How to zoom in when shooting video and not get jumpy footage?

10 months 1 week ago #657739 by Remy Hedrick
As headline questions, when you are shooting video and you want to zoom in.  How can this be done so that the footage looks smooth?  When I do it, the ending results looks jumpy and almost uneven movement.

I'm shooting on a Sony A7s if it makes any difference.  

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10 months 1 week ago #657742 by Shadowfixer1
Depends more on the lens than which body you are using. 

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10 months 1 week ago #657747 by Remy Hedrick

Shadowfixer1 wrote: Depends more on the lens than which body you are using. 



Sorry, 18-105mm


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8 months 6 days ago #665072 by KenMan
You need a follow focus system


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7 months 4 days ago #668673 by pixelster
To do this, go to Camera. Take a video. Pinch your fingers in to zoom closer and out to move away. A bar with a plus on one end a minus on the other will appear on the screen.


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7 months 4 days ago #668767 by garyrhook

pixelster wrote: To do this, go to Camera. Take a video. Pinch your fingers in to zoom closer and out to move away. A bar with a plus on one end a minus on the other will appear on the screen.

 

Did anyone mention a mobile phone? I didn't think so. The OP clearly said Sony A7s.

To the OP:

A dedicated video camera will have a rocker switch for wide <-> narrow, and settings for controlling how the zoom operates. You're using the wrong equipment.

Your other option is to shoot in 4K and handle all of that in post to create HD output. But that might not be acceptable due to frame rate and codec limitations in 4K on most cameras.


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