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Video: Duo Concertante

We were recently asked to produce a promotional video for local musicians performing by the name of Duo Concertante.

They were playing in the Edinburgh Society of Musicians one evening in September 2013 and were looking a video to be produced for their web site and other general promotional uses. The evening was well attended by locals including many members of the society itself.

We started the evening by preparing the room for the event, making sure to safely move the piano and other furniture to create a clean space for the performers and for the production crew. We set out the seating arrangement and preparation was completed by setting up the three cameras. We were shooting on a Canon 5D Mk2 from the left and a Canon 600D at the front. There was an additional high view camera that didn’t make it to this video. All in all we were completely setup in around one hour from our arrival.

Unfortunately lighting in the room was very limited. We had a few halogen spots above the musicians and nothing else. We would have loved to bring in some proper video lighting and to have control over the room but we could not do that as this performance was primarily for the music, not the video. As the evening closed in and daylight faded things got a bit harder with exposure however we did meet the challenges and succeed with the project.

Audio capture was a very simple affair. We set up the Zoom H1 just in front of the performers and pointed it up towards them. This had proven to give the best balance of sound quality, stereo separation and most subtle fitment into the room. It would have been preferable to locate extra microphones however the Zoom did it’s job admirably. Audio was also recorded on the cameras for the purpose of synchronisation in post production. This audio was not used in the final video of course.

Editing and all post production work was completed in Adobe Premiere 5.5 along with Plural Eyes 2 which did a perfect job of synchronising the audio within a few seconds. Without this software production would have been a much harder process.

All in all I believe this was a successful production given the short lead time and limited lighting available. We look forward to further opportunities to work with Duo Concertante, the Edinburgh Society of Musicians and our team of assistants.

 

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NEWS: Students protest Workfare and Austerity. A march through Edinburgh.

Students protest through Edinburgh against Government Workfare scheme.

Students protest against the goverments police on Workfare schemes which force the unemployed to work for free at profit making companies or lose their benefits. Companies such as Tesco have been called out on this type of “employment.”

Organised by Scottish Students Against Cuts and supported by NUS Scotland the protest started outside the First Minister’s residence in Charlotte Square before marching on the Scottish Parliament.

This event was heavily attended by members of the Socialist Party, students from the various Scottish Universities and members of the public.

The groups marched from Bute House down Lothian Road, King’s Stables Road, Grassmarket and the Royal Mile. On arrival at the Scottish Parliament building there was an organised event where various speakers from the student organisations talked and presenter their argument against current government policies regarding Workfare and student affairs.

The whole event was handled well by the heavy police presence which ensured no violence occurred even though there was some friction caused by unexpected sit-down protests which caused traffic delays.

Demotix

More images available here: http://www.demotix.com/news/1082082/students-protest-through-edinburgh-against-government-workfare-scheme

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Helping friends with web sites

I’ve just spent a little time helping a friend build a basic site for himself. It’s a band site for his band The Last Trees. They’re based in Edinburgh and play home grown rock music. The band has been around for many years, but never had a web presence, but now things are hotting up a little they decided to step into the ‘net.

Have a look over at ? thelasttrees.com for further details.

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Portrait of a Marathon runner.

I was asked by the Edinburgh Journal (Student newspaper) to gather a few shots of someone who will be running the Meadows Marathon in March. It was a quick shoot, as I had to run off to another, but we got together around noon and spent about 15 minutes walking around getting a few shots.

The images were made available to the client around one hour later. I did the editing and upload via WIFI while waiting for the next client to prepare.

I wish Natasha all the best for the marathon when it arrives.

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