How to: film 3D home videos
THE 3D home-video era is on us and with it comes a new skill set needed to ensure the kids’ party video looks more Avatar than amateur.
Sony Australia’s live production product marketing manager Anthony Kable, who has been working on 3D productions from football games to home movies, says there are a few things to keep in mind when shooting in 3D.
The most important tip? Slow down. Avoid making rapid cuts. Try not to zoom in and out too quickly.
Also, take a wider perspective than you normally would so there is less need to move the camera.
‘‘3D film is much more immersive,’’ Kable says. ‘‘So the idea of cut, cut, cut isn’t so good using a 3D camera.’’
Kable says even professionals had to change tactics when filming the first Australian sporting event in 3D — the Socceroos’ friendly game played before last year’s World Cup.
‘‘If you compare the second half with the first half of the game, you will see the difference,’’ he says. ‘‘The first half was cut quite quickly and, as soccer moves incredibly fast, we decided to stop following the action in such a close-up way during the second half.’’ The same rules apply when editing. ‘‘If you are cutting from, say, an outdoor scene of a waterfall to an interior scene of a kid’s birthday party, give the audience time to adjust to the new images,’’ Kable says.
‘‘It does take a few seconds for the audience to get a sense of the new scene, so if you cut to the action really quickly, it can be a little disorientating.’’
The best advice Kable can give also works with any new video camera: get the camera out of the box and experiment.
‘‘ The great thing about 3D is you know immediately if the shot has worked or not,’’ he says.
Sony’s 3D cameras were showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. They are expected in Australian stores in the next few months. JOSHUA GRECH