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Finding Accessories for Creating Video

Part of the Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The Canon EOS Rebel SL1/100D comes with Live View mode, which, among other things, enables you to capture high-definition (HD) movies. Here are a few accessories to consider acquiring to create video with an SL1/100D.

  • Tripod: You can use the same tripod for still images and video. The only difference will be that you’ll need to purchase a fluid ball head like the Manfrotto 504 HD Fluid Video Head. When you purchase a video head, make sure it will support the weight of your camera body, plus the heaviest lens you anticipate using for shooting video, plus 50 percent.

  • Video shoulder rig: You can shoot video using a rig that mounts the camera on your shoulder, or you can purchase a device to hold the camera steady while you move. Lots of rigs are available in all different price ranges. Check out online camera stores like B&H Photo or Adorama to look at the various models. If there are reviews posted by users, read them as well.

    When you’re shopping for devices to steady your camera, remember that your camera doesn’t weigh much, and the light weight of the camera makes it even harder to get smooth video when holding the camera in your hand. Do some research and when you’ve narrowed your choices to a couple devices, call a camera store and ask for advice.

  • Video viewfinder: When you shoot video with your SL1/100D, the LCD monitor is your viewfinder. However, the LCD monitor can be difficult to view in bright light, so a video viewfinder is a useful accessory. Hoodman makes an affordable video viewfinder: the HoodLoupe. Combine this with an item called HoodStrap that will mount the HoodLoupe to the camera to create a fairly inexpensive video viewfinder.

  • High-speed memory card: When you capture video with your SL1/100D, your camera is capturing video at the rate of 24 to 30 frames per second (fps). A standard memory card may not be able to keep up with the fast frame rate. For video, it’s recommended that you use a Class 10 card with a data-transfer rate of 90 Mbps. SanDisk offers a memory card series — Extreme Pro — that’s ideal for capturing video.

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