Putting a Canon EOS 5D Mark II (reviews) on the back of a bike and shooting a movie implies lots of vibration and bouncy output, but this video shows that with Final Cut Pro's smooth camera filter, it can be done! This video is interesting (tho sometimes a bit tedious – but that's because it was filmed with a specific intent (read the story below)) because indeed it does give a little glimpse into the life of others outside my own country. It also reminds me that we drive our cars way too much – and ride our bikes too little.
From the post where I found this video… “Although a hutong èƒ¡åŒ in Chinese literally means â€œsmall alleyâ€ and specifically refers to the streets of Beijing, the word has much more meaning than that here. It refers to a lifestyle, home style and community unique to China. Like the structures you see above, homes are built directly into each other.”
“This digital tour of Beijingâ€™s ancient alleys (â€œhutongsâ€) was shot with a Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM, Canon 5D Mark II and filtered with a Final Cut Pro SmoothCam Filter. The video was used as a visual background (on loop) for the Beijing Cultural Heritage Protection Agencyâ€™s â€œDo you hutong? çœ‹ï¼èƒ¡åŒâ€ fundraiser and event aimed at helping to preserve Beijingâ€™s culture that lives within the second ring.
The video has no sound. At the event the loop was played behind a band on a big screen. Although its very simple, for those not in Beijing, its is a chance to see an average day in Beijingâ€™s old city. Some of this footage will also be used as b-roll in a larger project Iâ€™m working on about this foundation. Look out for that video in the upcoming weeks.”