Share you tips and experience using DSLR video in the classroom.

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 by Joe Dockery Latest activity: Apr 13, 2013

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I am interested in learning how others are using DSLR video in the classroom.
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Andy Zavodny

Posted on Apr 13, 2013 1:35 AM - Permalink

Although its not something I currently do at my school, if you don't already create one you could have your kids work on a year long project that creates a video yearbook. Kind of like a school year highlight video.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on Oct 21, 2012 7:17 PM - Permalink

Vimeo has a great channel for learning to film with DSLR. I've looked at some of the films with my students.

https://vimeo.com/videoschool

There are also great short films and many good behind the sceenes videos that will help students along.

As mentioned go for an external mike.

Lighting is expensive, a reflector per camera is a really good investment.

Building spotlights with a dimmer are much cheaper than "standard" gear.

Use a tripod where you can.

Love the idea of 5x5 for short films to analyse (5 clips of 5 seconds each making a 25 second movie)… still haven't tried it with students, but maybe tomorrow is a good day to start ;)

shur harewood

Posted on Oct 19, 2012 12:04 PM - Permalink

Dealing with DSLR audio and microphone solution, I would thought I would share with with
educations and those looking for cost effective solutions to keep the account staff happy and
budget management under control.

DSLR audio recording solution for just 99p in the UK, I managed to use a computer microhphone
from a 99p store with great results.

I would caution this mic works best with cameras that have manual audio control on volume levels,
if your microphone is subject to automatic gain control or you have no input volume control, then
you will have a lot of hiss and noise to contend with.

The great thing at that price they are cheap, affordable, abundant for now and no batteries required,
they are great for interview / vox pop situations as well as computer for voice over/ narration work.

Enjoy and see if it works for you.

See link below.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnxYXWjvJQU

Jonathan Huer

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 5:01 PM - Permalink

My best advice is to not shoot everything in 1080p. It requires more storage on the computer, more processing during all aspects of post, and is overkill for most student projects. 720p is fine. If you have the processing power, go for it. But, most schools and most students don't have access to the right boxes and just get frustrated through out the process.

Joe Dockery

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 6:32 PM - Permalink

Great suggestion. That is what I had to do until we upgraded to 64bit and some more RAM.

Lukas Engqvist

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 3:19 PM - Permalink

The tricky part with DSLR is getting the sound. Canon just realeased the D650 which i bought to test during the summer, and must say I'm really happy with the way the focus works. (sound and focus were the weak points in DSLRs as well as missing zebra stripes for overexposure). I will stay tuned to this thread, I have planned lessons but not got any student material yet. Having said that saw some really amazing filming by students that I was coaching during my preteaching placement. (This is a student film equivalent 12th grad about littering… it's a very highly talented student group. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfB-PfK5Tfo)

Joe Dockery

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 6:33 PM - Permalink

Great point. How are others dealing with Audio? I am using a Zoom H4N audio recorder and then merging the video and audio in post.

Nicole Dalesio

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 12:37 AM - Permalink

I love editing my DSLR video clips in Photoshop CS6! Click to view. Here are a few clips that I took on my Nikon D90, and edited in Photoshop

From ISTE Photo Safari

Joe Dockery

Posted on Jul 24, 2012 12:27 AM - Permalink