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

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Chapter 6. Support Systems

Support Systems

By Michael Britt

One of the first gear mistakes I made when starting to shoot video with an HDSLR camera was not using a fluid tripod head. It’s fine to use a regular photographic tripod head if you are shooting locked down and not planning on moving the camera while filming. But smooth panning and tilting demand a specialty head on a tripod with a bowl mount. The bowl helps you easily level the head no matter what position the legs are in—think of fitting a ball into a socket joint.

Tripod heads used in feature film production can cost thousands of dollars and are made to support heavy and unwieldy movie cameras. They are ...

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