Durban video production – Matching video cameras

Hi guys, welcome to another great Durban video production blog.  Lets talk about matching camera settings for filming a project.  What goes into picture settings?  Often video projects will require more than 1 camera to cover the event.  What you want is cameras all recording a similar image in screen size, colour and attributes.

  1.  video format.   You want all cameras to be filling the same amount of screen, in other words make sure all setting match eg HD or 4K.  Set your cameras to HD 1o80i or 1080p.  Interlace vs Progressive.
  2. White balance. Make sure your colour temperature is matching. Check white balance settings which is…outdoor, indoor, tungsten, shade etc…
  3. ISO   if possible film with a low ISO and avoid automatic settings.
  4. Match shutter speed as much as possible
  5. ND filter. Check ND filters are matching.

What settings above can be adjusted in the edit?

  1. An HD size video can fill a 4K screen but there will be quality loss.  An untrained eye will most probably not see the difference between 720 and 1080 HD
  2. White Balance can be adjusted in Colour Balance effect.  Reds or Blues can be added to a video image.  But please be careful that the extremes are not too much.
  3. ISO cannot be fixed in the edit. Grain in your visual is not going anywhere.  Please check ISO settings befor efilming.


the cameras below all have different looking visuals.  The cameras can blend in to look very similar if a bit of work is done in the edit.  The DJI has a flat sharp image, same as drone looking.  Very clear.  No focus issues.


Video company Durban – A Message to Students

Hi all, welcome to another blog from the no 1 Video company Durban, we talking to students going out into the video or film industry.

A question I have looked at very carefully is…was it worth studying video, is someone at an advantage with 3 years of film school behind them?  Personally I have never been asked to provide a CV except to lecture at DUT and Damelin.  How do I differ from the video guy that buys a nice camera and calls himself a cameraman?   I did learn a lot at DUT Video Technology but I do believe a youngster can learn just as much assisting at a video company or a cameraman.  Video is practical, all the theory cannot get you ready for the shoot that happens live or a wedding that you have one shot at getting right.

Studying video / film / TV gives the student good exposure to the different aspects of production.  Careers are created from writing scripts, looking for talent, recording sound, editing  and video marketing.   Its not all about filming and editing.  Imagine the career of a Focus Puller, his job is to adjust the focus of a camera during filming…that’s it.   But it is a very important job because if it is wrong you cannot fix it in the edit.  Focus and over exposure are generally two things you cant fix in the edit.

Personally I don’t believe video needs 3 or 4 years of study.

Get good experience working in the industry assisting the cameraman or editor or location manager.  Don’t believe if someone tells you you must study or get some sort of diploma or certificate.  You can learn so much involving yourself in the work or a company of what it is you want to do.

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries regarding video.


Guy Crosbie

video production durban