I'm new to filming and am trying to figure out how to best capture a fast moving subject in sports (parkour or free running). I know this probably highly depends on my preferences.
The stuff I will be shooting would probably best resemble a chase scene. It will also include relatively fast movement with great precision, like jumping onto small railings and ledges or moving in trees. After some limited experimenting, I can't figure out what the best mode is to film in and keep getting jerky shots. Even some slow panning can look disturbing in 25p and isn't pleasant to watch. I hoped that I haven't overlooked major sources of information on this forum and the www, I took my time to search. I know that with time and practice I can figure this out, but some starting guidelines would be nice and I'm looking to film some interesting stuff soon that I don't want to waste simply because of faulty settings!
So: what are your personal preferences and/or do you have any tips regarding filming a chase scene?
- From the manual and some searching the web, I am guessing that instant autofocus should be on? The manual focus is hard to reach on the hv20 and I can't control it without jerking the camera a little.
- Filming in 50i for better slow-motion and less jerky fast movement or panning?
- No clue on the shutter speed, going by the manual: "High shutter speed to record fast moving subjects or a slow shutter speed to add motion blur, emphasizing the feel of movement". Searching motion blur doesn't give me much..
- Any other popular settings or accesories to go with the action? Popular lenses I came across are the fish-eye or wide-angle lenses to emphasize depth (good for the precision movement aspect I guess).
- My guess is that moving with the subject will yield the best view of the precision movement, since that's where the focus of the viewer will be, I also see this in most parkour/freerunning videos around.
Thanks much in advance!