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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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Adobe release CS2 Suite free for all.

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe Photoshop CS2

Adobe have released the entire set of the CS2 Suite free of charge for all to use. They’ve provided the full license keys for these products and links to the installers for both PC and “Power PC” based Mac computers. This will be an excellent way of getting a copy of Photoshop onto your backup laptops and systems, perfect for use in an emergency. The release of this product appears to be down to the fact that Adobe are switching off their CS2 licensing servers. These links are to allow direct access to the files and fully valid product keys as an alternative for users still using this software. Whether they change their mind or not is yet to be seen. The CS2 software suite is now around 10 years old and fairly well out of date however it will still be useful for the times when you are stuck without your main edit system, or for those new users with fairly simple needs. The main “problem” you will have is the lack of RAW files support. CS2 will not support the majority of camera RAW data formats so you may wish to find a converter for your system. Saving the RAW files as a 16bit TIFF would be best when importing into CS2. If you’re into Audio editing Audition 3 is an excellent program that still functions perfectly for single and multi-track use, while Acrobat is perfect for those needing to create PDF files. Download Links can be found below:

Creative Suite 2
Mac
1130-0412-8377-1896-9751-5759
Win
1130-1414-7569-4457-6613-5551
Acrobat 3D 1.0 for Windows
Win
1159-1414-7569-3493-5006-5653
Acrobat Standard 7.0
Mac
1016-0414-2428-7157-5404-6669
Win
1016-1415-6379-6184-1333-2468
Acrobat Pro 8.0
Mac
1118-0416-1130-3724-2927-7040
Win
1118-1414-1955-8737-8172-0350
Audition 3.0
Win
1137-1004-8571-6848-7845-8029
GoLive CS2
Mac
1033-0415-6162-2671-3431-0993
Win
1033-1418-1610-5696-5209-0095
Illustrator CS2
Mac
1034-0416-0740-0527-2887-2375
Win
1034-1415-6230-2341-2884-9398
InCopy CS2
Mac
1036-0414-4367-5110-5897-2432
Win
1036-1419-3531-6378-2148-9313
InDesign CS2
Mac
1037-0413-9961-4063-8457-1098
Win
1037-1412-5094-8316-6812-7982
Photoshop CS2
Mac
1045-0410-5403-3188-5429-0639
Win
1045-1412-5685-1654-6343-1431
Photoshop Elements 4.0/5.0
Mac
1057-0410-8218-6295-1699-9560
Win
1057-1414-3729-7573-7352-1206
Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0
Win
1132-1280-4900-7476-5108-8019

Adobe’s original download link: http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?pid=4485850&e=cs2_downloads If you want something more up to date, I’d recommend this link: Adobe’s more recent version, CS6

Update!

Here’s some further information regarding this “free software.” It appears Adobe are giving that software out as they have actually disabled their CS2 activation servers, however they seem to be offering this to licensed users. I’ve no idea how they plan to police this activation-free software which appears to be in the wild now. There’s probably thousands of sites that now host the details of this offering. More information on the release is available here: forums.adobe.com If Adobe decide that the above table of details is breaking their terms/copyright/whatever I advise them to contact me via the contact form on my site. I will remove the data upon request and confirmation of this being a valid request by Adobe.

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PC screen recording software.

Today I sat down to try and find a piece of software to record screen captures. I needed to record some screen actions for a client as a quick tutorial. I had a couple of options; Set up a video camera and record the screen (Messy!) or find a freebie!

I searched the ‘net and found this: http://camstudio.org. I downloaded the program and had it working within 5 minutes. The video file was created and emailed within 10 minutes. So much easier and cleaner than any other options. While the program isn’t exactly packed with features it works, and it works well.

The program is totally free to use, unless you wish to offer the author a donation! If I use this software for anything else, a donation will be sent.

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