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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:42 PM   #1
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What Am I Missing - Blurred, Trailing Footage

Okay, I apologize if there is a thread already on this or if I can't explain it eloquently enough but here goes.

When filming in daylight conditions with lots of light, ND filters on as the camera asks for them in AV mode, I am getting this terrible trailing effect when the camera moves or the subject being filmed moves. It is like the camera cannot keep up with the amount of light and the activity being recorded.

I sent the camera into Canon with a tape of the suspect footage, only to hear this is how things work with the A1 camera and HDV footage in bright light conditions.

Since I don't see any threads on this, what are you guys/gals experiencing? Should I be using a filter in the middle of the day and if so, what does everyone recommend? We film for our hunting/fishing show and I just don't feel like the quality is there yet.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:49 PM   #2
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Sounds like you have it set in 24F or 30F mode. Above the timecode it should say "HDV" or "DV" and have a combination of numbers and letters after it: 60i, 30F or 24F. If it is in either 24F or 30F, switch it to 60i in the Signal Setup part of the menu. Then see how you like it.

Also, what shutter speed are you recording at?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 02:56 PM   #3
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Pretty sure, 99.9%, I am running in 60i.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 03:57 PM   #4
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Hi Jeremy,

Is there any chance you've got noise reduction on in the custom presets? That could cause a trailing effect.


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Pretty sure, 99.9%, I am running in 60i.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:02 PM   #5
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I will take a look, thanks for that tip.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:05 PM   #6
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Are you shooting on a tripod with the OIS on?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:13 PM   #7
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Yes and Yes. Tripods or camera arms with Manfrotto heads and OIS on.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 04:17 PM   #8
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Turn the OIS off when on a tripod and doing any pans or tilts. That might solve your problem.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 05:38 PM   #9
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Can you post a sample?
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Old August 26th, 2008, 08:41 PM   #10
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Have you tried to deinterlace the footage?
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Old August 27th, 2008, 05:48 AM   #11
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The most likely cause of a trailing effect (as opposed to motion blur) is the use of Type 1 Noise Reduction (NR1) - see page 77 of the user manual.
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