Film schools » Film Programs » Cinematography » Film cameras

Film cameras

Film cameras

The cameras of these days and those from yesterday, the cameras used for making television or making videotapes, all have the purpose of capturing and storing life by means of static images; these are the main instruments of writing which film directors use. It is very similar to a photographic camera; the difference is that it is able to take a series of pictures called frames.

One of the problems of filmaking is the recording of sound and video in a synchronized way, because most of film cameras don't record sound internally; to solve this problem, the sound is recorded separately in an external audio device.

All the elements of the camera are in a tightly closed chassis; in here they are the movie negative and the viewfinder. Through this viewfinder we can have an image and vision control. The most important part in a camera is the shutter through which the light enters to the camera.

At the present time different film cameras exist, from the most conventional to the most sophisticated in optics and process. The film cameras are classified according to the size of the films which have a variety of sizes, from 8 mm to 35 mm and 75 mm. With the arrival of the digital image, the digital film cameras minimize the cost production and at the same time they offer a similar quality of the chemical process