creatively into a single video presentation. We collect video clips through out the wedding day and place a small wireless microphone (about the size of an iPod shuffle) in the breast pocket of the groom or Officiant during the ceremony and through toasts during the reception. Clients are given a 1080p high resolution version of their fusion video on a Blu Ray disc. Lower resolution versions may also be provided for use on phones or Facebook.
In this clip I actually used a Canon 7D. Here are some tips which I have found from using this camera so far in capturing video:
Canon 7D HD Video:
1. Video is not as forgiving as shooting RAW. If the exposure is off, you are stuck. The
LCD display is very accurate for video, so pay attention BEFORE you start filming.
2. If you need to set the ISO, Exposure and Shutter Speed, the 7D’s Manual setting is your only option to full control. But, for the most part, the camera is smart enough
with video to leave the camera in P (Program mode) allowing you to lighten or
darken the photos using the Exposure Compensation +/- settings.
3. Focus in Camera Mode and then switch to Video Mode. The Camera Mode has access to all of the 19 AF Points while Video Mode only has the Center-weight focus.
4. If you want to use a zoom effect, you need to have a sharp focus on the end point of the zoom. Zoom in all the way, and focus at that point. Then Zoom out and
5. Image Stablized Lenses like Canon’s 15mm-55mm IS EFS and 70mm-200mm IS L will stabilize video fairly well. Of course, there are limits. This is no steadicam! Just
like in still photos, quality optics will create impressive results in the
clarity of the captured video.
6. Even shooting on a tripod can show a slight wobble in the video. Be sure to allow a second or two before and after the desired video capture to allow the camera to
7. For under $30, the SteadePod is very effective at stabilizing both hand-held video and still photography. Image stabilized lenses alone will not suffice when moving around a room and panning (as you can tell from one of the short clips in the speeches I captured in this video.
8. Use a fast CompactFlash card (like Sandisk Extreme IV 16gb) to keep up with you.
I can easily fill a 16gb card in a busy day of shooting RAW stills and video.
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9. Shooting video is a constant drain on your battery. Remember to charge it or carry a spare. Using the Battery Grip (BG-E7) more than doubles the battery performance.
10. The typical video clip (before a cut) is between 4-seconds and 10-seconds. Longer clips are possible (up to 12-minutes) but must include a strong subject matter to hold someones attentions (ex. talking, action) Shoot longer and edit down.