DSLR Setup for filmmaking

Color Space : Adobe RGB.

Never Auto White Balance.  Always go straight to Kelvin, and dial it in from there.

Highlight Alert – disable that.

Auto Power Off –  8 minutes.

LCD Brightness.  Have it either around 4 or 5.  The LCD screen is not milky at 4 and 5.  It gives you the best contrast and dynamic range that you can see that you’re camera’s actually capturing.

Sensor cleaning, Always set to Auto, so Enable.  Every time you turn on the camera or turn it off, it cleans the sensor automatically.

Movie Recording Size  : 1920×1080 24p.

With Canon lenses, Exposure levels are set to a third of a stop increment.  With Canon glass and on the Zeiss ZE glass, you can use the back wheel to scroll.  With video, you definitely want to be in third stop increments.  A third of a stop, that difference between a half and a third, is sometimes you being able to hold that cloud in the sky and the detail in the shadow areas.

Image highlight tone priority : Off.

Auto Lighting Optimizer : Off.

Shutter speed : at least 50.

High ISO Speed Noise Reduction :  Always set it to disable.

ISO.  You want to be either on 160, 320, 640, 1250, or 1600.  Don’t go above 1600.  Shooting in those increments of 160 will give you the least amount of noise.

All of these tips come from this site : http://www.hurlbutvisuals.com/blog/2012/07/hdslr-educational-series-for-cinema-episode-1-know-your-camera/

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