Posts Tagged ‘sr11’

Video Prep – Opteka Lens Kit Test

// January 12th, 2009 // No Comments » // Video

So, in an effort to get more flexibility while shooting indoors, I ordered some lenses that attach to the front of my SR11. The kit was only $30 from Amazon, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect. As you can see from the video, it’s not too shabby.

There’s a bit of image distortion on the Wide-Angle lens, but I suspect it’s so little that people wouldn’t really notice.

If you scrub through the Youtube video, you can see that basically the wide angle lens cuts the zoom in 1/2, while the zoom lens doubles it. I’ll have to see if it gives me any flexibility with DoF, but I doubt it. All in all, probably worth the 30 bones. It also came with a lens cleaning kit, which is useful for sure.

Video Prep – Motion Strobe

// January 5th, 2009 // 1 Comment » // Video

Well, Orange Line is in the recording studio, so I’m gearing up to shoot a video for one of our three songs. I do want to get a newer better video camera, but the model I want doesn’t even come out until summer, so I have to make do with the camera I have.

So above I’ve shared a snippet of a Foo Fighters DVD. I actually got the Blu Ray for xmas, and it was really awesome. What I noticed is that the footage looked a little choppy. Kind of like that opening sequence in Saving Private Ryan? Anyway, it adds a lot of energy to the show. You can kinda see it on the youtube version but it’s very obvious on the blu ray that I have.

At first I thought it was just filmed at a different frame rate or something, but upon consulting with video guru Matt Killmon, I discovered that it was actually just regular film shot at a very high shutter rate.

The shutter rate is how quickly the shutter of the camera closes. The faster it goes, the quicker it captures the image. If it goes very fast, it eliminates motion blur which basically gives this choppy effect that we see. So, if I want that effect in our music video during the band rock-out scenes, all I have to do is change the shutter rate on my lil’ camcorder and then shoot and voila, “motion strobe.”
(more…)