GoPros and other small action cameras are increasingly useful to indie filmmakers and documentary filmmakers as they become higher quality and more durable. Action cameras like GoPros are especially useful for filmmakers because they can provide a unique point of view and since they’re cheap to the point of being
Pictured above: a documentary film camera. In this article we’re going to break down several different types of specialty video cameras and still camera types, explaining what each one is used for. Sports video cameras – video cameras for sports have great fast autofocus features and often the ability to
There are many reasons to consider using an external video recorder for film and television. In some cases, external HDMI or SDI video recorders can serve as better quality recorders than the camera they are shooting on, in other cases they may be a backup dual system recording method, and
Professional video recorders that capture ProRes or DNxHD video on solid state disks (SSDs) are compelling products these days, because of how much they speed up post workflows (skipping conversions) and also because of their increasing affordability. Although workflows and specific needs differ from case to case, whether you’re shooting
Let’s say you’re making a documentary film. You have your subject and… nothing else. While there are plenty of generic film equipment lists for fiction films, documentary films often need specialized equipment. So here’s our complete documentary film equipment list. Some documentaries may need only a fraction of these items
If you’ve got an excellent subject for a documentary film but a not so excellent budget, you’re probably wondering: what is the best cheap documentary camera? Filmmakers make hundreds, perhaps thousands of documentary films each year, and their budgets range from virtually nothing on the low end (think: short films
Documentary filmmakers, especially documentary filmmakers at the beginning of their careers, are no stranger to low budgets. With more documentary films than ever before being produced each year, there’s less funding to go around. With so much new competition for funding, money can be hard to come by. Luckily, the
Update: The Panasonic DVX 200 kind of blew us away, so be sure to check that camera out as well. What are the best cameras for documentary filmmakers? The last several years have brought us several years of technology advances bringing high-quality cameras to even lower price points than ever.
The Panasonic GH3 and GH4 DSLR cameras are becoming more and more popular amongst documentary filmmakers, and for good reason. Like other DSLR cameras, the Panasonic GH4 (and GH3 before it) feature interchangeable lenses and large sensors, both of which allow you to get razor thin shallow depth of field.