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Camera settings for filming on your Canon DSLR – DSLR FILM NOOB

http://www.dslrfilmnoob.com/ I often get questions from people asking why their footage looks grainy, or why the motion in their video appears “jumpy” and “jagged.”

Many of these problems can be corrected by using the proper settings on your camera while filming.

Grain in your video footage is often caused by using high ISO settings on your camera. Even though these HDSLR cameras can preform well in low light they still have there weaknesses. The canon 7d, t2i and 60d all share the same sensor and there for preform similarly in low light settings. I don’t recommend shooting above ISO 1600. At ISO 1600 grain starts to show up noticeable but could still be removed using programs like Neat Video, and Magic Bullet Denoiser software programs (note: that both of these soften your footage slightly). At ISO 1000 and under video grain begins to fall off and becomes much less noticeable. So if you can try to keep your camera between ISO 100 and 1600 you should be problem free.

Motion flicker can be caused by your exposure time. 1/30th, 1/60th, and 1/125th seem to work fine, but if you go above that, motion in your video will begin to seem choppy. If you have to much light in your scene and need to correct for it, the best option is to use either ND filters or a variable ND filter. I recommend buying a larger size filter if you can and using reducer rings to cover your smaller lenses (reducers are much cheaper then ND filters).

One other Item to keep in mind is that your camera should be in Full manual mode when filming. This should be the large M on canon cameras. If you use any of the auto settings the camera may try to change any number of these settings in an attempt to correctly expose your footage. This can lead to dimming of video footage, choppy motion and any of the above problems listed.

Equipment used in this video:
Canon 7d & t2i
Canon 50mm f1.2
Canon 35mm f1.4
Sennheiser g2 wireless mic
Zoom h4n & Zoom h1

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19 comments

  1. i dont know what's going on with my canon 70d grrrrrrr
    i Shoot Videos on Manual Focus ISO 320 SHUTTER SPEED 160 AND APERTURE 3.2, MY LENS IS 55MM 1.8 SO I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY WHEN I TRANFER MY VIDEO TO SONY VEGAS, MY VIDEOS ARE GRAINY GRRRRRRR, I USE AMAZON SOFT LIGHTS AND I ALSO HAVE THE RING LIGHT,
    PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME HERE

  2. what best setting and tips you have if I'm filming in low light like a club and wanna keep that natural club feel?? i have a canon 6d with a 50mm 1.2 and 24mm 1.4

  3. Hi onelonedork,
    can you please elaborate on the microphone you used? What's the model name and are you recording in-camera or externally with a separate recording device?
    Thanks in advance
    Tobias

  4. Great advice. Wish I could get those results. I shot yesterday on a 7d with 100 ISO inside on a slider, and the shadows had that much noise it looked like creatures crawling up the wall!

    Concerned I should have bought a 5DII, but looking at this, yours seem fine. Maybe a got a dodgy camera!

  5. He gives advice and then doesn't do a custom white balance at the end.  Tisk, Tisk.  He is as yellow as the sun, looks like his liver is failing.

  6. Backyard Productions

    I get grain at 400 ISO?! How come? 

  7. i have a 7d, 28-135 lens,wen i zoom while video..the brightnes gets brighter,HELP

  8. My 7d footage feels jumpy in 24fps even in a low shutter speed. What do I do?

  9. Smile Skateboarding Supply Co.

    can anybody help me? I used to film on a sony hd ccd camcorder and switched to dslr for filming skateboarding.i use the samyang/walimex fisheye (3.5). on the screen it would always look all nice, but the footage on the edit looks grainy and blurry as hell. not i have the iso to 800 and film 720p60. still i can't figure why it looks so silly. i was way happier wirth the 1080i my fx7 delivered. i saw a vid where the dude changed the quality to raw..but does that matter – to video?

  10. get a faster/better computer

  11. whats good for shooting music videos..? 24fps, or 30fps ?

  12. thnx for the answer but i have figured it out it was my week PC who couldnt play the HD files smoothly !

  13. Or buy a lens with a lower f-stop? haha Say…. pancake 1.4?

  14. It could me "moire", and not interlaced lines. DSLRs can't film interlaced frames, as far as I'm aware. Many do have SD resolutions, but only in progressive frame rates. Can you upload sample footage?

  15. You should never change shutter speed, this isn't photography. F/4 just won't pick up light in low light conditions – you have no choice but to add more to your light source, or bump up your ISO

  16. depends on what's going on in front of the green screen

  17. Sorry, 1/48 is probably more accurate

  18. 1/50, double your frame rate

  19. change the frame rate on your camera (in menus). 24p mainly slow moving subjects (most t.v shows are filmed with this frame rate. 30p is mainly for things that have a little more action. 60i best for slow motion and extremely fast action. Hope it helps. Also 24p works best with a tripod if you dont, when you shake your hand the video will be very jerky

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