When it comes to media, art, photography, film and editing it should be noted that the little things can make the biggest difference. You’ve heard the expression that it’s all in the details. Well, that’s true on almost all accounts; especially in the world of the arts. In the film world in particular the details make the film “pop” and stand out amongst the completion. The competition in the church world being the secular media. If you are shooting, make sure the focus dial is precisely tuned in to the eye of the subject. People look at the eye of the speaker. Move that light a little more to get the shadow blended perfectly or removed from the face. When editing look for ways to go the extra mile to ad the extra spark. How can you make the image or sound that much better? I recently had a similar experience happen to me as I was editing for our churches #ATM2016 or At The Movies series.
We rented a lighting kit that could only output white light. Due to the lighting kit we rented the image turned out a little white and cold. The image looked sterile and we really wanted a warmer look. Lighting is key and this lighitng made Pastor Caleb look pale. Not only that but our background images were lost in the dark. I needed something bring those images out. Otherwise we would have just a talking head in the dark. My solution was to ad in more light. How do you do that once the video has been recorded? There is a great video effect in Adobe Premiere CC that allows you to ad more light to your selected image. Simply click on the Effects menu and then the Video Effects tab. Below you will see a folder called Adjust. In that folder is an effect option called Lighting Effects.
- Video Effects
- Lighting Effects
Once in the Effect Menu you can see there are several lights to choose from and all of them are customizable. You can move them all over your image, change the radius, intensity, color and much more. For my “light1” I wanted to use it to lighten up the camera props in the background. In the original image the camera is lost in the darkness. But by adding some light I was able to bring some clarity to the image and you can now see the prop. I used my x and y axis and moved the “Omni” light over the image I wanted to illuminate. I chose a white light to match the lighting we had chosen. Originally the light was to intense and it distorted the image of my Pastor. Therefor; I lessened the radius and the intensity until I was happy with the over all result. Finally I had a background that was viewable and did not distort any of the foreground images.
But what about the foreground? Pastor still looked pale and the lighting cold? I went back to my Lighting Effect and choose a second light. The second light, I positioned to the right of Pastor Caleb. But instead of even more white light I chose a warmer color. I then played with the radius and intensity until I was happy with the result. It’s simply a give and take and trial and error to get the light the right color and put it in the right position. Now we have a natural looking image that looks great! Next we went through and added these same effects to all the preaching clips so that we would have a even looking video. Now all the preaching effects look the same and natural to the eye. The coldness has been taken out in post production. Now that’s awesome!
One other area that we fixed in post production was in the sound. When we recorded, there was a slight fuzziness to the audio. The over all quality of the sound was tainted by this “FFZZZ” static. My strong suit is not audio engineering, but with a little guess-taamating, Pastor and I found the solution that we needed.
Just playing around with the options we decided that we really liked the effect “DeNoiser”. Once in it we played around with the options and arrived at the custom arrangement of “Init 5” with the Reduction and Offset to be at -6.8 .
Often times if you don’t know what effect to use or how to go about using it, you just need to jump in and play with your options. Sometimes the best solutions can come through trial and error. Learn to Google or Youtube for your answers and if you can’t find them, then trouble shoot with your options. I find this is true every day. If something does not work look at it from another angle. Often with a clear mind the solution presents itself.