TV Studio Cameras

Today was a really good lesson in the TV Studio, we got our hands on different cameras, the JVC’s, The Canon 650D and the Black Magic.

I was able to take notes on all the functions of the Canon 650D and the Black Magic, these were set up on the Safari tripods and I will be using the JVC next week.

The Black Magic is a lovely camera, quite heavy but feels such a sturdy piece of equipment. Very streamline with only a few buttons and a fairly straightforward menu system to use. It is a digital film camera, it has a really wide dynamic range of 12 stops which will give you quality footage preserving the extreme highlights and lowlights. It also has three lens mounts, MFT, EF & PL which gives you a huge choice of lenses that can be used with it. The main downside is the size of the files, when shooting in native 4K Raw you will get every bit of data straight from the sensor or you can shoot in ProRes and get high quality video files and both will use up a massive amount of space.  So not only do you need a powerful SSD card you would also need a computer with enough power to process such large files.

I would like to have a good play with it to see its potential.

The Canon 650D is an 18 megapixel digital camera. It has an LCD touchscreen, it can shoot up to 1080p and has an EF/EF-s Lens mount. It was definitely the most easiest to use out of the three, setting the aperture, shutter speed and ISO was straightforward and once switching it to Video Mode and Manual, zooming in using the zoom button on the back of the camera to view the subject close up on the LCD screen so we were able to focus manually with the lens to get as accurate as we could the camera was set up to use.

So out of the two, depending on where your footage is destined for then the Canon 650d at  around £300 is definitely the cheaper easier to use option, the Black Magic costs just under £2000 so it’s a lot more expensive and is suited much for larger projects.

The JVC … to be continued

TV Studio – Green Screen

Excuse the scribbled diagrams, this is how we set up the TV studio today. We set up the lights to evenly light the subject, floor and backdrop and used the grid lights and floor lights separately to compare the difference.

Grid Light set up

Floor Light Set Up

The grid set up was a bit quicker to achieve, whereas the floor lights took a little longer to get right as there was more shadows.

I found this video on youtube which backs up what we learnt today –

Green Screen Tips, Tricks and Materials – Chromakey Tutorial

And this video explained really well how to get the keying right in After Effects –

Advanced Green Screen Keying (After Effects Tutorial)