I’ve watched other slider montage videos from Luke Nuemann and Patryck Kizny and been just amazed how they look when put to music, so when Konova Photo & Video asked if I would like to review their slider I jumped at the chance since I don’t own one. I thought it would be cool to make a slider video of some cool locations around Boulder Colorado.
My review of the Konova slider
should be done in a few days, but I wanted to first let you see what it is capable of.
This was shot on my Canon T2i 550D with mostly the Tokina 11-16mm wide angle lens which works well for slider shots. Mostly shot at 60fps and then slowed down to 24fps. The BTS are also shot on the T2i 550D.
I used Canon’s flat picture style with the contrast at -3 and sharpness at 1. I got tried of struggling with the “super flat” custom picture styles. No filters where used on the lenses in this video.
My favorite shot is the very first one. My friend David Besnette and I got up before sunrise and captured some awesome light coming up at the NCAR facility in Boulder Colorado.
Time Lapse at the End
As part of my up coming review I wanted to see if I could create a slider timelapse with the Konova slider which does not have a belt or a motor, I did it the old fashion way – I moved it manually 1/8″ each shutter release. A big gust of wind towards the end blew my log over and kind of ruined it, but I think it came out pretty well. My friend David also added some flash light flashes in the grass to make it a little more interesting.
Behind The Scenes
Special thanks to my friend David Besnette for shooting some BTS footage of me with the slider. When I watched Patryck Kizny’s slider video I thought it looked pretty cool seeing him preform some of the slider moves, so I added myself to the video thinking others might want to watch me as well.
The song is “Miss U” by Loveshadow on the creative commons site ccMixter.org. When I watched Patryck Kizny’s slider video I noticed he was using creative commons music from a site I had never hear of before, so I had to check it out since it is so hard to find good creative commons music that actually sounds good. After a short while I found the song I used in this video and was amazed to find out that it was “assembled” by 6 people that have never met (at least I think that is the story). If I understand it right they all remix or added to others work on that site – that is really amazing. I thought the song was so smooth that it would go well with a slider video.
Equipment Used In This Video
I will have more about using the joystick on the slider, it is tricky since you are raising the center of gravity of the camera and can introduce shake.
I didn’t use any filters because I don’t own any yet. But I have some coming in for review soon.
Premiere Pro CS5: I mostly just added saturation and sharpening in post.