J Michael wrote in post #16963809
Re panning there are two potential issues to look out for. The first has to do with the actual smooth movement of the camera, where the motion should start without a sudden jarring movement and should be smooth throughout the pan, ending smoothly. For that you need a good video head and sticks that won't twist from the torsion of the turning movement of the head. The second has to do with the frame rate and encoding that's used. If you are shooting 24 fps but panning too fast you can get a juddering artifact that will ruin the shot.
I bought a good video head and I'm getting smooth pans, but I'm using the head on a non-video tripod (still looking for a good one), so I can probably improve in that area. There is not much action in my scenes, and so my 30fps seems to be sufficient. I'm using ALL-I compression.
Re the audio recorder some like the Zooms and some like Tascam. The high end (buy once, maintains value) solution would be a Zaxcom or Sound Devices unit. If you buy a recorder that has balanced inputs then you'll want microphones that work with that interface.
I have the Tascam DR-60D that accepts multiple input types. I am using only the Rode VMP with it right now, and it works fine for dialogue that's close to the camera. I used the Rode once without the Tascam and found it hard to change levels quickly, for example when people started clapping, and ended up clipping the clapping. The dials on the Tascam would have helped, so I will always use it from now on. Also, I'll be looking into a wireless system with lav mic for when I can't get close to the speaker.
One issue you'll run into with any DSLR is a need to monitor the output on something other than the tiny screen on the back of the camera. Something like a 7" SmallHD monitor would help. Focus peaking is desirable on the monitor.
I really want the setup to be as small and mobile as possible. I think that DPAF will help with focusing, but I'm not sure I'll be investing in the 70D, but wait for a full frame camera with this feature. In the meantime, I'll experiment with ML on the 5D3. The LCD on the camera isn't too small and my eyesight is good.
Monticore wrote in post #16967572
For panning I have been using a Manfrotto 502 video head. If I'm very carefull I can get perfectly acceptable slow pans at 24fps. I would like to upgrade to a sachtler head at some point. Fast pans at 24fps don't work for me. I use a Lanparte follow focus unit to pull focus on a Lanparte rail system. The rail system is modular and can be expanded to become a shoulder unit for handheld. With a video head and the camera on a decent set of legs you can get smooth pans depending on the action and practice. For audio I use a Roland r26. All this stuff is a lot to juggle but I'm mostly shooting narrative stuff and what's good for me might be a crappy set up for another. If I were to shoot mostly handheld I would use a lens with image stabilization and make sure I had a bean bag to take the place of a tripod for static shots that would strip it down. For me, I 'd take a solid static shot over a choppy pan.
I don't have any stabilized lenses other than the 70-200mcatI do shoot hand held at times and using the 24-70mm, don't get very smooth shots. I'm considering the 35mm IS for wide shots.
ben_r_ wrote in post #16980095
If youre serious about taking DSLR video to a higher level start with this book: LINK
Then be prepared to spend more on video gear than you did on photography gear. And equally on audio gear.
I have that book in my Amazon cart and will buy it tonight. Thanks for the recommendation.
So far, I've identified that I need a video tripod, video monopod, a stabilized lens, a wireless mic system, a slider and a book. I hope there's no more after that!