I'm exploring the video capabilities of the D7000. Have shot some video with it, but mostly not with a great deal of knowledge about the features or how to set it up. Anyone have a procedure or checklist that they use in setting up the camera and shooting video? I do have the Nikon external mic and have a Hoodman Loupe that I am using for the viewfinder. Beyond that, want to keep things simple.
Good question Dayne as I'am interested in this too. I rarely shoot video, but when I have, I have put the camera in "Auto" mode and pushed the record button. That is so uncharacteristically me (I'm an A and M mode still image shooter). Peter
The problem with video, especially on DSLRs, is that people always want to keep it "simple". And frankly, it's anything but. Short of using dedicated motion picture cinema cameras, DSLRs are the most complex video machines out there. Video is inherently harder than stills. I try to explain it to people this way...
Imagine yourself with a stills camera. You press the shutter release. Now you have to focus manually, adjust exposure manually, compose, and the camera is always moving. Oh, and you're shooting 24-30fps and there is no ability to go in and remove bad frames. You make a manual focus mistake, it's there for the world to see. Blow the exposure... sorry that's the breaks. Got that horizon tilted while you panned the camera by hand? Too bad.
If you want "easy", you'd do yourself a great service by going and picking up an inexpensive handycam for a few hundred bucks. They are a TON more forgiving than DSLRs. DSLRs are the domain of the budding filmmaker, or the film student. They are not "easy" video cameras. At least not yet.
I don't say this to be mean or harsh. I've shot 3 independent films, two on DSLR, and believe me, it's anything but easy.
If I want 'easy' I'll use my Coolpix L22. Way easy!
By keeping it simple I do not wish to buy a lot of extraneous equipment, i.e. slide rails, etc. Not looking to produce the likes of the sample videos for the D7000 and the D800 on the Nikon site. But when I am hiking I would like to be able to video a scene without toting a ton of equipment beyond my tripod and the 2 piece I mentioned above.
The D7000 and other DSLR's are made to take video standing alone. Surely there must be a guide getting started in video using this 'simple' set-up!
My apologies for that. However, with no idea of your background in video, no idea how you planned to use the video, what equipment you owned or intended to buy to shoot the video, I did the best I could.
> >If I want 'easy' I'll use my Coolpix L22. Way easy!
>when I am hiking I would like to be able to >video a scene without toting a ton of equipment beyond my >tripod and the 2 piece I mentioned above.
Ok, this bit of information is critical to understanding your intended use and how best to give you advice.
>The D7000 and other DSLR's are made to take video standing >alone.
To some degree this is true. However, the truth is that without a few pieces of gear, the results are usually quite poor.
>Surely there must be a guide getting started in video >using this 'simple' set-up!
While I am sure there is probably a book or guide out there, much of the DSLR video community utilizes forums to discuss things such as this. Much of it is Canon dominated since those cameras are far more widely used than the Nikons, but the fundamentals are the same.
You might check out DVInfo, DVXUser, or even the Vimeo forums. You'll find users there from beginners to seasoned pros.
I wish you the best with your video experience, and again I am sorry for seeming condescending to you.
I've tried video a few times just to become familiar with the operation; ok but not good. Go into the forums and under "Master your tools" at the bottom there is a forum discussing video. Perhaps there you can get some additional ideas. Good Luck.
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Interesting link, thanks. She has a part 2 video where she clarifies what can be set in Live View.
So it would seem to shoot video with some control and a lens without an aperture ring:
- set menu to "on" for video manual control - set camera to manual (M) exposure mode - set AF to manual focus (this is a personal preference) - set aperture before entering Live View (changes while in Live View don't actually do anything until you exit and re-enter Live View) - check for appropriate exposure while out of Live View; do this by looking at exposure meter in viewfinder and adjusting ISO/aperture/shutter - enter into Live View mode - feel free to adjust shutter speed and ISO while in Live View - focus on subject (optionally by zooming in with Live View) - start shooting video and adjust focus as necessary while shooting video
Good day, Dayn. I've tried taking some video with my D7000, too, and was a little disappointed with my initial attempts for one simple reason: I did not use a tripod. Talk about shaky. So my main accessory is my tripod when I take DSLR videos even when using a VR lens like my Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRI. I like Peter's check list, too. Let us know how you make out with your next video projects. Neill Proud to be a Montreal Nikonian http://picasaweb.google.com/NeillDGraham
#9. "RE: Video Question" In response to Reply # 8 Wed 06-Jun-12 05:46 AM by PAStime
I used the method I described to shoot some 45 year old 8mm family films projected onto a screen with an old Bell & Howell projector. Worked quite well! I used my 70-200 VRII on my D7000 as that gave me the right focal length and focus distance for the approximately 1 foot in diameter projected image. There is a bit of keystoning because the projector lens and camera lens can't be in the exact same physical space/lens axis. I set my D7000 shutter speed to 1/50s and then used the fine speed control on the project to slow down and eventually eliminate the flickering/banding. These films have no sound track so I shut off the mic on the D7000 (that is an available menu item).