Chapter 14

A short guide to film production

Preliminary technical work before a shoot

The settings of the camera menu have to be checked.
What are the available television standards and does my editing software support it?

Most current cameras offer a multitude of possibilities. Important is the choice of a framerate, the number of frames that will be captured per second; furthermore it can be interlaced (i, two fields for one frame) or progressive scan (p, full frames).

Often, there are a variety of image compressions, in other words quality grades, to select from.
The most important thing to do before starting to shoot is to test if the editing software is able to handle the data that will be captured. Accurate research is essential to eventually design the best ‘workflow’. The best way to process the footage has to be found in order to impair the images as little as possible.