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Mike Desani
HDV - Best lighting kit/setup for recording studio(room) / music oriented videos
on Sep 5, 2011 at 7:58:59 pm

Hey everyone, I'm just getting in to HDV (and video in general). I'm a recording artist looking to post my music on YouTube and such but I really want it to look as professional as possible and due to my day job I have a bit of money to spend on the hobby. Here are some screen caps from my first attempt at this. I don't like the graininess of the HD and I assume that is due to poor lighting. I see lots of lighting kits but they seem to be more for interview setups. I'm not sure what to call the type of filming I'm doing.

For the record I'm using a Canon HF100 , is this going to be a problem?

So what lighting do I need to make these clips as clear an nice looking as possible:

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/9711/31485815.jpg
http://img594.imageshack.us/img594/8869/47994331.jpg
http://img824.imageshack.us/img824/8172/25872422.jpg

Now I'm not saying these are lit well or anything but this is the type of video I'm going to be making. I just want to get the utmost in picture quality.












Please help guys. Thanks!


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Craig Seeman
Re: HDV - Best lighting kit/setup for recording studio(room) / music oriented videos
on Sep 6, 2011 at 1:43:43 pm

[Mike Desani] " I'm just getting in to HDV "
[Mike Desani] " I'm using a Canon HF100"
Be very careful about the language you use. Canon Hf100 is not an HDV camera. It uses AVCHD. Make sure you set the recording to the highest quality settings (24Mbps) as the other settings will contribute to noise and lower resolution.

Also important to understand it that there's lighting for exposure but also lighting for creative control.

You must make sure that you disable any auto gain and auto white balance camera feature otherwise you'll be fighting the camera's attempts to find what it thinks are "optimal" settings.



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Mark Suszko
Re: HDV - Best lighting kit/setup for recording studio(room) / music oriented videos
on Sep 6, 2011 at 2:35:29 pm

If this was me at home, goofing around, I would bounce some light off those white walls and ceiling to raise the overall level without making shadows or a hot spot in the camera shot, then add an adjustable-output LED light panel with some diffusion to the camera to fill in under your face.


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