Hi, I’m Geoff Peters from Vancouver Canada. This is my mobile video blog where I feature interviews and local content from the city I live in.
I hope you enjoy this site, and please let me know your comments! You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Video at Restaurants
As you can probably tell from my videos on this site, I enjoy vlogging about great restaurant meals.
For all my videos I pay for the food like a regular customer, as well as leave a generous tip. (Unless the restaurant hires me to do the video for them, in which case I will receive the food at a discount or even free
For calculating the tip at restaurants, I use the free Android app Geoff’s Geotip. (little plug there for my own app, but do check it out, I think you might find it useful!)
This blog also features some higher def content as I develop my passion of filmmaking. I am currently taking the Digital Video Production and Photography programs at Langara College in Vancouver. One of my films was shown at the Cannes festival in 2012!
Most of the videos on this site were filmed using either my cell phone (now a Google/Samsung Nexus S running Android), or one of my various other cameras. For many of my videos I enjoyed using my point-and-shoot cameras (Sony Cybershot DSC-HX7V, HX9V, and HX30v) – all have amazing 1080p full HD quality: low noise in the image, acceptable low light performance, good quality colors, and decent stereo sound quality in such a tiny camera.
After around a year of using a HX7V, I upgraded to Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9V, which is even better quality! The main advantage of the HX9V over the HX7V is the lens, which allows closer macro even when zoomed, and a slightly less noisy image (which wasn’t very noisy to begin with!). A big fan of these Sony Point-and-Shoot cameras, I recently upgraded to the HX30v which has an even wider zoom range and macro ability.
Prior to purchasing the Sony HX7V, I used a different point-and-shoot, the Lumix Panasonic DMC-ZR3 for a lot of quick videos, which only shoots in 720p but has a slightly better sound quality.
Wind Noise on Cameras
For outdoor shooting with these cameras, I found a trick to eliminate “wind noise” – the annoying sound of wind hitting the microphone. The solution is to go to a fabric store and purchase some “fake fur” fabric like you would find on a teddy bear. Then also purchase some “stickytack” removable adhesive, and cut out a piece of fur fabric to fit on top of the camera’s microphone. I stick the stickytack to the fur to attach it to the camera, without blocking the microphone holes. I learned this trick from the excellent Filmmaking site called QuickFX. View their video by clicking here, which explains this easy technique for eliminating wind noise on cameras.
Uploading Video from Mobile Phones
In the past I also used the video capabilities of a Alcatel Tribe, Nokia 3500 and a Blackberry Curve, which were great learning tools to experiment with mobile video.
I sometimes upload videos directly from my Android phone to Youtube using the latest version of the Youtube app from Google (which now allows uploading large video files even using the 3G network connection). On Android I also sometimes use the free Vidtrim app (available from Android Market) to trim the beginnings and endings of some of my videos. The new Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) operating system on Android also comes with a fairly functional video editor right on the phone (it’s called “Movie Studio” and is provided by Google on the Google Nexus S phone).
My current “serious” camera of choice is the Canon EOS T2i (around $600 to $1000, depending on what lenses you buy). It has a semi-professional quality sensor that captures in 1080p (full HD), and is good for both video and still photography. Tests have shown that its video quality compares quite well alongside the more expensive Canon 60d and 7d. It is great for filmmakers on a budget because of its lower price compared to these higher end models. Another great camera to check out is the Panasonic Lumix GH2 (which I don’t have yet), which resolves more detail than the Canons (with the right lens and software settings).
However my next camera will probably be a 60d, because it offers a flip out screen, and a more sturdy body. I have also recently made an investment into buying some extra lenses for my T2i including a Canon 18-200mm “Super Zoom” (much cheaper if you buy through the US based site Amazon.com rather than Amazon.ca or a local Canadian retailer). This is a very versatile and popular lens that I find great for many situations.
What is Magic Lantern?
For users of Canon DSLR’s who are interested in shooting video, I highly recommend checking out the free Magic Lantern firmware, which adds more controls and features to your camera that usually can only be found in higher-end video cameras. I now use Magic lantern for my Canon T2i for all my video shoots using this camera.
My Other Film Work
My main film-production and creative portfolio website, where you can also find out about my other projects, is www.birdsinthehouse.com
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