Hey, Congrats. I had a feeling that he would win. I thought it was a rather clever idea to quad himself.
Wahooo! Thanks so much for choosing me as the winner and for hosting such a fun contest. I had a blast watching all the creative entries and learned some neat editing tricks in the process. Also thanks for creating an excellent Hot Hardware community - I'm enjoying all the articles/reviews and interacting with the other members.
I can't wait to start shooting video in HD with the Flip - I've heard such great things about that camera. Looks like it will be an HD xmas!!
And thanks for a fun contest HotHardWare!
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Congrats Phil! Brilliant premise.
Your entry rocked too Manduh - it was very entertaining!
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Congrats Phil, awesome entry!
Manduh, did you win the Nvidia Ion contest?
Agreed, 3vi1! It was really hard to select a winner. Manduh had a great entry and there were a few others that were very entertaining! Phill drop me an email with your shipping info and phone number: email@example.com. I'll get the little feller out to you this week!
Gibbs, what is this Ion contest you're speaking of? The one NV hosted?
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I especially liked the timing that Phil must have had to incorporate to make it come off as smoothly as it did. I imagine there were a lot of takes required to get that right.
It was a facebook/twitter/youtube contest from Nvidia. They were giving away 12 HP minis.
Agreed, I was thinking about that too! What program did you use to create the video, Phil?
Yeah Phil - tell us your process, now that you're a winner. :)
Ahh yeah, I recall that. Coolness.
congrats! cool video
Great video, Phil, and congratulations. I'm sure you will enjoy using your new toy!
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haha! Awesome video! Congrats phil!
Another great contest from HotHardware!
Can't wait to see what's next,..........hint, hint,.....
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Thanks everyone! As for how I did it - yes the timing was challenging (as was changing shirts 4 times - LOL). I basically did the initial longest take and then did a rough estimate at where the other "me's" should be coming in and how long each should talk. As you suspected I did about 5 or 6 takes for each one with my eye on the clock up on my home office wall so I could try to time it right. I basically just let the camera roll and did the takes one right after the other figuring I could use whichever came out best and make it work in editing.
I use Sony Vegas 8 Pro for my video editing and learned some neat tricks that helped with this project. First off I learned to use the Pan and Crop feature to create the separate frames of me so I could size and position them where I wanted. Another trick that really helped was I found out that by holding the CTRL key and dragging the right edge of a video edit it basically added slow motion to the whole take. This was key as I was able to add a small bit of slow motion to help the 4 different cuts line up correctly but not enough that you noticed a distortion of movement or my voice.
I really like Sony Vegas for editing. It's one of those programs that offers so many features it can make your head spin - yet you can work with just a small set of features and they are fairly intuitive and easy to use. The beauty is that as I learn more about it I appreciate how much power and flexibility it really has!
I plan on moving to a Mac in the not too distant future so I'll probably find the same is true of Final Cut (although I might be able to use iMovie for most of what I do). Time will tell.
Thanks again for all the congrats and to Hot Hardware, Viddler, and Cisco for sponsoring the contest. I'll be sure to share some of the fun videos I shoot with the Flip once I get to playing with it! I'll be posting lots of them to my blog so be sure to come by and check it out at http://TheAnywhereOffice.com ! I look forward to connecting with you all here through the comments on Hot Hardware and the forums as well.
Phil, you may have to give me a lesson on green screen work with Sony Vegas, brother!
Sure thing Dave - haven't done that much of it yet - but I have played around with it and it's pretty straight forward. Found some great tutorials online on sites like Viddler and YouTube helping me learn just about anything I wanted to know. Also love Bill Myers DVD series which I purchased and helped me get up to speed really quick. But let me know what you are trying to do - would be happy to help!
>> I plan on moving to a Mac in the not too distant future so I'll
probably find the same is true of Final Cut (although I might be able
to use iMovie for most of what I do). Time will tell.
I'm not sure how it compares, but you could also give Kdenlive a try. It's worked well for what I needed on Linux, though I'm not a hardcore video guy like you fellows.
Hahaha! At first I was thinking, "Oh, I could have done better than that," but then it just got better and better! Fantastic job, Phil, and congratulations! You certainly deserve it!
Thanks Lev - glad you enjoyed it! Just got my Flip in the mail so I'll be making some more fun videos soon!
hey Phil I think have the same Samsung camera as you a TL 105 and it works really well it' s priced right too . videos come out really pretty sweet with acceptable audio...congrats n the win & Enjoy !
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