Friday Blog #6: DSLR Filmmaking
No, we don't have a Canon 1D Mark IV yet,
unfortunately. Though, some of the other
cameras in Canon's new DSLR lineup are
absolutely amazing as well.
If you're new to the DSLR Filmmaking world
(as many people are, including Quentin
Tarantino), I recommend as a start you
check out Philip Bloom's blog. George Lucas
and his team recently flew him to Skywalker
Ranch, where Philip spent 5 days explaining how to get amazing results from the 7D
and 5D Mark II.
So what makes these cameras so special?
Bigger is better. But in this case, bigger actually comes in a
smaller package. What it all comes down to is the size of the
sensor. Just like how larger film equals better quality,
a larger digital sensor means the same.
DSLR cameras have been using larger sensors for
years, but only recently has the technology allowed
for continuous images to be recorded.
Why is this such a big deal?
Well, for starters, current video cameras with
large sensors cost quite a lot of money.
Whereas DSLRs are relatively cheap.
Now, there are shortcomings to these cameras.
You're not going to be able to do the same things
as a $50,000 camera. But! And this is a big but. If
you really learn how to use the tool, it's possible to
create video that comes very close.
It isn't just about the cameras
The big BIG deal here is that this is the start of a much larger movement. It pertains to ALL filmmakers, and this is just the beginning. Here's a look into our workflow:
Record audio separately!
When we switched to shooting with a DSLR, we didn't want to deal with the hassle of figuring out a way to connect our XLR-powered mic into a tiny 1/8" port on our camera. So we purchased a Zoom H4n and suddenly realized the advantage of recording audio separately.
You might think it would be annoying to have to sync up your audio in post for every shot, but that's what a clapper slate is for. There's also a plugin called Pluraleyes that syncs audio for you, which is available for Final Cut and Sony Vegas Pro, and soon to
be released for Adobe Premiere!
Let me know what you guys thought of this post. I actually shot a vlog where I recorded myself editing the vlog that I shot (whoa). But unfortunately, for some reason Premiere kept crashing. I think it had something to do with the fact I was using Camtasia. Or maybe it was because I was in an infinite loop. Maybe next time.