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Drew Jensen
Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 17, 2010 at 3:57:18 pm

Ok, I've never heard anyone say this before, but I was reading an article at http://generalspecialist.com/2006/10/greenscreen-and-bluescreen-checklist.a... which he gives tips on green screen recording. One of his tips talks about using SD rather than Anamorphic HD which I understand. But he goes on to say that if it's a shot of your talent standing, you should tilt your camera 90 degrees so that the horizontal resolution, now becomes the vertical, which he says will result in better keys.

I've got a camera, soon to be, that shoots 1080p (NX5U). Has anyone done this before? Is this just a common practice that it's assumed you do it? The shooting a I do is the talent simply stands in front of the GS and talks about they're product. Not much moving other than hands. Is this really that beneficial?


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grinner hester
Re: Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 17, 2010 at 4:19:26 pm

I can't see it being beneficial in any way.
Can you imagine your talent looking at a camera all laying on it's side like "wtf is the guy thinking?"
Seems easier to just shoot what ya need the way ya need it.




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Mark Suszko
Re: Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 17, 2010 at 4:41:52 pm

Not common, but not unheard of, usually reserved for erally super-high resolution stuff, also for screens already meant to be taller than they are wide. You know what they say; 90 percent of the effort is in getting the last ten percent of results.


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Rick Wise
Re: Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 17, 2010 at 6:22:51 pm

Obviously when you shoot with the camera on its side, you rotate the image 90ยบ in post and fill in the sides with green to match. This technique allows you to use more of the chip to record the talent. However, it is a bit awkward to pull off, but can be done -- and is done.

Rick Wise
director of photography
San Francisco Bay Area
and part-time instructor lighting and camera
grad school, SF Academy of Art University/Film and Video
http://www.RickWiseDP.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/rwise
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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 17, 2010 at 6:50:34 pm

The sideways trick is used quite commonly (including by us) for on-camera talent to get cleaner edges in keying. It is not the most essential element is achiving good keyes but a very benificial one.

There are also advanced uses of the 90 degree trick for stiching larger scenes together with optics compensation but thats for another thread.

Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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Emre Tufekci S.O.A.
Re: Best angle for camera for maximum resolution
on Jun 19, 2010 at 1:23:21 pm

Another benefit of shooting sideways is the added resolution gives you the option of reframing, doing a digital push or creating a parallax motion to enhance the scene.

Emre Tufekci
http://www.productionpit.com



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