Art Post is a review of my experiences as an artist and independent film-maker. New posts are made every Wednesday on my personal blog site: www.fatcats-starvingdogs.com
Art Post is replacing Hamilton Artist Update. As I tried to improve the production quality of my updates, I found the time required to produce the weekly reports overwhelming. I have taken great pride in producing short on-location films from sites throughout the Hamilton and Ancaster region.
I want to continue this practice, but I also need to move back to a gun and run approach to the posts.
At first, using my Blackberry Playbook seemed ideal. The video and image quality is excellent. The reverse camera feature made me self-reporting much easier than a tripod-DSLR setup. Finally, the mobile character of a tablet encourages greater flexibility than the traditional setup.
Unfortunately, the mp4 format and its use a variable frame rate proved too much of a challenge. The mp4 format allows the sound and video to become out-of-sync when the film is rendered. Furthermore, the problem appears with no rhyme or reason.
Adobe’s Premiere Pro does not address this problem. And while Quicktime Pro 7 is reputed to be a solution, by saving mp4 files as .mov files, but so far I have had no success.
Starting with the next Art Post, I will shift back to my Canon 600d DSLR camera. My zoom len does not permit “selfie” hand held shots. In the short term, I plan to capture my reflection in mirrors. Longer term, I will need to purchase a 24 mm wide-angle lens to close-up issues.
So, please bare with me as I work out this technical and narrative challenges.