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People invariably make the same sets of mistakes when they first start shooting video: Trees or telephone poles sticking out of the back of someone's head Interview subjects who are just darkened blurs because there was bright light in the background Boring shots of buildings with no action Here are some shooting tips to help you avoid some of these common mistakes. We recommend that you go out and shoot some video first, and then read through these tips while reviewing your footage to drive home what you need to avoid. Filed under: Video <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
The Above video shows some information about how I modified a cheap Targus Monopod into a very lightweight portable DIY Camera Stabilizer for my 5D Mark II and 7D to shoot video. I used this Targus Monopod which is cheap but works well. This obviously will work for any DSLR and if you want to modify the head into one that flips into Portrait mode, i’m sure it would be a great traveling BodyPod for Photographers too. Remember, this DIY is to ‘enhance’ practicality of Monopod use while still maintaining full functionality.
Before this video will make any sense, you should know about my DIY BodyPod project found at http://cheesycam.com/?p=93 A BodyPod is not a tripod. It’s basically a cut up monopod that supports the camera by use of a strap attached to the body.
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As I’ve said before, if you want a simple , no-nonsense review of a product, Dave Dugdale over at Learning DSLR Video is a good place to start. This time Dave takes a look at the Camera Motion Research Blackbird Stabilizer which is a camera stabilizer similar to the Glidecam and Steadicam Merlin products. Ryan has talked about the Glidecam in the past, but more and more companies have been getting into the camera stabilizer business in the last few years. Check out Dave’s review below. Dave’s Blackbird review :
VIDEO COPILOT | After Effects Tutorials, Plug-ins and Stock Footage for Post Production Professionals3D Lens Flare Creation Studio Featuring: • 3D Lens Flares with AE Lights • Intuitive Design Interface • Live Visual Preset Library • Real Texture Support • Dynamic Triggering Animations • Chromatic Aberration • Up to 32 bpc color support
Scraps of paper come to life, dancing and transforming in Steven Briand’s captivating short films . Also known as Burayan, the Paris based director uses combinations of live action and stop motion to create seamlessly flowing pieces of video art. Here we bring you two of his newest pieces, Friction and Protéigon. Friction, his graduation short film from l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, cleverly mixes blue screen live action with some very graceful Post-It Note resembling stop-motion paper… paper that covers not only the films white wall, but the dancer as well. Shot with a Canon 5D Mark II, the result is unlike anything we’ve seen before. If you’re curious about how the film was made, see the excellent series of making-of videos on Vimeo .
Three years ago on a computer not so far away… a plan was hatched to create a completely open source version of Star Wars: A New Hope, using the members of the internet. Envisioned by Casey Pugh, that vision became Star Wars Uncut, a crowdsourced version of the cult-classic film created by fans around the internet. Casey invited them (and you) to create 15 seconds of the original movie, to be combined with other 15 second tributes into a full length internet extravaganza. The resulting film – Star Wars Uncut: Directors Cut . The incredibly mish-mashed film that resulted actually gives me hope for the internet community. Look at the massive collaboration and community oriented thinking that created this piece.
In this TEDtalk, Swedish Guerilla Filmmaker Sebastian Lindstrom counteracts the criticism of a traditional film producer who told him, “don’t worry, when your organization grows bigger, you will be able to do things properly!” In Lindstrom’s opinion, no amount of money, equipment, or talent can surpass the final product that disruptive film-making brings about. The film-maker, who has seen the world through the lens of his HD camera, shares his experience of how immersing into a culture precipitates films that tell a more genuine story, which will ultimately have a far greater impact than traditional film-making.
*Edited and updated slightly aug '06 One question that comes up very often on this (and other) forums is -can old FD lenses be used on an EOS cameras -film or digital? Wouldn't it be nice to be able to use those old lenses which are otherwise doing nothing? Also lot of the older prime (non zoom) lenses are optically very good- allmost equal to modern lenses. Hey,some people even prefer older manual focus lenses for their lovely focusing feel
The DSLR Follow Focus (patent pending) is simple, lightweight, inexpensive, requires no cage or rails and enables easy follow and rack focusing in a variety of everyday situations. Check out our Lens List page or measure your lens to determine the size you need using the Size Chart below . Wired calls it “lightweight, cheap and downright ingenious…”, Gizmag says it “brings follow focus to film-makers on a budget…” and Gizmodo states “DSLR shooters will go crazy for this…”
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HDSLR,” “VDSLR” or whatever else you call them - the interest in “still” cameras that can also shoot HD video is growing fast...and so is their potential. I liken it to the DV revolution that began with the Sony DCR-VX1000, and again with affordable 24p production using the Panasonic AG-DVX100. Both were truly groundbreaking cameras that, at the time, were unparalleled in quality for the price.
The HDSLR community is a rich one; there are hundreds of great guides out there to help us get more out of these cameras. Here are just 10. If you know of other noteworthy guides do share! 1. Which Video DSLR to Buy?