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Old October 31st, 2006, 12:12 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I just purchased the HV-10 and noticed that it does not come with a mic input. (btw doest even come with a dv cable how cheap is that). I purchased the camera because I want to film a short video documentary in Iran. I would have purchased a more expensive...larger unit capable of better things, but im sure it wont get through Iranian customs. I used to live there...sometimes they keep ur stuff for months...other times they just donít return them period.

Point is, even if I was able to smuggle in a larger unit, i could hardly waltz around town filming the city. Enter...HV-10...small...affordable...incognito.

My big question is, is it possible to accurate time-sync the HD video with a separately recorded audio recording. I would be recording the audio with a portable digital recorder...maybe a small 4track or an MAudio or Roland portable recorder with phantom power (expanded memory capacity + power supply)....im thinking of hand crafting a lighting unit...designed as regular umbrella...for night shots...what kind of bulb would u guys recomend (must be small)...what type of fabric will not overheat (i have many a question ;).

Is this possible or am I dreaming in plastic? Can I sync the audio video using final cut etc...

any input on this matter, devoid of relevance...is appreciated.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 12:20 AM   #2
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yes, you should be able to synch in any editing program.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 12:28 AM   #3
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Yes, you can synch the sound in any editing system, just be sure you get a synch point whenever you start shooting. In film, this is usually done with a clapper board, the 'slate'. But you can just have someone clap their hands together when you start shooting, or flash a strobe.

You can get a small on camera light, usually 20 watts or so. Very compact. For brighter light, pick up a small 'super 8' movie light. Usually these are small units, with 500 or 650 watt bulbs in them. Bounce them off the interior of a reflector umbrella, or blast it through a white diffusion umbrella. Very small compact lighting. Alternatively, bounce it off a white wall or ceiling.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 01:33 AM   #4
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ok so im gonna get a white diffusion umbrella...then im gonna get a custom made handle that houses a rechargable battery, wire the umbrella so that the 500-600w bulb feeds off the handle battery...walk around like im just carrying an umbrella and keep the DV-10 in my pocket... question is...what do i do about the audio???

can anyone name some good field mics?


thnx a lot for the great feedback ;)
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Old October 31st, 2006, 12:42 PM   #5
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I admire your intentions, but won't an umbrella with light coming from it draw a lot of attention?
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Old October 31st, 2006, 01:39 PM   #6
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600 watts divided by 12 volts = 50 amps - that's gonna be a MEAN umbrella handle to hold a full-size CAR battery. Hope you live through this project... Steve
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Old October 31st, 2006, 02:42 PM   #7
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I'm not sure about th e time sync, but how does the video look....i was looking at it last night...sounded good, but that could very well be promo gimmick! My major question is the "New-School" saying, is it true that "Once a 1-Chip camera, always a 1-Chip camera"? I mean, are the extra pixels that much of a deal when you're still dealing with minimal shooting conditions? are the HD capabilities that great even though you only have 1 chip?...i dont know. I hate to sound redundant, but sreiously. how much can you do with that camcorder? even though its "HD"
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Old October 31st, 2006, 06:05 PM   #8
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(btw doest even come with a dv cable how cheap is that).
Name one camcorder that comes with a DV (FireWire) cable.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 07:23 PM   #9
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ok so im gonna get a white diffusion umbrella...then im gonna get a custom made handle that houses a rechargable battery, wire the umbrella so that the 500-600w bulb feeds off the handle battery...walk around like im just carrying an umbrella and keep the DV-10 in my pocket...

LOL !

See you on the news with your 'DV' 10 :)

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Old October 31st, 2006, 08:00 PM   #10
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No, you're not going to blast 500 watts through a hand held umbrella with a battery powerpack. What I suggested was a smallish pocket 'kit' for interviews... not run and gun. For that, as I indicated, you would need an on camera light.
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Old October 31st, 2006, 09:11 PM   #11
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The light on the front of the HV10 is surprisingly good !
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Old November 1st, 2006, 07:33 AM   #12
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The light on the front of the HV10 is surprisingly good !
Too blue for my tastes.
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Old November 1st, 2006, 12:20 PM   #13
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Too blue for my tastes.

You can stick a piece of white card infront of the HV10 stick the light on and manually colour balance to the illuminated (slightly blue) card, this should put you back in the red.
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 10:03 AM   #14
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BTW, a really good, inobtrusive camera which DOES have an external mic input is the Sanyo Xact HD 1A. It looks like a toy but records surprising good 720p on SD memory chips, not tape. Lousy low light capability, though. It's what I would use if I were going "in country."

Khodahafez, dude
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Old November 3rd, 2006, 11:45 AM   #15
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BTW, a really good, inobtrusive camera which DOES have an external mic input is the Sanyo Xact HD 1A. It looks like a toy but records surprising good 720p on SD memory chips, not tape. Lousy low light capability, though. It's what I would use if I were going "in country."

Khodahafez, dude

It has had very very bad reviews with regard to image quality.
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