Internship Journal Week 11- 4/8-4/12

Monday: 4/8

 

DAY OFF- VISITING KUTZTOWN

 

Daily Total Hours: 0.00 Hours

 

Tuesday: 4/9

 

DAY OFF- VISITING KUTZTOWN

 

Daily Total Hours: 0.00 Hours

 

Wednesday: 4/10

I spent most of the day learning how to use the Wirecast streaming software which will be used on an upcoming webcast job.  We setup a camera in a edit suite and connected it to the computer with a capture card. I went through some tutorials I found on their website and then just starting trying things out on my own, and experimenting. It is a very powerful piece of software that makes webcasting a fairly easy to produce from a technical standpoint. I also discussed with the others some of the new product announcements from the NAB show in Las Vegas.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.62 Hours

 

Thursday: 4/11

 

DAY OFF- JOB INTERVIEW

Daily Total Hours: 0.00 Hours

 

Friday: 4/12

It was a slow day again, with two people out, we spent a lot of time getting things ready for the shoot our Director of Photography is going on this weekend. I spent the rest of the day working on my video portfolio for senior seminar and cleaning some stuff up around the office.

Daily Total Hours: 7.58 Hours

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Although it was a very short week, working only two days, I learned a lot when I was working with the Wirecast system and thought it was very cool! I might continue to explore the software if I have a chance next because I’m sure there is a lot more. Also,  if I decide to do webcasting down the road, I will need to know the software extremely well so I can focus on the program quality.

 

Weekly Total Hours: 15.2 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 394.48

Internship Journal Week 10- 4/1-4/5

 

Monday: 4/1

Today was a busy day between us finishing the new Black Magic Camera rig and troubleshooting some issues we had with the camera we shipped to Louisiana. They had me look for Solid State Hard drives that were compatible with the Black Magic Camera and then find a local store that had them for the best price. I also explained that by using an external SATA dock thats only $40 you don’t need the camera to copy video files off of the drive. We will probably go tomorrow to MicroCenter for the drive, the dock and some ink cartridges for the printers we have in the office. I then was tasked with researching casing options for the Black Magic Camera online. We then had a client from ESPN who wanted us to dub some footage from tape to digital file from the X-Games. I used a tape deck and a Ki-Pro Mini digital recorder to digitize the file to ProRes and then I copied it to a portable hard drive that we will sell to the client with his file on it. Finally, we added the serial numbers for our new equipment into our records.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.93 Hours

 

Tuesday: 4/2

I spent the morning putting the finishing touches on my video profile project and cleaning up the edits.  I showed it to the people at Allied Pixel and they liked it and gave a few suggestions that I fixed and finalized the video. We then went to the MicroCenter and picked up the solid state hard drive for the Black Magic Camera, an external SATA dock to read the drive and ink for our printers. When we got back to the office, I formatted the drive to be used on the camera and replaced the ink on the printer. We shot some test footage with the camera and then I installed the software on one of the edit machines. We found out that we need to use DaVinci Resolve color correction software to view the raw footage which none of our computers can handle.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.88 Hours

 

Wednesday: 4/3

I began searching for cases to put the solid state drive, that  we bought yesterday, in when it is not in the Camera. I then searched for solutions to an issue we were having with the camera not being able to be charged using a certain charger rig we had setup despite it having the correct voltage. The website didn’t have any documentation about this issue so I contacted their customer support to see if they you’ll have a solution to our issue and they had yet to get back to me at the end of the day. The battery went down to 50% after we were using it for only about half an hour or so and since the battery is built-into the camera, we can’t simply swap it out when we are in the field.  We also spent a lot of  time today working on making our rig better for the Black Magic Camera and more comfortable for the operator.

Daily Total Hours: 7.66 Hours

 

Thursday: 4/4

Today, we continued to test out the Black Magic Camera and try to find a solution for charging it in the field. I also spent a lot of the day learning how to setup and run the TelePrompters they we use on shoots. This is good, because they said teleprompting is a good way to get started in the business. We also had a freelance camera guy come in and check out the Black magic Camera.

Daily Total Hours: 7.97 Hours

 

Friday: 4/5

DAY OFF- VISITING KUTZTOWN

Daily Total Hours: 0.00 Hours

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The most valuable things this week were testing the Black Magic Design Cinema camera and picking out the hard drive and accessories for it at Microcenter because I basically took lead in selecting what we needed. It was also great learning how to tele prompt which gives me more skills I can use in the field.

Weekly Total Hours: 31.44 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 379.28

RIP Google Reader; Now What?

Google announced last week, much to the dismay of many people, that Google Reader will be shut down on July 1st. Google Reader has been one of the most popular RSS Readers since it launched in 2005. This is a shame because Google had one of the strongest RSS readers out there and many applications that are built on Google Reader that will either need be be built around another service or shut down.

My Solution:

Personally, I used Google Reader for many years as my primary source of news but have recently moved away from Google Reader in favor of using Twitter as my source of news. This occurred a few weeks prior to the announcement of Google Reader shutting down. My reason for this was because while subscribing to RSS feeds was a good method of reading news, combining my news feeds into my Twitter feed has become a better solution for me. Don’t get me wrong, Google Reader was good, but there was something about the interface that made me dread reading the news that I don’t get with using Twitter as my news feeds.  I subscribed to most of the same sources (blogs, news sites, etc) I had in my Google Reader in fact, I probably follow more sources now than I did with Google Reader. Many call this model”A River of News” where the news flows into one place for the reader to see.  I have a  to  Tweetbot on all my devices to read my Twitter feeds, which syncs across the devices using iCloud so I can pickup where I left off across all my devices. Tweetbot also allows links to be saved later using Instapaper, as I do, or a variety of other services which is useful when going through the news to save articles to read later.

I prefer using Twitter and I think it works better to have it all in one feed that I know I will check frequenly. Twitter also allows interaction with the news with Retweets, Hash Tags and replies and many media organizations interact with their audiences which builds value. This is something that can’t be done as well with most traditional news readers. For those who find a single river of news too daunting, Twitter’s listing feature can be used for those who want to sort the feeds into categories, like: “Tech news” or “International News”. I don’t use this method myself, mostly because I prefer to just have one big stream of tweets I need to check.

Replacements for Google Reader:

While Google Reader isn’t gone yet, it may be time to start looking for alternatives so you are prepared for Google Reader’s inevitable end. Here are some alternatives I have found for Google Reader besides my Twitter-based solution, especially for those desiring an experience similar to Google Reader.

  1. FeedlyWeb, iOS and Android
  2. Fever Web, iOS and Mac
  3. Flipboard iOS and Android
  4. Google Currents- iOS and Android
  5. NetNewsWire- Mac
  6. Netvibes– Web
  7. Newsblur Web iOS and Android
  8. Pulse Web, iOS and Android
  9. TaptuWeb, iOS, Blackberry, Android, Nook
  10. The Old Reader- Web

Internship Journal Week 9- 3/25-3/29

Monday: 

Much of today was spent cleaning up from the open house and putting everything away. I went through all the pictures from the timelapse GoPro and picked out some of the best pictures for promotional use on social media. Since the shots were all super wide shots of the garage. I had to crop all the pictures a little to make them more focused. Besides cleaning, the other thing I did was enter all the contact information of the people who entered business cards for the raffles into the contact database. We also began to get the equipment together that we have to ship out tomorrow including the F55 to an 18 day rental in Lousiana.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.72 Hours

 

Tuesday:

We spent a lot of today finishing getting the equipment ready to be FedExed out to Louisiana for the film project. We also had to load the truck for a job our sound guy is doing this evening and get some gear together to go to a internship fair at Temple tomorrow. I also began discussing plans for the video profile I have to shoot with the Director of Photography as I plan to shoot it later this week.

 

Daily Total Hours: 6.78 Hours

 

Wednesday:

Today was a slower day, so I spent most of it working on my demo reel for Senior Seminar, as well as improving and timing the script for my internship video profile. I plan on shooting the profile tomorrow using the Canon 5D and the TelePrompter rig that we had out at the open house. We also had a visit by a former employee who now works at NFL Networks. They are very interested in getting a F55, and interestingly enough they are now shooting primarily using P2 cameras.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.72 Hours

 

Thursday:

Today was another slower day, we checked back some equipment that was out on a rental and did some minor repairs. I also took the DSLR and shot some b-roll for my video profile project which I am going to shoot with our Director of Photography first thing tomorrow. We decided where we are going to shoot and planned it out more.

Daily Total Hours: 7.87 Hours

 

Friday:

First thing we did, was shoot my video profile, I had our cinematographer running the camera and our sound man doing sound and running the iPad TelePrompter so it was like we were doing a real shoot for a client! I still took a lot of takes to get I right, but it turned out pretty well!  We shotin ourcamera room using mostly availible lighting but it still looked like a full production. After we finished shooting, I ingested the footage and began to edit it together with the B-roll I shot yesterday and some still pictures I have taken throughout my internship. We also received our Black Magic Camera at last and began to assemble that rig. We closed early at 2:00, because of the holiday weekend, so we didn’t get it all together yet, plus some of the parts are currently out.

 

Daily Total Hours: 4.92 Hours

 

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The most valuable part of my internship this week was producing my profile video and getting input from professionals on how to make it the best possible. Having people with so much experience is very useful and they are all very willing to help!

 

Weekly Total Hours: 35.01 Hours

 

Total Hours to Date: 347.82 Hours

Internship Journal Week 8: 3/18-3/22

Monday: 3/18

Today was a fairly busy day; first, I weighed cases of equipment we need to ship to Louisiana for a large rental so we can estimate how much we will have to to charge for shipping. I then tested a lighting kit we are going to rent out and get it ready to go. We then had someone come to pickup their battery rental and I turned out that he was someone I went to high school with who is now working the engineering department of a radio station.  I did some more tweaking to the trophy dolly video and i think now I’m really done with it. Then, I decided I would start working on some certificates for the raffles we are having out the open house so we had something to give out. I didn’t show it to anyone yet, but I think they look good and hopefully will be helpful. We also had a freelance Director of Photography who we work with come in to pick-up some gel and while he was here, he showed us some of his work he did on a cooking show in Florida.

Daily Total Hours: 7.97 Hours 

Tuesday: 3/19

Much of the day was spent cleaning up the garage, where we will be holding much of the open house. We also had a meeting to discuss what else has to be done to prepare for the open house and what food will be served. Then, I finished up the certificates for the raffles, Brian like what I had so far, so I finished all of them and just need him to check them before I print them out. We set 2 sets up in the garage one is a table with a train set on it to show motion and detail on the new camera and the other will be a person in front of a backdrop.  People can move the camera will move back and forth between the sets on a Dolly we setup in the garage. We then found out that we might be getting a 4k projector for the open house on loan from Sony. It not firm, but I was asked to make a sign saying that it was courtesy of Sony to put next to it if we get it, now that they know I am good at Photoshop.

Daily Total Hours: 7.8 Hours

Wednesday: 3/20

I finished up the certificates and the Sony sign and had Brian check them and he liked them. We then spent the rest of the day cleaning again to get ready for the open house. We cleaned out the server room and one of the edit suites as well as the desk area where we cleaned off the desks and got rid of old manuals for equipment we no longer have. I also did check some cables and lights that were out for a shoot and put them away.

Daily Total Hours: 7.87 Hours

Thursday: 3/21

We began to setup the office the the open house tomorrow, I then printed all the certificates and the Sony sign for the open house since we got a 4k projector delivered from Sony!  We set the projector up and found out that the camera does not output 4k through the HDMI port, so we need to figure out some type of workaround for that. We also figured out how to mount the very large Arri Zoom lens to the camera in a way that it would be supported.  We continued to setup the garage for the event and I figured out where I would be mounting the 2 GoPro Cameras, one will be for the timelapse, the other will be used on WiFi and controlled with either and iPhone and iPad to demonstrate those cameras as well.

Daily Total Hours: 7.95

Friday: 3/22

We spent the morning finishing setting up for the open house and getting the 4k Projector setup, which we found out does send a 4k signal over HDMI. We then picked up the food and set that all up. The open house was great and everyone seemed happy with it. I met a lot of people and they all seemed very interested in the new camera. In addition the the F55, we had a Sony F3 on the dana dolly, we also had the Canon 5D Mark III with an iPad teleprompter rig which was very popular. I had the 2 GoPros running but the batteries dies early on, but at least they were on display. The event was great and hopefully it will get some more work for Allied Pixel!

Daily Total Hours: 11.58

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The most valuable experience of the week was definitely the open house, it was great seeing all our work pay off and meeting a lot of people in the industry.

Weekly Total Hours: 43.17 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 312.82

Internship Journal Week 7: 3/11 – 3-15

Monday: 

When I came in, I finished entering the contact information into the computer database for a grand total of 505 total contacts! I then spent much of the day fine-tuning the trophy dolly footage with color correction and some filters to finish that project off as well. I also helped test the turn signals on one of the trucks that was having an issue with them over the weekend. I was a rather slow day and I left an hour early since I have Senior Seminar tonight.

Daily Total Hours: 6.82 Hours

Tuesday:

The first thing we did was have a meeting about the open house next Friday and what we would have on display, who would do what and what we should say are the advantages of the camera.  We then spent a lot of the day reorganizing and cleaning the camera room to get it ready for the open house, we move out the big CRT monitor which freed up a lot of space on the work bench. The camera room is mostly finished,  so tomorrow we are going to work on the garage where we are going to have the camera for the event next week.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.62 Hours

 

Wednesday:

Today I was the first one in the office again so I started playing its the GoPro camera. It’s a really cool camera and I love how I can control it with my iPhone or iPad using an app. I just walked around the office and practiced using the camera at first. I then was asked to cut a piece of black foam core and made it into a pinwheel using white tape. We then attached it to a drill to attempt to show how many cameras have a rolling shutter while our F55 does not so it doesn’t make the shot look like Jello.  We are going to use that at the open house next week as a benefit. While I was making the wheel, I used the Go-Pro to shoot a timelapse which I then put into Final Cut to assemble. It turned out well after doing a little color correction and was incredibly easy. I also did some more testing with the GoPro and the app to see if it worked when the app was closed or the device disconnected from the Internet. My idea was to hang the Go-Pro somewhere during the Open House and put together a timelapse of the event. I also shot a few pans around the office, however the memory card stopped reading so I spent the rest of the day attempting to get it to work.

 

Here’s the time lapse I shot with the GoPro: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ffh_QsTiXw&feature=youtu.be

Daily Total Hours: 7.85 Hours

 

Thursday:

I spent much of the morning attempting to get that SD card working again, unfortunately, I was unable to get it to read, so Am fairly sure the card is broken. I ran a few more tests on the Go-Pro to become more familiar with the camera and its settings. We then brought equipment upstairs including the Dana Dolly to do some close-up shots with the new camera again.  While up there, we also cleaned up the edit suite and took two tape decks out and put them into storage since we arent using them anymore. I unfortunatly I had to leave before he began shooting the footag which will be mostly close ups of the edit suite and computer monitors to further demonstrate the capabilities of the camera.

Daily Total Hours: 8.18 Hours

 

Friday:

I began the day packing up equipment upstairs the edit suite from the previous day and bringing all the equipment back down to then storage area. I also played a little more with the GoPro and figured out how I would mount the GoPro to get the timelapse of the open house next week using a Maffer clamp and a Cardalini clamp and attach it to the shelving in the garage. I spent some time going back to working on the rotoscoping project that been preempted by other projects recently, I am going to try and finish that as soon as possible. We then checked out the iPad Teleprompter system that Jeff had been working on all week. It is really cool, the Telepropters runs from the iPad and can be controled by an iPhone running the apps as well wirelessly. We decided to test the range of the system with the control device in one car and then the iPad displaying the prompter in another car as we drove around the block and we were able to keep it running even after we stretched a decent distance apart.

Daily Total Hours:  6.93 Hours

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The most valuable thing I got tout of this week of my internship was definitely using the GoPro Camera, it was something that I had wanted to do and now I have an idea for another project. It is a really powerful little  camera, and the iPhone/iPad app is an amazing technology which of course I love.

 

Weekly Total Hours: 37. 4 Hours

 

Total Hours to Date: 269.65 Hours

Moves Review- A Pedometer for your iPhone

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We all know that most of us, myself included, need to walk more than we do. Yes, we could just take a walk but, most people do a some amount of walking in their daily life, whether it be around the house, at work or moving from place to place, but don’t know how much walking they actually do. There are ways of recording those every day movements, most simply, a pedometer that can be purchased fairly cheap. There are also the wrist bands that track movements like the FitBit or the Nike Fuel band but those cost around $100 and they need to connect to a computer or smartphone running an application to record data.

Moves is a free iPhone application that enables iPhone users to track the number steps, the distance walked and the total time spent walking each day using the the GPS built-into the iPhone. Once installed, simply launch the app once to make sure its ready and its ready to go. Moves can determine when someone is walking and when they are driving or riding, preventing users from being credited extra steps. The app shows results in a beautiful, graphic

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timeline the day showing how much walking has been done in each location and includes a map of the day’s travels.
Places are normally named by the town or city by default for example, “Place in Philadelphia”. Places can be labeled as home, work, school or even better, Moves ties into Foursquare and has a list of nearby locations to choose from if the user chooses to do so.

The timeline allows users to go through their day and see how much walking they have done at each location. On the top of each day, is a summary bubble that shows: total number of steps, total time spent walking for the day and total distance walked for the whole day and the more you walk, the larger the summary bubble will be. Days where the user has reached a personal best, will also have a record banner on the summary bubble as well.There is a week view as well to see the entire week at-a-glance as well as previous weeks. Moves also ties into social media allowing for summary bubbles or for the more daring, the entire timeline to be shared via Facebook, Twitter, email or saved as a picture to the iPhone Camera roll.

There is only one con of using Moves, which is battery usage. Moves uses the GPS constantly in order to track your movement which is a major drain on the battery. Personally, my iPhone 4 is still able to make it through the day, although, the battery is draining more than it has previously. The Move app does however have some power saving options such as setting a timer to turn off tracking for a set amount of time,  which is useful for those who are staying relativly still for a long period of time. Tracking can also be paused until the phone is charged again or users can simply turn tracking off manually and it will stay off until it is turned back on.

Moves is however a great free application that allows iPhone users to use a device they tend to always have on them to easily keep track if how much walking they do each day. It is great for the fitness enthusiast and couch potato alike by making it easy to see how much they walk in their daily lives. I highly recommend this app despite the fact it does cause significant battery drain because it makes tracking walking amazingly easy on a device that is almost always with you.

Internship Journal Week 6- March 4th-8th

Monday: 3/4

I started the day spending some more time fine-tuning my trophy footage. Brian, the President Video Services, then asked me to enter all the contact info from a directory into our client database on the computer using FileMaker Pro. I spent most of the day doing that, but did get a break because we got out new Sony F55 camera delivered! So on my breaks from entering the contact info, I helped out with testing the new camera and took some pictures of it with the DSLR. Here’s a picture of new Sony F55: http://instagram.com/p/Wc-C4_R71N/ . By the end of the day, I entered 110 people into the database and am only in the “Ds”, so I’ll pick it up tomorrow.

Daily Total Hours: 7.83 Hours

Tuesday: 3/5

I came in and got right to work on entering more contact information into the database, which is what I did all morning, I entered another 85 today and I am now in the “Hs”! Brian said that it was outstanding that I was going as fast as I was, although I still have more to go! There was also discussion on what they can do to promote the fact that Allied Pixel now has the new Sony F-55 Camera. They are thinking about having an open house in the next few weeks to demonstrate the camera and hopefully attract potential renters. We then spent the afternoon taking the new camera out to the area around the Okehocking Preserve to shoot some test 4k footage. Here’s a picture of the camera in the van since we don’t have a case for it yet: http://instagram.com/p/WfoA5ZR70B/  We plan to go to Historic New Castle tomorrow depending on the weather to  get some more test footage to show what the camera can do.

Daily Total Hours: 7.93 Hours

 

Wednesday: 3/6

I spent most of the day entering more contacts into the database, which is what I did all morning and into some of the afternoon. We also took pictures of the new Sony F-55 Camera with the DSLR which I helped out with. These pictures are going to be used to promote the open house Allied Pixel is planning on having March 22nd and probably will go on the website as well. I entered around 85 entries total and made it to the “Ms”.

Daily Total Hours: 7.93 Hours

 

Thursday: 3/7

Today I spent almost the entire day entering more contacts into the computer, I entered a total of 120, which is the most I have done in a single day. I am now in the “Ss”. The only other thing I did was do a little more testing with the new Sony F-55 camera, and helped with testing the audio settings on the camera.

Daily Total Hours: 8.03 Hours

 

Friday: 3/8

I once again spent the entire morning working on entering names. Then we took the new camera out to a local park and got shots of the creek and area in 4K again for the upcoming event. We got some good shots of the creek and some other stuff. We plan to go back out next week to get more when the weather is nicer. We brought it back and opened up the footage in the new Sony RAW viewer, some of it was slightly over exposed but because the camera captures so much dynamic range, we can fix that easily in post. I then finished the day entering a few more names, I am in the “Ws” and only have a handful of names left.

Daily Total Hours: 7.83 Hours

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The most valuable experience this week was defiantly testing out the new camera and shooting test footage with it.

 

Weekly Total Hours: 39.55 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 232.25 Hours

Internship Journal Week 5: 2/25-3/1

Monday: 2/25

I came in and the President of Video Services, Brian, asked me to setup the Dana Dolly to shoot a pan of some of the trophy’s and awards. Once I found the dolly, I set it up using some pipes and the head of one of our tripods.  I then took the now familiar 5D Mark III DSLR and mounted it on the dolly (Picture: http://instagram.com/p/WKPgAbx72p/ ). I began with one trophy to frame the shot and to practice shooting with a dolly.

 

Not long after we had sat down for lunch, Matt who is Allied Pixel’s Sony representative and actually a former employee came by with a new Sony F5 camera for us to test out, this camera was just recently released and the unit we had was serial number 56. Our cinematographer already knows a lot about the F5, because he went to a demonstration last week in New York. It is a remarkable camera, it is small but is able to get great shots just with the available light. The flip side of that, as our Cinematorgrapher explained was that when using it outdoors, it needs to use neutral density filters and some times more than the neutral density filters that are built into the camera. This camera is a game changer with its ability to record up to 4k video in a fairly small package. We are going to be getting the model that is a step-up of the F5, the F55 which our representative said will be shipping to us soon. He left the camera with us overnight, so I expect we will be shooting more tests with it tomorrow before we have to give it back.  Here’s a picture of the camera (instagram.com/p/WK1OMRR791)

 

After that, I returned to working on the dolly shots gathering more trophies from around the office and lining them up so I can do a tracking shot of them all. I shot many passes of the trophies with  different framing, movement and exposures. When I finished, I pulled the memory card from the camera and copied the files over to the computer where I went through the shots and picked out some of the best. I then cleaned up some of the equipment I used today but left the dolly out because we might use it tomorrow!

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.93 Hours

 

Tuesday: 2/26

I started by continuing to review and sort the dolly shots from yesterday on the computer and pulling out the best shots.We spent a lot of the time testing out the Sony camera from yesterday since it was going to have to go back later today. I also took some still images of it for use on the company social media pages and then picked out some of the best pictures for us to post. We continued to test the camera using various lighting and exposures to see how the camera would react and compare it to the older Sony Camera, the F3 that we have to see the differences.

 

I then attempted to fix the dolly shots from yesterday in post to make the background more white and make the dolly movements less shaky which wasn’t very feasible, so I decided I would re-shoot tomorrow to get better shots. Brian, the President of video services suggested I shoot each trophy individually and then assemble them together in post, he also mentioned that I might need to add more light to make the background the bright white that he was looking for. I spent the rest of the day playing with the DSLR settings and seeing what changes they each make.

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.65 Hours

 

Wednesday: 2/27

I came in and did some cleaning in the kitchen area while the coffee brewed. I then continued to practices shooting with the DSLR settings a bit and trying to get more comfortable with it. I also used the looked up in the manual how to change the frame rate on the 5D because Brian had suggested yesterday to shoot at 60 frames per second, which I did but, I found out that when you increase the frame rate, the 5D only records in 720P instead of 1080p, but that’s a sacrifice I had to make.

 

I then set the dolly back up and began to try out new shots taking into consideration the advice I received yesterday.  Tom, our Cinematographer, saw what I was working on and gave me some great suggestions on how to make the shots work better. He suggested that I use the longer pipes and have the track further back from the table I had the trophies on. I  removed the diffusion on the light which allowed for brighter light and made the white background brighter which was further helped but increasing the amount of exposure. The other issue I had the first time, was that I shot inconsistent speeds since I was pulling the camera myself which also lead to some bumpiness. I went back to using fishing line and attaching it, first to the handle of the tripod head and then to the sled of the dolly to pull. Tom suggested attaching a weight at the end so the dolly would move at the same speed as gravity pulls it down each time. I recorded a few test shots first and put them on the computer to make sure the shots werent blown out since I opened the exposure and wanted to make sure the levels were ok on the scopes in Final Cut. I took out another stand to hold the fishing line up and to keep the sled going the full length of the track. Once I had the whole rig setup, I recorded 4 trophies all at the same place on the table and then recorded a clean pass. Here is a video of my rig in action: http://www.mobypicture.com/user/mikegdovin/view/14871950

 

I then imported the shots into Final Cut and basically lined them up one after another cropping the ends as it passes from one shot to another. I had to key frame the crops as it moved to reveal the following trophy. As a finishing touch, I added the clean plate at the end and a Allied Pixel logo to make tie it back to the company. It still needs some tweaking and cleaning up but the shots turned out much better than the first time. I cleaned up some of the equipment I was using and then our Sony Representative came back to pick the demo camera back up and said our unit should be arriving fairly soon!

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.97 Hours

 

 

Thursday: 2/28

First thing I did when I came in was take apart my dolly rig and put all the equipment I have been using the past few days away. I then got back to editing my project, the first obstacle I ran into was that the computer I was using wouldn’t render the project in Final Cut, at least not the entire sequence so I had to render it in chunks by setting in and out points and rendering each chunk individually which took more time but with the other edits suites being used, was my best option. Once I had that issue resolved, I noticed that some of the background wasn’t as white as I knew Brian wanted it, so I used color correction to increase the whites and once I got it right on one clip, I applied the attributes to all the other clips. So it is more or less finished, I might tweak the color correction a bit but it is looking pretty good!  Then,  I check some equipment back in that had been out on a shoot most of this week and put it all away.

 

I then talked to Tom, our Cinematographer, about how shooting using different color spaces changes the amount of dynamic range recorded and how that effects the shot. We also talked about an light meter app for the iPhone that I found. A freelance director came in who might want to do a project with Allied Pixel came in so, we showed him the facilities and heard some of his experiences in the industry.

 

 

Daily Total Hours: 7.9 Hours

 

Friday: 3/1

First thing I did when I came in, was test a lighting kit that had been out on a shoot most of the week and was overlooked yesterday. I spent most of the day was spent perfecting the trophy footage in Final Cut to make them track together as seamlessly as possible. I key framed cropping the edges of the frame to transition from one shot to another and then I used color correction to make the white as bright as possible and to match between all the shots. I showed it to Brian and he said that it was very good but the trophies were a bit too bright so I spent the rest of the day working on tweaking the colors to balance between pure white and properly lit trophies.

Daily Total Hours: 6.93 Hours

 

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The most beneficial and the most fun thing I did was building the motion rig and figuring out how to make it work. It was fun figuring out how to pull the camera steadily across the dolly track. I was able to figure out how to take the project from concept to a final video that accomplished the goals.

Weekly Total Hours: 38.4 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 192.58 Hours

Internship Journal- Week 4

Monday: 

I started with helping out taking pictures of more equipment for the new website. Then, we took a brief break to setup and test a monitor that had been sent out for repair. The monitor was part of teleprompter system that had broken at a shoot a few weeks ago, so we set it up just to make sure it was working, which it was.

I then returned to working on the rotoscoping, the composition is basically assembled there is just a bit of cleaning up spots which although they may be small will take some time to clean up since i have to do one frame at a time. I showed the current version to one of the owners and he said it was pretty good! Then, I helped out taking a few more pictures of equipment since I needed a break from looking at the rotoscoping. I then finished the day continuing to fine-tune my rotoscoping project until I couldn’t do anymore!

Daily Total Hours: 7. 92

Tuesday:

I started by making a quick trip to pickup more coffee and a few other supplies at the store across the street, I noticed that we were almost out. I then spent most of my day taking pictures of equipment for the website by myself! It was a lot of fun!  I got to use the DSLR and arrange the equipment to make it look it’s best. I started getting really creative with some fishing line, hanging headsets from a C-Stand to get really good shots.

Then, I got to see a demonstrations of the Kulabyte web streaming system and how to make it work. It’s basically a special all-in-one Windows XP machine with a touch screen. I saw how to set it up, how to get the stream running and then saw the actual stream on another  computer to make sure it was working and to change some settings.

I then pulled equipment for two shoots that are going on tomorrow, although I will be holding down the fort at the office.

Daily Total Hours: 7.83 Hours

Wednesday:

I started out with testing a wireless microphone system and mixer that was returned from a rental and checking it back in. I spent much of the day continuing to shoot photos of equipment for the new website. It’s a lot of fun because I get to have some creative freedom over the shots and how I set them up. It was a little different than previous days because the computer we had been using was unavailable, so I just used the camera. This was cool because I was able to learn some of the manual camera controls. Then, we unloaded the trucks from the two shoots that we had today and started getting equipment together for the shot tomorrow. We then had someone come in for a battery who is a camera operator on a show on HGTV called Salvage. We talked to him for a while and heard some interesting stories. The show sounds interesting, so I will have to check it out.

Here’s a picture of the XLR cables I had hanging from fishing line for my pictures: http://instagram.com/p/V9n0qSx77e/

Daily Total Hours: 7.43 Hours

Thursday:

I started putting away and testing equipment that was used on the shoots the previous day. We then pulled all the equipment out that we needed to use for the shoot later  today and loaded it on the truck. There was a lot more equipment than past shoots because this is a 2 camera shoot and there was a lot of equipment required. We then drove the equipment down to Astra-Zennica and unloaded it all.

This was probably the most complicated shot I have been on so far, not only was it a two camera shoot, but we had to setup 2 sets one like the previous week we were at Astra-Zennica, using the real-world background. This also means that we had to put the Neutral density 9 gel over all the windows. We also had a green screen set in the back of the room as well for a few other pieces we weren’t sure we were going to have time to shoot. We had a lot more crew as well, the director, audio guy, Director of Photography, and of course myself were all from Allied Pixel.  We also had another camera operator, grip and make-up artist that were freelance.

We set all the equipment up for both sets and had the room ready. We had a bit of a wait because our talent was running late but when he came in, we got it done very quickly and even got the green screen shots done with time to spare!  Our biggest issue this time was the sun because we were shooting in the afternoon and the sun began to set which was causing a lot of lighting issues even with the N9. Luckily, we had the tools to compensate for the lighting changes and made it work. When we finished with the CEO, we began to strike the green screen set and reset the interview “real world” set for the changes in lighting. I also took still pictures with the DSLR and I think my pictures came out better than past shoots because now that I know the DSLR’s controls better, I can get much better pictures out of it. When we were done, we struck the set and loaded up the truck. We didn’t finish until around 7:30 but it was a great shoot!

Daily Total Hours: 10.5 hours

Friday:

All we did today was unload all the equipment we had used the previous day off the truck and tested it all.  We got it done failrly quickly because we had 4 people working on it, usually it’s just myself and one other person testing out the gear. It was however, still a lot of gear. We all left early so I was out several hours early.

Daily Total Hours: 4.73 Hours

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The most valuable thing for me  this week, was taking the pictures of the equipment for the website. It may not sound like a lot of fun, but I enjoyed it and gave me the chance to learn the controls on the Canon 5D DSLR. This helped me take better pictures when we were on the shoot. I am also learning a lot of the terminology and impressed them by using the proper terms for the various equipment when we were checking the equipment back in Friday.

Weekly Total Hours: 38.41 Hours

Total Hours to Date: 154.18 Hours

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