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Old May 29th, 2008, 04:19 PM   #1
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A1 latitude

I've owned my A1 for a little over a month and have just completed my first short project with it. Shot in HD30f on an HDV timline, and output with ProRes, and again to Cleaner/SD 16:9 and also output to SD DVDSP as well.
I am ranting again, and can't help the whole fanboy attitude about this cam.
I am seeing about 2 stops of latitude using highlite/shadows filters without any loss, and still able to sharpen without jaggies. I am using Wolfgangs -3db settings, and am seeing a fair amount of elasticity in the footage shot so far.
You can't pull SD around like this, it just isn't possible.
Nice piece of gear.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #2
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Lionsgate Entertainment's Crank 2 starring Jason Statham is shooting primarily with the XH-A1 using a -3b setting. They chose the XH-A1 over the RED camera:


http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/new...th-crank-2.php


http://www.collider.com/entertainmen...id/7771/tcid/1
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Old May 29th, 2008, 10:55 PM   #3
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Lionsgate Entertainment's Crank 2 starring Jason Statham is shooting primarily with the XH-A1 using a -3b setting. They chose the XH-A1 over the RED camera:


http://www.filmschoolrejects.com/new...th-crank-2.php


http://www.collider.com/entertainmen...id/7771/tcid/1
That is absolutely amazing. And they actually get the desired look with in-camera settings instead of post. Unbelievable. Look how sharp the screen grab is. That is proof of the concept, the planning and creativity to use eight cameras at once. It's not what you have but how you use it.

But didn't these guys get the memo? This camera isn't good enough for more than b-roll footage of the imminently more entertaining mating calls of the woodcock sparrow on Discovery HD, Lol...

Kudos to Lionsgate!
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Old May 30th, 2008, 03:20 PM   #4
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Did anybody else see the James Gandolfini-produced Iraq war vet documentary HBO ran up through last week? He had a studio setting, three camera shoot, for the interviews. Occasionally they would go to a wide shot to show the overall setup, mic booms, cameras, etc. I'm reasonably certain the 2 cameras I could see were Canons, most likely the XH G1. They were tethered, with 2 cables each, probably going to HDCAM decks. I'm not 100% sure they were Canons, but from the quick glimpses I think they were.

Here's the link:

http://www.hbo.com/apps/schedule/Sch...OCUS_ID=631743

I think I might buy the DVD. It's an excellent, simple documentary. Very difficult to watch because the stories are so heart-rendering.

Lots of feature films, low budget but excellent independent ones, have been shot with 1/3" chip cameras for some time, and they usually look pretty good, if the people knew how to use their equipment. I think the significance of this Crank movie is that it's the first Hollywood-type teenage boy stunt movie that's been shot with small video cameras. Usually if it's video, they go for the TV news documentary look, or a home movie look. It will be very interesting to rent the first Crank and the new one to watch in succession to see how No. 2 holds up. (In terms of visuals, not story--sequels are always rotten.)
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Old May 31st, 2008, 06:26 PM   #5
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Jim Hanks ( Tom Hanks' brother ) shooting TV pilot and feature with XH-A1/G1

http://www.studiodaily.com/main/searchlist/9375.html


http://blog.broadcastengineering.com...-to-the-floor/
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