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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking

Transcoding video


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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking

with Chad Perkins

Video: Transcoding video

Chad Perkins: As I mentioned in the last movie, I prefer to use Premiere because I can just bring in H.264 files and just get to editing them. But you may prefer a different editing system or you may prefer to transcode your files anyway, so that they run smoother even in Premiere. If you're using Adobe products, you might want to use the Adobe Media Encoder. And you can just drag and drop files from your computer's operating system, either Explorer or the Finder on the Mac, just drag them here and then you could change the format through this drop down and you could change or use a series of presets.
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. About the camera used in this course
      45s
  2. 11m 35s
    1. Understanding photography
      44s
    2. Understanding aperture
      1m 51s
    3. Trade-offs with aperture adjustment
      2m 32s
    4. Understanding shutter speed
      1m 26s
    5. Trade-offs with shutter adjustment
      2m 41s
    6. Understanding ISO
      44s
    7. Trade-offs with ISO adjustment
      1m 37s
  3. 6m 37s
    1. Understanding sensor size
      1m 19s
    2. Protecting highlights and native ISO
      1m 24s
    3. Getting a custom white balance
      2m 27s
    4. Focusing for video
      1m 27s
  4. 9m 24s
    1. Using lenses
      1m 51s
    2. Understanding wide lenses
      2m 39s
    3. Understanding long lenses
      2m 32s
    4. Getting shallow depth of field
      2m 22s
  5. 12m 34s
    1. Using graphs to gauge exposure
      2m 1s
    2. Recording audio
      2m 42s
    3. Using a clapperboard
      1m 13s
    4. Shooting a "flat" image
      51s
    5. Using custom color profiles
      54s
    6. Shooting slow motion
      1m 19s
    7. Getting a beautiful shot
      3m 34s
  6. 13m 33s
    1. Why use Premiere Pro for editing?
      1m 21s
    2. Transcoding video
      2m 29s
    3. Combining video and audio streams
      2m 7s
    4. Cleaning up noise and adding grain
      3m 26s
    5. Color correcting footage
      4m 10s
  7. 6m 1s
    1. About DSLR pitfalls
      30s
    2. Avoiding rolling shutter
      51s
    3. Avoiding moiré
      1m 6s
    4. About limited latitude
      1m 56s
    5. About extreme compression
      1m 38s
  8. 7m 27s
    1. Why you need a monitor
      58s
    2. Using a viewfinder
      52s
    3. Stabilizing your camera
      1m 43s
    4. Moving your camera
      35s
    5. Using a follow focus
      37s
    6. Using a matte box
      1m 8s
    7. Using neutral density filters
      1m 34s
  9. 1m 17s
    1. The future of DSLR video
      54s
    2. Final thoughts
      23s

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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking
1h 10m Appropriate for all Feb 18, 2013

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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.

This course was created and produced by Chad Perkins. We are honored to host this content in our library.

Topics include:
  • Understanding aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
  • Using lenses as a tool in storytelling
  • Establishing focus for video
  • Achieving a shallow depth of field
  • Using equipment like clapperboards and matte boxes
  • Editing and color correcting footage
  • Using cinematography techniques to get beautiful shots
  • Avoiding rolling shutter and moiré
Subjects:
Video Filmmaking DSLR Video
Software:
Premiere Pro
Author:
Chad Perkins

Transcoding video

Chad Perkins: As I mentioned in the last movie, I prefer to use Premiere because I can just bring in H.264 files and just get to editing them. But you may prefer a different editing system or you may prefer to transcode your files anyway, so that they run smoother even in Premiere. If you're using Adobe products, you might want to use the Adobe Media Encoder. And you can just drag and drop files from your computer's operating system, either Explorer or the Finder on the Mac, just drag them here and then you could change the format through this drop down and you could change or use a series of presets.

You could also change where you are going to save it, and whenever you're ready you just click the Play button. And whatever files you have loaded here into this window, will render one after another. Now as I mentioned, the H.264 files that most DSLRs create are really tough on editing systems. Even with Premiere, if you start adding a bunch of effects, it's going to start slowing things down. So usually, if you are going to re-encode the footage, you want to use the most efficient editing codec possible. Perhaps the most popular format for transcoding is a QuickTime file that uses the ProRes series of codecs.

These are really high-quality files that are just really easy for editing systems to use. Now in order to use the ProRes codec when encoding footage, you will need to have either Final Cut Pro or Compressor installed on your system. If you don't have those installed, you can go over to the Apple App store on a Mac, if you're a Mac, and get Compressor which will install not only the software compressor which is kind of like Adobe Media encoder, but just different; it's Apple's version of kind of like Adobe Media encoder, re-encoding software.

But it also will install the ProRes codecs. Now if those aren't options for you or if you're on a PC, I might recommend going to cineform.com and getting something called NeoScene. This will allow you to encode AVI files that are CineForm AVI files. So it's kind of like the best possible equivalent on a PC of Apple's ProRes. Now again, it's not always necessary to transcode and it does take a long time for the workflow, but then when you're editing, it's just so much smoother.

So it's your choice whether to use an editing suite like Premiere where you could just dump the files and start going, or if you would like to transcode to get things moving a little faster.

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