Creative Workflow – Introduction

As many of you may know I’ve spent a lot of time doing video production. It was part of my education in college, something I did professionally while doing media development, as a hobby, then at the church. Now video production is almost exclusively a hobby – with the exception of projects for the college ministry.

I’ve been a Final Cut Pro guy since the very first version. When I was in college I worked with Avid and tried Premiere (and hated it). When FCP came out it was the perfect editing environment for me. I’m pretty sure I’ve used every version of Final Cut up until the latest. When FCP X was announced parts of it looked amazing, parts of it looked downright scary. After getting a chance to play with it for a bit and talk with some colleagues, scary was replaced with ick.

That left me looking for a new solution. Funny thing is that ever since Premiere Pro came back to the Mac I’ve had it installed on my computers. I’ve used After Effects since version 3, love Photoshop and most other Adobe products. My early experience with Premiere made me very cautious.

Let me just say it: Man was I wrong. Premiere Pro is great.

I’ve played around a lot with the workflow and really like it. This past month I worked on a project for a friend that let me really polish the entire process. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing what I’m doing with video.

The Kit

  • Camera: Canon 60D
  • Lenses: 50mm f/1.4, Canon 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6, Canon 18-55 (bad kit lens), anything I might rent from
  • Audio: Zoom H4n audio recorder, random assorted microphones (mostly borrowed)
  • Lighting: Various stuff, attempting to do a lot with natural light and bouncing
  • Support: Manfrotto sticks with 701HDV fluid head
  • Software: Adobe CS5.5 Master Collection, Logic Studio
  • Computing: 13″ MacBook Air (i7), iPad, iPhone 4, sometimes a 17″ MacBook Pro (late 2007 high res)