Confessions of a novice concert videographer and uploader.
I have a good (I think) video of Avalanche from 8Nov in Sydney taken from front row.
I have not uploaded before and need some guidance.
I have created a YouTube account and a Google account, but when I try to access either, all I get is a nearly blank screen with "Redirecting" on the tab title, and alternating messages "waiting for http://www.google.com
" and "waiting for http://www.youtube.com
" at the bottom left.
The indicator bottom right goes from empty to full in 1-2 seconds then starts again.
I have left it for quite a few minutes and it just keeps repeating.
Can someone help me, please.
Thank you in anticipation,
AlanThank you for the help from my Cohenite friends.
I have solved the upload problem - just sign up for gmail!
New problem with Picasa - when I create video for upload the lip sync gets lost.
Still working on that one!
AlanDon't "create video" - just upload raw file from camera or file edited in another program.
Link in next post.
First I want to again proclaim my thanks to all who have offered and supplied guidance in my many hours of need, but Bridger15 has been outstanding.
Not only did Arlene give me very useful technical help, but she sent many emails of encouragement that kept me going through very frustrating times.
What have I learned from my mistakes?
1. Even though my browser settings were to accept all cookies, they were not always so. in the past I must have blocked cookies from Google and YouTube and that probably was the problem (above) of refreshing pages rather than logging in. Solution in Firefox: Tools, Options, Accept Cookies From Sites, Exceptions. Then delete the address if it says "Block" and type in to the top field "Address of website". OK.
2. I had a couple of very frustrating occurrences with uploading via Picasa - 99% download and then an error message with no explanation. After searching the Picasa Help section I have adjusted my firewall to allow Picasa access. May just be coincidence, but no more 99% failures since. One was 7.5 hours, the other over 8.
3. My camera is a Canon SX1 IS and is primarily a megazoom still camera that takes 720 HD movies too. In Sydney I took some still shots first and then because the stage lighting was variable I changed the ASA setting to 1600 for some. When I changed to the movie setting the screen display indicated ASA Auto and I thought no more about it. I feel the Sydney "Avalanche" video is a lot grainier than the others and I guess the background ASA setting could have been the reason. For Adelaide I left the ASA setting on Auto for both still shots and movies and I think the graininess is much less.
4. Canon SX1 IS - IS = image stabiliser, i.e. reduces shake but doesn't eliminate it all together. In Sydney I was able to support the camera on my knee and rotate the viewing screen to be able to check it without being too obvious. Knee support is only of benefit from the front row. In Adelaide I brought in a Monopod as I was in 2nd row. When I wasn't moving the camera I feel the steadiness was quite good, however sometimes I had to move the camera around the patron in front of me, and therefore around my knee, hence some shaking. I also had to try to avoid the rapidly moving front of stage cameraman. I aborted a couple of starts because he was right in front of me for too long. Biggest problem re the monopod was that it drew the attention of the adjacent security man and I was told to stop. He kept staring at me all through the second half, so all the Adelaide videos are from the 1st half. (I also swapped memory cards, so if he came back I could erase a blank card). No flip top on the monopod, so I had to hold it at an angle to shoot upwards to the stage. I guess from further back and away from security these problems would be minimal. I just walked in with it as my walking stick and nobody challenged me.
5. For stage lighting, if you can, change the White Balance (WB) on your camera. Tungsten is the best setting for artificial lighting to give the truest colours. In my camera the icon is a light globe shining. Reset it back to daylight or Auto before using natural lighting!
I know I used Auto ASA in Adelaide, but I always try to chose the lowest ASA setting that I can when I have more time to compose a photo. The concerts were definitely "point and shoot" situations.
Bit of a rambling de-brief, but I hope I may have helped other novices to overcome recording and upload problems. Video posts as below:
Avalanche Sydney 8Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVGPVIYorbM
Anthem Adelaide 18Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSsrnJryk2s
Bird On A Wire Adelaide 18Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ng8CtGZC7Lo
Everybody Knows Adelaide 18Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qdSJj12OjMo
Waiting For The Miracle Adelaide 18Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kv4FRoEIT3o
Who By Fire Adelaide 18Nov2010http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uh26JVBvO8