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How do high-speed film cameras work?

A normal film camera has a mechanism for stopping the film in the gate every frame while the shutter is open, then when the shutter closes pulling down the next frame, stopping it, exposing it, and so ...
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Optimal pace of speech

You will generally get the following guidance if you take courses on presentation skills (this list from write-out-loud.com) Slow speech is usually regarded as less than 110 wpm, or words per minute. ...
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Good learning resources for 'non-technical' aspects of filmmaking

Do you realize people go through years of academical studies or expensive courses at private universities to learn all that? It's certainly not something you're going to master by watching a few ...
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How were copies of movies meant to be distributed to theaters made?

Regardless of format; 16, 35, 65, etc... The studios would distrubute release prints. The prints were shipped (speaking about 35mm here) on 2000' reels; 5 reels to a can. In the olden day's they ...
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Why do pro cameras still need to pull focus?

Well there's a number of factors that come into play, but first and foremost, the reason a camera operator pulls focus (if shooting alone) or having a 1st AC/2nd AC pull focus is because if you care ...
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Is there any AI upscale tool for videos?

There's a few options I've seen listed at https://sites.google.com/view/aiupscalingtutorials/ai-upscaling: (in no particular order) 1. ESRGAN An open source AI upscaler (super sampler) based on a ...
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Why do pro cameras still need to pull focus?

@Martin A provided an very in-depth answer, but I feel that it's worth noting one more thing: focus is part of the creative toolbox that filmakers use. Pulling focus from one actor to another in a 2 ...
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Are most scenes in movies voiced over in post production?

It's generally preferred to use the actual dialog audio from the take. It matches the movement of the lips, it sounds right for the environment, the actor is giving an authentic performance, etc. ...
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Equipment for documenting an adventure journey

I hate to burst your bubble, but if you are expecting video to be a similar level of intrusiveness to photography, you are almost certainly mistaken. Video is a much more work intensive process as it ...
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About film making techniques

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, ...
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Terminology connected with camera movement

For the three main rotations of the camera you have pan (rotation around the vertical axis), tilt (rotation around the axis passing left to right through the camera), roll (rotation through the axis ...
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Does the new Panasonic 4k LUMIX LX100 seem like a good entry-level 4k camera?

When I was first looking for a good portable camera, the LX100 was on the top of the list. When looking at research, the LX100 provides great IQ (at 4k) in a good compact device for the price. If you ...
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What's the benefit of Hollywood still using film for most major productions?

Is this an impression you have or based on statistics you read? My impression is the opposite: projects shot on film have become so noteworthy they get some press coverage for the fact alone they are ...
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Rough Idea of Time Spent Editing Videos

This is a tough question because there are a ton of different factors involved here, from complexity of the video to the equipment you're working with to the NLE you use. However, the default formula ...
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How can I recreate this overexposed effect from the last scene in 'The Lighthouse'?

You can tell by the shadows that light's illumination was increased. However, you can acheive a similar result (though not perfect) by just keyframing the 'Curves' effect in After Effects. (I had ...
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Practice Manual Focussing

Ever see the credit for "focus puller" in a film's credits? That's a single person's job, just to keep the camera focus where it should be on a moving shot (or even for changing the focus point at the ...
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What is the technical advantage of celluloid film over digital?

Film may have better long-term archival stability. For theatrical exhibition, 35mm film still has a more uniform distribution and exhibition system outside the US and Europe. People like Chris Nolan ...
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What is the technical advantage of celluloid film over digital?

The quality of the image is a big part of why film has been preferred for so long. This Wikipedia article (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_versus_film_photography) really outlines well the ...
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Equipment needed to record sound when filming an interview with two people

You could simplify your costs and needs with this approach to your kit: Get a similar unit to the Alesis PalmTrack to record your audio, preferably on 2 channels, or as a pair of Left and Right ...
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Good learning resources for 'non-technical' aspects of filmmaking

If you feel comfortable with learning from good Youtube resources, here's some channels that have tons of material to answer your questions: https://www.youtube.com/user/filmriot https://www.youtube....
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How to film a strobe light

What you're seeing is an inherent problem with sensors that use "rolling shutter". There are tradeoffs in sensor technology among speed, sensitivity, and size, and using a sequential line readout with ...
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Is there a downside to increasing ISO and decreasing shutter speed

With an A7S, MkI or MkII; the camera is ridiculously incredible in terms of noise hint even at extreme ISOs; that's compared to just a few years ago when everyone was shooting on the 5D MkII. My ...
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How did ILM create the hyperspace tunnel effect?

Although it looks like a slit-scan effect similar to the Tom Baker era Dr. Who titles, in this case, the effect was very simply made with mylar - a reflective plastic. Due to time and budget ...
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How does shutter speed affect the video?

A high shutter speed can make individual frames look more crisp but make large motion look like it is stuttering. e.g. fast panning looks like it is flickering or jumping A low shutter speed can make ...
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Can anybody please explain what camera settings (aparture, iso, wb, ss) have to do with visual/film grammar?

I'm not able to state a conclusive definition for "visual grammar", but I'd say camera settings have a quite relevant role on building it. Depth of field (aperture) is crucial for focusing ...
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Tips to make professional looking hand-held videos using smart phones?

Don't shoot handheld and don't use a phone. Baring that, use stabilization such as a steadicam or steadicam jr (if using a tripod really isn't an option), use lots of well controlled lighting (...
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How to shoot a scene of someone riding a bike?

Well, its a bit of a generic question. Almost like asking how to take a movie like shot using your camera. The answer is equally generic. Lighting, to prevent blowout or shadows take the shot when ...
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About film making techniques

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 ...
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Reference Request: Camera Movements

Mic shot looks like a dolly back tilt to track the subject. This is a compound movement that is natural to do with a hand held camera but more challenging when using a digital camera. Try tracking ...
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What's the benefit of Hollywood still using film for most major productions?

The biggest reason for shooting on film is because...it looks like film. 20 years ago, Red Hat founder Bob Young told a story about branding that bears on this question. He explained that if you ...
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