See what’s involved in the video editing process for That Pedal Show with our producer, Simon.
Life too short for long YouTube videos? Please see the ‘Interesting bits and go-to sections’ information below.
Welcome! Jolly old Covid-19 has handed us a forced pause in production, so it's a good opportunity to look into what's behind the show.
We’ve come a long, long way since the early days of TPS. Sure, there was a charm and warm, fuzzy feeling around doing everything on a shoestring and it all being a bit ‘home-made’. But it was taking over our lives – mine especially, Mick here, and almost gave me a nervous breakdown. No joke. We wanted it much better, much more professional, less stressful and ultimately, to make some headroom for growth and evolution. Welcome Simon!
Simon joined us back in the old studio days and has become an invaluable member of the team. He’s a professional editor and cameraman with a background in film and music production and we’re very lucky that one of his regular gigs is That Pedal Show!
In this video Simon talks through the video editing process with a bit of background on how we capture the show. We hope it’s useful for anyone thinking of getting into making videos, or who maybe wants to move on to the next level… as we are always doing.
Please note, this clearly isn’t the only way to do things. No doubt many of you will have different working practices, approaches, software, cameras and methods and it’s all good – whatever works. We’re not here to say ‘this is how to do it’, we’re here to say, ‘this is what we do, if that information is of use to you!’
“Why don’t you do X? / You should do X”.
There is always room for improvement and we’re constantly looking to evolve, sustainably and without a load of stress. We’re also looking to put out a consistently good show, reliably, week-in, week-out. It's just a little reminder that TPS is a hobby gone mad, still not an actual job!
“What a waste of time and effort, it’s the content that matters - just use an iPhone and save yourself the hassle.”
There are days when I agree with you wholeheartedly. Mick here. But I just can’t live with it. Unless it’s the best we can possibly do given our time, knowledge and resources, I lose interest instantly. Consider it a personality defect. Everything better, always. That’s how we evolve, and boy there is still a LONG way to go.
Enjoy the episode!
Our main kit:
• Cameras: Sony PXW-FS-7 II (main), PXW-FS-5 II (B cam) and Blackmagic Production Camera 4k (pedalcam). Mick shoots all his vlogs on a Sony A7 MkIII; Dan a Sony A6500.
• Lenses: Mostly Canon L-series; 24-105L F4, 24-70L F2.8, 35mm F2, plus various Sony G-Master, Sigma Art Series and Voigtlander bits and pieces. The Sony cameras also run Metabones Speedbooster adapters to make the Canon glass fit the Sony cameras.
• Audio: Universal Audio Apollo 8P interfaces into Apple iMac running Apple Logic
• Editing platform: 90 per cent Adobe Premiere Pro. Mick and Simon also occasionally use Davinci Resolve for colour. Dan uses Final Cut Pro X.
Interesting bits and go-to sections…
- Simon here: eh? 0:00
- Who is Simon and what are we doing? 0:25
- Mick here: Eh? 1:57
- What do Mick and Dan see from their seats? 2:50
- Production corner: 3:33
- Audio platform and interfaces: 4:28
- Cameras? 5:35
- Syncing the video files: 7:24
- Sony S-log? 9:45
- PC or Mac? 12:15
- Why do we shoot 4k? 13:28
- Adding audio: 14:40
- Nested clips and Multicam sequences: 16:00
- Beginning the cut: 18:50
- Guitar mics and voice mics: 19:30
- How much gets cut? 22:00
- Editing software? 30:30
- Colour grading? 33:14
- Masking and titling the pedals: 36:20
- Stings, branding and final touches: 42:20 (I so need to update these, Mick here)
- Exporting: 45:50
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