Manny is a passionate mountain biker and videographer who runs VideoTrailReviews.com - East Coast Bike Trail Reviews.
1. As usual, I need to ask you what's the editing software you use and why?
I first started editing with Magix Movie Edit Pro but I switched to the Adobe CS Suite a little over a year ago. The integration between Adobe’s Premiere Pro and After Affects is huge if you aspire to take your editing to the next level.
2. How did you start doing videos?
I kind of stumbled upon it when I purchased my first POV camera (GoPro HD) to record my mountain biking adventures. It turns out I gravitate towards expensive hobbies. :-)
3. What can you tell us about the computing gear you use for video editing?
I use a standard off-the-shelf PC with an i7 CPU and 24 gigs of RAM. I can't afford a Mac.
4. What's your favorite camera to shoot with?
The camera I use most for sporting events and trail projects is the Canon XF100. It’s small, light, and has all the professional features to meet my needs. Now, the camera I always use when I'm asleep dreaming is the Canon C300. :-)
5. Do you follow certain rules to make a video more watchable? (music, scenes, camera movement, length)
Yes! My unwritten rules are:
- Edit to fit the soundtrack
- The scene cuts should not be over 5 seconds long if possible
- Incorporate lots of camera movement (using the Flycam, slider, jib crane, or handheld)
- Keep the video short – under five minutes if possible
I spend somewhere in the neighborhood of 4-6 hours filming a trail project and usually capture about 2- 3 hours of footage. That means that over 99% of the footage ends up on the editing floor.
7. What do you like most - shooting or editing?
I would have to say shooting. There's nothing like the feeling of capturing an awesome scene or event on film.
8. What's your favorite video gear accessory?
That would be my slider and newly acquired jib crane. I love moving camera shots.
9. Where do you publish more often and why?
I publish to both YouTube and Vimeo. However, I only publish to YouTube for the traffic exposure. For presentation or embedding I use Vimeo because there are no ads.
10. What's the number one quality aspect of a video?
The qualities I strive for are focused stable shots and great audio quality.
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