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    02-13-2021, 09:23 AM
    Well done and thanks for reporting back
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    01-25-2021, 05:40 PM
    Marc asks if camcorders have a place in 2021. I say absolutely they do, though it may be rather more niche than it used to. Phones capture superb images - especially if you want just a massive depth of field (and camcorders typcally do not have a shollow depth of field anyway - if you want that go mirrorless/DSLR). They are suitable for loads of stuff. But .... ergonomically I find them horrible. I have mine in a case with a folding lid and this makes it very difficult to hold (but makes...
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    01-22-2021, 12:44 PM
    Hi, and welcome. I see you've posted this and had lads of answers on avforums. We are a much lower traffic forum here so don't expect much in the way of response. Panasonic have a good reputation for camcorders at this sort of price range and the VXF990 looks like it fits the family. They have always been popular with members of amateur film making clubs. I have a HC-X1 which I've been a bit disappointed in but it doesn't put me off their cheaper (mid-price) cameras. I see someone is...
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    01-22-2021, 12:31 PM
    I don't know Filmora but that spec sounds seriously underpowered. The SSD at 128 is big enough for operating system and software. Yes there's room for some footage but very little. It's not possible to say how much space 1080Pfootage takes without knowing the codec you uses. Typically lower end cameras shoot with very highly compressed footage, which means much more footage per GB. Unfortunately this has to be decompressed by the computer so it requires far more power. One common solution...
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    01-18-2021, 05:50 PM
    I like the look - appropriate Southern US for the country/rock music. There's a good mix of shots but you can never have too many variations with a music video. Try to capture some big close ups: People - eg mouths at microphones, fingers on guitars/keyboards, sticks on kit and feet on pedals: Things - guitar headstocks, drum cases, generally any "gear" you have around and "things" relating to the environment eg here you migt use ropes, capstans, ships wheel etc. Not only will these add even...
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    01-16-2021, 08:49 PM
    Link not working. What software. Or simply google "how to create speech bubble in <insert name of software>"
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    01-16-2021, 08:47 PM
    Agreed this looks great. The key thing with getting a dark background is to get as high a contrast as possible. I appreciate this is stating the obvious. Light the subject very brightly (whilst trying to avoid lighting the background a far as possible).the step down the exposure in camera. I guess you can do that with an iphone. I'm sure the background in this video is a matt black suface. When he has other stuff in the background (eg when he is spraying inside the box) it is very clearly...
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    01-04-2021, 06:11 PM
    You know I love your travel films but I'm afraid I'm not at all on mesage with this one. I don't want people telling me what I should do and that I owe it to myself or others to be the best I should be. I think I basically detest "aspirational movies". But hey. each to his own. Nice edit and shots though. agree with clay_9 about the audio. Stuff recorded "in the moment" on location is fine to be low quality (indeed it adds authenticity) but a high quality edit like his deserves a high quality...
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    12-30-2020, 07:34 PM
    Everything about this film reeks of high quality. The shots, the grading, the editing and the sound. Very well done. Unfortunately I lack the cultural, scientific, literary knowledge or possibly common sense to have any idea what it is about! (I do understadn the definition at the begining, just not how it relates to the film). Does this mean it's too clever, or I'm too stupid/ignorant? I love a film that makes me think, but not one where even when I think really hard I don't understand it. I...
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    Hi Tim! You've been floating about whilst I've been asking questions and helping me to compose my first vid. The help you and Midnight Blue have offered has been appreciated and I've given you a shout out in the credit roll. I've posted it up on the users vids .
    Cheers bud!
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    Hi, just wondered if I could ask you a question. What do you think it might come out like if I was to use wireless lappell mics when shooting scenes in a film, would it carry a similar effect as using a boom or is that a silly question. thanks. Mark
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    tim I get this error after reporting Spam on this site, I hope your a admin man.. sorry its so big I am deaf....

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    In Vegas MS Platinum 8, have you or anyone else experienced this most annoying quirk? On one of our Platinum 8 machines, when I click "Edit Generated Media", the interface opens then seems to vanish instantly at the bottom of the "dock", never to be found. I was demonstrating this for a class of 20 students this morning and could not edit any text beyond the default words "Sample Text". What is causing this interface to disappear? I suppose I could re-load the software, but was hoping not to have to do that.
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    i dont know if you can help me with this, but how can i edit a snake shot that jumps on the cam.
    thanks anyway!!!!!!!!
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by TimStannard on 01-30-2012 at 08:02 PM
Does it really matter what other people think of your work? I'd imagine all of us want our films to be liked, but it is highly unlikely that everyone watching will form the same, or even similar opinions. Even when a whole bunch of people express a very strong opinion, it's just as likely that there will be others expressing the opposite.

I was prompted to consider this after watching and then reading reviews of th BBC's adaptation of Sebastian Faulk's novel "Birdsong". Some

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