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Beginning to shoot film on your DSLR? This tutorial goes over some practical tips on creating a cinematic look with your DSLR footage. In this video I cover the basic camera settings to achieve a popular style and some effective editing techniques to begin with. Have a read of the comments – some much more qualified people have shared their useful tips!
Something I did not mention is that you can use a neutral-density filter to reduce amount of light entering the camera. This will allow you to shoot with a wide aperture in bright daylight while keeping the exposure correct.
While I mentioned you could overlay an image with black bars to make a 2.35:1 aspect ratio, it’s much better to make the project itself the correct ratio so that films display better on ultra-widescreen displays. You can change this in the composition settings or in the export settings in premiere – for 1080p footage the resolution will then be 1920×810 pixels (rather than 1920×1080). If you still want to use the template to letterbox the video you can download the template here: http://cl.ly/0Z1z390h1E2g
As this film is aimed for absolute beginners – I highly recommend Fenchel & Janisch’s more advanced (and more qualified) tutorial: https://youtu.be/pf_3gX_Z6Lo
In the film I am using Adobe Premiere.
I’m currently a final year Computer Science student at UNSW Sydney though I also have a love for filmmaking, electronics and graphic/UX/industrial design.
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