Nyrius Review and Demo
My name is Jose, I live in Fort Worth, Texas. I recently bought the Canon T2I (Christmas present). I was so amazed and happy to see that you were using the same camera to produce some awesome results. I really wish I could get the same results….lol. So you just started videography last year or DSLR videography? Either way, your work inspires me to learn more!!
I just bought the LCDVF because of your recommendation. Seems to be a great alternative to the Zacuto. I wish I would have bought this sooner because focusing is such a challenge with just the LCD screen. Also, what ND filter do you recommend for the Tokina 11-16mm? I was trying to shoot outside for my son’s birthday party and had to crank up the setting to get descent exposure (which I think is a no, no). I have been hearing some mixed reviews of the Fader ND on the Tokina. Do you have this lens?
I must say, I am a little overwhelmed with all the “rules” and settings for proper DSLR videography. Following the rules, I have not been able to get the same results that you and a lot of people on Vimeo are getting. When I see everybody else’s videos, they look so crisp and sharp. All my videos seem to have a ton of noise. I am not sure if this makes a difference but I am reviewing the native video straight from the SD card. It just doesn’t look impressive. Maybe I am not focusing correctly. I am to the point where I think something is wrong with the camera or I dialed in a wrong setting in the menu. I am tempted to set everything back to default and start over.
I was really hoping you could give me some tips on what settings to use. I went into the menu settings when I first got it and made some tweaks per Phillip Blooms website (i.e. picture styles, highlight tone priority, AF mode, etc…)
Maybe I could send you small clips of native files and you can critique them. I would really love to know what “Your” rules are when shooting and what user settings and camera settings you use. That way, I can focus more on producing great video then running around in circles trying to trouble shoot my video quality issues.
Thank you so much for your time and keep up the awesome work – Jose
Hello Fellow Texan!
Great questions! I get these a lot and it’s about time I answer them. Let’s see if I can clearly answer them, and hopefully help some others at the same time.
1) Yup, I started shooting for the first time on any camera system, last year, May 2010. My wife and I initially picked up our first DSLR camera to shoot images of our newborn son. I started seeing the video capabilities of the Canon DSLR’s online and began researching more. Soon I was shooting my own videos and sharing with family and friends, and it quickly evolved from there into my first music video. Quick tip..practice, practice, practice. That first month I was shooting everything possible and it drove my wife and kids nuts! Shoot in different enviroments and lighting situations, practice focusing on objects in motion (kids are great for this).
2) Yup, cranking up the exposure is a no-no if you are looking for a more “cinematic” look. The rule of the thumb to follow is to double your from frame rate. So if you are shooting 1920×1080/24fps, your shutter speed should be set to 50 (or 48 with the latest verion of Magin Lantern for T2i), and if you are shooting at 720p/60fps, shutter speed should be set at 120 or 125. This is known as the 180 Degree Shutter rRule. To combat a blown-out image, I use a ND Filter by Light Craft Workshop out of Hong Kong. It has 8 stops and is a must have for outdoor daytime shooting! Just remember, if you do pick up one of these filters, you will need the appropriate size to fit the particular lens. So for your example, the awesome, Tokina 11-16mm lens, you would need the 77mm Fader ND Mark II, linked below. I have used this filter with this lens, and it works fine.
3) If you shoot following some basic rules, your video’s should be coming out crisp and sharp as well. I have viewed directly off the card, and it looks the same as when viewed from my local computer, however, the performance is better when I save and watch on my machine. Before I start shooting there are a few things I check.
a. If I am shooting at 1080p/24fps, is my shutter speed set to 48?
b. Am I using the correct ISO? With the Magic Lantern software for the T2i, I now have “native ISO’s” available. So I only use 160, 320, 640, or 1250. However, to avoid the chance of noise, I try, try, try, to never go over 640. More info on this here.
c. How is my white balance? Again, with Magic Lantern, I now have the option to manually set by kelvin. However, before that was available, I would always use custom white balance. Check out this video by Dave Dugdale that will guide you through the process.
4) Whoa..whoa..I am getting a little ahead of myself! Before I even step out the door to shoot, I make sure my camera is setup correctly. This is very important to get the best images out of the camera as possbile! Check out episode 2, “Know Your Camera“, by cinematographer, Shane Hurlbut. He goes over several settings your camera should be set at. He’s not doing it on a T2i, but most of the settings do carry over. Very important step!
5) Yep, I have no problem viewing some of your native files and may give me a better of idea of what is going on. I do a lot of work in post-production, so maybe that’s what you are seeing in difference in quality and “look”. Get a DropBox account setup, upload and send me an invite to download.
Well that’s about it, and should give you a good starting point. I use no special sauce, just follow some basic rules and you will begin getting the same results.
Hang in there, thanks for the great questions, and best of luck!
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