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Canon XF Series 4K and HD Camcorders
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Old March 27th, 2012, 07:23 PM   #16
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External monitors and white balance

I also agree that for run & gun stuff an external monitor isn't really a necessity - and may be, as I have found, causing other problems.

I was using an external monitor on a location interview shoot and the footage I was getting looked GREAT on the external monitor - a Marshall Electronics V-LCD 50-HDMI 5" monitor - but when I got back to my office and downloaded the footage, I was really disappointed. I had used Doug Jensen's Vortex Media CP file settings, used his 1/4 warming card to warm up the flesh tones and background just a bit - and AAAGH! The flesh tones looked so overcooked it was unusable. I had to spend a LOT of time in post (Premiere Pro and Colorista 2) getting the files to look ok. I learned a couple of things -

1) I apparently STILL don't get White balancing, even though I have done it for years on my SLRs (and yes, my whole pc/printer/monitor/system is profiled).
2) What I saw on the XF300's monitor WAS PRETTY MUCH accurate - much more so than my external monitor - which I had tried to adjust to look "right" according to what I saw.

I think I'll post another comment/question on White Balancing to see what people are doing. Maybe I've just got something slightly off...but I know I'll be told to use the scopes - which I haven't done.

Anyway, my point is, with an external monitor you're introducing another variable that may not be helpful.

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