1)It would be that your aperture is too wide which is allowing only a small part of the image to be in focus.
I would suggest using a higher f-stop.
2) As for choppiness it really depends on your magnification at the time you used your camera to film the running. If it was at 24mm its going to be a lot less jerky/choppy than at 70mm as since the image is zoomed in the camera movement is even more noticeable.
3) If you really want to do a lot of action stuff. You may consider taking a cue from parkour or skateboarders and go with a fish eye lens as that is going reduce the amount of magnification as most fish eye lenses are less than 16mm and less prone to movement.
But the best way would be to buy a gimbal or some sort of rig to make your movement more steady as you film.
The thing is that a good documentary is like a great piece of art.
Sure the intention might not be political, but a person with a political mind can look at it and get different meaning simply by allowing it to envelope their consciousness.
I really loved the trailer, it had a very nice feel to it for me. Got me hooked :3
Anyway if you are out there reading this, it looks great and I hope its worth the journey you took getting there.
Like pretty much like anything in life; you get what you pay for. So it's probably not a great idea to spend less on a tool than you would expect from any other occupation.
So $250 or $400 to buy/access an editor is not expensive.
But if you want to get your feet wet it might be really important to learn terminology: Which even as overly complicated Avid likes to make things, they do a great job naming the types of cuts and actions that the user does to manipulate clips and the time line.
Which would be more important to learn as you will be able to communicate and understand what you want to do. That will make it possible for you to learn any software fast and customize any software to your needs.
So either buy a used out of date version of the media composer handbook and just learn terminology or go to the internet an search for:
Types of film edits
Frame 0 actually is Frame 1
That should help you a lot more than using free software that might limit you just because it's free.
Inferior OS? You must be kidding right?
I use to like Windows more, but that was back with 95 and 98 when the expectations from an OS was really low. Drivers had to be installed manually, software had to be installed manually, and the OS had no extra features that could possibly break.
As much people don't like OS X ascetics, the thing is that its has been so much more stable and effective than Windows. Heck last week there was a rushed update on Windows 10 that made my PC forget how to use Ethernet... Which I totally get is kind of a new technology... in like 90s... There should never be a reason why that should not work.
Where is with OS X, I never have had to set up Ethernet. I have never had a glitch that kept me from using Ethernet.
I am pretty sure if I was in a house that uses a cloud, the Windows computers would seem to be the worse thing ever as we would be restarting them constantly trying to make sure that the drivers loaded correctly that time. Which is terribly inconvenient and pretty much shows off how much of a beta test Windows 10 is and not a professional tool.
I really love the new update, the ability to shuffle roles has pretty much fixed all the issues I have had with other NLE.
Plus with the organization tools implemented in this update I will not have to spend hours putting things into folders that are pretty much labeled the same.
Apple really has outdone themselves and the whole industry with this one update. They are simple fixes, but for the most part so progressive in making a faster and more accurate workflow than any other on the market.
Cause most of it was real effects covered up with CGI, not vise versa.