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Old January 8th, 2013, 09:11 PM   #1
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Night-time Motion challenges...


I hope this is in the right section of the forum.

We are in need of suggestions for shooting equipment (camera, mount, etc) as well as
post-production techniques to get a quality shot of these LED roadway lights at night.

Here's a IPhone video to give you an idea of what we are shooting. (FFWD to 0:27)

The goal is to get a jitter-free shot that remains in focus (obviously IPhone is
doing its own auto-focusing here)

Thanks in advance for your tips and advice!
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Old January 8th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #2
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Re: Night-time Motion challenges...

Depending on the size and weight of the camera, you could use a single vacuum-cup mount, or a more elaborate one like this: FilmtoolsŪ Four Leg Full-Sized Camera Mount - Filmtools

I would also put the camera in manual focus, up the ISO to 1000 at least (depending on the sensor) and use an off-camera monitor to view the shots.
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Old January 9th, 2013, 02:45 AM   #3
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Re: Night-time Motion challenges...

You could look at the GoPro Hero 3. It is small and light weight, and has better low light capability than the earlier GoPros, and there is a stack of mounting options for them. The most expensive 'Black' version will record 1080p at 60fps which could help smooth things down on a 30fps timeline.

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Old January 9th, 2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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Re: Night-time Motion challenges...

Best bet would be one of the Sony handycams with the "magic eyeball"... (they call is "BOSS" I think, and new cheaper models just announced). The entire lens block is gyro stabilized (like a missle tracking system!), not going to get much more stable than that, it will get you a good image, and then the mount just needs to keep the camera in place - plenty of suction cup or clamp mounts out there.
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