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In Depth: DSLR Video Production

In Depth: DSLR Video

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Expand your camera knowledge by taking this five-week In Depth class on Panasonic’s GH3 DSLR camera. Learn about the camera’s lenses and attachments, as well as lighting and audio, and then learn handheld techniques and camera positioning for scene setups.
This is an Advanced Level class. The DSLR video equipment is best suited for cinematic and complex field production.

Capacity: 4 Students | Resident Price: $25 | Non-Resident Price: $200

Residents = Auburn Hills, Berkley, Oakland Twp, Rochester, Royal Oak, Troy
Non-Residents = All other cities

Upcoming Classes & Registration

Panasonic GH3 Camera

This camera captures quality high definition video in addition to stills. You’ll learn about the Panasonic GH3 DSLR camera’s features and controls, as well as audio and lighting setup, plus handheld technique.

Open to Full Members

Completion allows you to rent a Panasonic GH3 DSLR camera kits for Public Access productions (see certification & rental details below).


Completion of the In Depth Video with a DSLR class certifies you to rent the Panasonic GH3 DSLR Camera Kit for Public Access productions.

You must have an active Full Membership (Resident or Non-Resident) to rent the GH3 DSLR Camera Kit.

Panasonic GH3 DSLR Camera Public Access Rental kits include:

  • Panasonic GH3 Camera, batteries & charger
  • Manfrotto Tripod
  • HDMI HD Monitor
  • Rails, Shoulder Mount, Follow Focus system
  • H4N Zoom Audio Recorder
  • Rode Microphone

Panasonic GH3 DSLR Camera Kit Rental Pricing

  • Resident Members - Up to 48 hours/Free
  • Non-Resident Members - Up to 48 hours/$50

Rentals are subject to existing CMNtv Equipment Rental & Reservation Policies.

For Commercial usage please see our Commercial Rentals page.

Class Outline

Week 1

  • CMNtv Policies & Class Overview
  • Differences Between DSLRs and Other Camcorders
  • DSLR Equipment pt.1 - Camera Body, Lenses, Tripod
  • External Control Layout
  • Internal Menu Navigation

Week 2

  • DSLR Equipment pt.2 - Monitor, Cage, Shoulder Rig, Follow Focus, RODE Shotgun Mic
  • Language of Video: Shots & Sequences
  • Shot Types & Camera Movements
  • DSLR Video Project: PSA

Week 3

  • Review of PSA Footage
  • DSLR Equipment pt.3 - Zoom H4n, Microphones, Lighting, Diffusion
  • Basics of Three-Point Lighting
  • Documentary Interview Setup
  • DSLR Video Project: One-on-One Interview

Week 4

  • Review of One-on-One Interview Footage
  • DSLR Equipment pt.4 - Variable ND, Step-Up Ring
  • Shooting Handheld
  • Positioning Cameras and Mics for a Dialogue Scene
  • Field Production Project: Dialogue Scene Shoot

Week 5

  • Review of Dialogue Scene Footage
  • Field Equipment pt.5 - Edelkrone Slider, Other HDMI Monitors, Color Gels
  • Turning in Programming
  • Production Q&A

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