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I just bought myself a Canon T2i, although I don't plan on using it for stills, I'll be shooting quite a lot of video with it. Any tips from vet owners I should know about? I know it's a pretty straight forward camera, but the owners manual doesn't always have everything in it
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Check this site out: http://www.digital-photography-school.com/

They have lots of good stuff there
 
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I would visit dvxusers.com at the canon t2i/60 forum section. You'll learn lots from there.

Off the top of my head:

-Try shooting only in 1080 as the 720 on these canon dslrs suck ass. UNLESS, you really want slow motion, then the 720 60fps mode is pretty useful.

-It's usually not a good idea to mix footages and stills. I always get a buffer indicator when I decide to take pics and video on the same memory card.

-For the smoothest "film look"... when shooting in 1080 @ 24p, try keeping the shutter at 1/50... I know in alotta situation you can't always pull this off but if you want that "film look" then I suggest sticking with that shutter speed. This is where an nd filter will help.

-Go into your camera menu option and set "movie exposure" to manual.

-Your camera has different picture styles. "faithful" and "standard" give the best image right out the camera but gives little headroom for color grading. A setting I like to use is "neutral" with sharpness turned all the way down, contrast down two notches, saturation down two notches and color tone in the middle. Eventually, you might want to experiment with custom picture profiles like "super flat" and "marvel cine"

-Having the sharpness down helps minimize aliasing but won't get rid of it. You'll notice lots of aliasing when shooting wide and deep. My advice is to take advantage of those wide apertures and get some decent shallow dof going. Or if your shooting on an ultra wide lens, to slightly back off the focus a little. Once I finish working on my video, i'll post it up so you can see what I mean.

-If you decide to get a zoom lens, try getting one with a constant aperture.

ya, that all I could think of right now, lol.
Edited by semajha - 2/20/11 at 6:21pm
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Join POTN. There is a lot of helpful information for Canon users there.
    
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Get a good mic.
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Get a good mic.
Absolute must.

Depending on what kind of shooting you will be doing you should get a stabilizer.
    
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What kinda stuff are you shooting? Using a clap board and stuff film school? Lavalier mic setup is always a great one to have handy besides a boom mic, don't forget a windsock.
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Join POTN. There is a lot of helpful information for Canon users there.
+1

Also, while the t2i now has stereo mic for the video, it still isn't going to be great if you plan on video recording. Congrats!

p.s. get a remote for the shutter release! must have after the tri-pod
 
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Join POTN. There is a lot of helpful information for Canon users there.
+2, POTN is great, just don't get sucked into a discussion about computers over there. Pro photogs often think they're PC experts.
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+2, POTN is great, just don't get sucked into a discussion about computers over there. Pro photogs often think they're Mac experts.
Fixed for ya But yeah, +3 for POTN. I've found alot of good reads over there (and some good deals on Canon equip too!)
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