Video: Pho-Natics Visit Pho So 1

On April 3, 2011, Posted by , In Food,Video, By ,, , With No Comments

Update: This video was just featured on the Seattle Times home page, and now has over 1400 views on youtube.

Last Monday, I got a call from the office, asking if I could drive down to a nearby Pho place to do a video report. Apparently, there’s local fan club of Pho enthusiasts on facebook who go around to a different place once a month. They initially visited Pho So 1 for their first meeting ever in 2009, and didn’t enjoy their stay. The story is about how the restaurant has transformed under new ownership, and how much the group appreciates the changes. You can read more about it on my food blog.

Over the past two years, I’ve probably done at least 50 news reports using a Canon HF10 Camcorder. However, this was my first chance to try video on my new DSLR. How was it? Well, here’s a general overview:

  • Handling: I tried to put my tripod on a dolly for the first time, which was probably a mistake in such a cramped environment, forcing me to go handheld.  Fortunately there wasn’t as much shaking as I was expecting when compared to my traditional camcorder, which I suppose was mainly due to the added mass of the magnesium body and the fact that the camera was designed for two hands rather than one.
  • Focusing: There’s supposed to be autofocus on this, but it’s very difficult to get right, forcing the user to go manual.
  • Lighting: Really good, due to the larger sensor size.
  • Sound: I used a shotgun mic mounted on the hot shoe.  Unfortunately, that made things difficult because I had no flash for taking stills.
  • Editing: Somewhat of a hassle.  AVCHD is very processor intensive, and the files from the D7000 create even more of a lag than my HF10.  For frame of reference, I’m using an Intel quad core i7 920 with 6 GB of RAM.

All in all, it was a fun experience, and I learned a lot.  I’m going to stick with the HF10 for most news clips, due to the speed of the AF and editing.  But I’ll be excited to switch to the D7000 when I need something more artistic.

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