Kevin Deldycke - Omashayhttps://kevin.deldycke.com/2013-05-20T12:32:37+02:00Behind the Scenes of Omashay’s “Where Is She?”2013-05-20T12:32:37+02:002013-05-20T12:32:37+02:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2013-05-20:/2013/05/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes/<p>Back from holidays, and it&rsquo;s time for me to clear my backlog of draft articles. Here is the last and missing piece of my 2012 production notes&nbsp;series.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s rewind to year ago, when <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2012/08/where-is-she-music-video-released/"><em>Where is she?</em> was released</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YjE_uIRVnv8" width="560"></iframe> </p> <h2 id="pre-production">Pre-Production<a class="headerlink" href="#pre-production" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>Tomasito planned this video and most of its …</p><p>Back from holidays, and it&rsquo;s time for me to clear my backlog of draft articles. Here is the last and missing piece of my 2012 production notes&nbsp;series.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s rewind to year ago, when <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2012/08/where-is-she-music-video-released/"><em>Where is she?</em> was released</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YjE_uIRVnv8" width="560"></iframe> </p> <h2 id="pre-production">Pre-Production<a class="headerlink" href="#pre-production" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>Tomasito planned this video and most of its shots in advance. Here is the basic outline of the scenes we arranged during a brainstorming session at my apartment in the end of&nbsp;2010:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-scenes-timeline.jpg"></p> <p>We postponed the shooting so many times that these sticky papers were hanging on my wall for 2&nbsp;years.</p> <p>Eventually this analog timeline led to some sketches and spreadsheets to prepare our&nbsp;shooting:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-id-she-preproduction-sketches.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-roadbook.png"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-sequence.png"></p> <h2 id="shooting">Shooting<a class="headerlink" href="#shooting" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>The following gear was involved in the making of this&nbsp;video:</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B002NEGTTW/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon <span class="caps">EOS</span>&nbsp;7D</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B004M170YC/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon <span class="caps">EOS</span> 600D (Rebel T3i / Kiss&nbsp;X5)</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B0033PRWSW/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon <span class="caps">EF</span> 70-200mm f/2.8L <span class="caps">IS</span> <span class="caps">II</span> <span class="caps">USM</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B0007U0GZM/?tag=kevideld-20">Sigma 30mm f/1.4 <span class="caps">EX</span> <span class="caps">DC</span> <span class="caps">HSM</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B0014Z3XMC/?tag=kevideld-20">Tokina 11-16mm&nbsp;f/2.8</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B002LVUIXA/?tag=kevideld-20">Tamron <span class="caps">SP</span> <span class="caps">AF</span> 17-50mm f/2.8 <span class="caps">XR</span> Di-<span class="caps">II</span> <span class="caps">VC</span> <span class="caps">LD</span> <span class="caps">IF</span>&nbsp;lens</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B000V5K3FG/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon <span class="caps">EF</span>-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 <span class="caps">IS</span> <span class="caps">II</span></a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B000UMX7FI/?tag=kevideld-20">Manfrotto <span class="caps">055XPROB</span> Pro Tripod&nbsp;Legs</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B001AT314M/?tag=kevideld-20">Manfrotto <span class="caps">701HDV</span> Pro Fluid Video Mini&nbsp;Head</a></li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B0020LB0MO/?tag=kevideld-20">Glidecam <span class="caps">HD</span>-2000</a></li> <li>a basic Canon Monopod&nbsp;100</li> <li><a href="https://amzn.com/B003A2BU5E/?tag=kevideld-20"><span class="caps">LCD</span>&nbsp;ViewFinder</a></li> </ul> <p>I shot the video in 2012 in two days (1 <span class="amp">&amp;</span> 18 May) with some help from Robin (who makes a cameo appearance as the upset tourist). Here is the <strong>behind the scenes video</strong>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/xtLz6jfSp-I" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>And some extra photos of the&nbsp;shooting:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-001.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-003.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-006.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-008.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-009.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-010.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-013.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-behind-the-scenes-021.jpg"></p> <p>The <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2012/11/wedding-entrance-paris-video-postcard/">wedding entrance</a> video was the first time I used my <a href="https://amzn.com/B0020LB0MO/?tag=kevideld-20">Glidecam <span class="caps">HD</span>-2000</a>. But <em>Where is she?</em> was the <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2012/08/where-is-she-music-video-released/">first publicly released video</a> featuring my new toy. And while filming with it in Montmartre, a police patrol car paid us a&nbsp;visit:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/EGh-DZjIjHg" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>No need to say the music video was produced in guerilla style, without any warning nor permission&hellip;&nbsp;;)</p> <h2 id="editing">Editing<a class="headerlink" href="#editing" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>Tomasito edited alone the source footage (1080p, 23.976 fps, 1/50s shutter) in&nbsp;Kdenlive:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-ungraded-kdenlive-timeline.jpg"></p> <p>At that stage, I just helped him by creating the seamless split&nbsp;screens:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-split-screen-001.jpg"></p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/where-is-she-split-screen-002.jpg"></p> <h2 id="color-correction">Color Correction<a class="headerlink" href="#color-correction" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>As I said in <a href="https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=266&amp;t=112313#p270103">Kdenlive&rsquo;s forum</a>, the color correction was a first. I never worked on a project for which any serious color correction was done. Until <em>Where is she?</em>.</p> <p>I was worried by the final look of it because, <a href="https://forum.kde.org/viewtopic.php?f=266&amp;t=112313#p270102">as Marko pointed out</a> in the thread, the footage was captured in all sorts of lighting conditions. It&rsquo;s hard to keep a consistent exposure between all these locations, especially with the tight latitude of a <a href="https://amzn.com/B002NEGTTW/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon 7D</a> (even with a <a href="https://prolost.com/flat">fine-tuned neutral color profile</a>).</p> <p>Robin did all the color correction in Kdenlive and for him, it was a first too. The goal wasn&rsquo;t to create a strong style. Color grading was more or less a technical mean, to keep the exposure jumping from shot to shot. Robin invested lots of time in this project and the result exceeded our expectations. The final video is fairly consistent and the cut between scenes is smooth compared to the raw&nbsp;footage.</p> <p>I&rsquo;d love to show you screenshots of the timeline with all its color parameters. Unfortunately we used an old development version, and when I try to re-open the project with the current version I have on my machine, I end up with this errors before completely crashing&nbsp;Kdenlive:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/kdenlive-missing-color-filters.png"></p> <p>But by looking at the <span class="caps">XML</span> source of the project, I can assert that the whole color correction was entirely made with a combination of these 3 filters&nbsp;only:</p> <ul> <li><span class="caps">RGB</span> adjustment (<code>frei0r.coloradj_RGB</code>)</li> <li>Curves (<code>frei0r.curves</code>)</li> <li>Brightness</li> </ul> <p>If I can&rsquo;t show you all the details, I can still show you a comparison between the raw footage and the color correction pass (the video below has no audio on&nbsp;purpose):</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/t6cCQV2Jt2U" width="560"></iframe> </p>Tale of Two: Production Notes2013-03-26T12:32:37+01:002013-03-26T12:32:37+01:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2013-03-26:/2013/03/tale-two-production-notes/<p>This is the fourth video I&rsquo;ve work on for <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4HtfugU_mGg" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>This video is a timelapse of a painting Tomasito made in 2007. It&rsquo;s based on a series of photos he took every 10&nbsp;minutes:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/tale-of-two-timelapse.png"></p> <h2 id="slowmovideo">slowmoVideo<a class="headerlink" href="#slowmovideo" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>I tried to produce a timelapse out of these images a year ago …</p><p>This is the fourth video I&rsquo;ve work on for <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/4HtfugU_mGg" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>This video is a timelapse of a painting Tomasito made in 2007. It&rsquo;s based on a series of photos he took every 10&nbsp;minutes:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/tale-of-two-timelapse.png"></p> <h2 id="slowmovideo">slowmoVideo<a class="headerlink" href="#slowmovideo" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>I tried to produce a timelapse out of these images a year ago. In fact, that was the original project I was referring to in my <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2013/03/goodnight-video/">previous article</a>, the project which triggered my initial interest into <a href="https://slowmovideo.granjow.net/">slowmoVideo</a>.</p> <p>But the experiment failed and I abandoned this endeavor. Instead of slow-motion, and because of the low timing resolution of the photos, I assumed a simple slideshow would do&nbsp;it.</p> <h2 id="blender">Blender<a class="headerlink" href="#blender" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>The original photos were not consistent. To make them work as a slideshow, they required some stabilization. I tried the new <a href="https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/Doc:2.6/Manual/Motion_Tracking">tracking features of Blender</a>:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/blender-timlapse-stabilization.jpg"></p> <p>While I could feel the power of the tracking tools, my limited knowledge of Blender stopped me. I abandoned this approach. But one day for sure, I&rsquo;ll give Blender the time it&nbsp;deserves.</p> <h2 id="vidstab-kdenlive">vid.stab <span class="amp">&amp;</span> Kdenlive<a class="headerlink" href="#vidstab-kdenlive" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>My plan B for stabilization was <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2012/02/stabilizing-cute-baby-goats/">Transcode&rsquo;s vid.stab plugin</a>.</p> <p>But it can&rsquo;t read images: it only takes videos for input. So we&rsquo;ll produce a video file of a simple slideshow in Kdenlive, then feed the result to&nbsp;vid.stab.</p> <p>First, in a separate project, I created a stupid slideshow of 1 photo per frame, without any&nbsp;transition:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/redux-generation.png"></p> <p>To keep details, I exported the project to a high-quality h264 stream composed of I-frames&nbsp;only:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/export.png"></p> <p>I wanted to use a true lossless codec here, but after several trials and errors, this profile was the only one <code>vid.stab</code> was able to&nbsp;digest.</p> <p>I can now apply the stabilization, with a high shakiness parameter to make the algorithm ignore the lack of&nbsp;fluidity:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ transcode -J stabilize -i ./slideshow-redux.mp4 -y null,null -o dummy $ transcode -J <span class="nv">stabilize</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="nv">shakiness</span><span class="o">=</span><span class="m">8</span> -i ./slideshow-redux.mp4 -y ffmpeg -F huffyuv -o ./slideshow-redux-stabilized.avi </pre></div> <p>Then we extract all frames of the stabilized video to get a new set of&nbsp;photos:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ mkdir ./timelapse-stabilized $ <span class="nb">cd</span> ./timelapse-stabilized $ cp ../slideshow-redux-stabilized.avi $ ffmpeg -i ./slideshow-redux-stabilized.avi -f image2 stab%05d.png </pre></div> <p>From the produced images, I created a new slideshow with proper&nbsp;transitions.</p> <p>I presented the final rendering to Tomasito, and we agreed that the result, while not incredible, was a good excuse to distribute one of his song on&nbsp;YouTube.</p> <p>He planned to published the video, but the final editing step was postponed by several months. And then we both forgot the&nbsp;project.</p> <h2 id="slowmovideo-again">slowmoVideo, Again<a class="headerlink" href="#slowmovideo-again" title="Permanent link">&para;</a></h2> <p>Until last January when, after <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2013/02/slowmo-video-ubuntu-12-10/">some efforts</a>, I managed to <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2013/03/goodnight-video/">produce something with slowmoVideo</a>. We resurected the&nbsp;project.</p> <p>I applied the raw slowmoVideo transformation on the initial set of photos. And the result was good enough. But Tomasito wanted more, and stabilized all the 70 images of the original set by&nbsp;hand!</p> <p>After this herculean task, I cropped <span class="amp">&amp;</span> resized the images to fit the 1080p&nbsp;resolution:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ convert -resize 1920x1080 -background black -gravity center -extent 1920x1080 ./manually-stab-keyframes/* pict%04d.png </pre></div> <p><a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2013/03/goodnight-video/">As for Goodnight</a>, we tried to get rid of the wide black bars on the sides. <a href="https://wqpx.wordpress.com"><span class="caps">QPX</span></a> created for us a mask made of paint&nbsp;strokes:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/video-mask.png"></p> <p>Then I used that mask to blend the photos with a background fiber texture from <a href="https://subtlepatterns.com">Subtle Patterns</a>:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ find ./ -iname <span class="s2">&quot;pict*.png&quot;</span> -exec composite <span class="s2">&quot;{}&quot;</span> ./stressed_linen-1080p.png ./Masque-02.png <span class="s2">&quot;{}&quot;</span>-composed.png <span class="se">\;</span> </pre></div> <p>Finally I send these pre-rendered keyframes to slowmoVideo to produce a 4 minutes ultra-slow-motion. Then Tomasito added a title and&nbsp;credits.</p> <p>There is no magic and the final result could have been better if properly shot. What&rsquo;s missing was a steady canvas and good camera positioning, and of course a lower delay between photos. These are the perfect conditions to produce a proper timelapse, and I&rsquo;m sure we&rsquo;ll demonstrate that in a future&nbsp;project.</p>Goodnight Video2013-03-04T12:31:36+01:002013-03-04T12:31:36+01:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2013-03-04:/2013/03/goodnight-video/<p>A new video has been released by <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>. Here is Goodnight, on which I did the&nbsp;slow-motion:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bAKmRTV7Lek" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>The video is <a href="https://omashay.com/2013/02/22/goodnight-the-video/">based on a series of 70 sketches</a> Tomasito&rsquo;s made for a college&nbsp;project:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/goodnight-drawings-keyframes.jpg"></p> <p>He wanted to explore the possibilities of reusing them for a music video. I had the …</p><p>A new video has been released by <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>. Here is Goodnight, on which I did the&nbsp;slow-motion:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/bAKmRTV7Lek" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p>The video is <a href="https://omashay.com/2013/02/22/goodnight-the-video/">based on a series of 70 sketches</a> Tomasito&rsquo;s made for a college&nbsp;project:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2013/goodnight-drawings-keyframes.jpg"></p> <p>He wanted to explore the possibilities of reusing them for a music video. I had the perfect secret weapon for this kind of job: <a href="https://slowmovideo.granjow.net/">slowmoVideo</a>, an open-source clone of <a href="https://www.revisionfx.com/products/twixtor/">Twixtor</a>.</p> <p>In fact I tried to use that software 14 months ago, but never went as far as producing something. First I realized I had no <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=nVidia%20GPU&linkCode=ur2&tag=kevideld-20&url=search-alias%3Daps">nVidia <span class="caps">GPU</span></a><img src="https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=kevideld-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" /> at hand. So I rented a <em><span class="caps">GPU</span> Quadruple Extra Large</em> <span class="caps">EC2</span> instance (<code>cg1.4xlarge</code>) from Amazon&rsquo;s cloud. It cost me $4.70 (without <span class="caps">VAT</span>) for 3 hours. But I failed to compiles&nbsp;slowmoVideo.</p> <p>I forgot about it until recently, when I learned it no longer required a <span class="caps">GPU</span> to compute the optical flow. And last month I found a way to <a href="https://kevin.deldycke.com/2013/02/slowmo-video-ubuntu-12-10/">compile slowmoVideo on Ubuntu 12.10</a>.</p> <p>Now it&rsquo;s time to prepare my keyframes. I batch-resized all original drawings to 1080p with a white background. This was done in one command line thanks to <a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/s/?_encoding=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&field-keywords=ImageMagick&linkCode=ur2&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3AImageMagick&tag=kevideld-20&url=search-alias%3Daps">ImageMagick</a><img src="https://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=kevideld-20&l=ur2&o=1" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" />:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ convert -resize 1920x1080 -background white -gravity center -extent 1920x1080 ./keyframes/* pict%04d.png </pre></div> <p>Then I applied a paper texture to add some&nbsp;grain:</p> <div class="highlight"><pre><span></span>$ find ./ -iname <span class="s2">&quot;pict*.png&quot;</span> -exec composite -gravity center -compose Multiply ./paper-texture.png <span class="s2">&quot;{}&quot;</span> <span class="s2">&quot;{}&quot;</span>-texturized.png <span class="se">\;</span> </pre></div> <p>The series of images were imported in slowmoVideo, and I created a 4 minutes linear ultra-slowmotion with the default&nbsp;parameters.</p> <p>Finally, the raw rendering was assembled in Kdenlive with <a href="https://omashay.bandcamp.com/track/goodnight">Goodnight&rsquo;s audio track</a> and title cards to produce the result that is now <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAKmRTV7Lek">available on YouTube</a>.</p>New Music Video: Where Is She?2012-08-21T12:37:05+02:002012-08-21T12:37:05+02:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2012-08-21:/2012/08/where-is-she-music-video-released/<p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/where-is-she-banner.jpg"></p> <p>The last music video I worked on these past few months was just released. Here is <a href="https://omashay.com/compositions/sounds/where-is-she-song/">Where is she?</a> an original song from <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>, the side-project of <a href="https://coolcavemen.com/biography/tomasito/">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s saxophonist</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YjE_uIRVnv8" width="560"></iframe> </p><p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2012/where-is-she-banner.jpg"></p> <p>The last music video I worked on these past few months was just released. Here is <a href="https://omashay.com/compositions/sounds/where-is-she-song/">Where is she?</a> an original song from <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay</a>, the side-project of <a href="https://coolcavemen.com/biography/tomasito/">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s saxophonist</a>:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/YjE_uIRVnv8" width="560"></iframe> </p>Making of Omashay’s “Wish You Looked at Me” Music Video2011-07-12T12:45:11+02:002011-07-12T12:45:11+02:00Kevin Deldycketag:kevin.deldycke.com,2011-07-12:/2011/07/making-of-omashay-wish-you-looked-at-me-music-video/<p>Last month I edited the <a href="https://omashay.com/wish-you-looked-at-me-video-clip/">Wish You Looked at Me video clip </a> for the <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay project</a>. This is a side-project of <a href="https://coolcavemen.com/biography/tomasito/">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s saxophonist</a>. The video is finally available on&nbsp;YouTube:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iHi0lwhTqqc" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p><a href="https://amzn.com/B001SER45Q/?tag=kevideld-20"><img alt="" src="https://ws.assoc-amazon.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;Format=_SL110_&amp;ASIN=B001SER45Q&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=kevideld-20&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822"> </a> All the video material was shot by Tomasito itself, with his <a href="https://amzn.com/B001SER45Q/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon PowerShot <span class="caps">SX200IS</span> </a> point-and-shoot camera. This camera …</p><p>Last month I edited the <a href="https://omashay.com/wish-you-looked-at-me-video-clip/">Wish You Looked at Me video clip </a> for the <a href="https://omashay.com">Omashay project</a>. This is a side-project of <a href="https://coolcavemen.com/biography/tomasito/">Cool Cavemen&rsquo;s saxophonist</a>. The video is finally available on&nbsp;YouTube:</p> <p> <iframe allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/iHi0lwhTqqc" width="560"></iframe> </p> <p><a href="https://amzn.com/B001SER45Q/?tag=kevideld-20"><img alt="" src="https://ws.assoc-amazon.com/widgets/q?_encoding=UTF8&amp;Format=_SL110_&amp;ASIN=B001SER45Q&amp;MarketPlace=US&amp;ID=AsinImage&amp;WS=1&amp;tag=kevideld-20&amp;ServiceVersion=20070822"> </a> All the video material was shot by Tomasito itself, with his <a href="https://amzn.com/B001SER45Q/?tag=kevideld-20">Canon PowerShot <span class="caps">SX200IS</span> </a> point-and-shoot camera. This camera produce 30fps 720p&nbsp;clips.</p> <p>He came to me with all these <code>.mov</code> files, and the idea of combining them into a classical split-screen layout. He had no idea how to do this, so I accepted to help him with my technical&nbsp;knowledge.</p> <p>I fired up my Kdenlive (v0.8 on Kubuntu 11.04) and in a matter of hours, the project was done. With source videos of 720p, I naturally chose 1080p as the final resolution. I kept the 30fps framerate to not alter the original time&nbsp;resolution.</p> <p>The most boring part of the edit was the first step, in which we synced all clips together with the reference audio track. Here is how the timeline looked, with one track for each&nbsp;instrument:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/wish-you-looked-at-me-kdenlive-timeline-01.png"></p> <p>We had to work around some annoying Kdenlive bugs, as it had some problems handling so much tracks in parallel. Fortunately these bugs were fixed in a matter of days with a new build of <span class="caps">MLT</span>.</p> <p>Next step was to mark out the structure of the song. Tomasito placed blue markers along the timeline, and we cut all tracks following that structure. It resulted in a matrix of&nbsp;clips:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/wish-you-looked-at-me-kdenlive-timeline-02.png"></p> <p>Then for each segment, we choose the 4 clips that we wanted to show and deleted the&nbsp;others:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/wish-you-looked-at-me-kdenlive-timeline-04.png"></p> <p>Then I created 4 special tracks to which I applied a global positioning and scaling effect, to have each track fill one corner of the screen. We moved there all the clips we selected in the previous step, and cleaned up the timeline a&nbsp;bit:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/wish-you-looked-at-me-kdenlive-timeline-05.png"></p> <p>At this stage the project was mostly done. It was just a matter of adding intro, outro and fade in/out to obtain our final&nbsp;video:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/wish-you-looked-at-me-kdenlive-timeline-06.png"></p> <p>Tomasito basically did the whole editing of the project. And I have some&nbsp;evidences:</p> <p><img alt="" src="/uploads/2011/tomasito-editing-session.jpg"></p> <p>I just showed him how to manipulate Kdenlive timelines, and cut/move/paste clips, and he was absolutely autonomous in a matter of minutes. I just did the transitions, the title cards integration and the screen splitting. I&rsquo;m not sure I deserve the title of editor for this project, but he still insisted to add me in the credits&hellip;&nbsp;:)</p> <p>Of course split-screen is <a href="https://monsterkidclassichorrorforum.yuku.com/reply/304973/Oldest-Split-Screen-effect#reply-304973">far from new </a> and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vsMIuuV05uc">was done</a> <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Split_screen_(video_production)#Notable_uses_of_split-screen">a million times before </a>. But it&rsquo;s a simple yet effective concept that require absolutely no investment (apart time). This also gave me the opportunity to play again with Kdenlive and assess its user-friendliness and edit capabilities on a real project. But at the end, it was just a great excuse to work with a friend on a little video project!&nbsp;:)</p>