Sliding towards geekdom

I suppose if I’m honest I’ve always had the propensity to be a geek. Not a hardcore codemonkey you understand just someone that enjoys playing with buttons and bells; machinery, software, gadgets; all that. But then it’s hard to get away from gadgets these days and now you need a masters degree in astrophysics for everything from making coffee to watching the telly.  So buying a new video camera and some pro editing software really got my geek buds twitching.

My Dad used a Cine Camera and captured us all as kids while he was in colonial service in Nigeria in the ’50s.  Watching his soundless clips of unfamilar, semi-clad kids (us, but too young to remember) squinting in the African sun played back on a sheet draped from the dining room curtain rail was a little spooky and somewhat ceremonial.

But I was after something altogether more digital. This new camera was not going to be just a pocket gadget for holiday snaps, this camera was for business.  This camera was going to become a job.  I needed alot of bells and whistles and some ocean-going software to edit the films with.  yes, this was going to be a geekfest.

Research distilled some key requiremements:  Solid state memory chip storage (no tapes or discs), MP4 and Quicktime formats, lightweight, quality sound and lens.  A discount from local pro equipment sales house ProActive in Hemel and it was job done.

The software had to be Final Cut or Adobe Premier.  Final Cut with an apple mac would’ve been a no-brainer but for a home PC (64 bit and a fast graphics card a must) the Adobe Premier offered a better price and 1-month free trial.

So armed with the cam and the editing suite it was tme to cut some film!

Birthday parties can be pretty dull but when my freind Stavros came round for a drink or two and some started doing some Greek dancing I just had to get filming.  The result, albeit a bit ropey in terms of lighting (and the final format is v low on detail made worse still by youtube) is a testiment to the ease of use of this kit and the editing suite.  Enjoy! “Stavros has a dance!”

Note: “Ola ya do fustani” means “everything for the skirt” I gather – very appropriate I thought.


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