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Adjusting to shooting for a non-RAW medium

From: Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

Video: Adjusting to shooting for a non-RAW medium

One thing that has become very important to photographers is the capability of shooting RAW files. Even if you have not had a need to shoot RAW, some photographers use it occasionally and some photographers use it all the time, but most photographers are aware that it has special processing capabilities. Video in a DSLR, on the other hand, has no RAW capability. In this movie, we are going to look at what no RAW capability means for shooting video. If you're used to the control you get with RAW, you will have to adjust. You do not get that control with video.

Adjusting to shooting for a non-RAW medium

One thing that has become very important to photographers is the capability of shooting RAW files. Even if you have not had a need to shoot RAW, some photographers use it occasionally and some photographers use it all the time, but most photographers are aware that it has special processing capabilities. Video in a DSLR, on the other hand, has no RAW capability. In this movie, we are going to look at what no RAW capability means for shooting video. If you're used to the control you get with RAW, you will have to adjust. You do not get that control with video.

There have been a lot of misconceptions about RAW, because RAW is really a unique concept to photography. A RAW file is not arbitrarily better than a JPEG file. In fact, a JPEG file is actually a RAW file that has been processed smartly inside your camera. A JPEG file is a file with a limited amount of information that can be processed. If the file has been shot very carefully and you don't need to do a lot to it, then it won't look any different than a RAW file. However, if there are any issues with that file from when it was captured, you will be more limited as to what you could do compared to a RAW file.

A RAW file is an image file that has a huge amount of information in it compared to the JPEG file. You can do much more with it, gaining more tonal and color information out of it compared to JPEG. RAW image files have extra capability for when you need it. RAW files allow you to dig more detail and color out of bright areas and dark areas in your photograph. RAW files offer the ability to do significant fixing to an image without quality loss.

You can't do that with video. If you start getting sloppy with how you are taking your pictures, your video will suffer. You have to be sure that your exposure is good, that you've chosen a white balance, and that the light is appropriate for your subject and scene. There is no RAW for video in a DSLR. If you're used to shooting JPEG files, this might not be such a big issue. Video exposure has very many similarities to JPEG, but if you are used to shooting RAW files and then working on them in the computer, you're not going to be working on your video images in the computer in that way.

Now, maybe you have seen some video editing software and noticed there are some capabilities for adjustment of things like exposure, white balance, and so forth. That's true, there are those capabilities, but they are quite limited compared to RAW files. If you start making major adjustments in the computer on a video file, it is going to start to come apart in terms of quality. By come apart I mean the quality drops in a hurry. You will lose tonality, you will pick up noise, you'll have color issues, you'll have issues with how smooth gradations are.

In other words, you're going to have problems. So, the best thing to do is shoot your video as best as you can with the understanding that you're not going to be able to fix big problems later in the computer. I will be talking more about how to shoot better quality video in other movies in this course. For now, just keep in mind that you need to be careful and don't get sloppy with how you shoot video.

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  1. 2m 43s
    1. Welcome
      1m 16s
    2. What video can do for you
      1m 27s
  2. 23m 13s
    1. Stopping time in photography vs. recording over time with video
      4m 14s
    2. Shooting for movement over time
      3m 58s
    3. Composing for constantly changing visuals
      4m 42s
    4. Adjusting to shooting for a non-RAW medium
      3m 26s
    5. Understanding resolution for video
      3m 36s
    6. Choosing a video frame rate
      3m 17s
  3. 37m 21s
    1. Comparing DSLRs with traditional camcorders
      6m 18s
    2. Comparing sensor sizes among DSLR cameras
      5m 26s
    3. Considering noise when comparing sensor sizes
      3m 8s
    4. Choosing memory cards and batteries
      3m 33s
    5. Understanding video tripods
      6m 10s
    6. Working with other camera supports
      3m 19s
    7. Using focusing aids for shooting video
      5m 29s
    8. Choosing lighting gear
      3m 58s
  4. 26m 23s
    1. Adjusting how you shoot
      6m 11s
    2. Limited "fixing" of images
      3m 42s
    3. Understanding the challenge of shutter speed
      3m 56s
    4. Getting the right exposure
      6m 59s
    5. Setting the right white balance
      5m 35s
  5. 19m 39s
    1. Understanding the importance of audio
      4m 5s
    2. Learning to work with sound
      4m 54s
    3. Gearing up for audio
      7m 19s
    4. Recording with external audio gear
      3m 21s
  6. 33m 56s
    1. Basic shooting
      6m 12s
    2. Shooting video to tell a story
      7m 27s
    3. Shooting for coverage
      4m 52s
    4. Understanding how to shoot movement
      4m 10s
    5. Shooting the moving subject
      4m 17s
    6. Creating movement
      6m 58s
  7. 6m 57s
    1. Preparing for the edit
      6m 57s
  8. 1m 47s
    1. Stay focused
      1m 47s

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