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Avene – ‘March 15, 2012’ Sony NEX5N test video

This was the first video I made when I first bought my Sony NEX5N camera. I was due to shoot a few music videos the following weekend and wanted to make sure the camera worked fine, and to give myself time to get a feel for it.

The whole video was shot using just the 16mm f2.8 lens, which with its APSC sized sensor and 1.5x crop, would be roughly 24mm on a full frame 35mm camera. Quite wide. At the time it was the only lens I had. I’d ordered a Nikon to NEX e-mount adapter, and ordered it with express shipping too, but that didn’t arrive until the week after. Quite annoying, but what can you do?

This was all shot around Manly, not far from where I live. I didn’t take a tripod, but I did take my slider. This would explain why there are so many ground shots. It was around the time the sun had just set as it got dark. I had shot the whole thing with the camera set to 50P, which is how I got all the half speed slow motion shots.


It’s a good camera. Although one thing you will notice in the opening shot is the aliasing. That can be quite irritating for shots like that, but overall isn’t too bad for most shots. Definitely no worse than most DSLR’s, that normally only shoot 50P at 720P resolution, not 1080P like the NEX5N. At the time writing this, I’ve already shot more than 10 videos on the NEX5N, and have not encountered any other aliasing problems anywhere near as bad as the open shot of this video.

For colour grading I just used a look preset in Cineform First Light. It darkened the video as a whole, but worked well.

The Music

This I recorded also. A track I put together quite quickly specifically for this video. Recorded in the same Vegas project as the video, as you can see in the screenshot below. It worked quite well, although the mix could have been slightly better.

Overall, it was a great way to test the camera and see what it was capable of.

Screenshot of the project below.
Avene - March 15, 2012

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About Avene
Sydney based artist specialising in creating music videos, cinematography, music production & beat making, digital art, sound design & photography.