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Audio Sync Issues with FCP

So, over the last two days, I had two friends run into the same problem while editing DSLR footage in FCP. The problem was that even though the sequence settings matched up with the footage from the DSLR,the audio that was recorded separately was mysteriously drifting out of sync. This is a very frustrating problem that I personally lost quite a few hours over. I tried literally everything I could think of. I thought it was the recorder I was using, my sequence settings, etc. I literally checked everything that logically would make sense. To no avail. That’s because the solution defies logic. For some inane reason unknown to mankind FCP ships with a weird “quirk”. Even though when editing DSLR footage there is no “capture” happening, the Capture Settings have to match your footage/sequence settings or you can get Audio that drifts out of sync, Hope that saves you some headaches and helps you get back to editing.

Clarification:
What I am referring to here is that the frame rate in your Capture Settings, not Log and Transfer, needs to match the frame rate of your footage and your Sequence Settings.

Balancing your DSLR on a Glidecam

First off, our sincere apologies on the delay… We initially shot this in Orlando with our good friends Matt Buchman, Michael Buffa, and Ed Ballardt but due to a few corrupt audio files we had to reshoot.

So, we’ve received tons of questions about how to setup and use your Glidecam so we decided to put this together. We’re planning on doing another video that will go more into specific techniques so please let us know if you’d like to see anything else or if you have any questions.By no means do I claim to be an expert on this subject so any comments are welcome.

Enjoy.

Glidecam Tutorial from Cristina Valdivieso + Jon Connor on Vimeo.

Reel World: Kivalina Documentary Shot on the 5d + 7d

In the book “Packing for Mars,” author Mary Roach describes a condition NASA refers to as “space euphoria.” The first two NASA astronauts to walk in space experienced not only an odd euporia but also a disinclination to get back inside the capsule. As we flew inside a plane sparsely peppered with passengers from Anchorage to Kotzebue, we stared out of the window and watched in awe. The sun was rising amidst some of the heaviest, billowing clouds we had ever seen. We were over the mountain range the natives refer to as Denali or, more commonly known, as Mount McKinley. The majestic apex peaked its head through the clouds and we suddenly realized we were experiencing our own sort of “space euphoria.” We got the sudden sense that this whole thing was bigger than either of us.

It’s an all to rare occurrence in life that we get to truly step outside our comfort zone. We are extremely grateful for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Most of you have probably never heard of Kivalina, Alaska. In fact, until Mike Collins approached us about filming this documentary series, neither had we. After some initial research, it became quite apparent that this tiny island had it’s own story that had to be told. As one of the few remaining Inupiaq villages in the United States, Kivalina has struggled as a community to fight for what they deserve, a solid, safe place to call home.

Our time spent with the people of Kivalina is something we’ll never forget. It’s such a humbling experience to go into a new environment where despite not having all the luxuries we now consider necessities, the community defies the stereotype of being “needy” and, is in fact, one of the most giving we’ve ever encountered.

Below is the short we edited. The final product will be  a longer documentary and the first part of a series about poverty within the United States.

Thanks so much to our good friend and the series producer, Mike Collins, for giving us such a great opportunity. Also, thank you so much to our new friend and the producer, Lynette Wilson.

Some technical notes:

Shot on the Canon 5d and 7d with the Singh-Ray Vari-ND200 f/2.0, 85 f/1.2, 50 f/1.2, 24 f/1.4, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8, and 16-35 f/2.8.While we shot mostly on tripods, we also used the Kessler Crane Pocket Dolly with the Oracle Controller and Elektra Drive motor and the Zacuto Z-Finder.

Jon Connor:

Cristina Valdivieso:

Essential Kit ~ Patrick Moreau and Michael Gebben

Recently, we got to sit down with Patrick Moreau from StillMotion and Michael Gebben from Gebbs Wedding Films.
We first met Patrick at Re:Frame Austin back in April 2009 where he played a huge part in our decision to buy a 5d. We’re eternally grateful!
Patrick has always been at the top of his game. It’s quite evident by watching the films he produce that he has a complete understanding and appreciation for his craft. Every time I hear him talk about filmmaking I learn something new and, within quite a saturated industry, that’s hard to come by.

Last week in Orlando, Patrick introduced us to Michael Gebben… CEA award winner for his same day edit shown below.
Both Patrick and Michael gave us an inside look to their essential kit. As you’ll see, there are drastic differences between the two but each serves its purpose.

Patrick’s kit:

LowerPro Nova 200

Rode Mic

24 f/1.4

14 f/2.8

35 f/1.4

50 f/1.2

135 f/2

1.4x Extender

Zacuto Z Finder

Kingston 32 GB 266x

Canon 1d MK IV

Michael’s kit:

Nikon 50 f/1.4 or Canon 50 f/1.4

Manfrotto 560B-1

Canon 5D MK II

Canon 16-35

Cinevate Pegasus

Canon 70-200 f/4

Glidecam HD 2000

Lowe Pro Light

iRiver

Tascam DR 100

Zoom H1

Check out one of Still Motion’s same day edits:

Check out one of StillMotion’s films:

Check out Gebbs Wedding Films award winning same day edit:

First Ever Underwater DSLR Meetup ~ Orlando

So as we’ve started travelling more we’ve tried to meetup with some of our twitter friends. It’s always been a great time.                                                                           The week of August 23rd we will be in Orlando for WEVA. It just so happens that we’ll have a few new toys to play with so we figured we’d make it fun and invite some friends 🙂

Tuesday August 24th at 11:30 am ~ We will doing some underwater filming with the Ikelite Underwater Housing Kit for the 5d MKII. Everyone’s welcome to come! We’d like to film everyone that shows up underwater so bring your goggles! We will be at the Walt Disney World Dolphin’s Grotto pool with the tropical waterfalls and the water slide.

Thursday August 26th at 6:30 pm ~ We’ll be timelapsing with our brand new Kessler Crane Oracle so bring your intervalometer! We haven’t picked a spot yet but all suggestions are welcome… Just keep in mind we’re staying at the Walt Disney World Dolphin and don’t have access to a car.

Our good friends and very talented filmmakers, Anthony Quintano and John Hyland, will be there as well so you definitely don’t want to miss this!

Look forward to seeing you!

Home Sweet Home ~ Lessons Learned + 5d Died for 24hrs.

After a week in Florence with the 5d and GoPro, I’m home. I finished editing all the timelapses I shot and thought I’d share. My favorite timelapse out of all of them is the last won.

Here’s a list of accessories I used that I’ll never travel without again:

Fat Gecko Dual Suction Camera Mount

Ultra Clamp

Singh-Ray Vari-ND

Sony TX5

Lessons Learned:

1. After waking up at 5am to do a timelapse of the sunrise and it failing miserably due to excessive flicker, I have vowed to never use AV mode, or any other automated feature, again. I’m not sure what I’ll do from now on but I’ve been researching it on timescapes.org and hope to do some tests soon.

2. If you or anyone you know will be travelling out of Florence please take this warning seriously ~ Avoid that airport at all cost! One of my travel companions had to pay $200 because her bag was overweight and eventhough there was a line out the door to check bags, they were checking EVERYTHING. Quite a painful experience. When I got to security I was sent back to the ticket counter to check my Pocket Dolly since apparently metal isn’t allowed on the plane… Seriously? Oh, and they took my gaffers tape 🙁

So now for the nitty gritty… The last day of our trip to Florence was the day of the wedding I was filming with Julie Hill from Elysium Productions. Everything went great… the weather was perfect, the location was gorgeous, and cameras were happy ~ no overheating. At the end of the night I was ready to go home but I decided to stick around to try my hand at a star timelapse. I was set and ready to go when my shutter would no longer fire. Nothing, no noise, no warning, nothing. I tried using my intervalometer to trick the camera but no luck. The only time the shutter would fire was in live mode which wasn’t gonna work since I needed to go lower than a 1/30th. I’m not sure what exactly happened and I will be contacting Canon today to see if they can help. Since I have a ton of shoots coming up I may not be able to wait and have to buy a new camera… probably a 7d.

*Literally as I was writing this post Jon started playing around with my 5d and got the shutter to work! Yay! But why did that happen for a whole day? He changed my ISO expansion settings and it worked… Not sure what that’s all about but now I’m scared. May need to buy that extra 7d anyways 😉 Anyone else experience anything similar?

*I’m totally guilty of copying Philip Bloom with the timelapse out of the airplane… I saw the one he did on his way to Philly for Canon Filmmakers Live and loved it. I’m excited to play around with the GoPro a bit more… especially with an egg timer.

GoPro and 5D Timelapses

One of the many things I brought to Florence is a brand new GoPro. Honestly, the timelapses you see in here, are from the first time I used this little camera. Let me just say I love it so far… super portable, easy to use, and the footage looks great. I also brought our Contour Cam which I’ll be testing against the GoPro on Vespas this week 🙂 Of course I also used my 5d with our brand new Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter. Check out my timelapses from today…