If you’re a photographer looking to venture into the world of stock video, there’s no better time than now. Transitioning from stills to motion may seem daunting at first, but chances are if you’re looking at a DSLR, your camera is completely capable of high quality videos. Here are some pointers to help ease the transition.
1. Understand frame rates
In the simplest terms, video is just multiple exposures per second. The greater the number of exposures you record per second, the more fluid the footage looks. This number is called the frame rate or fps (frames per second). Common frame rates are 24 fps (often called 23.98), 25 fps, 30 fps, and 60 fps.
Different frame rates produce different looks and feels. For example, 24 and 25 fps imitate the frame rate of motion picture film and gives you that popular “cinematic” quality, while 60 and 50 fps looks fluid and is similar to human vision. This is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects that you may want to play back in slow motion.
Standard frame rates may differ depending on where you live, (North America, western South America, Japan, and Korea use 24, 30, and 60 fps, whereas Europe, Australia, most of Asia, and parts of South America use 25 and 50), but ultimately, it’s up to your creative discretion to choose which frame rate is best for the subject you’re shooting and the aesthetic you’re striving to achieve....[continue reading]