Steve Sander on December 1, 2010
original source article http://theconvergence.co.uk/2010/12/the-skids-live-multi-clip-editing-in-fcp/
Thanks to KAMDude for posting.
Richard Jobson’s film of The Skids performing at the Alhambra theatre in Dunfermline was an excellent opportunity to utilise the capabilities of the Canon 5D MkII camera with Apple’s Final Cut Pro 7 software. I was tasked with editing 6 cameras into one seamless record of the live gig, capturing the energy of The Skids’ live performance.
The Canon cameras lent themselves beautifully to capturing stunning images in low light without distracting the band with bulky equipment, cables and additional lighting. Indeed Richard commented that while performing he completely forgot the cameras where even there. It was also beneficial for the audience whose attention stayed on the band.
The cameramen shot long takes focusing on specific aspects of the performance. One camera followed Richard, another the lead guitarist and another the base player. A static camera was trained on the drummer.
My task in the edit suite was to transcode the footage and then sync the cameras to each song as a multi-camera clip.
I transcoded the footage using the free software download, MPEG Streamclip, which quickly converted the H.264 files into Apple ProRes files. I believe that there is nothing to be gained in transcoding to the ProRes HQ codec from the 5D, although some professional colourists tell me that HQ would be better.
From all the tests I’ve done, I haven’t personally found a generational loss of image quality when conducting any reasonable amount of colour correcting.
The H.264 codec is already heavily compressed and transcoding to an intermediate codec like ProRes HQ will not provide a boost in quality.
The only benefit I can see is if you are combining 5D footage with graphics and animation work encoded at a higher data rate. It was also apparent in the case of The Skids edit that when editing multiple clips in the timeline, smaller file sizes and data rates were going to be more convenient.
Setting up multi-clips in FCP was easy. I marked the same ‘in’ point for each camera angle of a particular song and then made a multi-clip from all of the angles (syncing the clips to the ‘in’ point). I then opened the new muliti-clip in the viewing window and edited in real time, making sure to take the audio from just one camera.
Editing in real time was a joy as it enabled me to quickly put a rough edit of the track together, reacting to the music as if doing a live mix. This enabled me initially to react to the performances rather than going for a more clinical assembly. I was then able to go back and fine tune my rough edit selecting alternative angles where necessary or indeed alternative moments from different parts of the song, like a crowd reaction. In this way the live music sections from the film were edited together quickly over two days and retained, I hope, the energy from the original live performance.
There is no doubt that shooting with the Canon 5D MkII and doing a multi-clip edit streamlined the whole process and from an editorial point of view enabled me to react creatively and instinctively to the material.
Dunfermline Press article by Gary Fitzpatrick
read the original article here
The memorable Skids home town concert at the Alhambra in March has been captured on film and will be released at a special launch event.
The fund-raiser for the ‘Help for Heroes’ at the Carnegie Hall on 31st October will feature the first screening of the movie as well as an acoustic gig by the band, perhaps their last ever.
Those present in the packed audience will long remember the electric atmosphere as the Skids turned back the clock with a wonderful performance of hits such as ‘Into the Valley’, ‘The Saints are Coming’, ‘Masquerade’ and ‘Yankee Dollar’.
The film is the work of Richard Jobson singer, film director and music video creator for artists such as Richard Ashcroft.
The Skids frontman told the Press, “You’ve probably heard it before but this could well be the last performance of the band. I start a new film soon and it’s hard to see when will be able to get together again.”
Looking back to the Alhambra concert, Richard said, “It was an incredible night. I can’t remember a better atmosphere – ever. The vibe was just right and everybody was there to have a great time.
“It was just amazing to look out and see the faces. There were those who had been there from the beginning and some had brought their children and grandchildren in some cases.
“It was a great night and the end of the Fifer Festival week. I enjoyed being able to spend time with young people who were interested in a career in film-making and music.
“The legacy of the Skids is to encourage these young people to believe that if they want to do something then do it and not to listen to what anyone else says.
“We didn’t get much encouragement when we started certainly from the older generation who either thought the whole thing was threatening or didn’t like the music. But each generation comes along and has their own thing to say.”
The Alhambra gig was captured using Canon 5D Mark II stills cameras which have hi-spec video capability and being compact gave the photographers great flexibility of movement.
“I didn’t want the enjoyment of the audience to be spoilt by cameramen running around all over the place getting in their way and blocking the view,” said Richard.
“By using this technology, the team, who I’ve worked with before and are very talented, could move around freely and the results are spectacular.
“This will be the first time it’s been used in that environment and when people see what we’ve achieved I’m sure many will want to follow. We had five cameras but when you see the film you would think we had 50 in there.”
The DVD is intercut with the interview Skids fan and Rebus author Ian Rankin conducted with Richard earlier that week as part of the Fifer Festival.
“One point I was making was the thing about a Skids gig was that the audience were same type of people as the band. There was never anything pompous about a Skids gig.”
Richard previously helped the people of New Orleans in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina disaster to the tune of a massive £500,000. That was the figure he would have made in royalties from U2 and Green Day’s cover of ‘The Saints are Coming’ released for the Music Rising appeal.
This time the beneficiary will be the Help for Heroes campaign and a prevalent theme in the Skids songs was the fate of young people who joined the army as a way out of unemployment.
At that time, back in the ’70s. the young recruits were thrown into the turmoil of Northern Ireland at the height of the Troubles and in recent years it has been Iraq and Afghanistan.
Richard said, “I feel for these young men and women. The thing’s come full circle back to when we were writing the songs with the economic situation and the lack of chances for young people.
“When there are no jobs one of the things young people are told is to join the army and they can learn something. When it’s the British Government involved the chances are you’re going to be sent to a war somewhere.
“These people have joined up to serve their country and some have been badly injured. Whether you agree with the war in Iraq or Afghanistan is irrelevant.
“Sometimes we turn our back on these young men and women and that shouldn’t happen.”
The Skids DVD premiere and launch night on 31st October starts at 6pm and tickets are on sale priced £10. Prizes, including a signed guitar, will up for grabs in the raffle.
Frontman Richard Jobson and special guests will be at the official launch of the Skids Live 2010 DVD on October 31.
The DVD will go on sale officially at the event which will include live music performances, as well as the first showing on the big screen.
Copies will be for sale and raffle prizes will include tickets for events at the Carnegie Hall, a signed guitar and a signed photo.
The event is in aid of Help For Heroes, the charity which promotes and protects the health of those who have been wounded while serving in the armed forces.
The DVD features footage of The Skids’ 2010 tour, which included a memorable concert at the Alhambra Theatre as part of Celebrating Fife 2010.
The format for the evening has a 6pm-6.30pm introduction and acoustic performance, followed by a break before a DVD showing, raffle prizegiving and signing of the DVD.
Tickets cost £10.
The Carnegie Hall in Dunfermline will be playing host to the Skids Live 2010 DVD Premiere showing on Sunday 31st October 2010, the show starts at 6pm, tickets have been priced at a very reasonable £10 with NO BOOKING FEES!
Tickets are on sale in person from the Carnegie Hall Box Office
tel: 01383 602302
Mon to Fri 10.00am – 9.00pm, Sat 9.00am – 3.30pm, (till 8pm on show nights).
Tickets will also available to buy online soon from the Carnegie Hall website and some tickets will also be available soon from Third Base Records in Chapel Street.
If you want to be really quick and get seats as near to the front as possible then click this link http://www.attfife.org.uk/attFife/index.cfm?fuseaction=org.EventDisplay&objectid=0FC5FD8B-9849-268E-B95D422DDC5B085B&contentID
Richard Jobson and special guests are pleased to be hosting the official launch of The Skids Live 2010 DVD.
Sunday 31st October will see the premiere showing of the new DVD at the prestigious Carnegie Hall.
The DVD will go on sale officially at this event which will include live music performances as well as the first showing of the DVD on the big screen.