What Accessories Should I Use for Shooting Quality Video?

Many out there have a perception that superior quality video shoots on its own, but if you were to ask me, I’d never agree with it. In fact, nobody would (not to mention, the pros loaded with the skills and experience).

Even though it may seem, achieving fantastic results with a DSLR is not as simple as pressing the “record” button. There are certain things you need to master; for example, the art of manually focusing on your desired subjects (the way professional cinematographers do). However, there are other things you need to deal with like audio recording as well as stabilization.

Here I share some of the must have DSLR video accessories that will help you shoot high quality video like you’ve always wanted:

1. Lenses

Lenses are one of those important video accessories for DSLR cameras that have always worked to my advantage. So, I believe it should not come as a surprise that you’ll express you concern for owning some nice glass to shoot a high quality video out of your mirrorless camera.

Basically, lenses with a good speed allow one to shoot not only clearer, but cleaner video in scenarios that are deprived of good light.

A camera body is no good if it does not have a lens. It seems more of a sensor and recorder. The lens is the one that actually creates the image. Two main types of lens can be found for DSLRs: zoom lenses and prime lenses.

Speaking of the first type, it seems so clear that zoom lenses allow a user to ‘zoom in and out’ from a fixed position. So what’s the benefit here? It’s the flexibility! You can effortlessly make adjustments to the image right away by zooming according to your need. But don’t forget that these lenses aren’t able to shoot in low-light situations. They might not be sharp as well.

On the other hand, prime lenses are fixed width lenses. They don’t allow one to zoom in and out. Both can come in exceptionally long telephoto ranges. These lenses are the ones that are good at letting in a lot of light. That’s not all! They’re sharp as well, but don’t have the ability to zoom.

Wondering what advantages a prime lens can bring you when you can have a lens that zooms over several different focal distances?

In general, zoom lenses are the best for shooting video in broad daylight and well illuminated scenes as well. But they’re no good with low light. However, a prime lens is for the pros.

2. Tripod

If I were to ask you what’d be the fastest way to boost production value, what would you say?

Yes….you’re right! It’s a sturdy tripod. A tripod, one of the most important DSLR video accessories is essential (and a must have) if you want to achieve shake free shots. How instantly professional would that be?

In my opinion, the tripod is probably the greatest accessory ever brought to life by humans. Why? This is because it allow a professional to enjoy smooth camera movement, So, investing a high quality tripod is worth every cent you spend on it.

Why do I need a sturdy tripod with a pan head? It’s a good question….!

Camera shake is no good for still photos. However, it can absolutely be loathsome when it comes to shooting motion. So, having a strong set of “sticks” is imperative. It’s obvious to state that you’re going to want something that’s not only stable, but as light as possible (for the legs). You must stress on stability as well as portability.

The head is that essential part where things tend to get a little more definite. Don’t intend to move the camera while it’s placed on the tripod for pan shots?

No problem!

You’ll do well with any kind you have in mind, but you’ll outgrow the motionless shot sooner or later. Keep in mind that fluid heads are the best option because the movement is damped for making it stable.

A tripod (with a medium size) with a 3-way fluid effect seems the most reasonable choice for shooting HD movies with a DSLR or mirrorless camera.

Go for a tripod that has the ability to withstand the weight of a heavy camera. It should also be able to pan/tilt without getting a jerk. Getting stuck seems a continuous battle with inferior tripods.

3. External Microphone or Audio Recorder

The inbuilt microphones are a great feature for a DSLR camera. This shows that the manufactuters of these microphones think about the users focusing on shooting high-quality video.

A DSLR camera’s capable of shooting stunning video. Ask any seasoned video shooter and you’ll come to know that audio plays a very crucial role. So you must invest wisely on this useful video accessory.

Dedicated Audio Recorder

If you have a stand-alone recorder, it’ll offer versatility when compared to an on-camera microphone. This is because you have it dropped (literally) wherever you want and let the recording begin. Audio recorders can be customized a bit more and easily monitored.

Shotgun Microphone

This type of mic usually sits in a hot shoe followed by recording audio directly into the camera. Well, these types of DSLR video accessories can be great for run-and-gun style interviews. Moreover, they offer a distinct improvement over the built-in recorder of your camera.

Lavalier Microphone

Going to do numerous documentary style interviews? Then a lavalier microphone is a must. This type of mic attaches directly to a user and provides high quality when it comes to recording the voice of a person. You may not require this microphone until you get along far in your career.

4. Memory Cards

New DSLRs record video onto high capacity SD memory cards. When you’re recording 4K or full HD 1080p video these cards can fill up sooner than you think. So it’s good to have a few of them in your collection.

HD video footage takes up a lot of space on the memory card, so you’ll require some extra gigabytes to deal with your video shooting.

Shooting SD cards? Then you ought to look for a class 10 card. This type seems fast enough to keep pace with heavy data stream. Well, you can easily get away with a class 6 card if you want, but a class 10 card (faster than class 6) will do wonders for you. Hands down!

You’ll even notice that using a fast memory card allows you to upload your footage quickly.

Memory cards are categorized into different write speeds or classes. And as a rule of thumb the higher the number the fastest the card will be.

5. Rails

For making stunning video, camera movement plays a crucial role. It also happens to be one of the complex parts for still photographers to cope with when it comes to making the transition. Rails are those important DSLR video accessories that help a DSLR move in a smooth way which is next to impossible for a panning tripod head.

Rails are the best for following subjects as they pass. In fact, they’re also good for adding movement to those scenes that otherwise seem motionless. Moreover, they can also be used to get wider on a subject without having to zoom.

Wrapping up….

So you have got yourself a shiny DSLR, huh? You would know that shooting video with a single-lens reflex camera can give you some pretty amazing results you look forward to. And all you need is the right gear or video accessories for your DSLR to shoot high quality video.