After a couple of days of packing (with some help from the movers who packed up our breakables), we're done! The kids were curious about the FLIP camera - and thought it would be fun for them to make movies of the house to say good bye and perhaps a little theraputic. (And give me a chance to focus on the packing!) So, I got Harry and Sara one of the smaller FLIP cameras.
I shared with them how I plan out my "scenes" and had them watch me shoot and make the movie - answering their questions. I thought it was pretty funny that Harry turned around and interviewed his sister.
Then, I told them to go make a movie. They decided to make one called "Remembering the House" - they made it all by themselves - without any help from me. Then, Harry showed me how to use some of the features in the editing software that I hadn't figured out!
We watched together and i asked them to reflect on how they could improve their video. Harry pointed out the camera shake issue.
On the previous video I created about our car leaving for California, I asked for some tips about how to avoid camera shake.
Steve Garfield suggested a monopod - it's on my list!
Nick Booth offered some great shooting tips:
To steady your hand you can put one hand under the elbow of the arm with the camera. I think a bit of wobble is fine if you're walking - this is rough 'n ready stuff - and flip's don't really have enough heft to them to be wobble free. However there's a couple of things you can do.
1 Don't walk, swivel your body to pan.
2 Dont pan at all. If you're going to edit it is really good to let things leave the frame, because hat give you a natural edit point. To do that you sometimes need to get closer.
On the subject of closer, do you remember the interview tips, shoot wide and then shoot the same thing close, that way you can easily shorten by cutting from the wide to the close and back again.
Close would also be good here - it makes things a bit more interesting. When the car is being driven onto the trailer you might want a wide and then step in quickly and get a really close shot of the car as it moves across frame. If you make those moves quickly and with confidence then you might not even need to edit.
I think it's best not to use the zoom. I would generally recommend just get in closer!
One last thing. I have been using the HD flips for social reporting, now I'm gonna use a standard defintion flip. The files are smaller so uploading is faster and once it's seen on a typical youtube embed there's little difference in quality.
Well, back to cleaning up and making sure the boxes are labels. The movers come in the morning and then we're off for an adventure - Virgin America to SFO - one husband, two kids, and a cello - and 5 suitcases!