When you don't need a slomo, always try to shoot in 1080p. This will allow you zooming and panning allowance in post process, as 720p is high enough resolution for most renderings. Zooms and pans reduce the monotony of long bird clips.
For natural looking motion, always shoot at a shutter speed of twice the fps - i.e. 1/60 sec for 30 fps, 1/50 sec for 24 fps and 1/125 sec for 60 fps. Shooting faster than these speeds will result into choppy, strobed-like appearance of motion blurs.
Always use a tripod when filming birds. A shaky footage will make the viewer dizzy. Turn off IS, VR, VC or OS when recording as such can introduce a "floating sensation" to the footage. You may turn on IS (panning mode if equipped) only when panning at a moving subject, as such can reduce panning shake.
Shoot with a "picture style" that has reduced contrast and sharpening. The former will lessen the occurence of crushed blacks and blown whites, while the latter can minimize aliasing, artifacts and haloing. The contrast and sharpness can be easily brought back in post process.
Always try to shoot with a manually set WB too to avoid the camera adjusting the WB in the middle of a scene. I usually set manually my WB using the color temperature option, and review the scene via Live View to assure there's no horrific color cast.
When editing, keep your clips short and punchy to maintain high viewer interest. A static subject shouldn't be shown for more than a few seconds. Shoot a lot of scenes and angles to give you more editing options.
Canon EOS 5DMIII, 5DMII, 40D, Powershot S3IS, D10, G12 600 mm L f4 IS, 300 mm L f4 IS, Sigma 70-300mm APO DG, EFS 18-55 IS, EF 16-35mm 2.8 II, 1.4x Kenko Teleplus Pro, 2x Kenko Teleplus MC7, 1.4x Sigma TC Manfrotto 055PROB, 393 Gimbal Head, Canon Speedlite580EX II
Post by Mark Jason Argallon on May 10, 2011 3:47:43 GMT
i used nikon d5000 and i got to video a philippine pygmy woodpecker at 720p. however, since it is in wide format, once i edit it using windows movie maker, it is stretched vertically. are there free software that can be used to edit my videos and is there a way to reduce the size so that it could be uploaded here? thanks!
Gear: Nikon D7200, Sigma APO 150-500mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM, AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G, AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR