Keeping Focus While Filming Moving Subjects

We recently shared an article that explains the limitations of focus-by-wire, and why a mechanical focus system is invaluable. On a related note, we all know that consistent focus can be a challenge in video work, and many filmmakers don’t have the budget for an expensive follow focus system. The video below discusses four ways to keep focus and then walks you through several scenarios, including tripod and handheld situations, that show how to apply those four ways using both manual and autofocus options. To demonstrate manual focus, the RED Weapon is used, and for autofocus, the 1DX Mark II is used, which features a dual pixel autofocus system (you can read a review of this camera on our sister publication’s site here).