We had an interesting discussion at the last Boston Media Makers meeting on the topic “Do Production Values Matter?” We set aside 30 minutes for the discussion, and a lively discussion ensued that went on for over an hour. Here’s a little video excerpt from the discussion:
Beth Kanter also blogged about, the meeting, and her post also includes a video she made.
If you’re interested in exploring this topic further and you live in the Boston area, I’m doing a session called “Champagne Production Values on a Beer Budget” at the 17th Annual Pro Video show on Saturday, March 10th at Stonehill College in Easton, Massachusetts. More info is available in my previous post about the show and the two sessions I’m doing there.
Colophon: I made this video from video fragments shot with a Canon PowerShot S410, digital photos shot with the Canon 10D, and audio recorded with an M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 and a pair of Conference Grabber boundary microphones. The video was edited in Final Cut Pro 5.1.x on a laptop on the train down to New York. I also grabbed some images from Flickr when I had a hole and no material to fill it. I recorded continuous audio, but only shot short video segments. In editing I had to sync up the video shot with the S410 with the audio track. Becuase the S410 records audio, it was easy to sync things up, using he S410’s audio as a reference. It’s a pain, but since the boundary microphones were closer to the speakers (one at each end of the table) and are also better mics than what the S410 offers, the better audio made it worthwhile to do what is called in the industry, “double system sound,” recording image and sound in separate devices.