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What factors are important for DSLR lenses for shooting video?

I'm about to upgrade my DSLR camera from a Canon XSi (450D) to either a Canon 7D or T3i (600D). I'm largely interested in the video features of the camera. I have several mid/high-end lenses that I ...
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What is this strange second camera?

I don't know is this is the correct place to ask this but ... I've watched several "making of" of current movies and noticed a thing i cannot explain. What is this strange "secondary" camera you ...
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About film making techniques

I have developed a big interest in film making recently (I hope it isn't a fad). I am interested more in the technical side like cinematography, editing, lighting etc than acting, direction etc. I am ...
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how can I smoothly move a camera without a dolly?

I have a small camera and this is the first time I'm filming anything that is serious. I'm wonder if there is a cheap way I can smoothly shoot footage in a room while moving without a camera dolly.
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How much is a good framerate for slo-mo recording?

As per the title, how much fps count should I be considering on a camera if I am looking to do slo-mo shots without framerate lag taking effect on video settings? On a side note, I don't know if this ...
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Matching a camera in a 3D scene based on a photo

I have a Sketchup scene with a 3D model and a geolocation, but I also have a photo for the scene. How cam I match/create a virtual camera in the 3D application to match the viewpoint of the physical ...
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Why use 35 mm film raw stock and camera?

I would like your suggestions and reasoning as this would be useful in making decisions. Why are film makers still using traditional 35 mm film raw stock and camera equipment to produce feature films ...
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What gives a local TV news show that “look”?

I know little about filmmaking. I am trying to replicate the image of a generic local news show, which it seems my Canon DSLR is unable to do, since it blurs every area that is not in focus. Local TV ...
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What is a circular motion around a object called when filming?

You know that camera technique when the camera operator usually have a steadicam and runs/walks around a person. I'm trying to learn how to do that with my homemade glidecam but it is so hard. it ...
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How to change active camera in after effects ( or render a different camera )

I added a camera to my comp, however, when I render it uses the active camera, and not camera1. How do I Either make camera1 my active camera, or make it so that I can render out camera1
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Does 4K impact quality when filming in low light? (other parameters being equal)

I'm wondering if filming with a 4K camera, possibly downsizing to Full HD, will give better detail than filming with a Full HD camera (other parameters being equals). Sub-question (maybe I should ...
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How did cameramen manually focus in the film days?

In the days before LCDs and digital cameras, manually focusing an interchangeable lens still camera wasn't a whole lot different than it is today. In most designs, you had a mirror that gave the ...
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How to stitch images from DIY panorama video rig with 3 canon 60d's?

I want to build a camera rig with 3 canon 60d's to get some kind of panorama video. To verify my idea before building the real rig, I've implemented the setup in Blender to test all possible cases: ...
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Things to do during shoot to prevent loss of quality during extreme colour grading in post?

I am doing a shoot where I will need to increase the saturation quite a bit in post. You can only really push it so far before you get artifacts etc. so I'm just wondering if there is anything I ...
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Advice on how to determine right camera equipment and set up for multi-sport court?

We are building a 65ft x 30ft multi-sport court with 13ft walls all around (similar to the one pictured) and we would like to know what video camera equipment would be the most appropriate in order to ...
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What equipment should I get for starting out making professional quality films?

I want to start two short film projects but I don't know what equipment I need to get a good professional quality result. I've been saving some money so I hope budget is not a problem. Also, what's ...
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After Effects: Parent a Camera's position to a Null-Object with specific Off-Set

I am just struggling with a simple expression thing I guess. I have a camera looking at an Object in 3D Space. Actually The Object is at [0,0,0]. The Camera's position is at [29,-1637,-2248]. What I ...
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Recommendation for a flying camera device

Does anyone have any experience using flying devices that you can mount a camera to? I would like to try this just as a side hobby and there are a lot of links and information that come up once you do ...
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T5i video quality doesn't even match smartphone camera? Where can I improve?

A friend wanted to make some professional looking videos for a weekly vlog type of thing for his church. We went into this planning to buy a better camera and lights etc as we go. We filmed a video ...
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Recording video's with two cameras?

I have started to make some videos and I want to add a second camera to get a different angle. The main camera I have is a Nikon D7200. I am looking at a secondary camera, but I am hesitant because ...
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Audio monitoring w/ headphones through HDMI port

I'm looking at a new camera that has a mic in and audio control, but no headphones out. Is there a way to get live audio out of a camera using the HDMI port and plugging into headphones? I want to be ...
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After Effects: Create an isometric/orthographic Camera

I know that its not possible to create an non-perspective camera in after effects. But I read about a way to fake the effect of an isometric camera in after effects. I just didn't find something ...
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Where to place a camera to record Swimming

Recently I've done a "mini-triathlon" event called WinchesterPPP and I was able to record the whole event by placing my GoPro camera on the helmet (You can see my video on that website). Next year I'm ...
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Hardware/workflow for HD multicam shooting on a budget

I'm interested in doing some multicam shooting of my band's gigs. (This is a personal, not commercial, motivation, so my constraints include budget and cargo space — i.e., minimal equipment bulk. ...
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How do you load a Bolex H-16?

How do you load a Bolex H-16? A complete answer will include a link to the camera manual, page number for reference in the ASC manual, and a video demonstrating effective loading technique.
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Using gopro hero 3 white/black with 3d- anything to watch out for?

I am looking at buying a pair of black edition go pros and a 3d kit (mount with sync cable) I read elsewhere online about some issues with earlier models with the firmware etc. Does anyone know if ...
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Understanding Region of Interest selection in a Camera

I want to understand how ROI selection actually happens inside a camera? I have an ethernet camera, that can capture and send images to the PC, based on user defined ROI. The advantage of this is that ...
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Periodicals/magazines/blogs for cinematography?

I want to stay up-to-date on cinematography techniques -- not just regurgitated press releases on camera technology. What regularly updated resources (not books) should I follow to continually learn ...
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Live Streaming and Recording Simultaneously

I will explain my situation first. I am getting married in two months and have many family members that are in bad health. They want to make the wedding, but just cant. We had the idea of streaming ...
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What is the cheapest camera I can plug external microphone to?

I am working on some homemade lectures so I need good quality of sound, but unfortunately I do not have any budget so far(amateur stuff). I am looking for a camera that can shoot in Full HD and can ...
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Do Film Makers Want 4k?

I am looking at upgrading our camera equipment and am trying to work out, to 4k or to not 4k? We need a relatively compact camera in size and weight for our productions specifically. For generic ...
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What's a good camera to shoot a low-budget short film with?

My budget is around $750. So far I have come up with Canon 550D and I think it's a great choice to shoot a low-budget short film. I am just seeking your advice to see if there is any better ...
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What does it mean to “check a waveform monitor to make sure that my highlights weren't clipping too much”?

In this article Roger Deakins talks about how he would "check a waveform monitor to make sure that my highlights weren't clipping too much". What does he mean by this?
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Making lenses (water and dust) splashproof?

Some lenses are build splashproof, while others aren't. What is the least expensive method to make a lens splashproof which is not splashproof?
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Line between photographer and video

Just been reading an article on dpreview about the panasonic gh4. The newest hyrbid that almost seems like a crossover product between photography and videography. The 4k video sounds pretty cool. 30 ...
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What can cause poor quality video in Canon point&shoot camera?

I recorded some videos from my superzoom compact camera Canon Powershot SX150 IS. When I run these videos on camera itself, they run fine. But when I move them on PC and run it, I can see it being ...
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Video & Audio Kit on a Budget

My group has a budget of ~£1000 to spend on high quality recording equipment so I need to do a little background research before I go off and advise them about what to buy. The aim is to be able to ...
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Sony Handycam HDR-CX210 Creates JPGs Frequently While Shooting Video

I have a Sony Handycam HDR-CX210, and I shot 10 minutes of footage continuously tonight. When I imported it into my PC, the Handycam's memory also included 80-ish JPG images that were stills from the ...
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Camera features useful when recording a live high school basketball game?

What features should I be looking for in a camera (typically found in cameras less than $1000) for shooting a high school basketball game? The intent is to use the video for "Game Film" type analysis ...
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Avoiding motion blur from a network camera

I'm a newbie here. I have a problem that I don't really understand. Hopefully, someone can share their experience. If I have an ip camera of 1) 640x480(sensor width = 3.6mm), 2) focal length from ...
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Premiere Pro - Unwanted Letterboxing in HD 1080p Video

After editing a video in Premiere Pro CC 2015 and then exporting it, a 1080p video becomes letter-boxed on the left and right sides. I have double checked all the settings, and for some reason it ...
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Is a 1/2.3" sensor good enough for tv?

I just purchased a Panasonic HC-X1000 but now having second thoughts because I only now learned that the image sensor, being a tiny 1/2.3" sensor, is no better than that in a compact camcorder or ...
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Smooth horizontal and vertical camera movement

I have a Canon EOS 60D camera. I want to use this to take some video by moving the camera smoothly in horizontal and vertical axis. For example, if I want to take video of the bezel of a TV, I'd like ...
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What camera to use for classroom/lecture recording?

We want to install HD IP cameras in our classrooms to record lectures and make them available online. We are having a hard time finding the right one. Most are geared towards surveillance. Any ...
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What is the orbiting technique involved for this scene [youtube]?

As in title, what is the technique involved for this scene: Scene starting from 0.43 to 0.48 secs, orbiting camera view with subjects at standstill. My best guess ...
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Why is my Sony Alpha 6000 not synchronzing with other recorders?

Using a Canon 70D and a couple stand-alone audio recorders, I have no trouble matching footage between the different devices. With the Sony Alpha 6000, I can't line them up on the Premiere timeline: ...
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Can I use my phone's sensor to record movements for DSLR stabilization in post?

So I heard about this SteadXP which attaches to your camera to record movements for stabilization in post production. Is there any app for Android that can do the same thing?
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Can I record directly to a computer with the HC-V250?

I'm considering purchase of the Panasonic HC-V250, but my primary use case is recording directly to a folder on my computer. (I do a lot of post-production editing, so I need all the files on my ...
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UHS1 vs. Class 10 sd card (Samsung dv100)

Looking to buy a new memory card for my Samsung dv100. After reading the manual, asking samsung support and searching the web, I still don't understand whether buying UHS1 card is an "overkill" for ...
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I am not able to take video with my SD card

I purchased a Sandisk ultra with 64GB of memory for like 60$ but now it will not allow me to take videos. Why is this and is there any way to change it? When I display the info on the screen I can see ...