Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Thinking In Video
10 tips for still photographers with video-capable cameras
Labels: Video How To
What’s the minimum length of a clip? Shoot at least 10 seconds of video for each shot. Clips shorter than 10 seconds may not allow the use of video transitions in editing. Ten seconds may seem like a long time, but make sure each shot is at least this length. Short clips also make the editing process easier. Rather than trying to find one moment in a 10-minute clip, you can preview short clips faster. Find your clip, label it, and add this to your media file for quick reference during editing.
9. What about audio? Most producers agree that the picture is only one half of a good video. Audio is equally as important. Still cameras have audio recording, but currently it’s very limited and the sound quality isn’t terrific. To remedy this, you need to use a good-quality microphone or a portable recorder. RØDE Microphones makes the VideoMic, a hot-shoe-mounted shotgun mic that plugs right into the mini-jack on your camera. The VideoMic uses a 9V battery and records excellent sound, a huge improvement over your camera’s built-in mic.
10. Use fast flash cards. Video files are huge, much larger than still images; 24 or 30 fps is normal, resulting in large files very fast. One performance issue in recording video is the write speed and size of your media card. If you use a slow card, your video may not record properly. If you use a small flash card, you’ll fill it up quickly and have to change out cards. I like to use cards 300x and faster and at least 8 GB. These cards cost more, but are worth it in terms of video-recording performance.
FIN. If you have a digital still camera that has video capability, but you have ignored it until now, go out and shoot some video. You may be surprised at the quality, and you may have more fun than you think directing your own movie.
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