Since I have taken a couple weeks off from working on the blog, I thought I would something a bit different this month, and showcase not only a really good Korean independent band, that I discovered at the Yeouido Cherry Blossom festival last year called SoundBox, but also talk a little bit about the video features of the Canon 5D MKIII and the Canon 7D, and the lenses and techniques I use to capture video.
Both the Canon 5D MKIII and 7D are capable of capturing full HD 1080p video at 30, 25, and 24 fps and 720p at 60, and 50 fps. Full manual exposure and aperture control is available. Meaning you can make your footage look like it was shot with film, or on HD video. I prefer to give my video more a of film look by using a shutter speed of 1/50th of a second. This gives fast motion a nice blur them, similar to 16 or 35mm motion picture film.
The 7D and the 5D MKIII record analog audio, unless an external microphone is connected, I use the R0DE Video Mic, and have experienced excellent results, and great customer support from the company. when I accidentally broke the plastic cold shoe connector. The 5DMKIII has a headphone jack that allows you to monitor the audio as it is being recorded. The 7D does not.
I primarily use 2 lenses for video. Either the 24 – 105 F4L IS that came as a kit lens with the 5DMKIII, with a variable ND filter for daytime. This is necessary because of the slow manual shutter speed. For a longer reach in doors, or at night the Canon 70-200 f4.5L IS is my preferred lens, and the one I used for the videos below.
Changing gears, and getting back to Soundbox, I was just getting ready to go home, and had gotten a few snippets of video earlier of the festival. I had pretty much packed up and was walking back to the subway, when I heard this band. Thinking that they sounded REALLY good, I quickly pulled the R0DE VideoMic out of my bag, and pushed my way in to get my first look at a very energetic Indie band. What immediately struck me is how involved they make their audience (As seen here during their cover of Isn’t She Precious). Sorry about the camera motion in the beginning. Since I had rushed over in the middle of the song. I was still fighting for position, and trying to get the camera setup. So my first tip is. Try and get to the event with more then enough time to find a good position to take video, and have your camera ready to go.. Sometimes it is not possible as in this case, then just get what you can. You can always edit out in post. I left it in, because the focus is the music, and I wanted to leave it as intact as possible.
After the festival, I had wanted to get more video of this Band, and fortunately discovered their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/soundbox.kr . So Mi Jung and I planned to visit Gusto Taco in Hongdae, and then catch their show at The Playground.
The band has a wide repertoire of music, both English and Korean, and has a great sound and stage presence, as well as their very own Tap Dancer.
Please enjoy the videos, and if you are ever in Seoul, check out the bands Facebook Page to see if you can catch them in concert.
As you can see from the videos shot here, once I became more comfortable with shooting in the environment I was in, I tried to alternate between filming the band, as well as the audience, because let’s face it. Just like going to the movies, part of the enjoyment of catching a live show is to experience sharing the audience response to the performers! Adding the audience adds another dimension and gives you the feeling of being there and sharing the experience with other people.
The one thing I wish I had with me on this shoot was my monopod. I had my tripod, but as I was standing on a bench in the back of the crowd. Shooting with my 70-200 telephoto, it would have been impractical to setup. The other thing I wish I had been able to do is coordinate with the band a convent place for me to take video that wasn’t behind the pole that was blocking a clear view of the electronic guitarist, and not blocked by someone’s head at wider angles.
For editing and post production, I have been using Adobe Premiere 12, which I find to be quit limiting and frustrating to use at times. I found that iMovie was much easier to use, and had better title and transition templates. Though once making my decisions to go down the PC road because of dissatisfaction with the hardware options. There is no going back at this point. I shoot way more photography then I do video, so it is not that big of an issue at this point.
Taken from their Facebook Page.
E.Guitar : Jocoon(조쿤)
Vocal : Soundgirl(사운드걸)
Vocal & Guitar : JD(제이디)
percussion & Tap : 신내련
synthesizer : Big ★ Jin(빅스타진)
Bass : Kingdom(킹덤)
Drum & Beatbox : Cookie(쿠키
You can watch all the videos in a Youtube playlist by Clicking here.
Or watch them individually below.
Soundbox performing a beat box version of Stand By Me
Soudbox performing – Just The Two Of Us.
Soundbox Performing – Knocking On Heavens Door
Soundbox performing a Korean song.
Soundbox Performing – I’m Yours.
The bands Facebook page can be found here, if you choose to follow them, you will receive updates on their playing schedule. If you are living in Korea, I highly recommend you take an evening to see the band play! You will not be disappointed. If you are visiting and you just happen to be in Seoul during one of their performances. Again, Go go go!
How to get to the Playground.
Take Seoul Subway line 2 to Hongik University, Exit 9. Walk straight to the four-way intersection, make a left, continue until the end of the street, make a right, follow the uphill on the right.
If you arrive after the band starts, just follow your ears!
You can also plan to arrive early, and check out the Hongdae flea market, or stop by Gusto Taco for some dinner.. ( http://www.catracing.org/hendrb/wednesday-quickie-mexican-food-korea-part-tres/ ) The Playground is within easy walking distance!