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Mandy Leonardo
DSLR or standard video camera & audio questions
on Aug 22, 2016 at 9:27:02 pm

Hi all, I just landed a gig and could really use some help with my gear. I’m going to be following an entrepreneur around with my camera shooting footage of him that we are making into quick 30 second social media videos.

He wants to start making videos like this with the same sort of b-roll and also shots of him when he’s on stage or even off stage coaching a specific person: https://www.facebook.com/gary/videos/10154411736768350/

Currently, I have the Canon T3i with the kit lens, 50mm and the Rokinon 85mm F1.4. I shot an event for him last weekend and while my set up was decent for that I feel like I may be better off getting a regular video camera because of how there will be so much movement and also the fact that my dslr overheats after only 10-15 minutes…I lost some footage because of this over the weekend. Does this make sense and do you think that is my best bet? If so which camera would you recommend under $1,000.

I had some audio issues too. When he was on stage, I had him wear a lav mic connected to the H1 Zoom recorder. While I had some great audio, some of it was completely lost where it recorded for up to 2 hours but there was no audio…I think he may have pulled the mic out a bit but still don’t understand why the recorder wouldn’t have picked up anything. Any thoughts on if this is still the best set up or if you have other ideas? I’m hesitant about wireless because of interference when we are at an event.

I will also be making videos like this for him: https://www.facebook.com/ajitnawalkhaofficial/videos/534480013426137/

He said a monopod was used to hold the camera to get this look of the camera swaying around…is that correct? He wants me to recreate that kind of look.

Any help or guidance is very much appreciated!


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Alan Lloyd
Re: DSLR or standard video camera & audio questions
on Aug 23, 2016 at 7:05:37 pm

If you're running and gunning I'd look into an actual video camera.

First off, no double-system sound. That makes your life easier by far. Second, the overheating issue. Do you want to tell your client you didn't get a recording because you had to let the camera cool down?

Disclosure: I am by far not a DSLR fan anyway. Shallow DOF is a poor reason to have to use something so ungainly and unnecessarily complicated when the tools for a simpler process are readily available.

If you could increase your budget some (and for the type of work you describe, you really should be getting paid decently) maybe look at the Sony X70 - a nice little camera that does amazing image quality, will sit well on a lightweight tripod - or monopod, as I know well - and has pro audio inputs in the bargain.


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Mandy Leonardo
Re: DSLR or standard video camera & audio questions
on Aug 25, 2016 at 9:54:01 pm

Thank you!


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