Taking movies with a digital SLR camera

Digital SLRs have taken a lot of progress in recent years. So great now that they have become suitable for high-quality photography as well as photography. The machine I'm using is the Canon 5D Mark II, and is the first mirror camera that takes quality movies even professional, but you do not necessarily have to have such a perfect machine for taking great movies. The situation is that today, technically, you're in no hurry, but good recording does not work unless you have a basic configuration. The article below is just about it.

Make the machine ready for film

The first verse, of course, is to set the camera so that it's possible to film it. Here aside is a movie that shows the main settings. The movie provides a detailed explanation of why this and the other settings are used. To find the explanation, click on the Vimeo link. Then there are nice graphical instructions on the web Canon5Dtips.

Image sharpness and resolution

Ad taking movies with mirror image 1The existence would be so much simpler if the world could now agree on one standard or one way to solve the things. But now it is rarely so. In various world shots, we are trying to find solutions to the same problems. Then there are solutions, but they are not necessarily the same. Until recently there were three rulers ruling. The PAL standard was used for most of Europe, Asia and Australia. The NTSC standard was used in North America. The third standard, SECAM, has come from Frökkum. It is used both in Asia and Africa. The PAL and SECAM standards show 25 frames per second, while the NTSC standard displays 30 frames per second.

Today, high-speed standards are taking over the digital revolution. The frame rate is still different. In my opinion, it is advisable to choose the highest possible resolution that is 1920 x 1080 pixels. Certainly, the files become more space-efficient, but the quality will be better.


The ISO setting determines the sensitivity of the image flip. The higher the ISO setting, the more sensitive the flag for the amount of light in the environment becomes. In the dark, you would set ISO. One hang is still on this. The quality of the image is deteriorating with increasing ISO. The buzz increases and the image becomes coarser. For some reason I do not know, it is also best to adhere to the ISO mode that is a multiple of 160 or the closest when you are filming with Canon 5D Mark II or III. It certainly gives the best picture if you set 160, 320, 640, 1250. It is best to keep as low ISO as you can get along with.


The camera's eye is aperture. Its size controls how much light is embedded in the image frame. The lower the light bulb, the larger the aperture. When we set a big aperture, the focal length of the image will be based. That means that only a small part of the image will be sharp. When we adjust a small aperture, the focal length of the image will be deep, and then a large portion of the image will be sharp. Playing with the depth of field gives a pleasant opportunity. Of course, the light in the environment calls for a certain size of aperture so that the lighting is correct. Is there anything you can play with the size of the aperture? Yes, if the image becomes too dark because the aperture is too small then ISO will reset. You only increase the photo sensitivity by raising the ISO setting.


In front of the picture scene is a tent that opens and closes when clicked. The speed of the tent controls how the camera enters high light into the image camera. Here is the third option of controlling image description. Actually, it is about photography but not filming. The rule is that to record movies on a digital SLR, the tent pitch is set to approximately twice the frame rate. If you are taking a movie with 25 frame recording in seconds, you set the final speed to 50. There is still not a hundred threats if you are cheating on this. The publication must be correct. We prioritize this way. First adjust the aperture. Next, you set the ISO sensitivity and the last final speed. If we need to have the final speed different than recommended, we do it because the effect is not so high on the picture quality.

white balance

The visual environment in the environment can be very different. The coloring lights from the daylight are all other than the colorations of light bulbs. It has to be said to the camera how to handle the light. It makes a man by setting the white balance. Most often, you can choose preset settings, but sometimes the light source is mixed. For example, a sunlight that comes in through windows and incandescent lamps that illuminate the room. You may need to adjust the white balance.


Recording sound on a functional mirror camera is extremely difficult because the built-in microphone is not good. If you want a decent sound quality, you have to buy a microphone that you put in the shoe for the flash. If you want to get even more quality, you record the sound separately and put the audio and video together in a clipboard.


It's a bit more boring than taking a movie of some footage, just like watching video, all because of the sharpness of the sharpness. Ideally, do not rely on auto focus mode and adjust the focus manually. Thus, it's easier to keep your subject sharp, even if it's on and off. Easier but not necessarily easy. Keeping the sharpness right requires an exercise. This small screen also does not help me, so it's important to take advantage of the functional zoom and adjust the focus on full zoom. However, it is not possible when you are taking movies on the run. In this case, you use the AF-ON button on Canon 5D Mark II.