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Can anyone enlighten me on using an SLR to record video? Our camcorder has reached the end of it's usable life and we are thinking of replacing it with a digital SLR (cannon). The "rattlesnake" wants digital proof of my lame starting technique and to record raceweekends etc.

Also curious if the footage from the cannon can be used in windowslive moviemaker.

Any pro's/cons welcome, thx.

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Thanks, those guys are way beyond my comprehension level!!!! Guess I have some leg work ahead.

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If you know how to work an SLR well, you can do pretty amazing stuff with them.

But if you don't know SLR you better start studying. My wife can work her's well, I just keep it in auto mode! haha

If you don't know how or want to learn how, just get a good HD cam.

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Some of the videos shot on SLR's can be amazing if done right. This is all raw footage taken with a 5D.

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Some of the videos shot on SLR's can be amazing if done right. This is all raw footage taken with a 5D.

that was incredible, looks like the slr could easily do the shots around the campfire etc, cool.... now to find one that i wont throw into said fire while i try to figure it out!

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slr cameras for video is probably the best investment you can make - changeable lenses, full focus control, full HD shooting and on some models 720 60fps. i own the canon t2i and absolutely love the camera - body and two lenses for under $1000 and it produces incredible video and of course amazing pictures.

here are some links to check out of some amazing slr video work:

http://vimeo.com/13359521

and with incredible programs like twixtor, you can use a $2000 set up to achieve something as unreal as this:

http://vimeo.com/13557939

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Moviemaker can not read the files from the DSLR but you can convert them so that it can and the converter is free. Lots of different programs to use on line to convert it. Okay now the down side to the DLSR (Must Manual Focus) (No image stablizer) and (audio is super touchy.) (Lots of wind noise.) Check the videos below the first two are just DLSR and the last one is both DLSR and Video Cam.

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Thanks, I'm assuming you can fool around with your depth of field on the dslr???

yes by adjusting the aperture, much like a regular camera. the poster above is right however; most (if not all) dslr's built in mics are terrible - i would suggest if audio is to be part of your video, invest in an external mic, like the rode shotgun (about $199 at B&H)

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Thanks, I'm assuming you can fool around with your depth of field on the dslr???

Yes, you can do amazing things with the depth of field. I have a 7D and for a while was just using it as mainly a still camera but now I am full into shooting vdo and it is amazing! There is no way you can get this type of video in a regular camcorder, even the pro series because of the huge sensors these cameras have (7D, 5DMarkII) It will take a bit of practice to shoot with it but once you do you will absolutely love it.

Take a look at some of the tutorials.

http://www.dslrnewsshooter.com/

http://blog.photoframd.com/2009/12/03/canon-7d-hd-video-tips/

http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetArticleAct&articleID=3050

http://www.youtube.com/user/drumat5280

http://www.youtube.com/user/onelonedork

pm me and i can help you out with any questions you might have as far as accessories you will use/need, choice of camera, etc.

This is going to be a great summer of shooting for me because I am so excited to use all of the vdo capabilities of this 7D

Oh...btw.. the tv series house season finale was shot entirely with a Canon 5D and a bunch of other tv shows and music vdos in the same fashion.

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Like the other posts have mentioned the DOF is amazing. My wife accidently bumped her focus when shooting some bikes racing in a corner and it actually made some cool video. The riders would be out of focus then come into focus, go through the corner then slowly fade out again. One thing you really need to work on with a DSLR is being steady. But like the others have said the video they make is awesome! As the others stated "House" and "24" were shot with the Canon 5D MKII. I have a canon XL-1, a couple handy cams, and my Canon 5D MKII and if I want something super nice I reach for the Canon 5D. If you have any questions feel free to shoot me a PM.

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