DV Filmmaking


For a few thousand dollars almost anyone can make a quality feature length film using DV. Here are some of the advantages of using DV:

What filmmakers are starting to notice is that much of what was required to make a decent film is no longer needed. Scriptwriters are realizing that they have the ability to make their films themselves. With DV, costs are cut in almost every aspect of production as compared to 35mm filmmaking. It only costs a few dollars to shoot for an hour on DV cassettes whereas it would cost hundreds of dollars to do the same on film. The filmmaker now has the ability to record footage continuously without stressing over film costs which also allows the actors do more takes. There is no longer a need for a large film crew since there is less equipment involved in a production. Depending on the type of production the crew can be a crew of one, the filmmaker. And because DV crews are smaller, and the director probably owns the camera, there is much more time flexibility (2).

Much time is saved in that when shooting on film the negatives have to be sent to a lab to be processed before they can be seen. With DV the director can simply press the rewind button, watch the footage, and continue with the film if they like what they see without worrying.

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Non-Linear Editing

Non-linear editing (NLE) is editing using video storage so that you do not have to fast forward or rewind to find a certain clip you are looking for on a reel. This is generally done with computer editing systems. Once you transfer the footage you want to use on to a hard disk you can use editing programs like Avid, Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, or others to manipulate and cut together your clips. Some programs are made for open platforms like MacOS or Windows 2000 so a filmmaker can easily work on their feature in the comfort of their own home. When editing DV it is best to edit in the native, uncompressed format. DV can be stored and manipulated in native form, without changing it to an MPEG or JPEG, keeping the same high quality that was captured on the tape. Any consumer can put together a DV editing system for less than $1500, which is a huge advantage over film editing. Another is that when you are cutting negative film you must have 100% accuracy. You only have one shot.

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