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Old January 7th, 2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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HV30-settings

So far I have only used the automatic settings when shooting with my HV30.

But tomorrow I'll go out and try to get some footage to test "time-lapse" and slow motion.

My amateurish question is:
What settings are preferable i.e. shutter speed / aperture.

The weather forecast for tomorrow in Sweden is -8 C, overcast with snow on the ground.

I'll later use FCE for editing.

Probably a silly question but...
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Old January 7th, 2010, 04:39 PM   #2
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Time lapse/slow motion

Not sure quite what you are hoping to do here, Hans. The HV-30 doesn't have any settings for timelapse or overcranking as such. If you are just going to speed up the footage in post, then this is a more general question.

Also, making shutter speed and aperture settings manually is a bit tricky, but can be done.

This has been discussed a number of times from HV-20 days onwards. I did a quick search and found this thread on dvinfo which gives a link to another forum http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-vi...tml#post859584
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Old January 8th, 2010, 03:25 AM   #3
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Thanks Colin,

As I said, I realized this was a stupid question but hoped that there were some general settings for the conditions I mentioned. I've no background in photo and therefore shutter speeds and aperture are a new experience to me. But I will learn, hopefully by checking the thread you gave.
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Old January 9th, 2010, 07:41 AM   #4
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I don't think your questions were stupid, but there are some limitations with these cameras. I think they are amazing for their size and cost, but I'm not going to be selling my XH-A1 any time soon (though I suspect my family would prefer that I did - everyone seems to want great video and audio without large cameras and external mics being in evidence).

I would suggest that you get to know the camera better by reading right through its user manual and while you are at it, download a pdf copy from Canon http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/canon-vi...tml#post867566 and use it to find obscure things quickly with the "find" function in Acrobat Reader. And of course, keep reading here at dvinfo - there's so much information based on the experience of so many people using these cameras for all sorts of work (and play!)

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Old January 9th, 2010, 09:32 AM   #5
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Thanks for the link.

I'm learning every day by using this forum and the Apple FCE forum.

Check out my first videos here:

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Old January 11th, 2010, 10:53 AM   #6
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Hans,

The HV30 is limited in the over/under cranking area as mentioned above. You might want to experiment using the Speed control in Final Cut to see if that will help you achieve some success.

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Old January 11th, 2010, 01:06 PM   #7
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Your best bet with the HV30 is to set it to P mode and then make your adjustments based on what looks best for the scene. Since the HV30 does not have any way to do timelapse in-camera it will be a completely post operation.

The HV30 is a great camera, it just takes a while playing with the settings at first to learn how to get the image that you are looking for.
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Old January 12th, 2010, 03:09 AM   #8
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Thank you all,

Tomorrow I'll go out shoting following your advices.
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