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This weekly course covers the most common questions videographers encounter when shooting and editing with DSLR cameras, from choosing a frame size and frame rate to understanding moiré. Authors Rich Harrington and Robbie Carman will also help you understand the impacts of compression and the difference between cropped (or micro 4/3rds) and full-sized sensors in cameras, and much more. This continual FAQ guide is a handy way to find the answers to the questions that plague you the most.
Rich: When I'm directing it's pretty important that we have control over the scene. Make sure that you have the attention of all your camera operators and that the cameras are indeed rolling. Now with professional cameras, you often get options like tally light, so I can just look around and see that the cameras are recording. With DSLRs I don't have that, so I need to make eye contact with each operator and get them to give me verbal confirmation, that the camera is indeed rolling. Once we have all that, we'll engage the artist. And then in the case of a music video, Rob already taught you all about click tracks in an earlier episode.
Make sure you check that out. Some good advice there, just to make sure that you get everyone's attention. And that when you start recording, everything is indeed running and everyone is ready to be in sync. It's really difficult speaking of sync to line up the cameras, if they don't all start at a reasonably similar time. So, don't let one camera roll for five minutes before the next, just call it and make sure that things are actually up and running.
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