Course info
Oct 19, 2016
1h 24m

In this course, DSLR Video Fundamentals, you'll learn how to use a DSLR camera for video recording. You'll first get the camera ready to record video, and learn about how video works. Then, you'll learn how to handle the camera while shooting video. Then you'll learn about setting a full manual exposure, and finally how to choose lenses for your shots. By the end of this course, you'll be on your way to shooting professional-level video with a DSLR camera.

About the author
About the author

Ryan Magner graduated from New England Tech with an Associates in Video & Audio Production, and has since been working as a professional video producer for the last 8 years. Ryan's years of experience working for a local film festival company, a marketing agency, and now producing other trainers' courses shot in studio has allowed him to teach others to create their own video and audio productions.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Getting Started with DSLR Video
Welcome to DSLR Video Fundamentals. In this course, you're going to learn how to record video using a DSLR camera. We'll start with getting your DSLR prepared for video recording and what the video settings all mean. Next, we'll look at how you should position and hold your camera as you record video and some basic tools and shot types you can use as you shoot video. Then you'll learn how to set a full manual exposure, so you can control every detail of how your video looks. Finally, we'll talk about lenses, the different types, and how to use them. Once you've completed this course, you'll be on your way to recording professional-looking videos with your DSLR camera.

How to Choose DSLR Lenses for Video
The DSLR lens is essential to how your videos shot on a DSLR look. They determine the field of view or how much of the scene in front of the camera gets recorded. They also determine the sharpness and detail in your videos. The DSLR lens in the long-term is a more important investment than a DSLR camera body. Before we dive into the details, what does a lens do? As light enters a lens, it passes through many glass elements within the complete lens enclosure. This light gets focused as it makes its way to the camera sensor, and along the way, you can shift the focus to different parts of the scenery in front of the camera, as well as deciding how much of the scenery is captured on the camera's sensor. The last stop for light before it enters the camera body is the aperture, which we looked at previously. The aperture will limit the amount of light that is passing through the lens and onto the sensor. In this chapter, we're going to learn what the numbers printed on a lens mean for your video and then how to decide what lens is right for different scenarios and how these different lens features affect your video. By the end of this chapter, you'll have the knowledge you need to identify and choose lenses with understanding of how they will impact your video.