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How important is sharpness? 1080p video is barely 2 megapixels, so it would stand to reason that an ultra-sharp lens is not really necessary to get sharp-looking video. Is this an accurate assumption? It depends on the way the DSLR is capturing it's video from the sensor. The first method is the most obvious one, take the image and scale it, but there's ...


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You want something like a Steadicam. The idea is to add weight to the camera assembly so that it is stabilized by an increase of moment of inertia. For larger rigs, the entire thing might be supported by the cameraperson's body on a harness. For smaller applications, the mount point of the camera is right above where you grip the assembly, and the pivot ...


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Production Software Used: PfTrack, PfMatchit, Boujou, Syntheyes, Nuke Camera Tracker... Student free use: Autodesk Matchmover All of the above software is used to 3D Match Move Cameras to video sequences. Most of them are very expensive. PfTrack is my personal favorite. Although all of the above mentioned software is used to solve cameras for video ...


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That's a kind of tracking shot known as an orbit. This looks cool:


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There are two possible problems, first is that your camera does not appear to have SDXC support. 32GB is the limit of the SD and SDHC file system used on lower capacity memory cards. To move to 64GB, you have to move to exFat which your camera may not support, so the card may simply be too big. It is also possible the card is simply too slow to support ...


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Good quality film cameras have a reflex viewfinder system, where "reflex" means that you're viewing through the lens, and thus you can judge focus by eye. To achieve this There are, er were, two basic strategies: Split the beam of light from the lens with a prism or half silvered mirror, meaning that most of the light goes to the film, and a bit ...


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The short answer is anything that works for you. IMO, the 550D is a fine choice if it works for you. The long answer? Even if you need to postpone the film, make sure your script is FLAWLESS. Shooting with a Red can't save an awful script, but I've seen some ~awesome~ shorts & features shot with a Fisher Price PXL-2000 and the Flip. Beyond that, ...


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If I understood your question correctly, you want to project a movie on a cinema. This would depend on the projector used by the movie theatre. Most movie theatres use film projectors, for which there really isn't a "quality", but rather you'd have to worry about getting a decent camera with decent film at the correct size. In this case I don't know much ...


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On the audio side, I've been extremely happy with my Sony M10. It takes two batteries and MicroSDHC cards. With a pair of fully-charged eneloops, it can fill up a 16GB card and the 4GB internal memory at 24/44.1 and still have some power left. Audio quality is good, but the close-set omnis don't give you a lot of stereo separation. You will also need to ...


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The biggest factor in planning for aggressive grading is your wardrobe and set design. Eric Escobar gave an excellent speech about this in 2009 at the SF Supermeet, which the MacVideo guys made available online: "Plug-ins Won't Save You". I know this isn't the technical solution you were looking for, but the nature of contrast and saturation is that ...


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Directing actors is a technical part of film making. It's not easy, and if your actors don't give good performances, chances are you won't have a good film. People can usually forgive bland cinematography and clunky editing – but if they don't believe the characters then you're going to have no chance in engaging the audience. I go to a film school myself ...


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I do video with my Canon 5d Mkii. I am a beginner at video, but I have done photography for years. 1) How important is sharpness? My lenses are all about the same sharpness, and I've never A/B'ed two different lenses at the same focal length. In my experience, lens sharpness is at the bottom of the list of problems with a shot. Getting enough light, ...


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There are two main ways this was solved: 1. Measuring Focus When using this method, the focus puller measures the distances at every point during the shot, and then pulls focus to these marks, at times making adjustments when an actor or grip misses their mark. This still occurs today, however is becoming less prevalent due to the filmmaking styles being ...


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The following resources show how to load a Bolex H-16 camera: Instructional video for loading a Bolex (4 mins, Vimeo.com) PDF of the manual (see page 13 - "Feeding the film into-the camera by hand") You can also find instructions on loading this camera in the American Cinematographer Manual.


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More and more cameras are including GPS time sync now that they almost all use them for location information. I am sure you can find a camera at any price range that includes this capability. The GPS should keep your cameras within a few hundred milliseconds of each other. Take them for a run at Best Buy or a similar store, letting them run for a while to ...


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Not sure what size your cameras is, but a quick search at B&H turned up this: Midland XTA-104 Vented Helmet Camera Mount


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As Jared said, probably not the most relevant question. But if I wanted to get a simmilar kind of shot I'd put a GoPro on a boom pole.


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Shutter speed and motion blur are inversely proportional. The higher the shutter speed, the less amount of motion blur, so crank up the shutter speed as high as it will go. If the exposure comes out too dark, add more lights. Keep in mind that high shutter speeds in combination with fluorescent or HMI light can produce scrolling banding due to the power ...


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For the swim you really only have one option - to wear a light helmet of some kind to get the camera on the top of your head. Anywhere else and it will not show anything useful (too much splash) or will cause drag (eg chest mounted) - look how much of the body is underwater: If you think you are really good, point it backwards. You will get a better ...


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Are you dragging the videos and watching them in an editing program such as Final Cut or Premiere Pro? If so, it is probably because you need to log and capture and run them through 'Compressor' to convert the files to a suitable format (say ProRes(LT)..)... I am guessing you are just viewing them in a default viewer, which in that case, as mentioned above ...


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Working at this level, your best bet is probably to use a DSLR and use one of the hacks available to use them as a webcam via USB. Consumer web-cams use a very small sensor which makes it virtually impossible to get any kind of meaningful background blur. You really need the large sensor of a DSLR to best accomplish what you are looking to do.


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For videography, the best bang for your buck is, hands down, going to be an entry level DSLR and a decent lens. For audio, if your budget can allow for it, I suggest getting a stand alone multi-track recorder. The Zoom H4n is a particularly popular model with videographers for its low price and decent (though not superb) audio quality. There are far ...


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When taking photos or shooting video, the image data is offloaded to a high speed internal cache for processing. There is a limited amount of space available in this cache and so to empty it out, files are written off to the memory card to make room for more pictures or frames of video. If you take photos or video at a rate that exceeds the memory card's ...


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Here is some reasoning based on numbers: You don't need a fast card for video. It is generally advised to use at least class 6 for video recording on a consumer AVCHD device: Max recording bit rate of AVCHD 2.0 is 28 Mbit/s and minimum write speed of a class 6 card is 48 Mbit/s, this should provide enough headroom even with an almost full card. ...


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On camera viewing is limited by the low resolution of the lcd-display of the camera. Maybe there is the same issues but you just don't notice them on the small display? As for what might be causing this, without seeing a sample video, I'd suggest a slow memory card. Would you get these quality issues if you shot a video with one step lower quality? I would ...


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A Raspberry Pi might be what you are looking for. It is a credit card sized Arm based computer running Raspbian (a Debian variant), and at $25 it may even be cheaper than buying several adapters. You could simply attach a web cam to the Pi and attach the monitor or TV via HDMI or Component out. To get to VGA you will need a converter which you can get for ...


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It sounds like you've switched over to Active Camera in your Composition window. You may need to switch the Composition viewport window to the camera you wish to use. Do this by selecting the camera in the dropdown menu at the bottom of the Composition window. Hope this helps!


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There may be software to look at a photo and determine the lens, lens height, and lens angle. But I only know of software that does this with video clips. However the way to do would be to look at the shot and overlay the photo with the scene, and play with 3D cameras lens, lens height, and lens angle and get it close. Due to lens distortion there is some ...



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