Shooting 4K Video For Still Photos
So this isn’t necessarily something new we’ve started doing. We regularly offer the opportunity for clients to have a collection of stills taken from the video we produce for them. However we came across this interesting article on the benefits of shooting 4K video for still photographs that pretty much sums up why we chose the GH4 as our main camera. Have a read:
“The arrival of 4K video means that an increasing number of devices are effectively capturing prolonged bursts of 8MP images at fast frame rates, increasing the likelihood of capturing ‘the moment.’
Using a video feed to capture stills isn’t a new idea – Nikon’s first electronic camera, the QV-1000C, did it in the late 1980s – but the resolution of 4K makes it more useful. Panasonic has recognized this way of working and has introduced 4K Photo mode to its 4K cameras, to make things easier for the user.
Panasonics such as the GH4, LX100 and G7 – along with some of their rivals – already make it possible to grab stills from their existing video, but the 4K Photo mode offers some additional tools to make the experience easier.
What’s it good for?
The obvious use of 4K Photo mode is the ability to capture fast-moving subjects. The camera is happy to use fast shutter speeds and will do its best to stay in focus – meaning you effectively have a 25 or 30 frame-per-second continuous shooting mode (Users with PAL-region cameras will have good reason to feel aggrieved at being restricted to 25fps when NTSC users are getting 30fps from the same hardware).
It can also act as something of a safety net if you’re trying a type of shooting, such as panning, that you’re not too experienced with.”
(Taken from dpreview.com, read the full article here)
Here’s a few of our own examples of some lovely stills, exported from the original videos:
These were all taken from the video below; ‘Carousel’ by The Scarletts. Shot on a GH4 at 24/96fps, shutter speed 50/100.
Taken from the video ‘Ball & Chain’ by The Beatniks. Shot on GH4 and GoPro Hero 3+, shutter speed 50/100.
Taken from ‘Chestnut Grove Kindergarten‘ promo.
Taken from ‘Wham Bam’ by The Beatniks.
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