Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

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Bibberer
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Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

Postby Bibberer » 17 Mar 2014 10:23

I recorded all of this footage some time ago and decided to try making something from it. Does the combination of stills and slowmotion video work? Or is it just boring? Tell me about it... Also I wonder how the blur effect "feels" with the stills, is it too much and just annoying or does it actually fill the background unobtrusively?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVY9iZXn_qg

Thanks for your help.

The cameras I used were:
Nikon D90 with the 18-105 kit lens for the stills and
Casio EX-FC100 for the slowmotion video.

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Stephan
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Re: Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

Postby Stephan » 19 Mar 2014 09:03

Hi, welcome!

I appreciate the work put into this! About the blurred background on the sides ("à la" iOS 7), I'm not sure it adds anything indeed. I tend to say that the best special effects, usually, are those that unaware viewers will *not* see.

I like the first 40 secs, the combination of slomo & stills looks interesting. Past the 1st minute, it does get a bit long maybe. It's very hard to get viewers interested in one's videos. You know what the Internet audience only wants... CAT VIDEOS! (joke ;-)

Indeed just a joke, please don't throw waterballs at those innocent creatures :-)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJluxAw4Lt8

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Re: Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

Postby Bibberer » 21 Mar 2014 11:39

Thanks Stephan,
wouldn't want to do that to a cat :)
I'm kinda unsure about the blur stuff myself, might try to make it more suddle or just dump it. Don't really know what to do about the interest issue, maybe start with a short "appetizer" including a few of the more interesting stills?
Thanks for your help :-)

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Re: Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

Postby Stephan » 22 Mar 2014 11:46

What makes an audience feel engaged and want to view your video until the end? Wow, this is the most difficult question! There's been generations of people in Hollywood and elsewhere, building a career to address this question.

When you reach a number of views, there's an interesting Analytics tool in YouTube that lets you know what percentage of people have actually viewed this or that moment in your video (a.k.a. audience retention).

Here's how it looks when the audience likes the video:

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Good retention
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And here's when they don't have the patience:

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Bad retention
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Taking the 2nd example, there's definitely a question of video length. If there isn't enough "fresh" content for the duration, or if I'm not providing what people expected when they came to the video (this is the particular issue I've been having here), people just click and go.

If there's a match (try & define that!!), people stay (1st example). There's something that appeals to them - the video's topic, the atmosphere, the music, the combination of all...

So, regarding interest - and that's a very, very general statement, I'd say that content/duration is key, and then trying to bring something "special" is next. And then, who knows, sometimes success is unexpected and one could also "go viral" and take Twitter by storm for no particular reason (although you might probably need the help of a cat for that ;-) NOT!!

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Re: Slowmotion & Stills... Feedback please

Postby Doughie » 30 Mar 2014 15:58

Interesting stuff. I agree, short and sharp is best. People have very short attention spans on the Web.


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