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03-14-2010 02:54 PM  8 years agoPost 1
Jesper

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I just got my Canon EOS 550D and I am trying to shoot some video with it. I have no previous experience with shooting video with a DSLR so if someone would be willing to share some knowledge I would greatly apperciate it.

Thanks,

Jesper

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03-15-2010 05:05 AM  8 years agoPost 2
sean911sc

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So it's on the market?

William S Harris

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03-15-2010 12:11 PM  8 years agoPost 3
Jesper

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It's got to be - I have one sitting right next to me!

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03-16-2010 11:17 PM  8 years agoPost 4
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I've got one too and will be sending it up in the coming week I hope! I've already hacked the video-out cable to feed the output into my downlink!

I haven't shot any aerial video with a DSLR before, but I imagine it's best to shoot in manual mode (Menu -> 2nd red icon -> Movie Exposure -> Manual) and choose a small aperture to keep everything in focus (f8 or thereabouts?), choose a shutter speed dependent on the effect you want to get (slow shutter speed for more motion blurring or faster to prevent blurring), and either Auto ISO if you want the overall exposure to be adjusted continuously by the camera as the lighting levels in your scene change, or set your own ISO if you want to clamp the overall exposure at a preset level.

Best of all is probably just to go out and play!

I'm hoping that the overheating-sensor issue won't be a problem for us with all the rotor downwash ...

Cheers

David

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03-17-2010 12:38 AM  8 years agoPost 5
dreslism

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Hogster, how do you plan to trigger the video?

The remote camera trigger does not start video, and you are limited to 12 minute clips.

just curious.

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03-17-2010 12:43 AM  8 years agoPost 6
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I was planning to just press the button before take off .... I can't fly for more than 10 minutes anyway because of the duration my flight packs give

I'm going to need some more memory cards and a bigger hard drive though I fear!

David

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03-17-2010 02:47 PM  8 years agoPost 7
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Hogster,

you are right, I just need to go out and play with the settings. What lens are you using on yours? I got the kit 18-55 lens on mine.

How are you planning to work the focus? Just set it to infinity? I can auto focus it by using the trigger while recording, but that part of the clip will most likely have to be cut out since it probably wont look very good.

I have also fount that it is alot more sensitive to vibrations etc. than my Sony HC5.
I've already hacked the video-out cable to feed the output into my downlink!
I got really worried when I saw that the A/V Out was a USB connector, but after chopping of the incuded cable, it became clear that it worked the same as on previous cameras i have had. Works nicely now - and it's great that you can see all the camera settings etc.

I too start the recording before takeoff.

Best Regards,

Jesper

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03-17-2010 06:03 PM  8 years agoPost 8
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Hi Jesper,

I am using the Canon 10-22mm F3.5-4.5 and will set it to infinity focus - this has worked for me without an issue when taking stills.

I've managed to take blur-free still shots from my current helicopter setup down to 1/60s, but I've never tried video ... fingers crossed I won't have to redesign my mount!

David

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03-17-2010 06:34 PM  8 years agoPost 9
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We kind of realised this wasn't a post asking for DSLR camera settings but a note that the T2I/550D/Rebel was finally shipping. Now if only Canon could settle on 1 name for the thing.

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03-17-2010 07:25 PM  8 years agoPost 10
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gentled for 5DMKII
Hogster, how do you plan to trigger the video?

The remote camera trigger does not start video, and you are limited to 12 minute clips.

just curious.
They are now available!

Felipe

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03-17-2010 10:20 PM  8 years agoPost 11
Hogster

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wxyz - Not sure I follow you there? The OP was asking for advice on shooting with a DSLR, he just happens to have a new one

Felipe - This is the 550D we're talking of here Also you can only start the video recording by pressing a separate button on the back of the camera - not the shutter button ...

Cheers

David

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03-18-2010 01:15 AM  8 years agoPost 12
Flying Tivo

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They all have infrared Remotes
Felipe - This is the 550D we're talking of here Also you can only start the video recording by pressing a separate button on the back of the camera - not the shutter button ...

Cheers
http://www.gentles.ltd.uk/gentled/Manual-liveview.pdf

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03-18-2010 02:37 PM  8 years agoPost 13
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Oh sorry about that! Didn't realise they had released a specific LiveView version ... I wonder if it will work with the 550D? It does have an IR port ....

Might send them an email about that

David

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03-19-2010 03:16 PM  8 years agoPost 14
Jesper

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Here is a short clip from the 550D. It's not very good, and I had no idea of what settings to use. However, with correct camera settings and some more tuning of the mount I think it should look ok.

http://vimeo.com/10283401

It does however run better when I watch it at home, when it plays on Vimeo it is not as smooth. At home I am using Splash Lite, which makes it look a lot better (also it's playing 1080p instead of the 720p at Vimeo).

/Jesper

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03-19-2010 10:01 PM  8 years agoPost 15
rhoffart

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this might help to stop the jumping

http://dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=157509

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03-19-2010 11:04 PM  8 years agoPost 16
iskoos

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Can 550D do 1080p on 30fps?
I have 500D and I cannot get more than 20fps for 1080p. I have to go with 720p to get 30fps...

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03-19-2010 11:11 PM  8 years agoPost 17
Hogster

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Wow that's a stunningly smooth video Jesper! Is that straight from the camera?!!

I took some test videos with my 550D today and it's showing up the inadequacies of my mount design ... there's a very slight up/down wiggle in parts, caused by slop in the tilting mechanism ...

Cheers

David

Edit: iskoos - yes, that's one of the attractions of the 550D - 1080p at 30fps

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03-19-2010 11:21 PM  8 years agoPost 18
Jesper

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rhoffart,

thanks for the link. I don't know how it would work with such a slow shutter speed on my helicopter - but I will give it a try.

Hogster,

I wish that came straight from the camera - but it's not, it's been through deshaker.

/Jesper

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03-20-2010 11:04 AM  8 years agoPost 19
rhoffart

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Jesper,

It will work ... the shutter should be locked down to this setting. Your adjustments will be your ISO and Aperture ... if your too bright add a Neutral Density 0.6 Filter

this will yield a smooth video ...

Oh, one more ... the "Jello Effect" ... try to keep your pans slow (left to right ... right to left) you did a great job on your video and you may already know about this

... hope this helps.

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05-25-2010 06:33 PM  8 years agoPost 20
Sedric

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Video out.
I have to ask.
Does the liveview work in picture mode (for taking pictures, not in view-mode, and not video, that would ofcource) to external monitor, so the picture the camera sees can be viewed at any analog source?.. meaning..

550D -> usb/AV out -> downlink -> etc.. googles/videomonitor.

I was at a local store here in sweden, they couldnt answer, nor could the canon support! But I know you guys can!

Sedric from Sweden :-)

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