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Messages - sjschall

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You're experiencing the limitations of using a DSLR for video work - while great for cinema applications they have big shortcomings in the event scene. Don't get me wrong, I use DSLRs for my event work too but there's not a one size fits all solution that will make your life easier. Especially when the exposure changes rapidly during one scene (like what you are describing, with the cars going in and out of shadow).

If you manually change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture in camera while recording you are going to get hard stops in the final video, no way around it. Some options might be to use a video camera instead such as the XH-A1 you mentioned, try auto exposure on the 5D and see how it handles, or just pick an exposure and stick with it, even as the cars go over and under exposed.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Video capturing stops without reason
« on: August 17, 2014, 12:05:07 AM »
Technically your card should work as it is class 10, but realistically the 30Mb/s is a little slow and could be the issue. You may want to try some faster cards and see if the issue persists.

Do you see the little buffer icon on the LCD before it stops? It looks kind of like a battery indicator with 2 or 3 bars that flashes if the card buffer is filling up to quickly.

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I agree - good wide lenses are heavy and hard to find! The person in the youtube video had a Glidecam which I wouldn't consider low-end - it's meant for much heavier setups and would give you the outcome you are looking for with the 24-70. At around $500 it's the same price range as the lenses you mentioned.


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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Advice for New Camera
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:44:13 AM »
The 60D is still an excellent contender and will give you some great advantages over a Rebel. They're so affordable now that I'd lean towards that route. Pick up a $100 nifty fifty and a zoom and you have a great video starting kit.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading from 1D3 - need filming Camera
« on: April 02, 2014, 11:41:32 AM »
Make sure you splurge for the Videomic pro (the smaller one) - it will be ten times better than the regular videomic for video, mostly due to that +20dB gain setting.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Upgrading from 1D3 - need filming Camera
« on: April 01, 2014, 05:58:30 PM »
... Options are a T3i/T4i, 60D, maybe a 5D2. 6D seems like an option;

All of those cams except for the 5D and 6D  will have same video quality as your old t2i. Most people will tell you to rule out a 5D Mark II because the 6D is better. Honestly I'd rather shoot video on a 60D than a 6D. Reasons being affordability, access to EF-S lenses, the flip out screen, and decent moire handling. But the overall IQ of the 6D will be better than all the other cams you listed.

The 6D would be a good compromise cam if you sold the 1D. If you keep the 1D for stills I'd look into a t4i or 60D for video.

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Canon has done it again - let the cinema-industrial-camera revolution begin. I hope the next version has a headphone jack and focus peaking.

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon $199
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:37:02 AM »
Awesome fisheye on crop. Really sharp. If I recall, it was circular on my 5D but still a cool look, albeit very abstract.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Viewfinder for 6D?
« on: March 19, 2014, 10:33:19 AM »
Yeah that's what I meant, unless I'm misunderstanding. This is a pretty good one:

http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Cinema-Universal-Finder-Bracket/dp/B00D3551NU

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: Viewfinder for 6D?
« on: March 18, 2014, 04:19:43 PM »
The ones by Photography & Cinema are universal - specifically the VF-4 which is $160 on amazon.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: DIY Steadycam
« on: March 14, 2014, 05:20:20 PM »
I have tried several DIY rigs, and in my opinion they are NOT worth the trouble. My conclusion after much tinkering: Invest in a real rig made for your camera weight.

+1

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Technical Support / Re: Lightboxes, umbrellas, stands, etc.........
« on: March 07, 2014, 02:01:17 PM »
Strobist is an awesome online resource as well. Read the Lighting 101 section for awesome tips on starting out with flash. I invested about $60 for an umbrella, bracket, stand, and ETTL cable on B&H (lower quality, I guess) but it was perfect for starting out, and you can always move up.

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EOS Bodies - For Video / Re: On the spot flexible recording settings
« on: March 05, 2014, 01:20:47 PM »
One thing I noticed when moving over to the 5D is that when you switch between video and stills in Manual mode it keeps the same exposure settings. So often enough, when I'm taking stills and want video, I don't have to do much adjusting. I was coming from a 60D so this was new.

If you want good quality and you want to get close in-camera, there's no blanket setting that will work. It's like trying to find blanket settings for stills in an emergency. How do you know if your "emergency" will be arise in mid-day sun outside or at a dimly lit event. Any way you slice it, you'll have to adjust on the fly. I would maybe suggest auto-exposure for a real emergency setting... but I know that's hard to admit.

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Are you interviewing people or mostly getting ambient audio? The sennheiser, if it's your only audio source, seems like the weak link. Otherwise sounds like a great set up and a really cool trip.

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Videography Technique / Re: making a reel of just interviews?
« on: February 28, 2014, 03:18:40 PM »
Good advice has been given here . . . another thought, sometimes I just point people to pieces of work on my website instead of a reel. For example, a client who is just looking for an interview can watch a couple finished pieces that are mostly interviews. That way they can see the whole work, and it will be more coherent than multiple different parts put together into a reel.

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