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By on Oct 3, 2011 in On A Whim | 7 comments

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I can hear the sound of a kettle boiling over inside my head every now and then…



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  1. Junaid Shah

    October 5, 2011

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    Being an Indian living outside the country for more than three years, are you attached to your home country, India? (attached = like/love/care about)

  2. Junaid Shah

    October 5, 2011

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    I run an NGO (no website yet! :-() that spreads awareness about the country to Indians who live/work outside India, and inspires them to do something for their country (volunteering for organisations, donations, quitting that job to work for organisations like ISRO/DRDO). I need you to be truthful in replying to my question in the previous comment?

    And another question: you’re an electronies engineer and from your great command over the English language, very smart. Would you like to join the Indian Space Program?

    • Ankur Banerjee

      October 5, 2011

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      I’m always up for supporting charities! To answer your question, no I wouldn’t be interested in joining the Indian space programme simply because that’s not an area I am interested in unless I get much more interested in digital electronic design – in which case I know there are some interesting opportunities. I would say I am reasonably attached to India, although I may not appear to do so outwardly, in the sense that I’m not a big fan of cricket and wouldn’t generally join in watching a game, etc.

  3. Anindya Gopal

    October 9, 2011

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    I am a student in IIT, Mumbai. I am currently working on a short film project for Mood Indigo, our college’s annual cultural fest. The screenplay, cast and crew has been finalized (and we have more than 9 months for other stuff). Do you have any idea about good free / open-source software for SFX, VFX and sound editing?

    And what’s your opinion about cinematography using digital cameras as opposed to film cameras? I have a Sony Cybershot camera with 30x optical zoom and full HD video recording (costs around Rs. 19k). I even tested the picture and sound quality using college’s projector and sound system, and it turned out to be extremely good. But all other students participating in the competition plan to do all the camerawork using film cameras, and film is what a majority of filmmakers use.

    • Ankur Banerjee

      October 9, 2011

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      You don’t have a lot of free / open source software for audio-video production unfortunately. For audio editing, there’s Audacity which is still usable for most projects but does not have any integration with video editing tools that professional tools have. Syncing AV becomes a problem. For standalone audio editing, Audacity is good enough.

      For video editing, a couple of options are Cinelerra, Pitivi, OpenShot…most of these can basically just let you cut clips and put them in sequence, and that’s about it. Good for maybe home videos, multi-track editing for professional projects is a nightmare though.

      I wouldn’t advise using a consumer level digital camera for projects. The reason is that video quality may be usable in low light, but what is sorely lacking on these cameras is an option for separate audio input. Most consumer digital cameras have onboard omni-directional mics that pick up a LOT of environment noise, as well as camera movement sounds. Audio is a highly ignored aspect of video production for many beginners and good quality audio is often what sets videos apart. So I would suggest using a ‘proper’ camera, and even then not to use onboard mics for same reasons. There is a reason why filmmakers use them! Make sure you use tripods for steady shots. Consumer cameras might not even have mounts for them.

      Having said that, there are new trends of using DSLRs or high-end mobile phone cameras for video production. It’s hard to get good results with these as a beginner though as there are things people need to take care of, which you learn over time if you’ve been using film cameras.

  4. Anindya Gopal

    October 11, 2011

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    How about the Canon EOS 7D that our media lab has? Is it any good?

    I did test my camera on college’s projector and sound system. Video was brilliant, although the resolution was 1080i, it was looking like 2k in theatre. I am thinking about recording audio using separate equipment, but then is there a software available that can ‘stich’ audio and video together?

    Is the video software produced by Adobe any good? My college has an aggrement with Adobe by which all adobe software can be licensed by students for free (by all I mean ALL). Same goes for Microsoft software, if MS makes good audio / video software.

    • Ankur Banerjee

      October 11, 2011

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      The Canon equipment you have will be much better, greater bulk helps stabilise shots, better focus and exposure control, and the sensor itself is better so you will get more accurate colour reproduction compared to your consumer camera. When I said separate audio equipment, I didn’t mean completely separate:though that can be done, you will need additional equipment like clapperboards then to synchronise your audio/video tracks. Audio/video tracks can be combined in video editors but syncing needs to be done manually. Just plug a boom mic or clip-on mic – EOS 7D has a stereo mini jack, so you might need an adapter – and that will keep your audio/video tracks synced.

      Adobe’s Creative Suite is as excellent choice and very capable; personally, I prefer it to Final Cut Pro. And with Apple changing loads of things between FCP 7 and FCP X, FInal Cut Pro is no longer a professional grade solution – you can’t even move files between the two versions! So if you’re getting Adobe software, use it! Microsoft’s expression suite does not have any audio/video editing software.

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