I'm also new to videography but I already covered a couple of events. I just noticed that when I do slow panning with my nikon d7000 the video stutters or becomes choppy. What am I doing wrong? If I dont do panning the video seems alright.
Shooting at a higher than "normal" shutter speed can give choppy looking imagines ("normal" meaning a speed equivalent to a 180° shutter in a motion picture camera).
A "normal" shutter speed is "one over twice the frame rate." Ergo, for your 30fps shooting a normal shutter would be 1/60th of a second.
Faster than that and you get that choppy strobby "narrow shutter" look. Think "Saving Private Ryan" or "Gladiator." It's popular in movies now to make action scenes look more "actiony"...but can make scenes you want to look normal look just plain bad.
That higher shutter speed makes images look choppy because each frame is sharp... no motion blur. Your brain needs that motion blur to interpret the motion as smooth.
People often mistakenly use higher shutter speeds to cut down on overexposure and not realizing it seriously affects the motion look of the images.
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Todd is spot on! Try to control the light coming into your camera through the ISO and aperture. Think about getting a variable ND filter. We shoot PAL with the D800 and use a shutter speed of 50, we also find we get excellent results for handheld work with a shutter speed of a 100. Obviously do the NTSC equivalent of what we do.
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