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- July 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM #47380AnonymousInactive
I am a mid-level wedding and event videographer, and my trusty GL2 needs to be put out to pasture. I am interested in the film look I have been seeing online with DLSR cameras, and am seriously looking at the Canon D60. A few concerns I am hoping people here can address for me.
- Low Light: If I video it at a 1/30 shutter speed and use an on-camera light, can I avoid grainy videos? I was told if you get a lens with a large aperture you can get more light on the chip alos? I tried shooting with the Sony 1000 (shoulder mounted) and it was a disaster. Could never get good lowlight footage from it. And most of my events are in dark halls.
- I will not shoot in HD, but DV. (Or is that SD?) How many minutes will I get at that resolution? I understand the FAT files will have a limit.
- Do I have to convert the files to edit in iMovie HD or the newer version of it?
I do appreciate any feedback you can give me!
60D can handle low light depending on the lens. The faster the Lens, the more light will be allow in the camera and you can use lower ISO. There are also option for Dim able LED on camera mount that you can use for fill lights and also those can be the main light cause it’s bright depends on which one you buy. Why would you shoot in SD anymore? I guess to each it’s own but you can always shoot in HD and convert it back to SD. If you use 16g SDHC card and shoot in SD, you should get at least 2 hours. I get about an hour on 16g full 1080p. If you don’t care much about HD, at least shoot it in 720p and you should shoot about 2 hours. There’s a limit for continuous shooting though, I think 15 minutes then it stop and you can hit record again.
You should use a wide angle lens, 28mm or less since 60D is a crop camera by 1.6. So let’s say your lens is 20mm, time that by 1.6 it’ll be 32mm. You should get one of the prime lens that has aperture f/2.0 or lower. Or you can get a Tamron lens which is reasonable price that is zoom 17-50mm f/2.8 If you shoot dark hall all day then find one at 1.8 or 1.4. The 1.4 and 1.2 is super pricey unless you get the 50mm 1.4 but then 50mm you will feel cramped and can’t shoot wedding with.
I’m curious that you do wedding but you don’t shoot in HD, people still want SD now and days? I know some people will want the vintage look but most people and days prefer HD.
“I think 15 minutes then it stop and you can hit record again.”
I new file has to be created for each 15 minutes of time recording. I doubt you have to press the record button again.
As a wedding Videographer who uses the 60d, here’s my two pence worth. Firstly, shoot at full resolution (1080p) then downgrade in software. One of the big drawbacks of DSLRs for video is Moire. Basically the camera’s softening filter that reduces moire has been set for 18mp resolution. Since the camera records video not by down sampling, but by missing pixels, details like walls, speaker grids and even the detail on the grooms jacket can trigger this. Shooting at 720p only makes this phenomenon more likely because it uses even less pixels. By all means shoot at 720p if you want the 50fps, but be aware of the shortcomings. I tend to edit in a 720p workspace in my editing software, downsizing the video from 1080p, which gives me some room to adjust composition and frame out certain things I feel are distracting, without losing quality. I then output to SD quality for DVD, whilst outputting the 720p video as a digital copy, which using the m4v file format fits nicely on a DVD data disk. Gives the couple the option for viewing it as an HD file in the future.
Secondly regarding lens, you’ll need a maximum aperture of 2.8 on all lens ideally, unless outdoor filming outweighs indoors. As already suggested the Tamron 17-50 2.8 is a very good lens from experience. I also suggest a Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens, plus a 70-200 2.8 for an initial selection of lens, adding more as you feel you need them. Canon have their own lens but at greater cost, and you have to ask yourself whether that cost can be justified if you’re working to a budget. Though I’ve got some great footage from a Canon 1.8 budget lens and serves me well for some indoor video. In fact so well, I hardly ever need dip into my lights, which is good as it keeps my setup simple, and is better for the guests and couple too as they don’t have a bright light shining in their faces.
Thirdly, it is always a good idea to convert the footage to a more editing friendly file format. Not essential if you have the Adobe Premiere CS5 as it supports the DSLR video, but for other software I understand this is more necessary. Do a google search and you should find suitable software for the job – some of it free.
gonz — Canon DSLRs such as the 60D can produce great “film like” images. But they have their limitations. The 12 minute/4GB file limitation is real — and you do have to hit the record button every time you exceed it, because the camera will stop recording. And moire is a real issue too. Here is what happens when you try to shoot a shingled roof (or a brick wall) with a 60D:
And here is what happens when you try to shoot patterned fabrics (like wedding dresses):
But, no matter which high-def DSLR-type interchangeable lens camera you get, there are a couple of other things that you’ll miss from your old standard-def GL2:
– no headphone jack for audio monitoring
– no VU meters for audio
– no power zoom
Lots of wedding videographers “shoot around” these issues, but it’s better to know about them before you buy a large sensor, DSLR form-factor camera, in my view.
Hope this is helpful,
<span style=”font-size: 8.5pt; color: #333333; font-family: ‘Verdana’,’sans-serif’;”>First, I want to thank everyone for their feedback! This forum still has some juice in it. 🙂 For those that asked me why no HD, I have a $650.00 package, and the people at that price point just don’t ask for HD. Saying that, maybe this could be an opportunity to start offering that as a package! (HD projects.) I want to thank the Hybrid Camera Revolution for letting me in on the GH2. No file size limit and no/to little moire! Panasonic lens options are few and inexpensive, but I will work around that.<o:p></o:p></span>