A few weeks ago, an exciting opportunity came up.
I had the chance to publically record a nationally-winning high-school student’s (re)performance of his work under controlled settings.
So out came the Canon EOS 5D-Mark II, lenses, and a solid tripod.
My brother had just moved back in town so he got an invite too.
He set up from a different angle with his own amazing Canon EOS 60D.
Someone yelled “action” and we both started shooting HD video on our Canons.
Side note: I am continually surprised and amazed when I learn of feature movies and video productions being shot with the Canon 5D Mark II/III. I am humbled that I am carrying such a amazing piece of hardware in my camera bag now. Thanks bro! It’s inspiring!
There was one minor flub in the performance so I shot a tight retake of that section with the actor.
Data video files were downloaded and shared. It was grand fun.
A week or two later I sat down at my laptop and faced the daunting task of somehow editing the video from two different camera angles, and the two different audio tracks into a single video performance.
In the end I decided to jump off the proverbial cliff and went with the free community version of Lightworks.
The learning curve was very, very high, but I had done due-diligence by spending a few days re-reading the PDF manuals downloaded earlier, I then watched (with full attention) the official Video Tutorials. Peter Bridgman did a bang-up job showing all the core features and things to know to quickly get grounded in the application.
From there I just jumped in (with significant text-messaging support from my brother throughout the day), imported the multiple 4 GB MOV files each of the Canons had captured and started working away.
I had planned on using some of the audio/video syncing features it carries, but in the end the time codes were not quite perfect between the cameras so it took a bit of trial-and-error to manually make all the angle cuts sync smoothly. IU
The different angles and lenses also caused some differences in the color. I was able to edit the color in both to match very closely for continuity. Even the section of performance “retake” slipped in seamlessly.
The final challenge was exporting the video. My first attempt resulted in almost a 80GB AVI file. Wow!
Another go with some different export settings knocked it down to a more manageable 40 GB size. I still had to run it through a secondary audio/video re-coder app to bring it down to a final 127 MB video file size so that it could play on a DVD format without stuttering.
The end result was a pretty awesome HD video production shot with my bro, after at least 12 hours of learn-as-you-go video editing and post processing. The family of the student we shot the video for were blown away with the results, as were my brother and other family who got to share in the final production.
Through it all Lightworks (x64 bit build 11.1) never choked or had any problems. My Intel i7 processor with 8 GB system RAM kept up with the workload as well. I’m super glad I made that investment at the time of purchase. It hardly broke a sweat!
For being an amateur videographer on a first foray into HD video recording and editing, it was a lot of fun and I’ll definitely have much more confidence the next time we roll into the field.
Not soon after I was done, I spotted news about Adobe Premiere Pro’s own features and multi-video sync support:
Adobe Premiere Pro CC Hands-On: Multi-GPU Support and More - Windows Extreme Blog
While Lightworks isn’t probably going to win most home users away from more friendly video-editing apps, it is a truly professional-grade video editing platform…and the free version will probably be way beyond most average users’ ability to exceed it’s options.
- Importing and synching non-standard video clips into Lightworks - YouTube
- Lightworks - Sync group and live editing basics - YouTube
- Sync audio in Lightworks tutorial / Synkronisera ljud i Lightworks instruktionsvideo - YouTube
- Multi tracks video edit - How to ? - Lightworks
- TOPIC: Importing audio - Lightworks
- EOS 5D Mark II best video on Vimeo
- CANON EOS 60D Channel on Vimeo
And the New Lightworks Version 11.1.1.e Now Available as Public Beta looks even more amazing!
Lightworks NLE free edition - Highly Valca Recommended!