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Digital Video and Studio Setup. Best Practices for Sign Language Bible Translation. Part 1: Choosing the right camera. Important Features. General price ranges: $ 300-1000 (USD) Cheaper cameras don’t have the features or quality that we need.

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digital video and studio setup
Digital Video and Studio Setup

Best Practices for Sign Language Bible Translation

important features
Important Features
  • General price ranges:
  • $300-1000 (USD)
  • Cheaper cameras don’t have the features or quality that we need.
  • More expensive cameras have features we don’t need, and are larger and heavier.
  • Highest quality brands:
important features1
Important Features
  • Manual Focus Control
  • Auto-Focus produces poor results with sign languages!
  • Set your camera on MANUAL.
important features2
Important Features
  • Manual Exposure and White Balance Control
  • Changing light, shadows, and fast signing can produce poor results when filming signing!
  • Set your camera on MANUALand check settings often.
important features3
Important Features
  • Recording Media Options
  • HDD
  • SD Card
  • Internal Flash Memory
  • Mini-DV
  • DVD R/RW etc.
lighting
Lighting
  • Lighting is critical to a good product.
backgrounds
Backgrounds
  • Uniformity is important
    • Plain or finely-mottled backgrounds work best
    • No obvious patterns or sharp lines (brick, cement block, paneling)
    • No distracting details (e.g. light switches)
clothing
Clothing
  • Plain solid colors, no patterns
  • No sharp lines
  • Good contrast with skin and background
  • Short sleeves best
  • Follow local standards of modesty
  • Comb hair away from eyebrows
  • Remove glasses and jewelry (lights reflect from lenses or flashy earrings)
  • Remove ties, phones, and other distracting details
camera settings
Camera Settings
  • Image Stabilization: OFF
  • Manual Focus
  • Manual Exposure
  • Manual White Balance
  • Record Quality: High
things to remember
Things to remember…
  • Garbage in, Garbage out. Good products begin with good video.
  • Leave plenty of time before and after signing.
  • Check and recheck settings and output.
  • Mark positions of the camera, signer and lights. Use the same positions EVERY time you film.
finally
Finally…
  • God’s word is holy and precious…it deserves your time and effort.
  • Quality production is time consuming, but the goal is worthy.
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