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HD Camcorder Training

AiredaleNation
07-27-2010, 10:05 AM
I've been shooting sports photography for about 5 years and have been looking to expand that to video. This morning I purchased a Sony HDR-AX2000 to get me started, but have very little video experience. Being an action photographer, I don't think following the action will be an issue and I'm assuming white balance and lighting are simular. What I don't know at all is the camera itself. I've search for "How to" and "What nots" online.For the most part I'm finding artistic samples, but very little on how to make it happen.

Any of you folks know of some good video tutorials to get pointed in the right direction? Being a newby here I've not had the chance to really go through and learn what I can from the text help found on this site, but I know there's lots to learn here. What I'm needing though is a jump start and for that, video demos work best.

Thanks
John from airedalenation

acgold7
07-27-2010, 11:36 AM
The best thing you could possibly do is spend a couple of hours with the cam and the manual when it arrives. Play with everything to learn what each setting does. Begin by shooting in full auto and see if you like how it looks, then apply tweaks to your liking.

There are also some very good tutorials at Video Copilot and Lynda.com. You might also want to check out Vortex Media to see if they have an instructional DVD available for your cam -- if not, the one they have for the Z5/FX1000 will come close, as it's basically the same cam as the one you have coming.

AiredaleNation
07-27-2010, 12:01 PM
Thanks for the reply, I'll go check them out!

mshulman
07-27-2010, 08:58 PM
The biggest thing I have found is that you really need to pan slowly - otherwise it just looks awful. This is the case with any filming really, but seems to be much more pronounced with HD from what I've found.

AiredaleNation
07-27-2010, 09:50 PM
The biggest thing I have found is that you really need to pan slowly - otherwise it just looks awful. This is the case with any filming really, but seems to be much more pronounced with HD from what I've found.What about zooming? I can see sideline panning being an issue, but with the power I've seen in the samples, the zoom from the endzone might be a solid option. Which is usually more stable, zoom or pan?

mshulman
07-28-2010, 08:19 AM
Zooming is fine - you just need to hold it really steady or preferably use a tripod. Basically I've found the slower your movements the better things will look. A fast zoom in our out though is not as bad as panning quickly.