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Alexandre Leitão
Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 26, 2016 at 6:46:22 pm

Hi guys... I'm creating this topic from my phone so sorry for any typo...
I am a amateur musician from a couple years till now I'm trying to shoot some videos of me playing. And I'm getting frustrated everytime. I started with a little camcorder from Sony, then I tried my gopros(I have 3 of them) ... I always get noise in the image ( bear with me I know the problem is light just giving you my hystory). I read somewhere that I should buy a dslr... so I bought something on my budget a nikon d3100... kit lens... still noisy... then I read somewhere that to get a nice shallow depth of field and reduce noise I should buy a prime lens like 50 mm f/1.8... again... I spent all my budget on that... (in my country that stuff is absurdly expensive even used)

So my setup now is a nikon d3100 with that piece of glass but still noisy. I simply spent lots of money here (again my country is really expensive stuff like 300 dollars for that lens - btw used lens) and still don't get not even close what I want.

My shot is me seating on a chair with my guitar or saxophone. There are three daylight 100w making a 3 point light. I keep the rooms light on (6 spot lights 15 w each plus a 100 day light bulb- remember this is ceiling light)

My camera is set to shutter 1/50... f/1.8 ISO 400 exposition 0 I'm capturing 1080p 24 fPS. Subject is 3 meters from cam and 1.5 meters from key light and fill light(100w day light bulb) back light by physical restrictions is not above the subject but a little left.

Guys all my budget to that is over.... so can you give me some advice on how to do it for really cheap?my only goal is to have a fairly crispy video with no noise.

This is a sample footage and the exactly configuration. (my lens are totally manual so I can't use aperture mode)








ISO 100 (Auto ISO off)
F/1.8
Exposure compensation 0.3
WB Auto
ADL Off
Shutter speed 1/50

Thx so much for your help and sorry about my english


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Alexandre Leitão
Re: Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 26, 2016 at 10:30:09 pm

One more sample trying to change light and camera position





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Steve Crow
Re: Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 27, 2016 at 1:58:26 pm

Sorry, I am just not seeing the noise you are referring to in either shot. The microphone shot's focus seems a little soft (focusing at 1.8 can be difficult) but otherwise it seems fine too. Does anyone else see something that I'm missing?

Steve Crow


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Alexandre Leitão
Re: Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 27, 2016 at 3:52:32 pm

I see some grain in the footage... look at darker areas... maybe I'm being to hard on myself... I want a really crispy look... but hey if you say you can't see... I'm probably good to go :)... thx for your help... I will try to do a real project and post so you guys have more footage to analyst


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Steve Crow
Re: Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 28, 2016 at 1:06:00 am

I looked again and still don't see anything. If you want a "crisp" look then perhaps try adding some sharpening during the edit. I would be very conservative with that as my personal taste is that too much sharpening takes away from the cinematic look.

On the other hand, since I typically turn down the "in camera" sharpening way down, I have to add a tad back in during editing.

Steve Crow


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Alexandre Leitão
Re: Noisy Footage - Need Advice
on Jan 28, 2016 at 1:13:24 am

You was very helpful Steve I really appreciate you help... let me ask you for one more hint... bear with me I'm a complete newbie :)... I have a eos rebel t3( not t3i) with the a 50mm f/1.8 lens too.. but it only films 720p... do you think I will loose to much quality if I scale up that footage to match my nikon 1080p? We are mostly talk about youtube videos... this will allow me to have three angles both dslr plus a gopro 3


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