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New Lens and DOF test

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Here a new test of that famous switch the focus effect (focus pull) with the Canon 50 mm f/1.4 lens. You can hear my son wanting to play with the neighbor, but we were leaving to try out the camera (Canon 7D) and the new lens. See previous post for a Slow-mo test.

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Slow-mo and Color Correction Test

September 6, 2010 Leave a comment

Just a quick little test, first thing I’ve really done with the 7D. I realize my focus was off a bit. It was a bad time to shoot (the sun’s position). You can see a big change from the flat straight out of the camera shot to the color corrected version. This was done in After Effects with levels and curves. The slow-mo was done by taking 60fps footage and importing into After Effects into a 24fps composition and the a time stretch to 500% and turning on frame blending and motion blur. Gets me excited to film stuff!

My Best VBS Highlights Video (I think)

We just finished a wonderful week of ministry at our church.  VBS is a lot of fun, and it is always my task as resident video guy to capture that joy and preserve it in the church archives in the form of a highlights reel.  This for me is an easy job and one that I very much enjoy doing.  Usually it is done very quickly and, though I hate to say it, kind of throw together in a nonchalant fashion.  I never would recommend this style of editing, but it happens and is accepted as being OK.  It always bothers me due to my standard of excellence.  I’ve blamed it on the time crunch– being busy and having to finish by Friday’s big finale.  This year, I had some more time to dedicate to it, since I was home sick half of the week.  I decided to edit with intent.  

I remember one year I threw a bunch of footage into Muvee AutoProducer and added music, made a few changes and was done with it.  I gather that I’m not the only one that has been in this unfortunate situation.  This time having spent the time to sync the lyrics and music to what’s on the screen, I was much more pleased with the outcome.  Taking the time to do a few more advanced techniques and raising the production value really paid off.  Though I wasn’t there for the debut, I heard about it.  There were many good comments about the video and I heard reports about how much people liked it.  I got to see the reaction of the audience on Sunday.  I’ve seen the video shared all over Facebook within our community.  It gave me a sense of satisfaction, much more than previous years. 

(This was part of July’s Christian Video Magazine Article- http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=246.   I walk through the editing process for this vid.  For free subscription- www.christianvideomag.com)

The Bible in Rhyme

I’m enjoying partnering with The Bible in Rhyme using its poetry for videos.  Kyle Holt spent three years writing this book.  I hope to make videos of some of the most famous passages in the next year.  Here’s the first.

I mentioned this in my latest article for the CVMagazine- http://www.christianvideomag.com/articles/articles.php?recordID=238.
Download, even in HD at – http://www.worshiphousemedia.com/mini-movies/19310/Genesis-1

November Article

November 12, 2009 Leave a comment

My Software Shift

September 28, 2009 Leave a comment

My Software Shift
By Gregory Fish

Let me cut right to the chase. I always want to create better looking graphics and have better designed videos than I ever have put together. I see what others are putting out for churches to use and I say to myself that I would like to do something as professionally and visually appealing as what I am seeing. I could make excuses and determine that it is not possible. I could give up trying to improve because of a lack of formal training. I could say that my equipment and software is outdated. OR, I could learn new skills and put them to use. And so can you.

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whole magazine issue pdf- http://www.christianvideomag.com/pdfissueviews.php?recordID=200909

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Better than I imagined it.

What was Jesus thinking? What was on His mind while he endured the cross? YOU were. This short dramatic piece is perfect for Easter or any other church service, communion meditation, etc. Hebrews 12:2 and 2:9 are cited. THIS CAME TOGETHER NICELY AND TURNED OUT BETTER THAN I HAD ENVISIONED IT!

Emily helped inspire this idea back after Easter.  I’ve switched to doing most of my work in After Effects now instead of Premiere. I’m getting comfortable and faster in this awesome program. I have a ton to learn still. I started this video early in the week, little by little, mornings, nights, lunch hours, my day off yesterday. Also, my wife, who helped inspire this video after Easter, helped with the tedious After Effects YOU animation after I taught her the process for that bit.

The opening sequence was made from scratch. So was the mosaic. http://www.revostock.com/After-Effects-Project/83441/The-Legend.htm is for sale for $30. I liked it, but one, didn’t want to spend the money, two, it was for a later version than my old 6.5 version, three, I wanted to see if I could reconstruct it w/out the help of a tutorial, just by my own knowledge, and I did.

To download this file: http://www.sermonspice.com/product/27201/what-was-on-his-mind-3f

Philosophical Considerations for video ministry

Determined to make it work

Where to begin? It’s 6:10am.  I’ve been working on this short video for some time now.  It’s finally done.  I’ve had some trouble with it, but I’ve been determined to make it work.  And I think it does in the end.  It started with me wanting to get better at After Effects.  So I ordered a 99 cent DVD, and a $5 book, and total training on DVDs for $25!  But those haven’t come in yet.  So I watched Andrew Kramer’s stuff on http://www.videocopilot.net/basic/ (an amazing FREE resource!!!).  I started a file I named “exp” short for experimenting.  Well, that experimentation turned into this video.  And it “ate my lunch” so to speak for the better part of this week’s free time.  Yes, I did take the fam to a  D League basketball game, I wasn’t an absent presence at home.  But just about every minute I could squeeze in, I was editing.  Whether it was preparing the images in photoshop, tedious work with magnetic lasso, or eraser, or the actual 3D animations on AE where every keyframe has to be perfect, it was pretty draining for a 1 1/2 minute segment!  The night before last I worked 4 hours straight, slept, couldn’t sleep well because my mind was still editing, woke up edited more, went to work, came home for lunch, edited and ate, went back to work, came home, edited, rendered (which took all night) went to bed, couldn’t sleep well because I’m DETERMINED TO MAKE IT WORK!  At 4:30am this morning I was able to add the music and render in Premiere.  I think it’s finally done.  I’m sure experts could have done it a lot quicker.  This was my first stab at this genre of video.  By the end, I was finally getting the hang of it.  In the process at times I was scratching my head!!  Especially since I started in the middle and had to backtrack.  Oh well.  Here’s the video.  Enjoy!

You can download or preview here too: http://www.sermonspice.com/videos/25050/god-cant-use-you (sound is much better than youtube’s version).

A Free Video for You

Thanks for stopping by fishxpressions blog.  Because you came to check things out, have a free video:

Download it by right-clicking and “Save Target As” to your computer: www.gregoryfish.org/potter_wheel_sepiaWMV.wmv

The song is used with permission from Daniel Bashta (www.danielbashta.com– by the way his album is free or by donation) and the potter is Doug Marks (who goes into great detail in his book and conferences which he performs and you can contact him if you want more info at nelsondouglasmarks@gmail.com.)  I hope you enjoy the video and can use it effectively for the Kingdom.  God bless!

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