October 13, 2015 at 4:02AM

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What is the best way to shoot computer screens?

I am doing a corporate shoot soon and need to film someone working on their desktop computer - what do I need to know about shooting a computer screen to make sure I don't get the weird sync lines(or whatever they are).
I have done tests and a not too much research and have found the conclusions a little vague and unreliable.

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While you can sometimes change it, most Windows and Mac computers default to 60Hz for the screen. If you can do 60FPS at maximum brightness it'll be the easiest way. If the conversion will ruin the look you're going for, you'll have to play with the shutter time till the banding stops. I haven't heard of anything except action cams and cellphones having automation for fixing it.

October 14, 2015 at 12:32AM

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Shoot a scene of computer screen , and if you like it then keep it , otherwise do a screen recording and replace it in mocha after effects ( by tracking ) and mask any physical interference of actor or any object :)

November 28, 2016 at 4:29AM

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Arsh DSJ
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Flicker and sync bands have pretty much become a thing of the past with LCD screens, though it can still happen under certain conditions. The biggest problem you'll face is color temperature, moire and limited viewing angles. Color temp can be handled several ways. You can use outdoor balanced lighting, which is the best but will probably be difficult in most cases. You can put an orange gel on the screen, which works well but you'll lose a lot of brightness and the shadow detail tends to have a slight tint. The last option is to try and get the video monitor to put out light that matches your lighting, which many monitors have a hard time doing.
To avoid moire, you should never focus directly on the screen. I usually focus just short of it so it looks crisp but the pixel pattern can't register. Bring a high resolution video monitor for your camera rather than relying on the viewfinder.

November 28, 2016 at 6:48AM

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