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Filming Fireworks

Discussion in 'Video Reel' started by Krony, Oct 13, 2018.

  1. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Thought i would start a thread on filming fireworks, equipment used, settings used and so on.
    @Arnside Fireworks was asking about filming in chat box so that gave me the idea for this thread.
  2. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    I'll start with what i use.

    Camera: Canon 70D
    1st Lens:Canon EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM
    2nd Lens: Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM
    FPS: 25
    Shutter speed: 1/50th
    ISO: 4000
    Aperture: f4.5

    Most of the time i am quite close so my go to lens is the 10-18mm zoomed out to it's widest focal length, this also lets me use an f4.5 aperture which lets a bit more light in.

    I think to get the videos any better with my current equipment i.e. brighter colours i would need to invest in some decent video editing software like Premiere Pro.

    Here is a couple of videos recorded on the above settings from about 50m away:



    Last edited: Oct 16, 2018
  3. Jinn Kyja

    Jinn Kyja Super Moderator Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Not a camera dude but I always remember people recommending those hand-warmer sachets to stop lens fogging. Never remember them for my hands though, doh.

    And OBVIOUSLY once you've found some settings you're happy with, write them down before you forget them and have to go through the whole process again.
    *cough* @Krony
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  4. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Thanks Krony. Nice quality video.
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  5. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I've only used my Go Pro in the past and although it's a decent piece of kit, the colours are not great. I'll post a vid of your Comp show in a bit fellas. See what you think. Any advice on settings? Have you filmed with Go Pro in the past?
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  6. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    Bit too far away too.
  7. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Don't own a Go Pro but keep meaning to get one so can't really help with settings, think @BrocadeKnight has or something similar.
  8. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I do fancy a DSLR but it might be a bit of an indulgence! Not really a photographer.
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  9. Anthony

    Anthony Galactic Firework Addict

    Panasonic 4K HC-VX870 Camcorder

    No low light mode selected or any autoexposure settings selected and using the camcorder's natural ability to get a picture (does grain up as darkness moves in tho'),

    Manual focus,

    External stereo microphone used over built in 5.1 Surround Sound microphone,

    Recording in 4K 3840x2160 res mode @ 25fps,

    Manually set white balance to get good colour rendition. ;)
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2018
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  10. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

  11. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Btw i didn't realize you added a video til the other day but it doesn't play?
  12. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    How odd. Plays for me?
  13. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Says video unavailable, is it set to private?
  14. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

  15. mmm-five

    mmm-five New Member of the Galactic Forum

    Is the video set to private?
  16. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    I'lll check.....
  17. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

  18. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    It was private. Sorry clueless! Bit distant and smoky at the start but not awful in full screen at 1080...
  19. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Yea it plays now but have to watch it on YouTube rather than embedded on here, will have a look in a sec.
  20. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

    Yea colours a little bit washed out but the distance won't have helped, nice video tho.
  21. Arnside Fireworks

    Arnside Fireworks Galactic Fireworks Forum Member

    TBH, I'm quite pleased with the result. That was out of the box settings too. Think you can tweak the camera to perform better. Need to be half that distance too. We were probably around 200 metres away..
  22. Krony

    Krony Galactic Firework Addict Competition Meet 2018 Champion

  23. Pyrodise

    Pyrodise Galactic Firework Enthusiast

    I use my Sony FDR-AX100E (4K) together with a Zoom H4n Pro microphone. This is the result:

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