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april!

april's almost here. kind of weird because usually when i take stock of a particular time period it's to say, "boy time is flying by", but the this time around, the new year has moved very slowly. not in a bad way at all, it's just interesting.

april is going to be rather busy for me, and i'm looking forward to it:

- april 1st - spirit bell dedication performance
- april 6th - TUMB Spring Concert
- april 7th - PVT concert. i should probably buy a ticket for that since a few of the shows in the US tour have sold out.
- april 9th - Dave arrives in town.
- april 10th - my NienteForte concert
- april 16th - wheel of fortune and Joseph's wedding

on top of that, i'm going to be working out contract, show design and other hoo-hah for Hernmiston, which will probably involve starting to do some simple drill exercises to get familiar with pyware and drill writing/staging concepts. i'm going to do some work to see if i can get my timpani piece published. i'm going to start further conceiving of the electronic music piece i want to do with the cabbie recording that i took on the way back from PA. it's the end of the school year, so i'll have to deal with some end-of-school-year logistics.

this upcoming week i hope to finish tulane video uploading from mardi gras - something that's slow going simply because watching my footage makes me dizzy and nauseated after about a half hour because of the shaky camera. i'm contemplating selling the camera i just got (Powershot A640) and upgrading to the next model (A650) because that model has some image stablization hardware and software that i think will help the situation. It's not something that mattered to me much before i started using my tripod as something to hold up high above my head as opposed to open on the ground, but as i become more fond of that sort of video taking for Tulane to get that overhead perspective, it's becoming more of a priority.

anyway. some more cleaning, and then shower and then shopping and then poker night.

a good sort of saturday.

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zqfmbg
Mar. 27th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
Image stabilization doesn't help all that much. I also have a very hard time watching camcorder video because of everpresent shake (I can't even watch ten minutes), and I have two here with it built in. I wonder if they make steadicam setups for compact cameras.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:28 am (UTC)
i was looking into this concept first, basically some sort of stabilizing tripod or something, but apparently that's not something that exists or else i'm searching for the wrong thing. i think what i want more is some sort of complex boom arm deal, but i imagine that that would be much more expensive than what i want to pay.

it's not as vital right now since mardi gras is over and that's what i used it for the most, to get large overhead videos of the band by holding up the tripod as far as i could over my head. eg: http://youtu.be/p25ahFQZ17c we'll see what happens next year.
lifeofmendel
Mar. 28th, 2011 03:30 am (UTC)
(that video is really only an okay example. this picture shows a better angle for what i did typically. https://picasaweb.google.com/tumbstaff/TUMBKreweOfRex2011#5587996633504290786 )
shandrew
Apr. 3rd, 2011 07:50 am (UTC)
Search for "chicken steadicam" to find a really low-cost video stabilizer :)

Another technique i've seen used is to anchor the camera using a large neck strap stretched tight and your two arms; this offers three points of stability and you can move it somewhat high.

Maybe you could use a monopod along with one of those body flag pole holders.

I don't quite understand video technology, but at least for still pictures, the best way to minimize shake is to find cameras with lenses that have big apertures at the focal length that you are shooting at. There are many compact cameras that offer f/1.8 or f/2.0 max apertures at the wide angle. This means that you can use higher shutter speeds so there's less chance of shake affecting the photo.
taren_
Mar. 28th, 2011 07:35 pm (UTC)
I probably missed the original post, but wheel of fortune? Auditions, final audition, or actual show? Or audience? Because if you're looking to get on, I got... "connections"
lifeofmendel
Mar. 29th, 2011 04:24 am (UTC)
wheel of fortune as in: the marching band that i teach is filming with the wheel of fortune that day for college week.
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