Adding video to you DSLR

Chuck Fadely’s Newspaper video group continuously throws up some fantastic stuff. If you have even a passing interest in video (especially if you’re in the states) then you should be on it.

A kind of Chatham House Rule exists so I tend not to cross post stuff but a thread popped up that caught my geeky interest and I thought I would share for a few minutes.

A few of the contributors have been chatting about adding a video camera to their stills camera set up. I don’t just mean putting a video camera in the bag either. I mean literally attaching a video camera to their stills camera –two for the price of one.

Roger Bentley and Lilly Allen

I’d seen something similar to this idea online a few months ago where a British snapper had a small Sony camcorder attached to his rig. Turns out it’s a guy called Roger Bentley. (Thanks Peter)  (anyone remember this or have a link to the picture?).

But the sightings on the list mentioned Pure Digital’s Flip camera. It’s light and portable appeal seems to have prompted some snappers to experiment with using a shoe adaptor to attach it to their camera.

Of course there are two obvious drawbacks to this. The first is the camera noise, clicks etc, but that would be an issue if you had a videographer on the scene. The second is a more practical one – What happens when you flip your camera to shoot portrait?

Stroboframe camera flip

While browsing around ebay (looking for Flip as it happens) I saw an ad for a Stroboframe camera flip. Being a hobbyist at best when it comes to photography, I had never come across this kind of mount before.

But it struck me that this would be perfect for mounting a camcorder, like the flip, and a stills camera and not have the rotate problem. There are a few other manufacturers doing the same thing and even though they may be a bit fiddly, it may be worth a shot.

5 Replies to “Adding video to you DSLR”

  1. Why would you want to do that? If you are going for video, it seems better to get a HD cam and use video stills as photos. It’s more convinient, you have to make adjustments on one camera only etc …

  2. Flete

    I think that’s a fair point although there is still a lot of resistance to HD frame grabs from both a technical and working practice point of view.

    Like the screen grab route, a v.cheap camera like a flip attached to a good quality stills camera is another response to the expectation that a snapper should take stills and video, often together.

  3. I think a bigger problem with this idea is that video shooters need to hold each shot for 10 seconds (or at least that’s the goal). But still shooters are very quick — Click, Click — and they swing the camera this way and that continuously. This technique makes fantastic still shots … But can you imagine the crappy, shaky, zooming, moving video that would come out of shooting like that?

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