Concise Tutorial: The workflow of making videos with DSLR cameras

Nowadays we have way better equipment to take photos or videos, and DSLR cameras are one of the best options that is of excellent quality in affordable price, and is more versatile than traditional camcorders.

So how do you use your DSLR camera to shoot footages for your videos, or to make a livestream out of it? Here we’ll discuss the topic of how to make videos out of your DSLR camera, and today goes the first part – the production and upload of your DSLR videos.


Filming with DSLR cameras are very common now among the new generation producers and directors — not just because the controls are more familiar to them, but also the setups are easier and more direct than the conventional camcorders or video recorders.

The process to make videos with DSLR cameras is not that complicated. We’ll show you how to do it step by step.

The process to make videos with DSLR cameras is not that complicated -- sometimes even easier than with the camcorder.

To get your DSLR videos starting, you first need a DSLR camera that supports high-definition video recording. Most of the DSLR models from Canon (600D, 60D, 5D Mark III or newer) and Nikon (D7000, D5100, D600 or newer) are ready for the job, while the older models (especially the Nikon DSLR models using CCD sensors) are not available for video recording.

Then, choose the right lenses – it depends on which topic your video covers. For daily vlogs, the kit lens is good enough to go; for mini movies or story-telling films, a lens with wide aperture (like f/1.4 or f/1.8) is better since it blurs out the background or unrelated stuff to make the character the focus; for landscapes, wide-angle lenses or even tilt-shift lenses are the choice because they can fix the distortions caused by perspective.

And before you start, make sure you have enough batteries or bring the AC adapter with you for the power supply that is long enough for your filming. Also, the storage cards (SD, CF, XQD r other types depending on the model you use) have enough space for all the raw footage you need. Here we recommend you using a 32GB card for 1080/30p videos, and 64GB or more 4K/30p videos.

Now you are on the set and ready to record the videos. Before you start, rehearse the lines several times, and check the location, equipment, props and other details to make sure everything is ready for the filming. If so, then “Lights, camera, action!”

After the footages you need are finished, here goes the editing part.

After the filming, you need to sort the footages and then editing the ones you need.

If you are new to the editing job, we recommend using Corel VideoStudio because it’s easy to use, and have a massive library for the images, animations and transitions. You can find almost everything you need in it.

If you have gained some skills in editing, then Sony Vegas Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro is an ideal choice because the editing workflow is more enhanced but not too complicated. Also, they support lots of video formats and have various options for exporting your videos to your storage or publishing online.

If you are a professional editor, or you already have other Adobe applications, then Premiere Pro is the one you need – you can edit your videos in it, then mask removing background or changing the surface with After Effects, and finish the secondary grading with SpeedGrade. You see, Premiere Pro is such powerful when combined with other Adobe applications. (Well, as long as you can afford the subscription of these bad boys)

For the exporting part, currently we recommend using H.264 coding MP4 files for either saving in your hard drives or publishing on video websites like YouTube or Vimeo. Taking 1080/30p videos as example, you can use Main 3.1 Profile and 3~6 Mbps bitrate for uploading to YouTube, or High 4.1 Profile and 15Mbps above for local storage or high-quality videos.

And, if you decide to share your videos online, YouTube and Vimeo are good enough if you are seeking for a free video hosting service. However, if you have a large demand for video spaces, expect a better video experience, or you want the videos are safe from pirating, we recommend you for a paid video hosting service like Vimeo Pro or POLYV, which provides professional support and valuable features like playback authentication and content rights protection. Now, you can focus on your creative ideas and filming process, and let the video hosting service to promote your videos and attract the audience or even collaboration opportunities.

That’s all for the whole process of how to record your videos. If you have any questions or ideas for this article, just leave your comments down below; if you want to learn more about video hosting or live streaming, check out our blog or the official website for more information. Or, if you’re interested, feel free to contact our customer service team via QQ, phone or E-mail.

Hope you have a good kickstart with your DSLR videos, and we’ll see you in the next article!

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Private Cloud: A brief introduction and why we need it

By now we have gained reputation from various types of clients, including education, K-12, clinical medicine, financial, real estate and transportation, serving tens of millions of audiences daily.

While most businesses and enterprises are satisfied with our typical video hosting and live streaming service based on general shared cloud computing, some large-scale enterprises have asked for building cloud video service on their own cloud network (or at least, their server groups), with almost the same functionalities in POLYV’s Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud.

That’s why we raise the idea of Private Cloud – deploy POLYV’s service on a private or internal network.

For larger companies, corporations or organizations, data security is priority -- that's why Private Cloud is born.

Usually when we use Video Cloud or Streaming Cloud, the data is stored in the servers of CDNs that not just serve POLYV. Generally speaking, the data in the shared CDNs is safe and stable enough, and the CDN service providers can resist common cyber-attacks (such as DDoS) or technical issues. What’s more, the cost of deploying the service on shared CDNs is less – from the leasing of CDN to the human resources to maintain the service – and is flexible to expand or contract the scale if needed.

Yet, there are some large enterprises requiring a higher level of security, demanding that the data should be stored within the network of their own server, or using specific CDNs that are fully owned or leased to the user and not shared with other users. And for the functionalities, they should be the same as the general video cloud services.

Hence we have the idea of Private Cloud – we can deploy Video Cloud or Streaming Cloud within their internal network, or on the CDN network that are designated only for the enterprises. They can either hire operation engineers, or apply one-on-one technical assistance from our VIP service.

And since the data is now stored in the private network, it is even more secure than in the shared network, taking the private version of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud service to a new level, and no fear of leaking the data of employees or confidential papers.

That’s all for the brief introduction of our Private Cloud. If you are interested in this service, feel free to contact our customer service for more information, or check out our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information.

Concise tutorial: Batch video migration to Video Cloud

We have lots of users who choose Video Cloud as their first video service. Besides, we have some users who previously using free or other paid video hosting service, and need to migrate the old videos to Video Cloud. Some of them may have up to thousands of videos and take up to hundreds of gigabytes.

It sounds like a mission impossible to migrate these videos one by one, if using the old methods. But don’t worry! POLYV provides a much simpler way to migrate your videos to Video Cloud, with just a few steps.

1. Generate a CSV (Comma Separated Values) file for migration. The CSV file contains multiple lines of your file, and each line consists of two elements – the origin URL and the title of the video, separated by comma.

You can either use text editing applications (like Notepad, Editplus, UltraEdit, Atom, etc.) or spreadsheets processing applications (like Microsoft Excel, Apple Numbers, Google Sheets, etc.) to do the job.

Using Notepad for editing the CSV file

Using Notepad for editing the CSV file

Using Excel to generate the CSV file

Using Excel to generate the CSV file

Note that the CSV file should be saved using UTF-8 encoding, especially when it contains CJK characters. If not, the file will not be recognized and processed.

The CSV file should be using UTF-8 encoding

The CSV file should be using UTF-8 encoding

2. Sign in your POLYV account, then select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

3. Click “Video sync” on the left panel, then click the blue “Import task” button.

Click the “Import task” button to select the designated CSV file

4. In the popup window, choose the destination category in the dropdown list, then click the blue “Upload CSV file” button to submit the CSV file prepared in Step 1. After that, click the “Save” button.

Select the destination category first before importing the CSV file

5. Now Video Cloud will automatically process the file. All you need is to do the waiting game…

And when it is finished, click the “Export to CSV” button to save the result.

The result of the batch migration, showing numbers of successful and failed number of videos and time used

If you open the CSV file, you can see each line contains the URL, the title and the VID (Video ID) of the video, with the datetime of completing the process following.

The detailed information of the batch migration

So that’s a wrap for how to batch migrating your video to Video Cloud. Now with this feature, you don’t need to worry about migrating your existed videos to our system, because we will take good care of them and keep them unharmed.

If you to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. Happy video hosting!

Copyright Protection: Mobile encryption and authorization

We have talked about the means for copyright protection in the previous articles. Those methods works well in PCs and laptops, covering operation systems like Windows, OS X and Linux.

However, for the mobile playback, most of the video services don’t have any protection or encryption, making the videos easy targets to be pirating.

For POLYV users, you don’t have to worry about the safety issue of mobile playback – we have integrated encryption method based on Apple HLS for mobile devices, and you can activate it in an instance –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Settings” on the right of the top navigation bar, then click “Encryption settings” on the popup menu.

The portal for mobile encryption

3. In the “Video encryption” section, first click on the check box to enable VRM, then go to the “Mobile encryption settings” section to select the encryption mode –

Options for mobile encryption

  • General use – The videos will be encrypted, then the encryption key will be sent to mobile devices and the video can be played in mobile web directly with our universal code (JavaScript). No extra settings needed.
  • WEB & APP use – The videos will be encrypted with a key with both Web and App authorization. The videos can be decoded and played in mobile web as well as the apps integrated with POLYV SDK (Android or iOS).
  • APP use only – The videos will be encrypted with a key with ONLY App authorization. The videos can be decoded and played in the apps integrated with POLYV SDK (Android or iOS), but NOT available for mobile web playback.

[For detailed information and development rules of Web and App authorization, click here to check out our development document (in Simplified Chinese).]

Note that the mobile encryption settings will only apply on the videos uploaded after enabling this feature, and those videos uploaded before enabling mobile encryption will not be affected.

With this particular safe switch for mobile playback, you don’t have to worry about someone pirating your videos by cracking the mobile page or the app.

If you want to learn more about the security features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. And don’t forget to check out our previous blogs on copyright protection!

Happy video hosting, and see you in the next article!

Copyright Protection: Domain Restriction for Playback

Besides the features we have mentioned in previous articles, there are other ways to keep your videos away from pirates or unwanted viewers. Domain restriction is one of them.

The feature of domain restriction contains a “white list” (Allowed domains) and a “black list” (Forbidden domains), which designates the domains that allow and not allow to watch the videos, respectively. You can also combine these two lists for some more precise control of who can access the videos.

Here’s the detailed setup for domain restriction –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Settings” on the right of top navigation bar, then click “Playback domains”.

Domain settings

3. Here you can see four different sections for different restrictions –

The domain lists and schemes for the restriction control

  • No limitation – Default option. Everyone is able to access your videos.
  • Forbidden domains – The domains in this list are NOT allowed to watch your videos. Other domains are allowed.
  • Allowed domains – ONLY the domains in this list are allowed to watch your videos. Other domains are not allowed.
  • Compound domains – The system first check the “White list” for the allowed domains, then for the “Black list” for the forbidden domains. ONLY the domains meet BOTH criteria are allowed to watch your videos.

Note that currently the “White list” and “Black list” holds up to 5 different domains.

4. Click “Apply” to save the settings. Now the videos are only available for those user in the designated domains.

And that’s a wrap for the domain restriction settings. The process sounds a little complicated, but you can try a few times to make the right criteria for the lists, making them not miss out the wrong domains or block the right domains.

If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information. Also, you can subscribe to our blog to learn more about the copyright protection of POLYV, in both Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud.

Copyright Protection: Password Protection

Password protection is another simple and effective way to protect your videos in Video Cloud. By setting password to specific videos, you can limit the access of the video to designated people or groups, and those who don’t have the password of the videos are not able to watch.

Here we’ll show you how to set password for the videos. Let’s get started!

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Video” on the top navigation bar to enter the video list, then select the videos you want to set password on, and click “Video settings” on the top of the list.

Click "Video settings" button for entering password settings

3. On the popup window, type in the password you want in the “Password” field. If you want to make sure if the password is correct, check the “Show password” checkbox below the field.

Enter the password you want in the field

4. Click “Save” to apply the settings and return to video list.

Here’s the video with the password protection on, and error message pops up if you type in an incorrect password.

You need to type in the correct password before watching the video

The prompt message for the incorrect password

So this is how to activate password protection for your videos. If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information, and stay tuned for more tutorials on copyright protection.

Copyright Protection: Source file playback option

For those videos uploaded to POLYV, by default they go through the transcoding process to generate files for different resolution and/or encryption’s sake. This transcoding process is the key to the smooth playback and video security.

Besides, you can also choose playing the source file. With this option, the videos will not go through the transcoding process, and playback with the same media file you upload. This can maintain the maximum quality, but will require better network condition, cost more traffic and not be protected by the DRM system.

It is up to you to decide if the source files should be protected or not, but how to find the source file playback switch? Let’s see –

1. After signing in POLYV, select “Videos” to enter the admin page of Video Cloud.

2. Click “Manage folder” on the left panel, select the category folder and then click the “Folder settings” button on top of the category folder.

Click "Manage folder" on the left panel to set up category properties

3. On the popup window, find the “Source file play” option at the end of the preferences.

Select the category and click "Folder settings"

It is disabled by default, which means your videos will be transcoded after the upload, and is ready for encryption and other copyright protection features. If you enable it, the video you upload will not go through the transcoding process, and will not be protected by POLYV’s copyright protection means.

4. If you decide to turn on source file playback, you need to enable the “Whether to enable setting” option after turning on the “Source file play”, then click the “Submit” button at the bottom to apply the settings.

The preferences required for source file playback

Note that the source file playback settings only apply to the uploads after the setup; the videos uploaded before enabling this feature will not be affected.

So this is all about the source file playback settings. If you want to know more about the features of Video Cloud and Streaming Cloud, check out our blog or visit our official website http://www.polyv.net/ for more information.