Do you care where a camera was made?
Maarten | On 17, Jul 2020
It’s a question that viewers like you often ask. I’ve got two possible motivations.
Nice day for a canoe ride on the Humber, so Kim and I packed up some camera gear and rented a two-seater from Toronto Adventures.
My cap promotes MGI Software’s VideoWave, a video editing package from a Canadian Developer. I worked at MGI as a product manager (not on VideoWave) early in this millennium. My paddle is a handcrafted RedTail.
Kim was behind the camera for this video (I am doing all the paddling). We recorded using the Sony ZV-1, using picture profile 7 (S-Log2) to accommodate the wide contrast and dynamic range. Continuous AFC, wide area with face detect on. We recorded on an Atomos Ninja Inferno using ProRES 422 at 4K/30. I’ll explain more in my review of the ZV-1 (in progress).
The camera is on a Manfrotto 190XB tripod with a 701HD head. Steadyshot was on. Using a gimbal in a canoe is counter-productive, as the tripod and I are set on the same surface and move together.
The script is on a teleprompter – an iPhone with Pages in presenter mode. As that requires the flash shoe, we could not attach the windsock to the ZV-1, so could not use the internal mics.
Audio was recorded from a Sennheiser/Apogee clipmic, taped inside my glasses (the cable is intermittently visible under my right ear). The recording was made on an iPhone (using MetaRecorder) and synced in post.
I adjusted exposure and graded colour using Final Cut, without the help of a LUT. Note that the adjustments are not the same throughout.
Video was edited on a 27″ iMac using Final Cut 10.4.8. Output to HD1080/30.