Somebody Help me!!!!

Discussion in 'Photos & Videos' started by MadHatter, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Hi All :wave:

    I was just wondering if anybody has tips for making Model Railway videos. I will be using a normal camcorder, but want acceptible results.

    Thanks in advance....
  2. jasbourre

    jasbourre Member

    I think using video is a good way to share your model railroading talents with others, I have seen some good vdeos here from a few gauge members, they sending them an email or PM.


    Good luck
  3. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Have plenty of good lighting, the layout or what your shooting should be well light. If at all possible get the camera down to track level, from a LPP railfans point of view... Good Luck ..Post some vids when you can.
  4. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Yes, I most definatelly will, thanks for the advice thus far.
  5. Squidbait

    Squidbait Recovering ALCO-holic

    Get a good tripod with a fluid pan head. Otherwise just get a tripod. But don't try too many pan shots. Pick a good angle, and let the train roll by.

    Do your editing in-camera. Let the tape roll a few seconds before and after each shot so that you have room to edit when you go to put the final tape together.

    And, as mentioned, lots of lighting. Since the camera will automatically white-balance, temperature (colour) doesn't really matter. What works best for me are the cheap steel reflector work lights with a clamp like this: [​IMG]

    If you want to get really fussy about it, you should have at least 3 lamps lighting the scene. 1 to each side, and one that lights from behind.[​IMG]
  6. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Squidbait : I use the same thing for lighting.
    I use 2 of them .They work great, can be placed just about anywhere you need them. I changed the bulbs from incandescent to those new fancy florescent bulbs. For me it works a lot better, the color is better and its better lighting, brighter I guess you could say. If you can't use three lights try a reflector to brighten up the darker areas. White card board or some aluminum foil crumpled up and glued to a piece of card board works well. This reflector works great for taking pics too.
    I try to place the camera on the layout but use a tripod sometimes. WalMart has a neat carrying case for around 10 bucks, its for digital cameras and comes with one of those little wire type tripods, it works real well too. As for the editing, I use Windows Movie Maker. You can add other sounds, splice your movies , just all kinds of neat things you can do. If you can Edit in camera then go for it. My lil elcheapo camera doesn't have that. Note to Self, Self ,gotta get a better camera. :D
  7. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    Thanks Squidbait and chessie4155 for your input. I do plan on useing
    Windows Movie Maker and I already have an ending and begining. I want to contact PopTop software to see if we can come to some sort of agreement on using music from their computer game Railroad Tycoon III. I begin shooting on Monday, my first video will be on the LMR (Louis' Model Railway)- a friend of mine who models the S.A.R. (South African Railways)/Spoornet.

    Features will include a working mine loader (Birdseed is the block load), working rotary tipler, a reverser section up the mountain and electric locos that work off the catinary.
  8. chessie4155

    chessie4155 Active Member

    Madhatter: Sounds like your going to make an action packed! looking forward to watching it.
  9. MadHatter

    MadHatter Charging at full tilt.

    I will let you guys know how it goes. Also, I'm going to lend a "lip stick" camera from another friend of mine. I'll mount it on a flatcar or something and push it around so that we can get a drivers eye view of everything.

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