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    7D Video

    I put together a quick video from our family Easter gathering.

    It was shot with the Canon 7D with a 24-70 f2.8 lens in 24p.

    I didn't have a tripod because I didn't expect to shoot video. After realizing everyone was shoot stills, I decided to shoot vids but unfortunately it's jittery.

    http://www.vimeo.com/10692506
    Canon 5D MKII & Canon 7D

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    Re: 7D Video

    Having a tripod would have helped, but it is a well contructed video. It would have been nice to see some establishing shots for the hidden eggs so we get more of a sense that they are hidden and it would have been nice to get both a wide shot and a close up of someone finding an egg. I know that with a family event like this, that isn't always possible.

    Other than that I wish I could afford a 7d!
    incidentally if you are a gadget person the manfrotto modo steady might help with your moving camera shots and double as a lightweight tripod for events like this where you really don't need heavier gear.
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    Re: 7D Video

    Thanks for commenting Skyman. That modo device looks appealing. I'll consider it if it supports the weight of my other gear. In the mean time, I should just leave a tripod in the car so I never am without one

    I sold a couple camera bodies to get this 7D. I'm glad I did.

    Oh and thanks for the story development advice. The only thing I staged was the scene of all the kids running out of the door. I look forward to my next opportunity to do this.....with a tripod next time of course.
    Canon 5D MKII & Canon 7D

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    Re: 7D Video

    Quote Originally Posted by Skyman
    I wish I could afford a 7d!
    How about a 550D? For video, it has the exact same functionality and performance, doesn't it?
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    Re: 7D Video

    The Modo Steady does look good. I think that might be something I can carry in the backpack for better ski and mountain bike video. I remember seeing it a couple of years ago at PMA but it didn't reallly interest me at the time. Does now, though

    I like your video, Eric. The editing is great. I do agree that the camera shake is a distraction. An IS lens would definitely help with that but it's not really the right solution. Even with IS, camera shake is a problem with video. It smooths things out but doesn't actually eliminate the shake.

    I'm not really sure about the processing you chose. I kept thinking the contrast was too low. And then I saw on your Vimeo page that you'd processed it that way on purpose. It might just be a matter of personal taste, but I wanted to see a bit more snap in the image quality. It got me thinking about the Canon Picture Styles. I think you can use them for video as well as stills. I might have to try that.
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    Re: 7D Video

    Thanks for the input John. I'll be shooting this weekend. Hopefully I improve on the hand holding.

    Quote Originally Posted by Photo-John
    I'm not really sure about the processing you chose. I kept thinking the contrast was too low. And then I saw on your Vimeo page that you'd processed it that way on purpose. It might just be a matter of personal taste, but I wanted to see a bit more snap in the image quality. It got me thinking about the Canon Picture Styles. I think you can use them for video as well as stills. I might have to try that.
    There are a lot of premade Picture Styles out on the Internet. I have yet to dabble in them but it's nice to know they're out there. I hear using the picture style software is a pain.
    Canon 5D MKII & Canon 7D

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    Re: 7D Video

    PJ at the moment I can't afford a 550D, but it is on my wish list. I was hoping to convince work to buy me one but we are already behind with our budgets for this year....

    I like Eric's processing. I don't think higher contrast would have been flattering to the subjects even if it would have made the flowers and eggs pop. This is difficult as nothing is worse than editing a video with different colour grades so I think he has made the right choice.
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