First of all, Tessa was a longshot for me, and one I should not have taken. It doesn’t look as awful on me in the video as it does in real life, but even in the video it’s not great. This is a hard style to pull off, I think, because it’s a pretty weird shape, but there are a few reviews on YouTube where it looks much better than it does on me here.
Secondly (and most of you aren’t going to care about this one way or another), I filmed several reviews two days ago, but in the end I just could not STAND the poor quality of the results. While having a separate video camera for making reviews is wonderful from a convenience and ease of use standpoint, it’s terrible for creating movies of high quality, and with as picky as I am about my photos I just couldn’t tolerate all the washed-out color and graininess of the videos I made. Definitely there are issues in the actual filming process that I need to work to improve on this – I’m still experimenting with camera settings and lighting, etc. – but this little Sony is limited, which is why it was so cheap, and I’m never going to get the results I desire. While I accepted that when I bought this thing, I still can’t help myself from trying to make the vids look better through editing.
Editing video is such an unruly beast, though, compared to editing photos (which still took me YEARS to learn) and it is so cumbersome for your average computer; Tessa here took TWO HOURS to process after I edited it, and during that time I couldn’t do much of anything else with my laptop while it was working on it. I’m still playing around with how to cut all this time down AND still end up with footage I like, but for now this Tessa vid is as good as it’s going to get. It’s OK, and I still have to make concessions; I can’t get the clarity I prefer unless the video is so grainy it’s almost distracting, so the focus came out really soft. However, I was able to get rid of most of the grain as well as improve the color dramatically from the original, so that’s good. I wouldn’t recommend making this video full-screen, though; the closer you get to it the more blurry it looks! I’ll keep working on perfecting the noise reduction, I promise.
One other annoying thing here that I can only correct in-camera while filming is the annoying color shifts; I used Auto white balance while filming which means the camera kept re-calibrating as I moved around or zoomed in and out, so sorry about that. Next time I film, I need to be sure and set a continuous white balance somehow so those color shifts don’t happen. I know, I know – most of you probably don’t care about any of this and just want to see the damn video, so here it is.