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How to make a video where an actor writes facing the camera?

You need a few simple things to do this: a camera a large piece of glass or plexiglass dry erase markers editing software capable of basic transform controls Record your actor writing on the glass. ...
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How to make multiple shots when there's just one camera?

This is basic film making, you would do this in multiple takes. Take your wide shot running the whole scene you want with this shot Take you scene back to the start point, adjust the camera to the ...
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How do I get a totally white background without the subject being too bright?

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 ...
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Create a DIY Green Screen / Chroma Key

There are a zillion greenscreen tutorials on YouTube. The basics are simple. 1.Pure green paint or fabric. 2.Even lighting on the green, good lighting technique on the subject. Avoid spills and ...
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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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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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Shutter slower than video FPS

"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 ...
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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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Need culturally sensitive alternatives to standard videography terminology such as "shoot," "shooting," and "shot."

What about: film, filming, filmed record, recording, recorded
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How to (safely) produce flying dust on set?

I would avoid burning things to make ashes. Not very environment-friendly. Instead of paying attention to the acting and to the light, and framing you will be worried about the effects. That is not a ...
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How to record the voices of three people in a room?

Save the money for the on-camera mic, it is by far the worst option. Other options include: lapel or lavalier mics. Wireless lav mics are as you say expensive, but wired lav mics might be the ...
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Which color space to use in camera while shooting video? RGB or YCbCr?

The question is impossible to answer in a general way. If a camera offers to record in RGB, it is likely using a completely different codec that could be better or worse. Very few cameras will ...
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Shooting in 4:3 Aspect Ratio

Use the frame guides built into whichever camera you use, and set the guides to 4:3. Both cameras you mention have them. When you're shooting, compose your image inside the frame guide. The camera ...
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Background size for 4K UHD Shooting

There is a rule for something like this, however, it has nothing to do with image resolution. To calculate the area of a scene a camera will cover, you need to know a few things: A) Distance to ...
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Example of film/tv scene where visual triggers audio only flashback?

I can't think of specific examples, but what I can "see and hear in my mind" is: a single shot of the character who's having the flashback the actor's face is reacting to the audio in the flashback ...
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TV trope name for monologue to unexpected off-camera recipient?

TV trope name for monologue to unexpected off-camera recipient? Theres a definite technique where the cameraman is focusing solely on character A who is speaking to character B, and character B is not ...
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Minimum equipment for shooting an event in a dimly lit environment

A tough one. Certainly might be worth wording the client up that it's going to be dark. I'd try and do a test if possible to see exactly how dark it's going to be. I don't think you're going to get a ...
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Unable to get T3i to shoot video in manual mode

Ok, I figured it out. It's a bit quirky little trick. You do not turn the dial to M but turn it to the little picture that shows the video camera. Now, though you'll be able to set the shutter speed ...
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How to obtain clipname while shooting?

Both RED and Alexa cameras offer this feature, and the Sound Devices PIX 240i reads it. But nowhere on the Internet is there any documentation that your SONY camera offers this feature. Either SONY ...
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Tips to make professional looking hand-held videos using smart phones?

The big issue when shooting with phones is not the resolution, it's the dynamic range. Your videos will have low contrast and the colors won't be very vivid. Although I've never seen reviews of the ...
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Tips to make professional looking hand-held videos using smart phones?

getting a steadi-cam for the mobile phone can make a difference, they are not that expensive from the likes of eBay or Amazon and can take the hand shake out. if there is something particular that ...
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Shutter slower than video FPS

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 ...
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