Full-time editor and wedding videographer, part time short film/ music video director.
The footage looks decent (not a fan of the film grain effect much myself), but some things seem extremely insensitive in the story. Showing people shooting US soldiers in a pseudo-documentary seems extremely distasteful in my opinion. Especially casually throwing in a faked future mass bombing on US soil. If it wasn't set up to be a documentary, some things may have been more acceptable, but those really set me off in the video. Also, I got confused when the narrator started talking about the 1940's, and the 'modern day' footage still had a film stock look. It made it seem as if he was speaking about the 1970's and 80's, because footage from the 2000's isn't shot on 8mm film, so the two didn't separate to me. On a positive note, the voice over sounded solid, and the general pacing was smooth.
Limited budget can mean a lot of different things. What's your price point? The most solid investment would be good lenses and glass. Put most of your money towards that, and then put a little bit into the body. You will almost undoubtedly upgrade your camera as you grow, but a good investment into lenses can go with you for decades. Canon DSLR's are a great place to start, since you can start investing in EF glass.
Beautifully said. Just beautiful.
I'm not really understanding your question: Are you having trouble when editing inside of the After Effects comp? I'm going to respond with a vague answer either way: Replace with after effects comp, creates a dynamic link, which will link directly back to that specific sequence in AE: essentially, it treats that sequence like a video file. As long as you don't change the name or location of the AE project, it should stay there. Is it possible that After Effects can't find a clip in that sequence? If so, you'll just need to relink them in AE. If that wasn't the answer you needed, could you show pictures?
Awesome. Pulling something seemingly crazy to solve a problem in a big market that no other companies are really touching. This is probably the first thing I'm personally buying during pre-orders, before any reviews. It's too crazy to not work! Right?
Sad to say, but there's a reason expensive gear is more expensive. I use a Tamron 24-70 as one of my base lenses, which is similar, but a bit cheaper. Those lenses are so much more expensive, because they're faster (usually f2.8) and made of higher quality glass, which gives better images. Using a good camera body with a cheap lens is the same as putting donut tires on a Ferrari: you're holding it back. You can use cheap lenses, but the images usually lose their punch. (also, lenses rarely lose their value, especially canon glass, so you can use the same lenses for decades, and sell them for near full price if you take care of them)
For audio, don't record right into the camera!!! Please! One thing DSLR's have, are terrible pre-amps, and when working with XLR mics, they need extra help when amplifying. The H4n was my first recorder, and I still break it out here and there, but it's a workhorse. As far as speed, recording on both the recorder and camera won't add too much time. If someone's not willing to wait an extra 30 seconds, you're going to have a hard shoot anyways. Another thing to consider might be a lav mic, to hook right up to the speaker, depending on what kind of location you're in. Involving the speaker by letting you mic them up often warms them up to the environment. If you're forced to make a decision, don't skimp out on audio. Bad video can be forgiven, but there's no forgiveness from an audience for bad audio.