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Photocine: Digital Filmmaking with DSLRS by Snehal Patel, Michael Britt, Lou Lesko

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Chapter 3. Limitations of Using HDSLRs in Filmmaking

Limitations of Using HDSLRs in Filmmaking

By Michael Britt

Relatively inexpensive HDSLRs have provided access to high-quality filmmaking for the masses. Anyone, anywhere with a story to tell can pick up one of these cameras for a few thousand bucks and make a movie that has the potential to look as good as ones shot on cameras that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. That being said, HDSLRs weren’t designed for filmmaking and require a lot of coaxing in order to be used efficiently. Problems that you have to overcome include operational ergonomics (form factor), fine focus control, limited recording time, limited HDMI output, file compression ...

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