Hi, As a wedding Videograp



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.

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