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Paul Stroud
Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 22, 2012 at 5:12:56 pm

I'm on the 550D trying to shoot some simple action. A runner entering one side of the frame and leaving the other. Plus I'm attempting to shoot various other test action shots.

Problem: They look rather poor. Motion blur is too much and of course cranking up the shutter speed is resulting in the staccato effect which is also undesirable

720p @60fps is yielding SLIGHTLY better results, but it's still unusable

If I could get something like the link below then I'd be very happy







Any thoughts? Tips?

Many thanks

I have to say, for some reason it's been a difficult subject to research. Any links or advice would be greatly appreciated

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Steve Crow
Re: Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 22, 2012 at 8:20:13 pm

Are you moving the camera or holding it steady and letting the action run through the frame?

Is motion blur the only problem you are having, I am not clear what is poor about the results you are getting.


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Paul Stroud
Re: Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 22, 2012 at 8:31:54 pm

Thanks Steve,

The image quality of slow/non moving people/objects could be improved, but is total acceptable. My actor running across the frame just looks hideously blurry

In my last test I used a monopod to hold still - no improvement over hand held to be honest.

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http://www.stroudandcroft.co.uk
myspace/paulstroudmusic


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Steve Crow
Re: Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 22, 2012 at 8:42:27 pm

Does the clip look okay when you review it on the camera's LCD? In other words, I am wondering if this is a Final Cut Pro issue. If the sequence settings are different than the original clip parameters then that could be doing something.

Also, if you are just looking at it within Final Cut, have you tried actually exporting the clip and seeing how it looks then?


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Paul Stroud
Re: Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 22, 2012 at 9:08:35 pm

No, this is a pure camera/lens/operator issue. I'm just reviewing the raw footage, either using VLC as playback or premier. I'm not a FC guy

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http://www.stroudandcroft.co.uk
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Tom Nelson
Re: Poor results shooting action - 550D
on Jan 27, 2012 at 6:52:57 pm

Can you post a sample clip? Your shutter speed should always be close to your framerate, or a multiple. You may simply need to alter the way you're shooting to achieve your goal - the speed of the action may be too great, or the framing may need to be changed. It will be much easier to provide feedback, however, if you post a sample clip.

Tom Nelson
Videographer/Editor
Essex Television Group


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