Cameras for Low Budget Filmmaking

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While every camera takes photos, only a few make good movies. The video shooting capacity varies with brand and cost. Still, there are some cameras that make the cut. Here is a look at them.

Shooting movies with the EOS DSLR camera

You can make wonderful movies if you follow some thumb rules. First, you must know that the EOS DSLR cameras will make two files. One is the.MOV file that is the movie file and the.THM file. This second one is the thumbnail file. The computer does not need these files to play the movies. You can transfer the.MOV files and delete them.THM files. No harm is done here. But, if you want to play the movies back on your camera, you need them.THM files.

Do a trial run first

Second, you must check the aperture settings do not change when you zoom in and out. This is for the times when you make movies with a zoom lens attached to the DSLR camera. You might feel like zooming in often. When the lens is variable aperture zooming will alter the maximum aperture and make it become small. This will cause the footage to become darker. When you use a fixed aperture lens, you may not have a change in the aperture size. But, since the amount of light reduces when you zoom, the footage will become darker. To be sure, check that the exposure does not vary before you shoot the film.

Check the temperature gauge often

When you shoot for a long time, the sensor will get hot. It sends two kinds of warnings. The first is the white temperature gauge. It will appear on the rear LCD screen. If this warning appears, it is advisable to stop filming and wait until the camera cools. But, you can carry on filming. The quality will not be up to snuff. When the red temperature gauge warning appears, it means the camera will shut down shortly. This is to prevent any damage to the sensor. Here you have to take a break.

Choose a good camera
The choice of the camera depends on the budget and the availability. You can even rent your camera. You have many shops that give you high-quality cameras for dirt cheap prices. Register on these sites and you will get the camera door-delivered within the hour. Here is the selection of cameras ideal for film shooting:

  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 70D
  • Sony a7S
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
  • Canon C100 Mark II
  • Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

Always choose the white balance setting from the preset settings or use a custom white balance setting. Avoid using the custom white balance setting. Suppose you make adjustments to the ISO settings during filming, it will change the way the footage will appear if you use Auto setting. If you use the custom setting, you can adjust this to the value you need.

Using a preset White Balance will ensure that the setting will not change. The processing of the film will remain easy for you. Another thing is to use manual setting for the ISO setting, aperture value, and shutter speed. This way, the settings will not change while you are filming.