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Eliminate (or avoid) rolling shutter.
If you’re shooting something that moves really quickly, like the rotors of a helicopter, you might notice strange effects (bending or wobbling) upon playback. This effect is caused by the camera’s sensor capturing the image from the top down. Though your shutter speed is fast, it’s not instantaneous, so it captures the rotors at slightly different points in time.
The rule of thumb for counteracting this is to set your shutter at twice the speed of your frame rate. (Frame rate is measured in the number of frames that appear in a second.) Cinematic frame rate is 24 frames per second (fps), so you should shoot at a shutter speed of 1/48th of a second. This will avoid the rolling shutter effect. “But,” warns photographer and videographer Kenton Waltz, “there is a natural amount of motion blur that we see in our own eyes, and you want to maintain some of that so the image doesn’t look too crisp.”
Another method for avoiding rolling shutter is to alter camera position or angle. You can also shoot with a slower shutter speed, which may cause enough motion blur to mask the rolling shutter effect. Or you can fix it in post-production: try the Rolling Shutter Repair effect in Premiere Pro.
If you’re shooting with an iPhone or Android smartphone, you have other special effects at your disposal. Try the filters in Adobe Premiere Rush that give you the different looks of retro and vintage film.
Learn about using other special effects like light leaks, VHS effects, glitch effects, and speed lines in Adobe After Effects. The more tools you add to your videographer’s toolkit, the quicker and smarter you’ll be able to work.