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    This was our first attempt a recording a live show. Our previous video had been a simple audio podcast with a few still images and short video clips dropped in. The main camera for this was a Canon EOS 500D. The interviews were recorded on a SJCAM SJ4000, the poor quality close up shots were also recorded on the same camera, I think the digital zoom and poor light is what affected the quality of the close ups.


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    https://youtu.be/PJlfVsIp5wA

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    Surprised there's been no responses yet as I know myself there is plenty to be critical of with this video.

    1. The presenter keeps looking at the wrong camera
    2. The presenter continually says the same phrase at the beginning of the video
    3. The presenter is the wrong guy for the video
    4. I'm the presenter, so if I can be that critical of myself you can be too.

    Please feel free to leave honest, and if need be brutal, critique. You won't offend me. I'm here to learn.

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    Paul,

    I'll comment later. But I notice you haven't commented on anyone else's videos.... it's a two way street.
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    Understood, but as a novice filmmaker I would say I'm unqualified to comment on others work as yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thegiantniner View Post
    Understood, but as a novice filmmaker I would say I'm unqualified to comment on others work as yet.
    But you have a lifetime's experience watching TV & film and several years watching on-line videos. How a film affects you emotionally, whether or not it entertained, informed or educated you, how well it held your interest - these are all things that require no technical knowledge whatsoever and are far more important than what lens was used or whether the editor crossed the line or whether the colour was too warm/cold or if the audio was poor. So, every opinion is important.

    Having said that, comments like "This film sucks" are not welcome. However "This film sucks because I couldn't hear what was being said" is a genuinely useful comment.
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    Fair point.

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    So now come comments
    This is very much a specialist fan video. It's made by UK 49ers fans for UK 49ers fans. As such it is not going to appeal to anyone outside of that demographic. You understand that, make no apologies for it and accept it is not for a general audience (it might be interetsing one day to make a general audience film explaining the sport, who the 49ers are and why you're a fan).
    This is good - you've identified your target audience. It also means that that audience are going to be far more interested an the content than in the quality. You will want to avoid any bland comments or generalisations as you are speaking to a knowledgeable audience. (I listen to YesMusicPodcast - a weekly audio podcast about the music of "the greatest progressive rock band in the world" I, and many others love it, but unless you're into Yes, it'll be meaningless trivia and opinions: I see your video in much the same light)

    I disagree with your comment about being the wrong guy to present. I'd suggest you are absolutely the perfect presenter for this. Clearly a massive fan, you bring enthusiasm and life to what is basically no more than a series of interviews with other fans. Apart from the looking at the wrong camera and watching out for repeated phrases, I think you do a great job. Oh, never apologise for something - especially at the beginning - people will look out for what's wrong with it rather than concentrate on the content. If something needs an apology, put it in afterwards ("Incidentally we apologise for the poor sound quality during that last clip" - many people's reaction will be "Oh I never noticed" and it will assure those who do notice that the quality you are striving for is higher).

    Content:
    Difficult with this subject matter, but I doubt you have copyright clearance for the footage.You don't use much and it isn't really (as I see it) needed. Better to play safe and not use it?
    Ditto the music. There are many people who will allow you to use their music free of charge or for a credit.

    The image quality ranges from average to poor. You're right about digital zoom. Never use it. Full Stop. If you really need to zoom in digitally (but please don't) you are better off doing it in software on your computer than in camera.

    I was surprised that some was shot on a 500D as I'm sue you'd manage to get better quality out of it than we see here. Perhaps YouTube mangled it or perhaps you managed to mangle it a bit in editing/rendering. But the again, the video quality is not critical to teh experience.

    More critical is the audio. You clearly understand the importance as I see you using mics. However it sounds to me like you've had a go with some audio clean-up software and overdone it in places. In other places there is still much distortion (especially "Clipping" - where the signal is recorded too high). This is the area I'd concentrate on most - practicing getting a good audio signal.

    Nevertheless, with your ebullient personality, I can see this video podcast going down a storm. Well done.
    Tim

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    Use a tripod or at least monopod wherever possible.
    Set the focus to manual in controlled conditions to prevent auto-refocussing where it's not necessary.
    Work around low resolution footage by using it as Pip in environmental shots.
    I think you were too aggressive with the noise removal. Some ambient sound can make a video vibrant where too aggressive noise removal in post makes it sound mechanical.

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