Saturday Test

Premier Pro edit:

DaVinci Resolve edit:


The premier pro edit works better as it was able to cope with the rushes and allowed be to do some quick foley and color correction. On the other video (attic vl test) the color correction was wrong and the sound didn’t line up very well and didn’t have a clear waveform.

I feel that this test shot was successful as I found that using talcum powder creates a good haze which allows for volumetric lighting  to take place unlike the smoke machine which in creating haze also obscures the local environment meaning that the shot is less effective in creating volume in a scene. To create this video I used multiple ISO settings as each corner had its own level of darkness. The white balance was set to tungsten light which cooled down the image temperature to around 3100 Kelvin hence the blue look to the scene.

For my actual edit I shall do these shots with more haze so that the volumetric lighting is more prominent as it is the focus of the piece.

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What went well: in this test shoot I feel that the focusing of the camera worked a lot better than in my previous videos. The use of natural lighting worked really well when I used the talcum powder to make its rays visible which added depth and atmosphere (volumetric lighting). this made the space seem old and tighter as the light taking up space  makes the room seem fuller than it would have if an intense directional light was used as that would have exaggerated the amount of darkness making the space seem larger in the same way as using a model city in Godzilla made the monster seem larger. it ages the scene because it makes it appear that the space has laid undisturbed for years. I experimented with the cameras setting which reveled that the ISO evolved at different places within the attic so now I know what I’ll be using for the actual shoot.

What I can improve: During the making of this video a large portion of time was used getting the equipment up into the attic safely which involved using a climbing rope and rafters. For the final film I intend to be more organized in managing equipment so that I have more time to film with natural lighting and also I would use a more powerful torch so that the pov shot and side shot have more contrast between the light rays and the surrounding talc. As previously stated to improve I shall use more talcum powder to increase the amount of haze and thus make the volumetric lighting more prominent. For the final film I shall also improve by recording the sound with proper sound equipment and loyalty free music. Finally I would use crew / cast so that I could save time on having to set up perform then change shot.

This is the DaVinci resolve interface. DaVinci resolve has a reputation for its extensive color correcting tools and ability however the 12th version which is now out has started moving into the realms of none linear editing. As the software is free it makes for an incredible tool for any low-budget film maker,  however its power isn’t yet any where close to what you would find in adobe premier pro which makes editing hd footage or large amounts of video files very difficulty as the timeline has a tendency to jump frames mid edit and has a very rough playback. DaVinci resolve has multiple interfaces each with its own purposes the first interface people will see is the media importer the next interface that people would use is the editing interface which speaks for itself then the coloring interface is used to edit any individual clip or sequence this set of interfaces do not overlap features very often which makes going back to sort something more time consuming, but also more linear making it more tidy and logical. DaVinci makes video editing work in a similar pattern to the waterfall data model where it is intended that you complete each stage review then move on, only as it is for video editing you do have the ability to go back and change things which sticking to the theme of water  creates ripples through your work across eace interface changing everything for better or worse.

Adobe premier is payed software. It can be payed by either monthly rental or a one time lump sum to keep it permanent. Adobe premier pro is very powerful and so doesn’t have the issues seen in DaVinci resolve, for instance it can cope with much better quality videos and a larger number of files allowing for smoother editing and a better chance to get the look you are after efficiently. when it comes to audio in adobe premier it is much more user-friendly than DaVinci as the wave form is clearer and more detailed. Color correction in premier is still evolving but still uses all the same tools as adobe has provided. The masking tool is very easy to use but some of the tools such as brightness and contrast are out of date as they will still lose color information by changing shades to their extremes. in this way DaVinci has the upper hand in terms of color correction but artificial color correction still doesn’t match natural coloration and the closest I have seen to achieving this look is where the video is layered twice once with a 1pt fast blur and the second overlaying it with the color correction. Like DaVinci adobe has multiple interfaces and each one is customizable and allows for every feature to be accessed in each format. Adobe premier pro is open to virtually any workflow method / design cycle that the user can think of meaning that it is friendly for a wider range of users than DaVinci as long as you take on an editing style thats right for you (even if that style is to just click and hope for the best)


About kitjaytaylor

Film student
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One Response to Saturday Test

  1. kendalcollegefilm says:

    I absolutely love this, Kit. Very well done. Your instinct for film language (shot choice, editing decisions) is improving all the time, and this is an extremely effective little sequence. Well done! You could talk more about the process, though—having gone to the trouble of editing in two different NLEs, I’d really like to know more about the different formats and you found them to use. Also, as a small note, watch your capitalisation at the start of sentences, as well as things like ‘Kelvin’ and ‘ISO’!


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