Last month, when Red Giant Software had a sale on their software, I decided to pick up one of their products that I have been eyeing for a while now, Magic Bullet Looks. I have been searching for something to help me do some post processing on the 5D footage that I shoot. Anyway, I have seen a lot of examples of what people have been getting using Looks and today I finally got some time to play with it. I shot some test footage with my 5D and dove into all the options. There are a lot of them. The photo to the right is a before and after still of what I achieved in about half hour of tweaking. As with most software, the more I use it, the more I will know what it is capable of. As of this moment, I can say without a doubt that I am loving the software and I have a ton of ideas for what I can do with videos I have shot in the past and have not edited yet. The content of my test footage from tonight is horrid and embarrassing so I am not going to show it here, but I do intend on posting an example video soon.
Here’s an old magic trick I learned. I’m no magician, so I’m not so smooth at this.I’m finally getting a good video workflow going. I shot this with on my Canon 5D2 with my 50mm 1.4. I had the shutter speed set at 1/60 and the aperture at f4.0. The only lighting I used was a small desk lamp on the floor in front of me, pointed up at me. I did all the post processing in After Effects and added music with Soundbooth.
Last night I was talking with Liz and she asked me to make a video just for her. I had a few ideas in my head since I got my 5D Mark II last Wednesday. So, after dinner, late at night, I shot this video for her. This is my first self-produced video ever. I have edited quite a bit before and I have worked on a short film in a group for a class project in art school, but this is the first video I have ever created from beginning to end by myself. I shot it with my 50mm 1.4. Shooting video with the 5D is super simple and I love working with it. I posted a low resolution version on Flickr. I am not very happy with how they compressed it. It looks darker than the original. The version here is from my Vimeo account which looks much better.
I got my long awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark II today. It is an amazing piece of machinery. I’ve been playing with it all day. The colors and contrasts are ridiculously sweet. A lot of what makes it good does not show up in the final product. Most of what it does is give me a ton more control and flexibility over my Rebel XT. I don’t know if that makes sense, but that’s how it is for me. You can visit my Flickr to see the new photos.
Tomorrow, my new camera should arrive. I’m getting a 5D Mk II. Though I’m sad to put down my very trusty XT, I’m beyond excited to get my 5D. So I’m sad, but happy today. I’m not selling my XT since it’s not really worth much for anyone. I’m going to keep it as a backup.