Fuji X-T2

Fuji X-T2 Video

Before I begin, I feel I must explain my thought with regards to using a stills camera for filming; to be honest, i don't really get it! Sorry people but I have been filming for many years and some of you may think I’m old school but that's not true, I absolutely love technology and I’m loving the incredible progress that's constantly being made with regards to formats and quality however I've always thought, If I want to film, I’ll use one of my two Sony Video cameras and likewise if I’m photographing a Wedding or another corporate event, I’ll grab for one of my Fuji X Cameras.

I have produced some major work over the years, including Disney training, Halfords, Sony, Coca cola, Sky Sports 2000, filmed the Prodigy and much more but again for the filming I used my video cameras and for the images, I used my stills cameras, simple.

Well, as all of us have noticed over the years, when you search for information on some of the new DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, when you search, 80% of the time it tells us about the video, 4K is now the talk of the town.

Ok, so it got me thinking maybe, I should give my new Fuji X-T2 a try and the perfect opportunity arrived, my Daughter who is taking media, was asked to produce a short film, an imaginary  film preview for an up and coming blockbuster and she asked if I would help with the filming, well, I thought just maybe I could try out my Fuji X-T2.

I was then pulled into the editing of the short film but I must admit it was great fun, a little different from the Wedding Video’s I have created but great opportunity to try the video.

This little beast films in many formats - 4K (3840x2160)] 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 10min.
[Full HD (1920x1080)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 100Mbps up to approx. 15 min.
[HD (1280x720)] 59.94p / 50p / 29.97p / 25p / 24p / 23.98p 50Mbps up to approx. 30min.

I didn't film in the 4K due to the formats required for their project, so this project was filmed in 1280x720 which was ample but also gave me the opportunity if needs to record for a longer clip length.

I wasn't going to purchase any other lenses for this project so all the footage was shot using either Fuji 56mm and or 16mm Fuji lens.

Please check out this 5 minute Video and see what you think.

Well I must admit I was super impressed, I must say, it's quite difficult holding the camera steady for certain shots and to be honest, I do prefer to (dance with the camera) when filming, I like to move and become at one with of the footage, if that makes sense!

Several of the shots were taken on tripod to help steady the footage.  So after viewing that small preview, please check out the next small video, It was taking at a recent wedding, with these clips I was getting better at holding the camera steady, I only filmed a few clips because it was mainly to see if it's possible to film a wedding using these cameras.

My thoughts are, it's absolutely possible, maybe I would just use these for areas where I could place the camera on a tripod, I don't think I could record a full ceremony as the camera would cook and it would provide a long enough continuous shooting for speeches but for some fun intimate shots, I think it's more than possible to produce some pretty impressive video.

Michael Gane - thefxworks