For this post, I would like to take you behind the scenes of the extreme computer competition documentary. In this post, il will try to share with you a few insights on how such documentary could come to life.
The MSI master overclocking arena 2012
It all started with the MOA event hold in Taiwan’s capital city Taipei. I’ve got the chance to be flown over there along with my OCTV mate Isaie Simonnet. We both know each other for years now and really enjoy to keep pushing overclocking videos since the early beginnings in 2008.
Taiwan, “the heart of Asia” they say even though that’s not really true, it is clear that Taipei is the heart of computer electronics since the early 70-80s. Since then, several companies here, specialized in assembling electronics and build computers. As overclocking is all about computer hardware, you can by now already get the picture.
The MSI MOA 2012 is the biggest live extrene overclocking competition on earth ever since GIGABYTE (a competitor) stopped his in 2010. This year the competition theme (Taiwanese love themes and slogans … seriously) was “Real steel”. Like the movie yes. So the stage, the venue … well the whole thing was about it.
Shooting on stage
The competition lasted for one full day and since we are used to this type of events, shooting for us is nowhere near stressful. While always trying to be innovative, we know what are the shots we need and how to get them. Liquid nitrogen vapors have no secret to us.
Over the day we shot about 56Gb of raw data. That number includes our two DSLR cameras and two GoPros. In the end, it is actually very little if you know that the GoPro (Hero2) generate huge files as they record for long periods of time instead of filtering the useless on the spot.
Professional filming gear is quite expensive. Overclocking is stuck at the moment and evolves very slowly, thus, money and investments are hard to find. But as they say, if you can master your equipment you can get good stuff no matter what.
At OCTV we’ve invested a few years back into three Panasonic GH1 cameras. These cameras have the advantage to shoot fullHD while not losing mobility. Nevertheless we are actually looking to replace them with some GH3s that came out earlier this year.
For this competition we had also invested in a GoPro camera. We had the hero 2 outdoor edition: the one will all the srapts. With that camera, we could get headcam first person overclocker shots. These shots truely give the viewer the idea that he is in the shoes of the overclocker and let him experience great overclocking moments.
Since none of us actually is a professional editor, our skills where learned on the go projects after projects. There are two schools for creative content creaction. Windows and Mac. Since 2007 I switched to Mac and to the final cut editing suite. Following the recent software evolutions and editing trends, I moved to finalcut X.
With the previous versions of FinalCut, we had to transcode the files into the ProRes422 format. That format owned by apple was helpful to reduce CPU load while editing but obliged us to transcode all our files. Finally Final cut X supports straight AVCHD files for editing and with the help of the i7 Core CPUs it is fluid and fast!
Here is a look a the editing window for the Extreme overclocking documentary project:
So the workflow went as following:
- Recording on stage
- Recording of the voice over.
- Import of h264 AVCHD rushes into final cut (no transcoding)
- Post production color adjustments
- Tweaking of the audio tracks and sound levelling.
- Preview renders
- Additional adjustments
- Final render -> export to h264 (timeline codec)
- Compression and watermark addition through compressor
- Upload to YouTube
For generating subtitles we have the chance to have the most amazing multicultural community. With overclockers located in every corner of the world we where able to get subtitles in:
All these, out it less than a week following the release! Just awesome.
That’s it for the behind the scene post, let me know if you have any question.