Just wondered if anyone had any interest, examples or discussions on the kind of image sequencing I am going to be attempting.
I am making a promotional video to highlight a product - a designer lighting product which I make in my one-man-artisan-workshop.
Funding is tight as far as video production is concerned yet I need the product 'pans', 'fly towards' and 'circle around' shots to be of very high quality. I use my Nikon SLR d300S for regular video sequences of the actual manufacture - the quality is fine for that but for the 'product scenes' I need to step up in terms of quality.
I am planning to use the SLR to take a sequence of static shots and I am welding up a solid steel jig with rotation and linear translation so that the camera can be accurately positioned - my tripod has a convenient solid 'grab point' with legs retracted so I do not have to reinvent the wheel regards the tilt-pan head - the rig will just firmly hold the collapsed down tripod in mid air.
It is not a major project as I have bits and pieces lying around that will work just fine for this. I tested out a prototype and rigidity was not a problem.
I use the SLR tethered to my laptop so I can focus each frame precisely on key points in the image and so on - I will be working at significantly higher resolution than any video camera I could afford or even afford to hire plus all the advantages of RAW processing and so on.
The key issue for me here is resolution, my products have a unique surface finish which is very hard to capture on lower resolution video but stills from a reasonably high end SLR will capture the detail required.
I usually convert RAW to 16 bit Tiff but I may find I have to do something else for Hitfilm.
Typical shot length will be around 3 seconds and I plan to work towards 24 fps.
I am not really looking for someone to guide me through the process - we all need to invent and try ourselves first before taking other folks time but all the same if people have tried it and have experiences of the problems or examples to show I would be interested to chat.
PS: Already seen one example with a camera that did not move ( time lapse of trees in the wind ) but what I am attempting is different, the camera will be moving every frame - there may still be some common points though.