When shooting video, there's a special rule about shutter speed you should know to make sure your videos look right.
(suspenseful melody) - It's time we learn about shutter speed. (shutter clicks) Similar to frame rate, your shutter speed can affect motion in your videos. Now not to get too nerdy on you, but shutter speed is basically the amount of time the camera shutter is open to expose light onto your camera sensor for each frame of your video. And because of that, different shutter speeds can affect how your video displays motion. Basically, higher shutter speeds result in a crisper image with less motion blur, while lower shutter speeds result in a less crisp image and a lot of motion blur. Now this is all good and fun, but most likely what you're looking for is a shutter speed that looks normal to the human eye. And luckily for you, there's a super easy video rule that dictates just that. Basically when shooting video, you just want to make sure your shutter speed is double your frame rate. So for example, if you're shooting 24 frames per second, you'd want a shutter speed of 50. While if you're shooting 30 frames per second, you'd want a shutter speed of 60. This will result in a crisp image with just enough motion blur to make it look normal to the human eye. Now you're probably good enough at math to realize that 24 plus 24 equals 48, not 50. But unfortunately, most cameras don't offer that as a shutter speed, and 50 is so close, it'll work just fine. Before you can set your shutter speed though, you first have to make sure your camera is set to manual mode, which allows you to have manual control over your shutter speed and aperture. Manual mode is usually represented on your camera with the letter M and often can be found on your camera's dial. However, your camera might look different, like this point and shoot camera does here. Here, I can select the manual mode by tapping on the camera icon in the top left corner and selecting the icon with the letter M. If manual mode doesn't appear on your camera's dial, do some research to see where your camera settings are. Once your camera is set to manual mode and you've picked your frame rate, you can set your shutter speed. On this point and shoot camera, I can change the shutter speed by tapping on it on the touch screen here. While on this DSLR style camera, you can usually change your shutter speed with one of the physical dials on your camera, like I can here. (dial spins) And that's it. You can officially close the shutters on shutter speed. (shutter clicks)
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