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andybuk99
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« on: June 30, 2011, 10:54:58 AM »
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Hi all and thanks in advance for any help.

A client  has contacted me out of the blue and he wants me to start shooting some footage of product demonstrations that will then be uploaded to youtube and their website. About 14 years ago when I diversified away from commercial photography for a while and into video I used a few high end broadcast camera's and an avid suite for a couple of years however I expect everything has changed significantly. What advice with regards to camera's and editing software would people recommend? I dont want to spend silly amounts as I am not sure how much more of this work I can get. I currently shoot stills with an Aptus and do my post production work on a PC.
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« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2011, 12:21:19 PM »
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You first choice is probably sensor size

large sensor = hard to shoot but 'cinematic'

unusually you may not have appropriate stills glass which can be a big draw into a specific system

(or not I use canon cameras/nikon glass)

or small sensor - the video look

either way you are going to need to be able to monitor sound and probably need some continous light

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I would say the large sensor sweet spots are Canon T3i/Panny GH2 (cheap!), or sony FS100 - which has 'proper' sound

Small sensor - I know little of these

Im sure you can pick something up for 500 quid that is great, next step is XLR sound input

you might also want to be a ble to shoot 'progrssive footage'

The EX1r is an established small sensor camera - there are some new canons too

Post on a PC? - no idea !

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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2011, 10:06:11 AM »
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A client  has contacted me out of the blue and he wants me to start shooting some footage of product demonstrations that will then be uploaded to youtube and their website.

Use a DSLR like the Canon 600D and choose your lens of choice based on the kind of product you are shooting. This is the cheapest and safest option. As for a solid editing system that is also cheap, I highly recommend Sony Vegas Pro (I use Adobe CS exclusively, but I have had experience with Vegas and I love its speed and feel). If Pro editing is not your thing, and you don't need fancy effects, the free Windows Movie Maker will also work!

The combination I've mentioned is good enough for youtube and the internet, and I also suggest you shoot in 720p, and not 1080p. The differences between the two on the internet are almost impossible to notice, and most people don't use full HD monitors anyway.

If you're based in the US, then a typical workflow would be: 720 at 24fps and 60fps (the latter for slow motion effects), edited natively on a medium performance PC (a core 2 duo is good enough). You can render your final output to the resolution and bit rate your client specifies. I suggest 24p since it will be played on the internet, and will allow you to maximize bit rate for the highest quality, when streaming or downloading.

Hope this helps.
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