Way Above Guilin

Editing videos?

I find myself editing more and more videos… what is your favorite movie editing tool and why?

Daily Photo – Way Above Guilin

Doesn't this look like the kind of city that would be full of casinos? When I got to the top of this strange karst mountain in Guilin, China, I saw the sprawling city below and all the crazy lights and it just struck me as a gamblin' town. But it isn't. The only place you can gamble in China is Macau, and that is very big on my list. It also looks amazing for photos.

But, anyway, as for this place, it is one of the main hikes in China. I wasn't totally thrilled about hiking up here because it was super hot and muggy… AND I was in a huge hurry to get up here before the sunet. I barely made it, but I was a wet, hot, soppy mess while taking this photo. It's honestly one of my least favorite feelings… I know that makes me sound like such a primadonna, but I do have a violent hate for being hot and supa-sweaty unless I am in some kind of a “workout” mode!

Way Above Guilin

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2014-06-03 00:00:00
  • CameraILCE-7R
  • Camera MakeSony
  • Exposure Time5
  • Aperture4
  • ISO160
  • Focal Length59.0 mm
  • FlashOff, Did not fire
  • Exposure ProgramAperture-priority AE
  • Exposure Bias

  • susan ratcliff

    such a beautiful place! πŸ™‚

  • louis

    Guilin one of my favourites,the wife and I were down below right by that very bridge and Macau is great so many building to take shots of i recommend a few days the most time I was ever there was about 8 hours on 2 different occasions to short so much to see.

  • I love all the glitz and glamor at the top of the frame, contrasted with that quiet antique looking bridge in the bottom of the frame. Nicely done!

  • Tan

    FCPX as it’s just more fun and easier to use (and it’s more powerful now then when it was first releases). And I have this thing going on where I feel a good UI will inspire experimentation and creativity.

  • piersvan

    My favorite video editing tool is the guy I hired to do it for me! Really, it is such a time consuming process and creatively is so different to stills that I threw in the towel and have never looked back.

  • Mariamichelle117

    You got an incredible photo and a workout. Love the mountains at the top and the beautiful bridge at the bottom.

  • treyratcliff

    Thanks for your feedback! πŸ™‚

  • treyratcliff

    A little too much of a workout! πŸ™‚

  • treyratcliff

    I like that one too – but I use iMovie for quick stuff @wheelhot:disqus

  • Chris Newham

    I like to keep it simple and do the small amount of video editing I do with Photoshop.

  • Disco Tuna

    Video Editing: FCPX I do my main work in. It is the best out there for very quickly skimming through footage (something i need – for instance on a recent Bali/flying trip we shot 125gig of footage) and superb for sequencing clips and snapping to breaks in your music choice. Also allows you to shoot ar 2.7k and export in 1080 and you can zoom 140% into your footage without losing fidelity and it takes care of it all for you (key for a bit of post stabilisation or digital panning)

    This should be right up your street Trey – I have started using Davinci Resolve for colour grading (it is the equivalent now of Photomatix in terms of adding the pizzaz). Hollywood standard they would claim, amazing very easy to achieve results and key is that it allows you to quickly track part of the moving scene and adjust settings/colours/lightings for that alone – e.g. the sky, a car, etc. Also – its now free for an almost fully functional version (otherwise $999).

    My rough workflow (1) skim through content and roughtly chop out what i would allow into a video, then export the XML file from it, (2), import into Resolve and colour grade each clip then export the files, (3), import back into FCPX, cut properly, align to music (which i have marked up key beat changes to), add in transitions, export to YT

  • I work in Premier Pro, but will do quick work in Photoshop.

  • treyratcliff

    I don’t know Premier very well – need to work on that one!

  • Since it comes with CC I decided on that over FCP, sounds like they are pretty close in features. It is a big and complex piece of software. This is my most complex composition in it, but I still have a lot to learn. This is really close to where you will be next week πŸ™‚ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SrLrJiMCS0

  • Disco Tuna

    Great video – looks like you have some stunning photos there as well.

  • ShanghaiManta

    I’ve been to Guilin 3 times (not a hardship since I live in Shanghai) but haven’t noticed this location, from where you took this great shot, before. I think the shot could be improved by cropping off the dark area at the bottom of the shot up to the first lights on the right which may give you a more classic 8×10 crop – easier to sell ! Love your website and Aurora HDR Pro. Cheers Kevin

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