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What sorts of fabric/material give good results? Both general tips and specific examples/links are helpful. Great Resources for tips on lighting and materials: http://provideocoalition.com/index.php/alindsay/story/greenscreen_primer_part_1/ http://rebelsguide.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=2432 Underexposure (not lighting enough) is your biggest enemy, ...


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Here's what I used for my setup. Fabric/Material The main thing is to find a material that is very green. Walmart sells (at least in Maine) a very green cotton fabric that works well ($9 for 3 yards). I've tried materials that are a lighter green, but without success. One thing you have to watch out for is large wrinkles, which will quickly ruin the ...


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Me and my friend made one for a video project. What we did is took a white bed sheet and just painted it with basic green paint. It becomes a stiff starched fabric texture, which works well for hanging it on a wall. To light it, We used just work lights (3 100watt bulbs + unknown wattage) to light it. The lights we used were like this: We just had to play ...


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We do this all the time. All you need is a white wall and plenty of light. The goal is to light the wall far brighter than the subject in front. You want it so that when the subject is properly exposed, the wall behind them is vastly overexposed/blown out, thus losing any details/texture on the wall. It helps to keep the subject at a distance from the ...


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Shot lists are fairly easy to write. You can draw up your own grid or download a template online. The simplest way is to have four columns: shot number, shot type, action, notes. However you can customise a shot list to include whatever you think is necessary to illustrate your vision. Here is a template I use for simple shoots: Notice that they are ...


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The script is the blueprint for your film. A shooting script can be as detailed or as simple as you want/need it to be. Obviously the more detailed it is, the easier people are going to understand what you want. The simplest way to do it (and this is my preferred choice) is to make notes on the actual script so that you don't have to write a whole new ...


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The best results I've achieved were using a light grey cyc or background instead of actual white. They bring the exposure up to where it looks white but you don't have to use nearly as much light on the subject to make them expose properly. We just used kino's with diffusion on the cyc and kino's with less diffusion on the subject with a solid backlight. The ...


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Some things to be aware of when shooting video (this applies to most DSLRs): Rolling Shutter Because of the way the 550d records each frame you can end up with slanted video when combined with fast motion. This is because the camera recordes each frame line by line, so each line is recorded at a slightly different time causing a warped effect. Its not a ...


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"If I set it to 1/25 (shutter speed) does that mean absolute maximum (or lowest setting)?" Yes, if it was a non-digital video camera. This rule applied to the old non-digital (film) video cameras where you cannot set shutter speed lower than the frame rate. Meaning that one celluloid was exposed for the full 1/25th of a second. Assuming 25fps. For digital ...


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The parasites you talked about is called noise. The setting you can change to get less is called the ISO. It corresponds to the old ASA value we had before the digital age. We can't see a thing, we can only see light. That's the way the universe is built up. Same with the camera. It sees the light reflected off surfaces. So white objects reflects all light ...


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Drawing out a viewfinder should not be a big deal. You can do this quicker than searching for one. Do it in photoshop or another decent app. Draw the lines with anti-aliasing on a transparent layer and export it as a PNG with transparency. You may want to set the layer compositing mode in FCP to be something other than the default, play around a bit. ...


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I reviewed the specifications for the Samsung HMX-Q10 and have to say there is not a whole lot of information e.g., optics has no mention of "Minimum Focus Distance". So we are pretty much in the dark on the near boundary of the depth of field. (a little rant on auto-focus) Most auto focus systems have two modes: Single AF and Full-time AF. Single AF ...


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This won't be a full answer to your question, but LearningDSLRVideo has a few clips about DIY greenscreen--more from a shooting/software standpoint, than the physical setup standpoint, though. How to Key DSLR Green Screen DSLR Green Screen Test DSLR Green Screen Test with Premiere CS5


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The best how-to build for a white seamless background that I've seen yet is: http://www.zarias.com/white-seamless-tutorial-part-1-gear-space/ And part 2 of that how-to covers setting the correct exposure very thoroughly: http://www.zarias.com/white-seamless-next-post-this-afternoon/ Depending on how you want to treat the footage, like Nick Bedford said, ...


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I'd hazard a guess that they were either using a chroma key (green or blue screen) or a white wall studio to shoot in, and using a lot of lighting on the walls especially. If it was blue or green screen, they would have used a few lights behind the subject on either side, but if they were in a white wall studio, they could have possibly used the reflected ...


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I've reflecmedia chromakey with good results using a DSLR for both stills and video, producing great easy to key files. Reflecmedia Pop up screen We plan to use this as part of our DSLR HD Video DIY Greenscreen Training course at United By Photography.


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I've heard green table clothes from a dollar store work very well. You can stack them to make them more opaque if you like, and the lighting is more important than the material anyway.


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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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I don't know this model, but in general video cameras don't use a physical shutter, but an electronic one. The aperture is always open and 'shuttering' means limiting the exposure time through blanking. So a setting less that the frame rate is effectively 'off'. As for 'spilling the same info onto several frames', that's only true if there's no motion in ...


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I have another idea, based on a cliff-jumping technique (which I can't remember the name of). 1) Decide on a suitably tall building that has roof access. 2) Get a rope that is a meter shorter than the building is tall. 3) Build a sturdy case for the iPhone, attached to one end of the rope. The case only needs to have one small hole for the camera lens. ...


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A dad and his young son sent an iPhone to space, had it fall back to earth and got it back safely. You could have a look at their rig for inspiration (basically a polystyrene box and a parachute).


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Have you looked at Maya? Lovely showreel here. It's an excellent platform for animation, rendering and development.


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Regarding this part of the question: "Can I achieve this kind of dark image with my cam (or maybe it is darkened in post production ?)" This looks like post production work and Vegas can do this. There are two things going on in the video to make it look dark. One is the use of a border or frame that is feathered on the inside edge and totally black at the ...


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The parasites you are referring to is actually called 'noise'. Digital noise comes from two main sources. The first being the inherent noise in the camera's sensor. This is exacerbated by heat buildup on the chip from multiple exposures or long exposures, or by having many photosites clustered onto a small chip. This is why dSLRs have less noise than ...



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