Even though professional videos are usually created by video cameras, creating footage of high quality and in HD resolution is also possible with digital SLR cameras. Even video production company owners and employees often use DSLR cameras for filming, but you must know that creating a high-quality video cannot be made without some additional equipment. A sturdy tripod – we all know that camera shake is harmful for the sharpness of photos, but it is not different with video material. Video setting should be well lit and set up, but it is not worth at all if you create a video that is shaky. This is why you need a high quality tripod, preferably with a fluid head, because they move more smoothly.
Big and high quality memory cards – HD videos take a lot of memory, so do not even think of starting shooting without supplying yourself with memory cards that have plenty of space and belong to a high class. Choose class 10 cards, because they are quicker in recording the data, but also in transferring it onto a computer.
Audio recorder or microphone – even though DSLR camera can capture high quality videos, they are miserable in capturing sound. If you plan on filming professionally or semi-professionally with your DSLR camera, a high quality shotgun microphone or an audio recorder should be one of your first large investments. Video editing software – even if you plan to shoot simple videos containing of one frame and several seconds, you cannot do it without video editing software. In the beginning you can use it only for video conversion or adding sound, but as time goes by, you will see that the number of option s ahead of you is limitless and that you can create a variety of videos with good software.
Screen loupe – it is not an essential piece of the equipment, but it can make your shooting more comfortable and easier, because it can provide a large help with viewing, composing and focusing your subject.
Neutral density filter – it is a great tool that allows you control the shutter speed, because if you set it up to be too fast in too bright surrounding, your footage may turn out to look unnatural. It also allows you to use wider aperture in such situations, if you want to achieve more shallow depth of field.
For advanced shooters
Shoulder rig – this is an advanced option for moving the camera, since the rails pose certain limitations. It gives you the opportunity of holding and moving the camera yourself, but with the necessary stability for creating footage without shaking.
Follow focus – focusing is a difficult task when you create footage with a DSLR, which is why you can add follow focus onto your lens and help solve this problem.