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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #1
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A Walk In The Park

Sometimes you just have to make lemonade from lemons.

My wife and I went to the park today so I could do some testing with the A1. I forgot to color balance so the footage was quite bluish. A little more tweaking of the color and some sound effects and we had ourselves a mysterious little movie on what was a really nice day in the Florida woods. She had a good laugh out of it. Shot 30F all manual settings. Shot and edited in about 5 hours.
Enjoy http://www.vimeo.com/711732
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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:49 PM   #2
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Jim did you shoot in a wider aspect ratio than 16x9 or was the footage stretched during the upload?
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Old February 20th, 2008, 05:54 PM   #3
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I shot 16x9 and cropped it but it somehow got squished a little more during the compression
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Old February 20th, 2008, 06:45 PM   #4
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That was good footage man, I thought it looked cool. Personally I think white balance and such, while the norm, is sometimes overrated. I like the bluish tones, it gave it a more film-like look. Good stuff man. :)
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Old February 20th, 2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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cool footage Jim!

wondering what your gain settings were at though? might be vimeo but there was a bit of noticeable graininess in some of your shots.
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Old February 20th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #6
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My post has no value at all :) But is it me or does anyone else always get the jitters with Vimeo? I've never ever seen anything that played smoothly from there. Slow servers or something?
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Old February 21st, 2008, 07:53 AM   #7
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I thought that it looked good. The bluish tone and music brought it together. Nice job.
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Old February 21st, 2008, 09:15 AM   #8
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My gain was at -3. I was also using the vividrgb preset. sharpness was at 0.

I did notice the jerkyness towards the end on a pan. It is not present in the original, just the vimeo version. I seem to see a lot of the jitters lately on Vimeo clips. Oh well. While we didn't start out to shoot any specific story (just testing some 30f shots) we had fun making a little something from nothing.

I'm thinking now that I like the look of 24f shot at 1/48 better than the 30f shot at 1/60
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