A quick basic introduction to DSLR Video cameras and filmmaking

by planetmitch7 Comments

Here at planet5D, we tend to cover things that are for the advanced filmmaker, but we also realize there are people just starting out and all of you need help too – so when Travis pointed me to this basic introduction over on vimeo yesterday, I thought it was a great topic for a post. It was created for the Canon Rebel T2i/550D, but it applies to all HDSLR cameras for the most part. Our thanks to –jL on vimeo for letting us post these!

1. Introduction from –jL on Vimeo.

Part 1 of a short series of training videos covering the basics of DSLR videography.

Although centred around the Canon T2i, most of these tutorials cover basic priniciples that apply to DSLR videography in general.

These lessons were made for students in the DAC program at the University of Waterloo.

Produced July 2010

2. Lens assembly from –jL on Vimeo.

3. On-off, recording, movie mode from –jL on Vimeo.

4. Focal Length & Prime VS Zoom from –jL on Vimeo.

5. Perspective from –jL on Vimeo.

6. Shutter Speed and FPS from –jL on Vimeo.

7. Aperture from –jL on Vimeo.

8. Depth of Field from –jL on Vimeo.

9. ISO from –jL on Vimeo.

10. White Balance T2i from –jL on Vimeo.

I hope that helps some of you!

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)

Zeiss Cinema Lenses


  1. Very very useful many thanks, so much on advanced techniques out there but not much on the basics

  2. Thanks for taking the time to produce these videos. Really great content. Thanks

  3. Great video. Precise and clearly stated instructions. I just purchased a DSLR today and I think your video explains a lot. Thanks!

  4. This realllllly was helpful. Ive been getting into shooting video with my Canon recently, yet without much educational info, its been mostly a self taught process. This sure was an interesting and thought-provoking series of videos. If any has any more info/guides/videos on the more basic aspects of shooting film like this, hit me up with a email. [email protected] thanks again

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