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Up and Running with DSLR Filmmaking

with Chad Perkins

Video: Welcome

Introduces the essential concepts and techniques necessary for shooting video with a DSLR camera.
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  1. 2m 10s
    1. Welcome
      1m 25s
    2. About the camera used in this course
  2. 11m 35s
    1. Understanding photography
    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
    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
    5. Using custom color profiles
    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
    2. Avoiding rolling shutter
    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
    2. Using a viewfinder
    3. Stabilizing your camera
      1m 43s
    4. Moving your camera
    5. Using a follow focus
    6. Using a matte box
      1m 8s
    7. Using neutral density filters
      1m 34s
  9. 1m 17s
    1. The future of DSLR video
    2. Final thoughts

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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
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Brian Liepe: Welcome to this training series, where we are going to get you all the info you need to shoot great video with a DSLR camera. Chad Perkins: My name is Chad Perkins and this here is Brian Liepe, the best cinematographer, and camera person, and lighting person that I have ever seen in my entire life. And we are extremely excited to show you the ins and outs of these amazing cameras. Brian Liepe: Several years ago, Chad and I were both shooting with these much more expensive cameras in order to get the same beautiful shots that these DSLR cameras can.

We needed a lot more light and a lot more gear. When DSLRs came out, it sparked a huge revolution in the world of video. That huge rig cost almost $10,000. This little camera gets more cinematic footage and less light with less weight and for $500. Brian Liepe: In this training we are going to start from scratch with the basics of cinematography and using different lenses. Chad Perkins: From there, we will share with you our experience in using these cameras on set and also in postproduction, including some of the problems that we've encountered and what can be done to resolve them.

Brian Liepe: This course is going to be a great education and tons of fun, so let's get started.

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