What shutter speed for filming rugby?

Despite what some may suggest, video should really always be shot at 1/50th shutter (1/60th in NTSC countries) because that gives you just the right amount of motion blur between frames for the video to look smooth when it’s played back.

Whilst a slower shutter speed allows more light in (so you might think you need this for the night games), it will also add more blur so the footage can look soft and “swishy” (if that makes any sense!)

In bright situations, a higher shutter speed lets less light in but you get less blur which is not as useful as it might sound, since the resulting video can look stuttery or staccato on playback.

Our advice is that ideally you should use the iris and (a little bit of) gain to get the exposure right and leave the shutter alone!

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