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Published on 06 Jun 2015 | over 2 years ago

If you like this video, you can see another one that is very similar, though better (and longer) covering the first day of the Mad Decent Block Party in Philly 2015, featuring Jack U, CL, Flosstradamus, and Porter Robinson. You can watch that video here:

youtu.be/GcKA7AcoJd4


14 song compilation from DJ Snake's EDC NY 2015 live set with HQ audio. The short black gaps in the video are due to unusable video (shaky, blurry, or in one case because I dropped the camera), or because I was changing a setting.

Tracklist:

1. 0:00-0:42 P Diddy - Let's Get Ill (Deep Dish remix)

2. 0:42-0:55 R3hab & Nervo & Ummet Ozcan - Revolution (Chocolate Puma Remix)

3. 0:55-1:11 Congorock feat. Mr. Lexx - Babylon (4B Remix) 

4. 1:11-1:22 Slander & Nghtmre - You

5. 1:22-1:52 DJ Snake feat. Lil Jon - Turn Down For What?!

6. 1:52-2:56 Dillon Francis & DJ Snake - Get Low

7. 2:56-3:35 Flosstradamus & Valentino Khan - M.F.U. (Middle Fingers Up) 

8. 3:35-4:08 Yeah Yeah Yeahs feat. A-Trak - Heads Will Roll (Jewelz & Sparks Bootleg)

9. 4:08-4:15 Mr. Polska & Boaz Van De Beatz feat. Riff Raff - Guappa

10. 4:15-4:25 A$AP Ferg feat. A$ap Rocky, French Montana, Schoolboy Q & Trinidad - Work (Remix)

11. 4:25-4:48 DJ Laz - Esa Morena (Nadastrom & Sabo Love Miami Mix)

12. 4:48-5:04 Boaz Van De Beatz - ID

13. 5:04-6:16 AlunaGeorge - You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)

14. 6:16-6:55 Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On


Some have asked about the equipment that I used. I guess I will give away the technical details of the shoot here in the description even though it requires giving away a bit of a "secret."


As for the video, it is a 75% GoPro 3+ Black and 25% IPhone 6+ mix. The IPhone has the narrower shots such as around 0:50, and then the next song at 0:56 is the wider-angled GoPro. Even within the same song I sometimes used both - at 4:25-4:45 the GoPro is used. Then during the brief black period I grabbed the IPhone for the rest of the song starting at 4:47. I preferred the GoPro because of bigger field of view, and it doesn't lose focus when the strobes go off.


As for the audio, that is a drawback with the GoPro. The GoPro audio in very loud venues is very reserved, or muffled - almost like the camera freaks out and plugs its own ears. The bass carries through well but all treble and clarity is totally lost. What I then did was a lot of FCP editing, by going back and "layering" the "studio" versions of the songs on top of the live audio, to about a 70%/30% mix of live/studio. For the best example of this, the music at 5:05-5:27 is straight GoPro. Then at 5:27 the layered audio is added for clarity for the rest of the song. Another example was at 1:52 where we are getting low - the GoPro audio is lacking clarity and is hard to make out the upcoming melody, so at 2:09 it is slowly faded in on top of it for the drop.


Therefore, what you hear reflects accurately the sounds of the concert - such as all crowd noises throughout the clip, particularly their a-capella singing at 5:56, yelling turn down for what at 1:28 and 1:46, and all DJ Snake talking such as "come on senorita" at 6:29. But by adding the studio audio on top of it, I feel like the sound in the video is the closest to what was actually experienced at the venue.


The audio editing with the IPhone 6+ footage was a bit less necessary because for some reason it is much better and louder, but I did it anyways for continuity. The audio at 3:38 for the intro of "Heads Will Roll" is straight IPhone, which might be okay, but I still added the texture at 3:48.


The editing was difficult, though - because for some reason the live audio played at around 101.4% of the studio song's speeds. Therefore, I had to continually adjust the speeds and pitches to match, and in a few instances during longer shots, even drop an occasional video frame in order to re-sync the audio in order to avoid a double "da-dum" on the downbeats when the speed adjustment just wasn't precise enough.


I hope that doesn't ruin it for you. :) I don't really consider it "cheating," because I am simply overcoming the limits of small handheld electronics that we're allowed to bring in. If we had professional equipment that we could bring in, I wouldn't have to do the heavy editing.
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