Switching from stills to video can be a pretty daunting task, even for experienced photographers. Adding motion to those images presents a whole slew of issues that you can’t anticipate without experience or advanced warning.
In this in-depth video with filmmakers Dave Brusca and Fernando Martinez, we are taken behind the scenes on AdoramaTV’s film crew to get some tips on the equipment, how to set it up, and how to use it like a pro.
You might want to kick back on the couch and throw this one up on the big screen. It’s a little over an hour and twenty two minutes long.
Showing both a smaller more portable rig based around the Blackmagic Cinema camera as well as a full size setup with a Sony PMW-F5 we learn how to make our lives easier.
If you ever wondered why, for example, video cameras have such long tripod plates, it’s for balancing the camera. Balancing the load helps to remove wrist strain in the same way a tripod collar on a long lens can when shooting stills. It also makes panning and tilting go much smoother, something you don’t really need to think about when shooting stills.
There’s far too many tips and techniques in the video to cover here, but if you don’t know your whip from your crank or why so many filmmakers consider certain kit to be essential then definitely watch the whole thing. Even if you’ve been doing the video thing for a while, I bet you’ll learn something.
What other tips and advice can you suggest that wasn’t mentioned in the video? Let us know in the comments.
[via No Film School]
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