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Old March 4th, 2009, 06:09 AM   #1
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night-shooting on a XH-A1 without lighting... advice please.

hello all.

I am using a XH-A1 in HDV1080/50i (PAL). Im trying to shoot street locations (purely backgrounds no actors or action) without extra lighting at night and have tried a variety of shutter speeds and apertures but am still getting very grainy midtones. any help would be muchly appreciated.

thanks Sal.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 06:15 AM   #2
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I would try the pfvision preset. But even that has its limitations.
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Old March 4th, 2009, 06:47 AM   #3
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You say street scenes with no action, would a stills shot on a digital stills camera provide a better solution? The problem is, if there ain't no light, there ain't much you can do if you want the quality as well
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Old March 4th, 2009, 07:01 AM   #4
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we are attempting to create a 3screen moving image piece exploring narrative through splitting background/action on separate projections.. all the action is being shot in a studio under fully controlled lighting and the backgrounds on location. yes digital stills are definitely an option for some of the shots but in places were going to need pans/tracks. It doesn't need to be bright as darkness is the overall aesthetic we're going for (its set in east-london at 4am!) but how can i get dark shots in the dark without all the noise and grain? what is pfvision setting?
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Old March 4th, 2009, 07:26 AM   #5
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pfvision is a custom preset....here is the link:
http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/xh-series...-included.html

Another option may be to shoot day for night or shoot at dusk with iris closed down.
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