#2. "RE: D7000 screen is brighter than actual recording" In response to Reply # 0
Check your histogram. Never rely on a camera LCD - even an LCD as good as the one Nikon uses in the D7000 - to estimate exposure. Check the histogram. If the histogram is not intuitively understandable to you, start using a light meter to set or check your exposure.
High contrast lighting is difficult to shoot - still or video. Even the mighty Nikon matrix metering system will give unexpected results if it's trying to cope with dramatic extremes of contrast and/or brighness.
#3. "RE: D7000 screen is brighter than actual recording" In response to Reply # 2
Can you check histogram when shooting video?
Also, why does the LCD of the D7K darken sometimes during an in-prgress video shoot? Does it just do that after a certain time period? I am not figured this one out yet as it has happened to me only intermittently so I don't know if it is setting-related.
#4. "RE: D7000 screen is brighter than actual recording" In response to Reply # 3
>Also, why does the LCD of the D7K darken sometimes during an >in-progress video shoot? If you are shooting in hand held mode (which can be used on a tripod) the camera adjusts exposure during recording if either the light level or subject change. If you are in tripod mode exposure does not change if you change the aperture during recording - this can be an interesting effect in high contrast lighting.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.