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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR
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Understanding resolution for video


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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR

with Rob Sheppard

Video: Understanding resolution for video

I delayed talking about resolution with video until now, because I wanted to introduce you first to some general things that make video different than photography. I didn't want you to get caught up in a lot of numbers and technology before you really started to get a feel for the video medium itself. In photography, you can change resolution at will. In fact, camera manufacturers are constantly changing resolution to try to get you to buy the newest and latest camera with higher resolution. There are cameras that shoot at 10 megapixels, 15 megapixels, 20 megapixels and more.
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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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Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR
2h 31m Intermediate Mar 21, 2011

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In Video for Photographers: Shooting with a DSLR, photographer and videographer Rob Sheppard provides the essential foundation that photographers need to make the leap from still pictures to moving ones. From technical considerations, such as audio and frame rates, to aesthetic issues, such as composition and story development, this course presents concepts and techniques photographers need to get the best results from their gear and learn the art of video-based storytelling. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding video resolution and frame rates
  • Comparing DSLRs and camcorders
  • Choosing equipment, from tripods to memory cards to lights
  • Achieving the right exposure
  • Working with shutter speed limitations
  • Setting white balance
  • Recording better audio with an external microphone
  • Incorporating movement and storytelling into video
  • Preparing for video editing
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Photography Cameras + Gear Video DSLR Video
Author:
Rob Sheppard

Understanding resolution for video

I delayed talking about resolution with video until now, because I wanted to introduce you first to some general things that make video different than photography. I didn't want you to get caught up in a lot of numbers and technology before you really started to get a feel for the video medium itself. In photography, you can change resolution at will. In fact, camera manufacturers are constantly changing resolution to try to get you to buy the newest and latest camera with higher resolution. There are cameras that shoot at 10 megapixels, 15 megapixels, 20 megapixels and more.

HD video is totally different. it has two resolutions and only two resolutions. It doesn't matter how expensive your camera is, how big the sensor is, even how many megapixels your camera has. HD video still has only two resolutions. They are simply called 1080 and 720 HD. This is a big deal. Photographers are used to cropping their photos, taking part of an image and getting rid of the rest, changing the shape and the format and so forth.

You cannot do that with video. 1080 HD video refers to a video image that is 1920x1080 pixels in size. 720 HD is 1280x720 pixels. If you look at the actual resolution of your camera's photo files, you'll probably discover something like 4000-6000 by 3000-4000 pixels, a huge difference compared to video. That is something very important to keep in mind.

The mega pixels of your camera have nothing to do with the resolution of the video coming from your camera. 1080 video gives you an image size approximately equal to two megapixels. 720 video gives you an image size that is approximately equal to one megapixel. So, if you had thoughts of simply shooting video and then taking still pictures from your video, you might want to think again. You're not going to have a resolution that will allow you to do that.

That might sound like your camera doesn't have to do a lot of work because it's working with such a small image file compared to the big megapixel still photos that we are used to with photography. Well, a single image from video would not be very big, but you're not dealing with single images here. With video, you are typically shooting at approximately 30 frames per second. That means your camera has to deal with thirty 1-2 mega pixel photographs per second and keep doing it for however long you continue to record the scene.

That's a lot of data for the camera to handle. Both resolutions actually do look very good on an HD television set. Both are true standards for high definition television. Now, is there an advantage to shooting 1080 over 720 video? Sometimes yes, sometimes no. Both display well on an HD television set. The resolutions refer simply to how many pixels are in the image area, not to how large or small the image will display on screen.

But if you're going to do limited cropping to your image or if you want to do some effects with your video, then having the higher resolution with more pixels to work with can be an advantage.

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