I video recorded my daughter’s end of year concert on May 18th, 2023. Bonham Middle School’s Band program continues to win UIL (University Interscholastic League) awards. The whole family was very excited for her final concert for the year. This event provided an excellent opportunity to test recording with Sony’s New S-Cinetone Picture Profile settings. S-Cinetone for a concert should be not only compatible but allow quick turnaround.
Recording a concert has it’s challenges.
Bright overhead lighting can give plenty of contrast and lighting variations. These variations can be very difficult to record. Futhermore, settings for video recording should use a wide dynamic range that can capture as much detail as possible. This will allow to bring out shadows and highlights in post production. Not to mention, it’s a good idea to record audio with a safety channel. If the audience or the band is too loud, you may get unwanted audio distortion or clipping. And don’t forget, you will need very steady hands if not using a tripod.
Quick turnaround for video production.
For this event, I used Sony’s New S-Cinetone Picture Profile on Sony A7iv camera. Not only does it provide a straight out of camera video, the video may only need slight editing. Therefore, this picture profile fullfils quick turnaround video production projects.
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What is S-Cinetone?
It’s a picture profile built to resemble the Sony VENICE’s celebrated cinematic look renowned for optimising skin tones and providing a film-like color to videos. What’s unique about this profile is that it allows quick and effortless production of video content directly from the camera without much need for post-production color-grading. An experienced videographer can then concentrate on getting the right shot, establish the correct mood, and make sure the scene looks great.
Very happy with the results.
During the event, I made sure the video recording had optimal white balance. Made sure that I didn’t blow out highlights and at the same time allow for enough detail in the shadows. I used a safety channel for the audio. The band and audience can get quite loud and a safety channel can make sure you have great sound and no clipping. Then after importing the video, I only had to do slight exposure adjustments and coloring. To conclude, the video only needed a slight increase in exposure and a little less warm white balance. Obviously, very happy using Sony’s S-Cinetone for a concert.
At Lightning Bilt Creative Studio, we get great opportunities from clients, friends, and familty to test out settings and techniques. This then becomes a newly acquired skill that can be very useful for my clients and their project needs.
// Equipment used: Sony a7IV, Small Rig cage, Sony 70-200mm, Rode Videomic NTG