: FCPX On-Air
: #8 Welcome to the Low End
It's been over a year since we last made one of these walk through videos. There are many reasons we took so long. The first is that we've been too dang busy. The second is that it's pretty much impossible to feature the professional work we actually do in one of these as there are so many legal issues involved. Using a broadcast of cable show as part of a tutorial would basically get me sued into oblivion. I love to share our workflow - but not that much!
In order to provide you with great walk through fodder, I have to bide my time till we have a project we can feature.
Enter the pig.
Back in December one of those personal projects fell into my lap. It was for a Kalua Pig Imu cook in Kaneohe, Hawaii. My in-laws participate in this Kalua pig cook every year, and since I'm the family 'TV guy', they wanted me to shoot this. The fun part of the experience was they expected me to show up with lots of big cameras and lights - the typical array of impressive prosumer gear. Imagine their disappointment when all I had was a messenger bag and a few little pieces of gear.
This brings me to the bigger picture. I believe that the majority of FCPX users right now are one man bands, college kids, and smaller facilities. There's always a rush for everyone to declare work as 'high end', or a facility as 'high end' - I tend to find that terminology annoying. It implies that the speaker either believes that you, the listener, are easily impressed - or worse - that the speaker spends most of their time on the 'low end'. With that in mind, I wanted to make something that shows you can make something that doesn't completely suck using only low end tools.
I shot this video with a Sony RX100, iPhone 5S, a Joby mini-gorilla tripod, a Dolcina Travel tripod, and a Rode Smartlav, plus a few other little gizmos I got off of Amazon. The bulk of the project was edited on a very low end 13" Macbook Air.
There are two videos below - one is the walk through of the edit. I tried to show some of the tricks I used to get as much as I could from what I had, feature some of the tools I used on the shoot, and just analyze some things that maybe even more experienced editors aren't aware of. The second video is the actual edited piece. I hope you guys enjoy it - I'm sure I got some things wrong in my description. What do you expect? That's how things work on the low end.
One other thing. #9 - as well as all spots we create for network air - are mixed in Logic Pro X.
#8 Anatomy of a Pig
#9 Kalua Pig