What baffled you when you began filming?

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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by col lamb » Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:46 am

Ignoring my days with that celluloid stuff, I started videoing in 1992 and used crash editing on an SVHS VCR.

Then I got into editing on a very slow PC with a Miro DC30 card and Premiere 4.5, yes Premiere does go back a long way. It was a nightmare of a time with PC crashes and rubbish support.

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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by tom hardwick » Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:42 pm

What puzzled me most when I began filming? Depth of field and diffraction losses.
Coming from the huge 36 x 24mm frame (35mm slides) down to a 5.4 x 4mm frame (Super-8) I couldn't understand why it was so darn difficult to isolate the subject from the fore and back-ground.

And shooting Kodachrome 40 Super-8 film outdoors in bright sunlight meant shooting at f/10 or so. Great for covering up the focusing blunders foisted upon us by lying split-image rangefinders, but terrible for image resolution when you're shooting through 22 elements using what was very short focal length lenses.

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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by john ingham » Sat Jun 09, 2012 7:46 pm

One simple thing that can get over looked... (as I did)...carry a bottle of lens cleaner and cloth, especially when filming near the sea :roll:

apart from that..enjoy :lol: i am
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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by TimStannard » Sun Jun 10, 2012 4:21 pm

john ingham wrote:One simple thing that can get over looked... (as I did)...carry a bottle of lens cleaner and cloth, especially when filming near the sea :roll:
...but don't expose your lens to the sea! Screw on a clear or Ultra-Violet filter and leave it on your camera. Clean that. And when you scratch it, well, spend another few quid on a new filter rather than a new lens (which is generally not possible or economically worthwhile on consumer cameras anyway)
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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by john ingham » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:19 am

One of the biggest things I'm finding hard is the whole jargon, there are things on the camera and edit software that gets me staring into space :|
i guess there are to many to mention and I do try to google each word meaning...

i know i'm not the brightest button on the tunic, and do like to think i have some common sense :lol:
but it would be nice if some of these were made easier for dummies such as me
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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by Chrisbitz » Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:42 am

john ingham wrote:One of the biggest things I'm finding hard is the whole jargon, there are things on the camera and edit software that gets me staring into space :|
i guess there are to many to mention and I do try to google each word meaning...

i know i'm not the brightest button on the tunic, and do like to think i have some common sense :lol:
but it would be nice if some of these were made easier for dummies such as me
In some ways, the correct terminology has it's place - and that's not at all the same thing as Jargon - I would actually say that this forum has very little Jargon, and I'm usually the first to make fun of some pompous ass using Jargon to make himself look clever! :-)

Can you give any examples of Jargon that's used here?

On the other hand, if the correct terminology was scrapped in place of simple explanations, nobody would ever learn the correct terminology! :-) and we'd all use 20 words when one would suffice!

This is exactly what forums are for - and this is the IMPORTANT BIT... If anyone uses a term that you don't understand, the whole point is that you ask what it meant, and I can guarantee that they will actually be overjoyed that you've commented to ask them!
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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by john ingham » Tue Jun 12, 2012 3:46 pm

Hi Chris

No..Not the forum..when I say jargon or terminology :lol: i mean all the things in editing software or camera set ups... ie, chroma phase, DRS effect, MATRIX or TCG, plus many more, these things may be familiar to many of you, but to me, being a simple floorlayer who enjoys filming they are goobledegook, that is why i have said this in, the what baffled you section,

i have nothing but praise for the responce from the members on here
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Re: What baffled you when you began filming?

Post by Betamax Kid » Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:58 am

I wished someone could have explained to me in the 60's when this young boy got his first Standard 8mm cine camera and how to work out how to turn the film over without exposing it to daylight. Things did improve fairly quickly with the advent of Super 8 in 1965.

Incidentally I have just scanned up my Standard 8 home movies and Dads. The colour still looks perfect and I was 3 in the first film also having hair!


I'm still filming Super 8 by the way and more recently with 50D Negative which looks remarkable when scanned up although making films that way then cutting on the timeline is a different approach to film making so I guess I was baffled in a way switching from a splicer. Good fun tho :D

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