Editing Point of View Footage Into an Entertaining Video
Point of View footage alone isn’t meant to create full videos, but since most of us don’t have paparazzi following us around there’s only so much we can do. Here is the general procedure I follow when creating a POV video along with some tips on how to keep viewers entertained.
You have now shot your footage using tips from my previous blog ‘GoPro HD HERO Mounting and Filming Tips’. It’s time to edit!
Once the footage is on my computer I convert it to a format more compatible with Final Cut Pro. Depending on your system and editing software, you may or may not have to do this, or you may have to find different settings that work best with your system.
To convert my footage, I open the clip in Mpeg Streamclip’s free software [http://www.squared5.com/] and convert it to Apple ProRes 422 video at Full Quality. Because clips shot on POV cameras are so long and a lot of the footage is scrap, I always go through the long clips in this program and mark “IN” and “OUT” points in the video and only convert the small portions that I will use.
1. Find the first frame of footage you would ever use (but make sure you have extra footage because you can always cut out excess video later). Press “I” to mark an “IN” point.
2. Find the last frame of footage you would ever use. Press “O” to mark an “OUT” point. Your timeline will now look like this.
3. Choose File a Export to Quicktime. In the Compression settings, choose Apple ProRes 422. Drag the Quality to 100%. Choose your proper Frame Rate, 30 or 60fps in most cases. Hit “Make Movie.”
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for each clip you want to use. Apple ProRes 422 is a very high quality video, therefore large file sizes. If you convert the entire .mp4 clip to this format it will take a long time and result in a massive file size.
Beginning the Edit:
Before I ever place clips in the timeline, I choose a song for the video. Lay that song down in your timeline, now you’re set to begin the edit. Here are some tips I always keep in mind when editing.
Finalizing the Edit:
I find the best thing to do before finalizing the edit is to turn off my computer for the night. When I wake up I will open up the video and watch it again with a fresh eye. If anything sticks out, change it, but if not you’re ready to export the video and put it online.
Export and Upload:
Make sure you export your video using Youtube and Vimeo’s recommended compression settings.
More info can be found here: http://vimeo.com/help/compression
Here is one of my videos where I followed the above guidelines and created a couple sequences by running the same paths over and over again while shooting from different angles.
Keswick Backcountry Snowkiting in Slow-Mo from Big Fall Productions
~Big Fall Productions