I have owned my D7000 for almost one year but never tried the video until today. Does anyone have any advice on the optimal autofocus settings for video? Mine makes a heck of racket when focusing, audible of course on the video.
Sat 21-Apr-12 05:48 AM | edited Sat 21-Apr-12 05:51 AM by hyphotographer
Amen to manual. Kill sound input from the built-in mic on the body if possible! It really spoils your movie clip with focusing noise if you use autofocus. The camera would start from shortest distance on the lens then move to infinity to find focus on live-view, wonder why it does that?
Alos, if you are seriously exporting content for DVD/BluRay etc, or HDMI for the web and so on, you will want to get a Sennheiser mini shotgun mic for on camera, and better still, buy an H4N Zoom with off camera support (boom pole, stand etc, Sherpa) for audio to synch up in post with Plural Eyes or other audio tools.
The on camera audio does grab the focus motor noise, and unless you are doing a rock band, it will be noticeable.
+1 for the H4N Zoom. Gets the sound pick-up off the camera and near the subject!
It comes with a mic stand adapter which is a sleeve the diameter of a mic barrel which screws into the tripod thread on the H4N. This lets you drop it into a standard isolated mic holder ($20.). You can pop the mic adaptor onto anything that accommodates a tripod thread. (Or, an assistant can hold the H4N.)
You need editing software to sync sound with video. A hand clap is a good reference point but not necessary
So manual it is. I think I'll use the 10-24mm lens at a wide angle like 10mm and perhaps try a single focus setting, hoping for good enough depth of field. I have the little Nikon hot shoe mounted mike.