There was another big turn out for my Atlanta “Secrets of Video Production for Photographers” given for APA Atlanta. Along with gear I had from my sponsors Apple, Manfrotto, Zeiss, Panasonic, SmartSound, RedRock Micro, Beachtek, Marshall Electronics, Sennheiser, LaCie and Hoodman, Apple was there showing Final Cut Studio and gave away a $1000.00 Final Cut Studio suite of video editing software. The Zeiss representative showed their special Canon and Nikon mount lenses with long focus barrels and color-matched glass.
Showcase camera store of Atlanta, a beautiful fully stocked professional camera store, also supplied additional gear from the above mentioned sponsors to give attendees a chance to see the various pieces of equipment up close and personal.
Big Studio, 404-874-6111, was a wonderful host of both the Thursday evening event and Saturday workshop. It is a great studio to work in and Megan the studio manager was both gracious and professional.
Below are pictures Lindsay Lewis the director of APA Atlanta took during my evening presentation. The first is me talking about the false color filter of Marshall Electronics V-LCD70P-HDMI monitor. The second is me talking about the Sonicfire Pro program and five royalty-free multi music tracks. I have arranged for every attendee to either of my events to get the music tracks for free.
The Saturday workshop was especially interesting for me, as I got to really delve into shooting video with stills then editing. We talked about planning and equipment in the morning and after the lunch I provided from a tasty deli nearby, we got into the gear.
Everyone had a chance to try some hands on using a complete video rig. I did a couple of lighting demos and shot a short commercial. The picture below shows me shooting the commercial using a Reckrock Micro rig with a microFollowFocus geared to a Zeiss ZE 50mm F1.4 lens, on Manfrotto sticks (tripod) and fluid head with a Beachtek 5d audio adapter cabled to a Sennheiser ME66 microphone. On top of the rig, you can see the Marshall monitor showing the camera feed. In the foreground is a Litepanels MicroPro LED light and in the background a medium Lastolite Skylite diffuser.
After shooting the video, I took it into Apple’s Final Cut Studio and showed how to transcode the files into a more edit friendly format using Compressor onto a LaCie rugged drive. A step you can bypass when using video cameras from Panasonic. Then I show everyone how to get the files into Final cut Pro, edit them into a commercial and output several distribution formats. I ended the workshop by showing how easy it is to match music from SmartSound’s Sonicfire Pro with video or pictures.