Originally Posted by Robin_G
Your project shooting family stories at the reunion--how long do you expect each video to be and will you be shooting on the HX9V?
This is a tough project.
The family "elder" talked for about 3 or 4 hours in 5 locations.
My granddaughters and I have teamed up to learn video for over a year. Their skills are surprisingly high. They are 10 and 12. We met to work out a strategy. The older one agreed to be the primary shooter and used our Panasonic SDT750 (like a TM900). She stayed "in your face close" to the elder so that we could get primary video and acceptable audio. Getting great audio was out of the question because the "elder" was not going to wear a mic. Her plan was to talk (lecture) the 80 family members that showed up. Getting video was our option, not her's.
The younger granddaughter agreed to use the HX9V for both video and still "interest" shots. (Is that called "B roll"?)
We agreed that either camera would work in either roll. One granddaughter thought the HX9V would produce sharper video and wanted to use it for primary. Then we agreed the SDT750 might get better audio with it's 5.1 Dolby.
My job was to look for shot opportunities and have a pocket full of batteries.
To answer you question directly, each primary video in the 5 locations were 30 to 45 minutes long. That breaks all the creative rules. Nobody, will watch the raw stuff.
Our plan is to edit the long boring footage into a 10 minute or shorter version of the "best family stories". The idea is to maintain the audio track with the "elder" talking. Mixed on top will be shots from the HX9V of family members that are fascinated with what they are hearing.
To make this work, I set both cameras at an AVCHD interlaced setting of 17 Mbps. Premier Elements 10 will combine footage from both on multiple video tracks while maintaining the primary audio.
After we finish the editing, we will offer it to family members along with all the raw video for anyone that really wants to sit still for three or four hours watching it.
It will still be boring, unless you are a member of the family that drew 90 people from three states for a picnic! They all seem to want to know how their great grandparents showed up in the southeast corner of Idaho, survived and produced 50 or more offspring.
One of the offspring is a traditional cowboy that still rides a horse everyday to look after his 150 cattle that may end up in your Big Mac. His cattle don't grow up in a feed lot. He makes sure they have a life on the open range feeding on wild and native grasses!