Starting The Year Off Creative

There is a very short period of time to make something of your photos and videos before they disappear forever onto a cheap multi-terabyte drive. That’s why I try to upload pictures immediately after (or during) a trip or vacation. Or I take limited footage and edit it into a short video. Today I spent a few hours playing with the kids on New Years Day, then spent a few hours more editing and posting it to Vimeo. I like the documentary style for filming kids.

I shot everything using my new Kodak Zi6, which is a tiny, hand-held camcorder with a built in USB arm. I edited it using iMovie on a MacBook Pro. I saved out an HD version (which is over 2.2 gigs) and a .mov version for the Apple TV and my iPhone.

Please let me know what you think.


New Year’s Day 2009 from jted on Vimeo.

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7 thoughts on “Starting The Year Off Creative”

  1. Nicely done. Is that some U2/Rockabye Baby soundtrack action there? ;)

    Camera quality is good, the only issue I see with the Zi6 and Flip HD is the lack of image stabilization is a lot more obvious now that they have the higher resolution. We’ve been tempted to get one or the other as well, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.

  2. Nicely done. Is that some U2/Rockabye Baby soundtrack action there? ;)

    Camera quality is good, the only issue I see with the Zi6 and Flip HD is the lack of image stabilization is a lot more obvious now that they have the higher resolution. We’ve been tempted to get one or the other as well, but haven’t pulled the trigger just yet.

  3. Paul, you’re right. Image stabilization is (one) of the biggest drawbacks of these cameras. But they are so inexpensive that it’s worth experimenting. (I remember paying over $1000 for my last sony camcorder in 2001.)

    I read an article by David Lynch a few years ago where he talked about creating cinema-quality work with digital cameras. You have to move very slowly. Also— and this is slightly ironic— it helps to add a heavy weight to the camera (or your arm) to limit movement. Try tying your new Flip Mino to a 10 pound bag of rice. Ha.

    I’m going to pick up a small flexible tripod to do more interview style movies.

  4. Paul, you’re right. Image stabilization is (one) of the biggest drawbacks of these cameras. But they are so inexpensive that it’s worth experimenting. (I remember paying over $1000 for my last sony camcorder in 2001.)

    I read an article by David Lynch a few years ago where he talked about creating cinema-quality work with digital cameras. You have to move very slowly. Also— and this is slightly ironic— it helps to add a heavy weight to the camera (or your arm) to limit movement. Try tying your new Flip Mino to a 10 pound bag of rice. Ha.

    I’m going to pick up a small flexible tripod to do more interview style movies.

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