Project EDSA (Epifanio de los Santos Avenue), also known as Journey of Peace in EDSA, is about creating a “positive social epidemic.” The idea is to mainstream peace-building through what Filipinos call bayanihan, the spirit of collective effort and cooperation among people from all walks of life. The effort recently manifested in the form of “the world’s longest peace mural.” Thousands of volunteers painted nearly 2.5 miles of walls around Camp Aguinaldo in the Philippines over the course of eight weeks.
Frank Aldana, his wife and a number of volunteers shot video and stills of the mural creation process, resulting in 9,454 pictures and 1,101 video clips (more than 11 hours) in a multitude of formats. Media came from both professional and consumer camcorders, DSLRs, compact cameras and smartphones.
“I had to deal with different aspect ratios, frame rates, formats, containers and codecs,” says Aldana. “Plus, I had to work fast, churning out content to sustain momentum on social media. All of this could have amounted to a real postproduction nightmare. Fortunately, I have the right tool for the job.”
With the ability to work natively with just about any kind of media, EDIUS from Grass Valley, a Belden brand, made the sheer volume of footage less daunting. “I had over 200 GB of material to go through, but I would just drag it straight to the timeline and be done with it. That’s the power of EDIUS.”
Aldana adds, “Real-time editing capability is a big deal. It allows me to focus on storytelling instead of ‘working’ an interface … and storytelling is at the core of what we do.”