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Old December 6th, 2008, 11:16 PM   #1
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Promotional video with XHA1

Here I have uploaded a video I directed and photographed with the XHA1 24 fps camera.
I hope the download is not to slow (Quicktime 27 MB)

The link is:

Cadereyta

Any comments would be great, thanks

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Old December 7th, 2008, 08:48 AM   #2
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Beautiful footage!

I thought the music was very dramatic in the begining...maybe a little too dramatic. Personally, if I'm viewing tourism footage, I would like the music to be more uplifting. It did resolve to a little more uplifting in the end but once you set the mood in a viewer it's hard to change it.

Did you shoot in 60i? Again, I loved the footage!
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Old December 7th, 2008, 12:03 PM   #3
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The footage is beautiful and so is the music i just think the editing transitions could be smoother, some more blends maybe. Also did you use and adaptor, the color in the shots are really vibrant. this is really inspiring since i got Final Cut Pro and i'm jus about 2 make my purchase on a Canon Xh A1..

Keep up the Good Work..
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Old December 7th, 2008, 02:01 PM   #4
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Your footage is absolutely amazing. Its hard to believe you shot that with the A1. Bravo!
What kind of post production work did you do to get such vibrant, smooth footage?
Thanks for sharing.
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Old December 7th, 2008, 02:26 PM   #5
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Your footage is absolutely amazing. Its hard to believe you shot that with the A1. Bravo!
Why is that hard to believe? There's a wealth of great footage shot with this camera & this one is no exception :) Obviously great care was taken with utilizing light (ex: look at the faces of the closeups, reflectors and/or fill in lights must have been used, etc) Any talented DP would be able to get fantastic stuff from the A1.
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Old December 7th, 2008, 04:08 PM   #6
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Thank you all for your comments they are very inspiring,

I agree, the music can be less agressive at the begining as well as the editing transitions can be smoother.

I'm working in a new version and will consider all your great comments.

Answering to your questions:
-The only adapter I used was the canon wide converter WD-72
-The video was shot with the 24F frame rate option
-The video was recorded on MiniDV and captured in Final Cut Pro via firewire with the ProRes 442 codec
- Titles and graphics were done in After Effects
- Some images were colored in "FCS Color" but we used a lot a plugin from Noise Industries FXFactory called "Color Crush". By the way, Noise Industries has great plugins for Final Cut and After Effects.
- I did use a lot of reflectors and fill in lights for closeup faces. I like to use the photoflex lite 5 in 1 collapsible disc reflector, unicel panels for very soft reflections and Kino Flos diva lights for interiors.

Thanks again,
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Old December 7th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #7
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Well you made me want to go there, & i guess that's the whole idea. Really beautiful footage, & colours. Loved it!
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Old December 7th, 2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Manuel,

What preset, if any, do you use on your XHA1? Very vibrant but believable colors. Also, did you do the slow motion in video then speed up, or did you take stills (with XHA1?) at standard intervals?
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Old December 7th, 2008, 10:32 PM   #9
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Hello Roger, I used a very simple custom camera preset:

Gamma Curve: Cine2
Knee: Middle
Black Stretch: Sometimes "middle", sometimes "press"
All the other settings I leave them at the center (middle)

Everything else was done in post.

For the slow motion the only thing I did was to uncheck the "frame blending" option in FCP.
Some time lapses where done with a still Canon Camera Xti with a Pclix controller.
Other time lapses were done recording on tape half an hour of footage and then speeding up in FCP without frame blending.

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Old December 8th, 2008, 06:11 AM   #10
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Enorabuena Manuel.

Nice Promotional Video. Thanks for your custom preset. I will use it soon with your permission.
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Old December 8th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #11
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Beautiful end product. I've watched it several times and it really shows what can be done when you nail focus, provide a little movement (not overdoing it), get the colors right, and match good music. In other words, you got all of it right!
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:06 AM   #12
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Nice work! Great Footage!
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Old December 9th, 2008, 01:15 PM   #13
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Love your work.
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Old December 10th, 2008, 02:47 AM   #14
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That was absolutely fantastic, blew me away! Congratulations on an excellent job!
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Old December 10th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #15
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Came across this by accident, fantastic. I enjoyed the sound track.

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