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How to improve your edits?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hallo Guys

 

I have been wondering how to improve your ski edits.
 

For example I have made this edit with my friends: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=awHSC8pWiI4

Do you know how I would be able to improve my edits?


Camera angle?

Music?

Change Clip on the beat?

Or just get better at skiing?

and so on

 

It would help me a lot if I got some feedback on the film and if you would give the film a like :-)

post #2 of 12

Nice work.  #1 keep the lens clean.  ;)

 

Cuts are a little jarring.  Perhaps some crossfades?  Also, if you have two cams, cuts between the POV shots and an external medium shot are a nice sequence.

 

Fast forward is kinda cool but how bout some slo mo?

 

Yes camer angles.  Experiment wiht low angle and reverse angle on ski pole or even longer pole.  Unique angles add dynamic movment to less impressive hits and hops.

 

Keep shooting and cutting!

post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

Tanks for the reply :-)
It was snowing very much so it was difficult to keep the lens clean.

 

It's a good idea with som lower angles. Do you have a suggestion to make the jumps more interesting? Wenn skiing rails or box, do you have any idea to film them better?
What about shots of the nature and the surroundings are they a good idea to have in the edits?

 

And should you create some sort of story in the edit?


I will keep shooting and cutting ;-)

post #4 of 12

Nice edit, but a few changes could make it a lot easier.

#1. Keep the lens clean. Parts of the video looked foggy.

 

#2. Try some new angles and especially use a fallow cam. All that you need to do is tape the GoPro to the end of your ski pole and practice. With this setup you can fly off jumps(or next to them) and capture some super smooth shots. You could also try fallow caming from a head mount, but these shots aren't as smooth and it doesn't look professional(ski tips and pole may be seen of the fallow skier). In my edits I have a GoPro at the end of my pole almost the entire time fallowing people around.

 

#3. Your video need some color correction. Some simple levels adjustments would make your video look less gray. If your editing program doesn't have these adjustments you could download the free version of Divinci Resolve Lite. This program has lots of features and is more than you need to get perfect footage out of your camera.  Watch some videos on how to color correct and grade your footage. Color correcting will help your video clips match up and look less dull. This step is critical to making a good ski video.Perfect footage rarely comes out of a GoPro and color correcting is why GoPro's promo videos look so much better that nearly every other GoPro video on the web. 

 

Improving your skiing always helps to make your edits better, but fallowing these steps should help you make some much better edits.

Keep filming and editing. 

 

My channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/2DiamondProductions?feature=mhee

My latest video:

post #5 of 12
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Originally Posted by 2diamondProduct View Post

Nice edit, but a few changes could make it a lot easier.

#1. Keep the lens clean. Parts of the video looked foggy.

 

#2. Try some new angles and especially use a fallow cam. All that you need to do is tape the GoPro to the end of your ski pole and practice. With this setup you can fly off jumps(or next to them) and capture some super smooth shots. You could also try fallow caming from a head mount, but these shots aren't as smooth and it doesn't look professional(ski tips and pole may be seen of the fallow skier). In my edits I have a GoPro at the end of my pole almost the entire time fallowing people around.

 

#3. Your video need some color correction. Some simple levels adjustments would make your video look less gray. If your editing program doesn't have these adjustments you could download the free version of Divinci Resolve Lite. This program has lots of features and is more than you need to get perfect footage out of your camera.  Watch some videos on how to color correct and grade your footage. Color correcting will help your video clips match up and look less dull. This step is critical to making a good ski video.Perfect footage rarely comes out of a GoPro and color correcting is why GoPro's promo videos look so much better that nearly every other GoPro video on the web. 

 

Improving your skiing always helps to make your edits better, but fallowing these steps should help you make some much better edits.

 

I would say that you're a little too big a fan of the pole cam judging from your vid. It's a little overused. It's a nice angle, but you need to mix it up more, as well. 

Davinci is hardly what I'd call a Color Correction software for beginners, even the lite version. Most NLEs have built in presets that can clean up GoPro footage: Premiere, FCPX, Vegas, etc.

 

To the OP, next time, bring along a DSLR that shoots great video or a camcorder to catch some extra non-POV shots. The fixed lens of the GP is, imo, it's bugaboo. Looking at shots at the same focal length gets as old as constant POV stuff. In other words, you can shoot other angles all that you like, but it will all look the same due to the same lens being used. It also appears that your footage is overexposed in a quite a few places. There's lots of clipping going on in the snow. If you try to push that in color correction, it's going to look really weird. I'm guessing it's because it's an early model of the GoPro and not the new GP3 black ed. which has a great picture.

 

I'm not just some noob that watches a lot of Youtube, I've produced/directed and shot and everything in between. Worked on more than 220 projects (national commercials/tv/features/web) over the last 20 years. I hire editors.

post #6 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the awesome advices! :-)

They will really help my edits alot. The GoPole is a great idea to mix the angels. I will try to use all advices in my next edit

 

You are right I have the original GoPro, but I am going to buy the new GoPro Black soon.

However i have been using Final Cut Pro X to auto Color Correct. It was just shitty weather during the hole week expect one day. If you saw the raw footage, you would could se the difference.

post #7 of 12

Remember if you are shooting guys bombing down the run handheld, position the camera as close to the ground as possible, Make sure they come "as dangerously close" as possible. Standing straight up rarely looks as cool. Get down there on the ground.

 

As to FCPX and color correction. Look at some of the presets and play around with them a bit. 

post #8 of 12

Thomas.  I am also a video professional.  Every video should tell a story, otherwise whats the point?  Your's does tell a story but it never hurts to work harder at it.  For example, I see lifts nd snow and skiers, but where are they?  some shots of ski area singe would not be out of place at or near the head.  The more angles the better. Yes to those who said get another camera in addition to the go pro; the extreme wide angel gets old and you have to be super close to someone to get a decent shot.  RE, the pole cam mount - mount it in a way that we don;t see your pole... you could also blow some of the shots up to lose the pole.  Ixnay one the dissolves, cuts are better for maintaining energy dissolves are for people who can;t make cuts work.  I did not watch super closely but  cut on the beats if you can.

post #9 of 12

By pole cam I meant something used to fallow other skiers and get close up shots that are really smooth.

 

Here is a picture of the setup.

 

 

I use it to capture photos like this.

 

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by 2diamondProduct View Post

By pole cam I meant something used to fallow other skiers and get close up shots that are really smooth.

 

 

 

 

Ok, but your vid that you posted didn't utilize that, at all. It's what I was commenting about. And, do you mean, FOLLOW? B/c fallow has a totally different meaning. 

post #11 of 12

I mean follow. 

 

This video has both versions of pole cams.

post #12 of 12
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However i have been using Final Cut Pro X to auto Color Correct. It was just shitty weather during the hole week expect one day. If you saw the raw footage, you would could se the difference.

http://digitalfilms.wordpress.com/2013/03/30/fcp-x-color-board-presets/

 

Helpful link ^

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