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Join Chad Perkins, an author and videographer, as he introduces the essential concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR camera. Targeted at beginning videographers and anyone interested in shooting better video, this course covers cinematography basics, DSLR pitfalls, important gear, and postproduction workflow. Along the way, discover how to choose lenses, record audio, and make shots more professional.
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Chad Perkins: Few things in life are more beautiful than a nice slow motion shot. Slow motion really just helps accentuate an action, calling attention to it and demanding an audience's focus. Most DSLRs have the capability of shooting slow motion, depending on the frame rate you are using, so assuming that your project is a 24 frames per second project, even shooting 30 frames per second creates a 25% slower product. Many DSLRs go up to 60 frames per second which creates at least a 50% slower video if your project is either 24 or 30 frames per second.
Remember that if you change your frame rate to 60 frames per second you also need to increase the speed of your shutter to 1/125th of a second which will probably lower your exposure, so plan for that. Beware also that in order crank up the frame rate to 60 frames per second, many of these DSLRs force you to lower the resolution. This will create a mismatch between the other footage that you've shot. So you will then have to either scale up the slow motion footage to match everything else, which actually is a terrible idea, or more than likely you will have to scale everything else down.
So slow motion footage is incredible but there definitely is a price to pay for it.
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