Monthly Archives: July 2011

Video — Mike and Boz’s Tribute to Chuck Berry

When Michael McDon­ald men­tioned he wanted to record him and Boz Scaggs pre­form­ing “You Never Can Tell” for Chuck Berry’s 80th birth­day, I was under­stand­ably excited. I was also, like, ok… how do we pull this off with what we have?

The answer is : round up every dig­i­tal cam­era that shoots video in the venue, regard­less of make, model, or capa­bil­i­ties. Stick two on-stage in front of the artists, clamp one to the drum set, tri­pod one on the B3, and use the last to catch shots from down in the pit. Run on-stage right before the encore, push record, and hope that it all comes out in post.

The result, as you’ll see, isn’t hor­ri­ble, but it’s def­i­nitely not as pretty as it could have been. I’m still learn­ing how to expose for stage light­ing, and many of the cam­eras had very lit­tle con­trol over expo­sure, let alone aper­ture. Add to that 5 dif­fer­ent codecs and 4 dif­fer­ent res­o­lu­tions (rang­ing from full HD to 640 x 480) and you’ve got your­self a recipe for some extra work when it comes to post.

I used Magic Bul­let Instant HD to upsam­ple to 1280 x 720, and Col­orista II to grade and recover some of the blown-out high­lights (oh, why can’t every cam­era shoot video in RAW!). Some of the footage was still hav­ing issues in terms of color match­ing, high­lights, and black, so I crushed it through Quick Looks and Mojo to give it a uni­form, if unnat­ural, look.

The result is a quick and dirty cap­ture of a great per­for­mance by a great band, and a lov­ing trib­ute from two greats musi­cians to another. I’ve learned a lot about what I would do if faced with this again, so in that respect, it’s win-win!

Check out the full story over at the CBS St. Louis website.

Video — Theatre at Westbury Time Lapse

What do you do when you’ve got a fish-eye lens, an inter­val­ome­ter, and a the­ater that spins? Time lapse, of course.

Shot at the The­atre at West­bury, NY, Boz Scaggs + Michael McDon­ald performing.

Music : Sigur Ros — BaBa

On Tour — Boz Scaggs and Michael McDonald

On tour with Boz and Michael as audio tech / Pro Tools operator.