In another thread, Markr041 wrote: "I would really like to see some RX100 video too, not of test charts or pets sleeping on sofas, but real videos of places and people."
As a "student" of the AVS Camcorder Forum, I have been trying to equip myself with the tools, techniques and equipment to "make video" for two years.
In a way, you can look at this as my "graduation" piece. No it is not great video. I still have to learn that! But, it does "demo" what I've learned.
I'm retired, live in both a condo and a motorhome and travel. That adjusts my requirements a little. I don't get big studios, large computers, big cameras or lots of lenses. If it can't fit in carry on luggage, it is not part of my kit.
For this video:
- The camera is a Sony RX100. It is small and better known for photos due to a larger than usual sensor.
- The computer is an i7 laptop with a graphics card, Blu-Ray burner, and SSD for additional speed
- The software is Adobe Premier Elements 11 because it smoothly handles 1080p and provided all the "creative" options imaginable.
I was attending a motorhome club "rally" last week in Quartzsite, AZ. About a 170 people gathered in the middle of the desert to share friendship, common interests, food and, of course, drink. It is an annual event. There are no support facilities, we take turns doing the work. We prepare and eat two meals together each day for four days.
In this video:
- A few random clips and a RAW photo file. I was not trying to do a "documentary".
- The specific clips selected were chosen because they had too much motion, difficult light or bad audio. This video is a collection of the worst, not best clips. It should be obvious that, with care, the RX100 might do pretty well.
- I've learned my software well enough that I put it together, with titles and transitions, in under an hour.
- My computer and software rendered the 1:07 video to a 67 MB fle in about one and a half minutes, demonstrating the effectiveness of the laptop and software.
- It is not "lossless". I used the software to prepare an MP4 file that was "optimized" for Vimeo by Premier Elements provided presets. I've come to the conclusion that lossless is not a primary goal for me.
- The MP4 file was uploaded with the Vimeo uploader over a very slow, shared and community WiFi internet connection. Had I losslessly combined clips, I would not have been able to upload due to bandwidth.
- The video picture quality is "good enough" from a diminutive camera that takes wonderful photos. (Even though slashcam.de says it can't.)
- The 21 MB RAW photo at the end was not processed in any other software and Premier Elements 11 handled it without issue.
- 1080p60 files were no issue for the software and computer. It was an issue with my previous software and computer that had to be dealt with in strange ways.
From my point of view, learning how to do all this was not a minor accomplishment. The learning what combination of equipment from Sony, Panasonic, Adobe, Microsoft and ASUS to make 1080p60 editing quick and seamless was an interesting journey with each step costing money.
Thank you all for helping me learn this. Starting with no video knowledge two years ago, I tested every idea in some thread somewhere. Hopefully, I've "given back" some of it to others.