Wow! Just WOW! Seriously!
I just finished editing the video from my Community Band’s 2018 Spring Concert. I am totally amazed with both the band and myself!
I haven’t had a lot of contiguous time to work on it since the concert last Sunday but after a week of weeknights and a Saturday it is done and it is Totally Wicked! I was impressed with last year’s work but this year is even better. I started with a four-Camera setup and included stand-cams for the soloists using brackets I designed that hold their phones and sit on top of the stand with a groove. In the end it was a Ten-camera (or more) production.
I rendered out the preview this afternoon which took three hours. I watched it and was sucked in to the music and the video. Having so many cameras allowed me to zoom in on the action so you can see almost everything that is going on. I don’t think any other band concert in history has been done like this. I might be a pioneer in this field. I should do this as a career.
The most important part of making it awesome is the fact that I’m also in the band and intimately familiar with the music. I know exactly where to cut the shots to follow the tune. You can’t really hire non-musician videographers to do such a in-depth job. All I have to do is set up the cameras and then sit down and play the music. All the magic happens in editing.
I’m not the kind of person who goes out tooting their own horn but, Beep beep beeepity BEEP!!! I have nobody to tell so I’m telling you.
Last year I got a few thanks and congratulations on the video work but nothing special. Maybe this year I will get some real recognition. Not that I did it for recognition or anything but an Oscar would be nice. LOL! This video really makes a great memorial of an amazing concert.
The only thing that would have made the production better would have been to have some real quality cameras. I made do with a Zoom HD camera that was not so HD and a bunch of iPhones. Still, it came out pretty damn good! Maybe it will get enough attention to warrant the purchase of better equipment.
I’m also impressed with my computer. I have a custom computer with an older model motherboard that started with a 1st generation i7 CPU. I replaced the i7 with a Xeon x5660 6 core server processor, overclocked it to 4 GHz and it really rocks. It handled all the video sources quite smoothly. I’ve been waiting a year for this project to come up and let me test it out.
So Holy Shit! This concert video came out super-impressively. I can’t wait for everyone to see it. I’m rendering the final version now and should be uploading it to YouTube tomorrow if it checks out. I’m so excited. And I just can’t hide it.
I’m am very proud to be a part of this band and it will be sad when I have to leave next year to build my house. Maybe I can still do both. We’ll see. It really is the best thing in my life. If only it was in my new town.
The video is online. Take a look at it. That’s me front and center with the oboe.