I’ve put together more videos for the UK Pyrotechnics Society this year, from the AGM meeting in March. Editing was a little easier this year as I’m a tiny bit more familiar with Final Cut Express and only had 2 cameras this time with identical resolutions. We had no special lighting so they are a little grainy after the brightness tweaks in FCE, but not too bad.
I also decided to improve them this year by using a separate sound recorder, as the audio was a big issue last year. I bought a basic Sony ICDBX112 digital dictaphone and some great value lapel mics from Amazon. Unfortunately the recorder doesn’t have a digital out, so I had to transfer the recordings to my laptop using the headphone out on the dictaphone and mic in with a 3.5mm audio conector and Audacity, a bit old school!
As most of the speakers had powerpoint presentations I decided to overlay those onto the videos too. Trying to read the content on the video directly was tricky in some places due to quality and lighting. I managed to export the keyframes of each presentation as PNG files and then overlay and position them in bulk onto the videos. It took a little time to adjust all the timing so they show at the right points, and all the animation/transitions are lost, but I think this makes the videos much more useful to interested viewers.
Chris Clarke on Pyromusical Design
Chris Clarke on Firing Systems
Steve Miller on Pyromusicals