The Problem With Pulling Stills From Video

Let’s just say that video progresses to the point where it’s possible to pull stills out of it that equal or better the quality of still photographs today. It’s something many have wanted for a long time, but there are two nightmares surrounding this scenario that go unnoticed:

Storage Space: If a wedding photographer can do 30 gigabytes worth of still images in a day, imagine the number of gigs they’d burn through shooting video all day? 1000 images becomes 50 seconds worth of video. A wedding day is hours of coverage. We’re talking about an easy terabyte of data for a single wedding.

Editing: While disk space is getting more plentiful and cheaper, your time is getting neither. Imagine having to sort through hours of video to find a couple hundred images. And imagine how nit-picky you’ll get when trying to find “the perfect image.” You can look at 24 frames with very minor differences to try to differentiate them to pick the “perfect” one. Which one do you pick? The one where the left hand is swinging just ahead of the right? The one where the bride’s hand is open versus the one where the fingers of the hand are just starting to come back together? Imagine those kinds of decisions made hundreds or thousands of times for a single day’s shoot. It would take days, and that’s before any color correction and editing.

It would put Spray and Pray shooting to shame.

In sorta-unrelated news, but not really: Apple released Final Cut Pro X today. Only $299 as a Mac App Store download.

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