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Old 01-23-2010, 02:21 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, Im filming for my first time ever. I have a broken arm and 48 hours to understand some fundamentals about filming. Heres the cam and editing programs im using...

Sony HVR A1U 1080i HDV with sony HDV digitalMASTER mini 63min tapes and a simple Tripod
Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe After Effects are the editing programs of choice


I feel as though I have a few cool shots in mind for the park.

The only thing I fully understand right now is just white balance. Im not going to be doing any follow cam action because of my broken arm and handling my dad's 2k$ camera. What are some other necessities and tricks that you guys use for HD filming?
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Old 01-23-2010, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Basic tips are this.

-When holding the camera immobilize as many joints as possible. The less moveable joints the steadier the shot will be. Hold your elbows to your side and have both hands on the camera. I like to move my whole torso to move the camera.
-Keep the sun or other light source as much to your back as you can.
-When filming watch the possition of the person in the frame. Don't pay attention to how good the trick looks or if they landed or not.
-Use a wideangle over a fisheye. Doing fisheye filming right is pretty hard.
-Be sure to start and stop recording with plenty of room for editing.
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Us guys(of the forum) in S/E Michigan are talking about making a 10/15 minute video of good riding/park/etc. I'm currently working as a camera operator for a school district so I'm slowly picking up skills.

With snow, your best manually balancing your white off the snow(I would think)

If you have a tripod, use it!. You elimnate the shakes, plus you have one hand.

Since you only have one camera, don't get too crazy with zoom and focus. Just set it and leave it.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:37 PM   #4 (permalink)
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just some tips here.

1. if your doing a shot with the camera not moving at all i would say almost be looking parallel with the rail.

2.with tricks like spins it really doesn't need an abstract angle to look good.(rails)

3.when doing presses really try to pick an angle where the press is visible
example: tail press - i would film a little past the landing of the rail

4.Boardslides have to be the hardest trick to make it look good. one you need a good angle plus the rider himself needs to be going fast enough and have enough style.
try watching some urban snowboarding vids and see the angles they use
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with that camera, you need to understand manual controls. read the manual, learn how to adjust iris, shutter speed, ect. just knowing how to white balance will make your shots look much better than just auto mode, but not nearly as good as they should look.

also, you need to know how to adjust gain so that your footage doesnt look like shit in low light.
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i've always wanted to put a mirror on top of an obstacle like this and then just film it and capture the rider's aprroach, trick, and landing all without moving the camera.
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Sick, Ive been testing with it quite a bit. Still messing with some of the basics
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