Another green laning trip out with some of the guys from www.northeastlaners.com last week. This time we started from Warkworth and finished in the coastal town of Bamburgh in Northumberland.
On past greenlaning trips I have typically tried to film our outings on my iphone then try and create some kind of edited video in Imovie.
In doing this it has really sparked an interest in trying to make better ‘movies’ of our days out.
unfortunately money is tight at the moment and i can’t just go out and buy all the video equipment one needs to create such movies.
So I have been subjected to hand holding my iphone 4 with pretty poor results. if you don’t believe me just check out my you tube channel!
So after a lot of researching, watching vimeo video school and reading filmaker forums I got a great idea of the kind of things I should be doing to improve my film making.
The first and most obvious is steady shooting, now remember I have pretty much zero budget to invest in video accessories so I needed to find a cheap solution. Now as I am already a photographer I have a good tripod but it doesn’t have a fluid video head.
I new the best way to get still steady shots was to get my iphone on the tripod so decided to buy one of these
The Glif (iPhone 4)
For £14 I reckon its a bargain and it did a great job too. Only thing that bugged me a bit about it is you cant leave an iphone cover on when it’s in the glif which leaves your iphone a bit vulnerable.
Here is what it looks like, pretty much a bit of molded plastic which grips the iphone and has a screw thread in the bottom that allows you to attach your tripod head release plate.
With tripod head plate attached
And on the tripod
And finally full set up
By the way the app you can see on the iphone is called Filmic pro, anther invaluable app for videoing with the iphone.
As you can see I’m using an manfrotto grip handle head. This is great for my DSLR stills camera but not so good for the video as it doesn’t pan smoothly at all. So another bit of equipment i’m having to make do with. eventually I’m hoping to get a fluid video head for nice smooth panning action.
OK so on to my first video attempt.
Bare in mind that I have very little control over the action in this video and I had to shoot as it happened so no time to set up shots I was just jumping out my car at curtain points and trying to set up quick to film some action. you can see I have to hand hold quite a few times just to capture footage quickly at times. My next purchase will definitely be some kind of steady cam. that way I will still have smooth video when I don’t have time to set up the tripod.
Here we go then.
OK so not great but it’s a big improvement on my earlier videos. I won’t be using slow mo again until I have a camera capable of shooting faster frame rates as you can see how poor and jerky the slow mo’s were.
OK so hope you enjoyed that, please feel free to critique my first vid or ask any questions, now I’m off to research steady cams!!!
Don’t forget if you wan’t a glif adapter this is the cheapest online
The Glif (iPhone 4)