Hey everybody…it’s about midnight and its time to call it a quits today. I told you guys I would blog the editing experience to give you an idea of how much time and effort it takes to put one of these tapes together so here will be my first blog.
Poor Adrian..his flight on Monday got cancelled and he was lucky to grab a flight later on in the day so he could get back to Miami in time to film Black Oracle pageant at Club Boi. So I haven’t been able to look at any footage until today.
STEP 1 IN EDITING – Ingest
We have 3 computer workstations that we use to edit all video content for any of our clients. Each workstations contains a variety of software and hardware to allow us to do special effects, short form and long form videos, some animation and sound and audio editing. It’s a nice set-up that has served us very well for 10 years. The process is all digital – we shoot with 3-CCD digital cameras in SD, transfer in digital, edit in digital and output the final product in SD. This insures that the DVD you receive from us is from a high quality master.
The first step for us is to “ingest” or capture all of the footage shot. Since this was a 2 camera production – this means capturing twice the amount of footage. So I started around Noon today capturing Tara’s Saturday footage first (that took 4 hours – 4 tapes) and then capturing Adrian’s footage second (that took 4 hours – 4 tapes) – so it has taken all day today just to get one day’s worth of footage into the system. I had to go to meetings for 3 hours today so the day quickly turned into a 12 hour day. With Saturday’s footage in the computer, I can put together a quick Saturday Preview video and get that online which I will do on another workstation while I continue capture footage. The preview I will work on that late tomorrow.
Tomorrow, I will capture Sunday’s footage (that also will take 8 hours). So I won’t actually get to sit and actually put all of the shots together until Friday. There are so expensive alternatives we could use to save time and not have to ingest all of this footage but spending 2 to $3,000 on it is not an option at this time – especially considering that…oh well nevermind…I won’t bring that subject up.
so…that is day 1 of my editing. Pretty uneventful. Those of you who have pre-order videos, you should have gotten emails from me thanking you for the order. Those who ordered by credit card at the pageant itself – I will work on processing your orders sometime tomorrow.
Well that’s it for now….will share more tomorrow.