What I have experienced in my own production.
So why are so many people moving away from dedicated video cameras and using DSLR?
“I use DSLR for my video work for a few reasons. Firstly it gives you manual control over the image that no other cameras in its price range really offer (certainly the 550D price range anyway),” says freelance video journalist Adam Westbrook.
“You can control the aperture, the shutter speed, focus, ISO and frame size. ‘Traditional’ cameras that do this cost upwards of $5,00. Cheaper camcorders don’t offer this control.”
Westbrook has been shooting professional work on his Canon 5D for the past two years and he’s produced some brilliant video as well as becoming an expert in filming in this way.
Host Jett Dunlap interviews Director Cinematographer Vincent Laforet at this years NAB convention in Las Vegas and reveals what he thinks is the next game changer since the Canon Mark 2.
He’s in good company - On-Par productions, based in Cardiff, has experts in making film for commercial clients including Carlsberg, The Guardian and Fujitsu. Director of the company, Toby Cameron, films his work on DSLR because he prefers the picture and the HD standard fulfills the requirements for his work. However, he’s well aware of the drawbacks:
“Recording decent sound straight on to the camera is very difficult. If I had a pound for every time I saw a really well shot DSLR film, but the sound was terrible I’d be a lot better off,” he told us, “We use a separate recorder and then sync up the footage afterwards, we use software called PluralEyes that syncs it up by using sound waves, it doesn’t always work though.”
Cameron also notes that while SLRs are a really useful tool for the television and film industry, he can’t see it becoming an industry standard.
“TV is moving towards more HD content that has to be shot with a camera that captures at 50mb/s and Canon SLRs capture at about 35mb/s. Some super geeks have hacked the Panasonic GH2 camera and have got it capturing at 70mb/s, but you wouldn’t see a broadcaster using a hacked camera.
“The next wave of cameras that has just come out mix the best features of DSLR’s and video camera like the Panasonic AF101, Sony F3 and now the Canon c300 (which captures at 50mb/s).”
Cameron’s thinking is backed up by a BBC White Paper published just before the public release of the Canon EOS 5D MK II. Technicians stopped their testing of the pre-production model of the Canon 5D MK II at a very early stage because it failed aliasing pattern tests and “the results were not encouraging.”
Adam Westbrook explains, “they don’t have manual audio control (without buying an expensive bit of kit) so most users resort to recording their audio separately and syncing it up afterwards which is a pain. Some cameras have issues with something called ‘rolling shutter’ which can distort the picture in certain situations. Almost every DSLR camera I know has a shooting limit of 12 minutes, which means you have to stop and start your footage regularly.”
That said, following some of the bugs being worked out, the Beeb has been experimenting more and more with DSLR and compact system cameraslike this short report shot on a Sony NEX 5N, as has Al Jazeera… andCNN. It looks like more and more TV and journalism producers are choosing DSLR, with this week’s Oscar nominations including adocumentary short shot on a 5D Mark II.
With the introduction of cameras such as the Canon C300, it’ll be interesting to see how traditional video and stills cameras converge – watch this space.
L.A. Sports Arena 4/17/13
It was a beautiful day in downtown L.A. on a Thursday night. I sat on an offramp watching street vendors slang bootleg Green Day shirts with a cool breeze on my face. My lil bro Mitch was sitting in the passenger seat staring into the great abyss with teenage angst. He was seeing Green Day for his second time. We saw them together back in 2008 when they were on their 21st Century Breakdown tour when he was 12. I personally have been following Green day since they came out with their album Dookie which gained them widespread popularity . This lil’ three piece, which started from humble punk rock beginnings, was quickly catapulted into rock stardom after their album American Idiot. Since then, they have taken to their roles as rock stars as Tigers take to their stripes. They have dealt with claims of selling out and not staying true to there core audience. Other hardships have included children, aging, public rants, drug and alcohol problems. Today, we see more mature Green Day and a post rehab Billy Joe Armstrong full of warmth and gratitude. Almost 20 years since my first Green Day show I am back in the crowd, ignited with passion, to see them for the umpteenth time with a nostalgic heart and an aging body.
The opening band was “Best Coast.” They had an indie sound that was pleasant at first but became repetitive towards the back half of their set. A person in a bunny suit shot TP on them which gave the crowd something to stay engaged. Green Day took the stage promptly at 8:30p.m. Billy Joe Armstrong, Tre Cool, and Mike Dirnt ran onto stage, grabbed their instruments and went straight into “99 Revolutions.” 99 Rev’s is also the name of the Tour and the song comes from the album “Tre.” “Tre” being one of three albums that were released over a series of months for the current tour. The albums are as follows: Uno, Dos and Tre (as in Tre Cool, their drummer). Very clever. The diverse crowd cheered and swayed as Billy lead them like a symphony conductor does their orchestra. Green Day continued to play some new songs off their new albums Uno, Dos, Tre, mixing in 21st Century Breakdown, American Idiot, Dookie, Kerplunk, and many more. As always, they played to their crowd. They picked a kid no more than 7 years old to sing and stage dive. This was accompanied by such theatrics as squirting the crowd with water and the ever popular T Shirt gun. Songs “She” and “F.O.D.” were amongst my favorites and almost all songs turned into sing-a-longs. Billy Joe demanded lots of crowd participation and takes a super long breakdown towards the end of the set. He lays on the ground and mixes classic rock classics like “Hey Jude” to the Jazz of “King for a day.” My preference would have been to hear a couple more old songs than listen to Billy Joe act like Sting. Long “Eee Ohhhs” and “Eee OOhhhh Ahhhss” by the crowd I can only stand for a short while. The encore songs were “American Idiot”, “Jesus of Suburbia” and “Brutal love” which were filled with energy and passion. Lighters and Cell Phones lit the place while the Arena was like a living organism.
At the end of the day, it was an amazing concert. I wouldn’t say it was the best Green Day concert I’ve ever seen, but still damn good. Mostly because I miss the Green Day shows where they would light their drum kit on fire and smash their guitars. I miss the shows where kids were vomiting in the mosh pits and I got a black eye. I think most of all, I miss the punk rock attitude that the concerts used to have. Then again, that was a long time ago. With the crowd mostly being Adults in their 40′s and 50′s with their kids, it’s a much different scene than I remember. However, they are the ones who can afford the expensive tickets, 45 dollar concert T’s and 100 dollar sweatshirts! “Ain’t nobody got time for that!”
#1Vincent Laforet – Mr. Vincent Laforet is a Pulitzer prize winning photographer that currently works for the New York Times. On his personal blog he shares his insight into new camera technology (powerful emphasis on camera bodies and lenses) as well as showcases examples of his work and other noteworthy photography projects. This blog covers both still DSLR and video DSLR topics.
#2Philip Bloom – Philip Bloom is another industry vet that’s sharing his professional experiences with the online DSLR community. He is a seasoned director of photography, specializing in DSLR production. His site is a hodge podge of ALL things DSLR related — monitors, lenses, case studies, video examples.
# 3 Planet 5D Blog– This site tends to focus in large part on the Canon DSLR line, presenting case studies of Canon DSLR shoots. There is significant coverage of new DSLR accessories and product reviews. The site is updated often and is a must visit for anyone interested in staying on top of the latest DSLR trends. While you’re there be sure to check out their extensive film gallery of projects shot with DSLRs…. quite impressive work!
#4DSLR Video Shooter – This site is chocked full of great DSLR info, with high quality interviews and a great gear guide. However, the real highlight here is the top quality video tutorials, video product reviews and podcasts. Run primarily by Chicago cinematographer and editor Caleb Pike, DSLR Video Shooter examines technical aspects of DSLR shooting, workflows and cutting-edge cameras and accessories. Planet
#5Learning DSLR Video – As you may have guessed from the site’s title, the focus here is on education and instruction. Although products are occasionally reviewed, in large part the site is geared toward making you a better (and more knowledgeable) DSLR shooter. The instructional videos cover a wide variety of topics — both software and hardware related. If you’re looking to step your game up be sure to check out these tutorials
#6EOS HD - EOS HD is a blog that is run by UK based cinematographer Mr. Andrew Reid. Andrew examines DSLR filmmaking issues, both from an industry perspective as well as through his own experience. Emphasis is placed on new equipment offerings, as well as case studies of DSLR video projects.
#7Canon Filmmakers – Canon Filmmakers is an great online resource for all things related to the Canon DSLR line. The site is run by two Philadelphia event videographers and covers tips, tricks and tutorials for Canon DSLRs. They also have great coverage of DSLR related events and meetups.
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The world of Cannon
Guest presenters and VIPs included actor Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts, guitar hero Gilby Clarke, film director Andy Fickman, former Matchbox 20 member Adam Gaynor, actressNatasha Henstridge, New Age/Ambient winner Marla Maples and many more. Some big winners for the night: Original Score – Feature Film went to Marco Beltrami for his music in the film with Oscar buzz, “The Sessions.” Robert Duncan and Kim Planert won Best Score – TV for music in the ABC TV show “Missing”, and the composers for the video game “Diablo 3” picked up top honors.
Outstanding live performances by HMMA nominees were Gary Lynn Floyd, Kim La Chance, Lauren Silva, Sound Cannon and Ill-Logical Linguistics.
Also check out footage from X-Factor’s Emblem 3
Emblem3 consists of Drew Chadwick, Wesley Stromberg and Keaton Stromberg, and they hail from Huntington Beach in California. They auditioned for the second season of ‘The X Factor’ in San Francisco with an original song titled “Sunset Boulevard”, which certainly knocked everyone’s socks off and started the whole comparison between 1D and Emblem3.
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JD247 with host Jett Dunlap interviews Ben Leyland at Indie Thursday.
Take an inside look at indie artist Ben Leyland.
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From the new Loews Hotel Hollywood
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JD247 with host Jett Dunlap interviews Stage 11 at Indie Thursday.
Take an inside look with the men behind Stage 11.
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Exclusive Hollywood Interview with Honey Heart The band, Nina Kurtz ~ vocals & ukulele Jessica Hoggarth ~ vocals & guitar at Indie Thursday May 2012
See in to the world of your favorite artists in Hollywood with Host Jett Dunlap
Indie Thursday with guests Nina Kurtz ~ vocals & ukulele Jessica Hoggarth ~ vocals & guitar Interviewed by Jett Dunlap at Indie Thursday Hollywood.