Move-Making in Snow Time: Some Experience
Everything is white this morning! What a great time to make a movie! Winter does, however, offer interesting video problems. First thing is, this is cold! It does not only mean keeping yourself warm, but also your equipment. There is some controversy around or batteries lose their cargo faster at low temperatures, maybe the guys at Mythbusters can answer that answer. Personally, I say they do definitely. I can also say with certainty that cold weather also affects equipment; I have a digital camera that takes good pictures over 32 degrees Fahrenheit, but underneath it starts as if it is full of molasses and eventually just stops working. It can be the lubricant, or near tolerances in the parts, but it can not take the cold. So before you make a big project from your winter flashes, we can do some tests. Make sure it is under the fridge.
Find a place outside it’s a safe place for your equipment, a backyard, backyard, etc. To leave, there is some light available if it is dark. Set up your camera with a whistle, select a setting and start filming. Place an extra battery on a dry surface. Go back inside and make a nice cocoa! Do not make you feel freeze, leave the task to the equipment. Wait 10 or 15 minutes and see if there is any work. If the cameras stopped, try the spare battery to see if it works. Check at 10 minutes intervals until the media fills or the camera stops working. Now you have an idea of how long you have to make your video.
Now for the second test: On a sunny, cold day, take a few shots that include total sunshine, partial shadow and deep shadows. Shoot the same footage in several different settings: If your camera has a snow / beach setting, try it, even the full auto and any other settings you think may work. You may find that the snow / sand environment is insufficient for deep shadow shots while in clear sunshine. Review your test a shot, make a few notes and score up to the last test.
The final test is you: what do you have for personal heat equipment? Remember the small intestine in a Christmas story that looks like an overstuffed Teddy bear? You do not want that look. You want to have flexible, warm layers; You want gloves or clothes that have removable finger covers and warm, comfortable shoes. Leave the sunglasses off when you’re movie so you can use the lighting better. You also want to have similar equipment to hide a bit from the bitter cold you may experience. I keep my batteries in my outerwear, to add some time to their life.
When you’re ready to go, make a wise note of what kind of video you want, think about where you want the camera and whether you can repeat any shots or just rely on one for everything. If you’re off the slopes to shoot some amazing snowboarding or some exciting magic moves, remember to try and protect your camera from spraying snow. Keep the equipment down until you are ready to shoot, and turn it off when you go through and put it away, even back the quiet hot car. If the skating or cross-country skiing, or just fun in the snow, shoot until you lose the power of the battery; then go back to the editing studio.
The final step is the editing, including any audio editing you want to do. I like Audio4fun.coms Voice Changing Software Diamond 5.0 for audio editing as it contains some dynamic features that allow real time editing and many filters and effects to add depth and quality to your productions and the ability to Your own voice in almost anyone’s voice. It would be great if you want to create a funny video clip with this Voice Changer. Once you get your final product, burn a few CDs or DVDs, invite the family and do not forget the popcorn and hot cocoa!
ABOUT AUTHOR: Wayne Rice is a freelance journalist, copywriter, photographer and artist. He currently lives in the United States