had to really cut back on, especially in places I love like Camden and Brick Lane. 

Out-takes have become important to my video workflow. It is something I never force, but I always like adding in bits at the end where I am cocking up, or a silly part of the day that was actually captured. I think it adds a human element to the process.

Swearing is fine in videos. Everyone has a different take on this, however I think it is an important expressive part of human expression. I am not talking add expletives for the sake of it, but the odd 'bollock's or 'shit' I have no issues with. It all comes down to taste...

Anywho, just a couple of thoughts on editing vids. See you on the flip flop - Sly.

Fujifilm X-Pro1 in 2018

There is something to be said about the original X-trans sensor, even in 2018. The X-Pro1, in a lot of people's minds, has sat behind the X-T1. Specs-wise is this very true. The X-T's are released later that the X-Pro's, meaning they always benefit from hardware boosts. However, as much as I used to love my old X-T1, there is something to be said for the X-Pro 1's sensor. 

With the latest firmware update, the X-Pro 1 is much more appealing. The autofocus is decent, okay it won't rival the X-T2, it can be used with decent street lenses like the 23mm F2. I think the camera always had a bad rep' for autofocus, which never really bothered me that much, as I tend to manual focus more. 

The image quality is fantastic, and has a more unique feel than the latest X-Trans sensors (and that is saying a lot because the X-T2 is a lovely camera). 

My only real issue with the camera is that it cannot do silent shutter. This is a must for mirrorless cameras for street photography, and it seems odd that it was not set up to have this feature. 

The overriding question is can it hold up in 2018? Yes. Does it matter that it has a 16mp sensor? No. The images are sharp and look fantastic printed large. That is less of an issue for me than not having a silent shutter. So if you have a chance to pick up one cheap, I say: go for it! you can always sell the camera for the same price you got it. 

- Sly.