Eurofurence 18 Paw Pet Show “Pompeji” done

I already posted a preview , done right in the EF hotel lobby.
After that it took much longer then I planned for to finalise this recording.
Nearly done my editor crashed on me and scrambled all the carefully arranged and tweaked timeline, ruining many month of work.
Running my business left less time then I thought it would.

But now it is done!
My unofficial Paw Pet Show recording of 2012.

A little background on what has changed since the preview:
Due to the fact that I had do handle 2 cameras from within the audience myself and one was รจ seats away from me, it’s focus was slight off.
Not as much as with the lens mount issue in 2011 but still noticeable next to the super sharp closeups.
Luckily Paw TV was also recording and let me use some of their footage to cover this up. Their cameras also had less problems recording the DLP projector with its spinning colour wheel.
It still led to some of the cuts being in places where I would have liked not to change the camera at all.
Also our primary audio simply didn’t work (checked batteries, cables, usage instructions with the helper operating it,… before the show). So the sound comes from the first fallback microphone on camera 2. It does have more echo from the room then I would like it to have. In 2 placed I had to use audio from camera 3 as number 2 had people from the audience talking.
Since the closeups where done with me holding a monopod, it was very slowly swinging back and forth. So I used extensive motion tracking to counter that as much as possible.
With the 2 additional camera angles we got 2 the cameras that didn’t match the colors and exposure of the other 3,so a lot of color correction was done on all the shots. (A first time for me.)
For the short reference to the EF pool area, I found footage I was allowed to use. However that required features tracking during a zoom to hide the faces in a separate compositing program. Something else I haven’t done before.
… learned a lot doing this show. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next year I hope for 1 or 2 additional volunteers, so someone else can have an eye on the camera doing the wide shot and intervene if it’s slightly out of focus (I can only focus on the closed curtains before the show and guess about the distance to the stage) or too bright /dark during a very dark or very bright scene.
I’m also hoping to replace one of my cheap cameras with one that has more dynamic range =can render bright patches in a dark scene like the cave better.

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