Major blunder

warriorking wrote on 2/4/2013, 5:37 AM
Had my first blunder video recording a choir concert...been doing them for several years...
My setup is four cams, a NX5U, AX2000, and two well as a Gopro cam...
The canons I keep on stage, gopro on the piano,and the sony's I keep in the back with me so I can follow the groups with pans and closeups as well as full on stationary group footage....unfortunately I somehow accidently bumped the record button which cost me the last 20 minutes of the show on my AX2000. Ouch!!
Thankfully my heart of the group the NX5U recorded normally so I am going to have to use footage from the stage to replace of the AX2000... This is going to be fun...moral of the story....always triple check your cams during the show....Off to the Vegas editing room....


malowz wrote on 2/4/2013, 6:23 AM
one day my boss from a old job came back from a video clip on the beach. started to capture the tape... the video was him walking on the beach with the camera pointed down. i thought "oh, he pressed "rec" without knowing... no problem, he will realize it soon... soon.. soon?

the hole tape was him walking around. didn't even see the girl from the clip. the first accidental "rec" swapped the hole thing.

even hard to wonder the lack of attention mainly because was a JVC DV-5000, with a very bright red led on the VF (not just a sign on the screen)
FilmingPhotoGuy wrote on 2/4/2013, 7:35 AM
Yes, triple check and then check again. Those clips of your blurry feet then the sideways trees are un-inspiring.
dxdy wrote on 2/4/2013, 7:46 AM
Un-inspiring, and oh-so common. I tell myself it might be usable for B roll. LOL.

Has anyone ever inadvertently captured a great scene during an unintended "start"?
musicvid10 wrote on 2/4/2013, 8:14 AM
Paid a guy to do a two cam shoot -- he hired a kid to do start/stop the stationary cam. They had to come back and shoot the Sunday matinee because the kid hadn't pressed the record button for the second act.
malowz wrote on 2/4/2013, 8:16 AM
i always tell my business partner on events to "roll-it". it means "roll your eyes around the LCD screen to check and re-check every setting, every time"

work pretty well so far ;)
Chienworks wrote on 2/4/2013, 10:33 AM
I was a guest at a wedding once (yes, i actually get to go to weddings just to attend them once in a great while) where the bride's best friend had been asked to run the video camera. I was watching her for a while, and every now and then she'd grunt and get mad and then turn the camcorder back on again. I decided to time it and found out these came at nearly 4 minute intervals.

While talking to her during the reception i found out that she didn't realize she had to press the little red button to start it recording. Of course this is what i assumed had been happening all along. Since it was sitting there idle it kept turning itself off to conserve battery power. Not one moment of the wedding had been recorded.

I'm wondering, if she hadn't been right up front between the congregation and the wedding party, would i have gone over to her and helped her out? Should i have done so anyway?
malowz wrote on 2/4/2013, 10:48 AM
i believe there's a 50/50 chance on "helping someone".

hey, you need to press the red button to start recording - oh, jeez, thanks, im no good with this electronic stuff, was wondering if i was doing it wright! thanks!


hey, you need to press the... HEY HEY, I GOT THIS! - no sir, but you need to... HEY MISTER SMART-PANTS, I GOT THIS M-KEY? A MONKEY CAN MAKE YOUTUBE VIDEOS, AND IM SMARTER THAN A MONKEY. IF I NEED HELP I ASK SOMEONE OK??? (and you keep asking yourself what where you thinking)

plasmavideo wrote on 2/4/2013, 11:28 AM
I have plenty to tell on myself as well, like the time I did what the "boss" did in this thread - hit record with the camera pointed down, and hit it again when it's pointed at the subject, stopping the recording and cycling it between rec/pause 180 degrees out of sync for what I wanted. My excuse is that it was so bright I couldn't see the record indicator on the LCD, which is true, but I should have shielded it and checked carefully to make sure of what i was seeing - at least once!

I love it when someone brings me impossibly dark or impossibly blown out and overexposed footage and asks me to correct it to look "like Hollywood". (too much watching CSI, I guess) Also the other fun ones are the terrible audio - overdriven, or recorded from 100ft away, Sorry, I'm not a miracle worker, and no, I can't add the bride back into the shot if she wasn't physically there.
farss wrote on 2/4/2013, 1:45 PM
1) Pressed the Record button instead of focus assist in the middle of a vox pop. Didn't realise unti I got back and it was the one the director thought was going to be the best.

2) Wedding with a mate. His camera was recording the wireless mic but wasn't in record because he thought I had it covered.

Don't feel bad about such stuff ups. Compared to some of the big boys screw ups....

Chienworks wrote on 2/4/2013, 4:09 PM
My dad always used to tell this story about Cecil B. DeMille ...

"Ready when you are, C.B!"
smhontz wrote on 2/4/2013, 10:23 PM
I went to a music recital where my son was playing with several other kids from another music school. It was outside at his teacher's house, in the early fall, at night.

Normally, I would just film my son, but I decided this time I wanted to just watch him play and "be in the moment" rather than worrying about filming. So, I wasn't going to film it, but, at the last minute, the teacher asked if I would be willing to film the whole thing so they could show it to some people who couldn't be there. So, I agreed.

All was going beautifully. I was capturing great shots of each kid. One little girl started her violin solo, and I went in for a closeup. Then I felt something crawling on my leg. There was a big bug on my leg, so I reached down to brush it off.

When I looked back at the screen, I saw nothing - because the camera was pointed at the sky. I hadn't fully locked the tilt down, so it did this slow tilt up when I let go of the handle.

At the end, I just handed the tape to the teacher, and let her know that there may be a dramatic moment in the filming...
set wrote on 2/5/2013, 12:02 AM
Even I handle the camera in front of me..., sometimes I remind myself to see those timecodes, just to make sure it is running!

Accident of 'reverse stop-record' shooting, especially in run-n-gun events coverage can happened and you won't realize...

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