Common Video Filters

Charlie discusses lens filters you can use when shooting your footage.

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Hi. I’m Charlie Fulton for Video Maker. In this episode of tips and tricks, we’ll talk about video filters. You might not have considered using video filters before like you would with a still camera, but there’s filter threads right here, so why not? So, let’s take a look at some common video filters.

First things first, is selecting a filter. We’re using a UV protector filter for this first go around and the idea with the UV protector is that it’s just going to stay in front of the lens the whole time. You probably won’t even want to change it. The idea here is that if something sharp flies like a rock and hits the glass it’s going to break the filter and not your lens.

So, another type of filter that you can consider using is a circular polarizer and the idea here is that rays of light that are coming right at you will come through, but then the light that’s coming off the side is not going to be coming through. So, you’ll get a lot less glare that way.

Another type of filter that’s very useful to have in your arsenal is an ND or neutral density filter. The idea here is to allow the camera to work with less light so that you can open up your iris some more and this will give you ability to control your depth of field. Some camcorders even include a built in neutral density filter. This is a really useful feature if you’re shopping around for a camcorder.

The next type of filters to consider are colored filters. This is a very subtle green here. I’ve also got a yellow that’s pretty subtle. These are for color enhancement to some extent. If you don’t like the effect, you can’t go back and depost and fix it easily.

You may have noticed that most filters are available in certain sizes, like 58 millimeters, 52 millimeters, 72 millimeters. This is all well and good, but what if you end up with the wrong size or you’re borrowing a filter from somebody else? The solution is with step rings. The idea here is that you would attach the step ring to your camcorder and then screw the new lens, new filter I front of it. The problem is that if you’re going from a large lens to a small filter, you’re going to create vignetting around the edges because there’s not enough for the camcorder to look through.

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Hi to all at videomaker,

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Hi to all at videomaker, I just took a quick look at this video about filters and found it quite useful. Is there another similar tips & tricks or maybe a tutorial with maybe a more in depth explanation on the choice and the use of filters including maybe some kind of guide to which are the better choices taking into consideration the makes. I use 3 cameras my first and main camera is a Panasonic Ac 130, my secondary video camera is the TM 700 and the third is a DSLR Nikon 5100. I'd find it very useful in particular for the first 2 cameras. Thanks very much Rem