It isn’t amazing that time passes. What is amazing is what we can accomplish with that time.
Janita and I were very privileged to spend a week doing a safety training course with the flying school GlideZeit over Lac d’ Annecy. I have made a video of the experience, which was one of the best weeks of my life.
But here’s the rub… I got bored before I finished it. I simply recorded too much and there were too many hours and too many thousands of time-lapse images to look through. In the end, I spent more hours editing video than I did actually in the air in Annecy in order to arrive at the video you see above.
Therefore, the final video is an already way too long and at the same time incomplete story of the trip. Tomorrow morning we set off for Tannheim again, and this time I will try and be far far more selective with my video recording.
During this second attempt at telling a story with video, I learnt a few more lessons to augment those from my previous post on the subject.
- Think about what you want to record when you are there. Don’t simply record as much as possible and plan to deal with it later.
- When creating a story from material that was shot ad-hoc, rather than pre-planned, it is important to refine your story board in multiple stages as you work with the material you have available. I started by outlining the story without any reference to the footage I actually had. Then I sat down at the computer and looked at all my footage, refining and adding more detail to my story outline as I went along. The final details in the story were added piece by piece as I extracted and converted the shots I wanted to use.
- Despite my previous recommendation for the task, MediaCoder did not correctly convert the frame rate of the Quicktime movies I wanted to work with. Customer support at videoblocks.com pointed me to an innocuous looking tool called MPEG Streamclip from http://www.squared5.com/. This does a fantastic job of changing the frame rate of Quicktime movies from 30 fps to 25 fps.
My updated workflow for processing GoPro video goes something like this:
- Create a story board. First layout the general outline and then fill in the details.
- Convert image sequences to time-lapse video by using XnConvert to batch re-size the images to the desired video resolution and Cineform Studio to create an MP4 video from the results.
- Use Cineform Studio to cut the required sections from the source GoPro video and export the sections as AVI video.
- Stabilize any clips that require it.
- Import the results of the above 3 steps into Lightworks.
- Arrange the clips on the timeline in the desired order and trim where necessary.
- Import additional audio tracks and arrange the audio on the timeline.
- Create effects, then transitions, then cross-fades.
- Tweak as necessary (but preferably stop sometime – otherwise this can go on forever).
- Export as uncompressed YUYV AVI.
- Use EyeFrame Converter to convert the result to a file suitable for the web with H264 MP4 Profile High.