Check Your Menu…First

The first thing that I advise you to do when you pick up any camera before a shoot—is to thoroughly check the menu settings. I understand that this can be a tedious and boring exercise. However, impatient shooters should be aware that there are some crucial settings in any video camera menu that can make for some big headaches in postproduction and even during shooting if you are not familiar with what your camera is doing to your footage “under the hood.”

One thing you become keenly aware of with experience is that as brilliant as the people who make cameras are, they are not filmmakers or cinematographers—they are engineers. And as such, they occasionally make some nonsensical design decisions, ...

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