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That is a specially built enclosure called a Sound Blimp, for a still camera, which renders it completely silent, so they can shoot stills without clicks and beeps disturbing the filming.


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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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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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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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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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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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Just move the camera to the top of the composition. The 1st camera is the one Ae will render.


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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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It depends on what you mean by splashproof. Rain covers are the absolute cheapest form of protection (as little as $5 or as much as $70+), though they generally leave the front element exposed and provide only minimal protection since they are not sealed. They also are somewhat clunky to use as you generally have to reach under them or through sleeves in ...


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Do you own a high-end smartphone? You can plug-in pretty much any microphone and have very decent audio quality. Some Android phones even support usb mics. So you probably need a cheap adapter for standard stereo or mono mics to work with the 3 channel type headphone+mic jacks in modern phones. Something like this: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0058DOWH6/ It ...


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Here's one idea for the effect, which you can even do in Premiere: Get a live-action camera shot where the camera is slowly trucking forward. In post-production, create a title that has at least one letter with a hole in it (A, B, D, O, P, Q, etc.). Lay the title over the top of the trucking-in shot. Animate the scale and position of the title over several ...


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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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Find some people IRL who share your interest and enthusiasm for filmmaking. They don't have to be professionals, and you don't have to pay for a fancy film school, but opening a discussion with real people about technique is the best way to start learning. Watch movies with these people, press the pause button when something grabs your attention, and talk ...


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Remember its all about the story. How to tell the story. And the tools you use to tell it. Editing, lighting, special effects and sound (are the tools used to tell your story.) Remember: story, story, story. Starting out: A good entry level camera to start filming with by Tom Antos. ...


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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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A steadicam is one solution, but there are others. You could use a slider dolly, camera crane, jib, shoulder mount, or fluid head tripod, depending on the movement you want.


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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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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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It is known as panning, from the word "panoramic" - googling will throw up many tutorials on this. An example at the slrlounge.



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