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Old August 27th, 2013, 11:41 AM   #1
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Truecolor when mixing XH-G1s / HV40?

I have a question concerning presets.

I have an XH-G1s and an HV40, both PAL (I live in Europe). However outdated they are, I will be using them for a project which I am now preparing to shoot. I cannot afford to spend thousands of euros on a new camera, as I am basically just a hobbyist trying to make my footage look as good as possible and hopefully tell an interesting story.

As an alternative to HDV, I plan to use the Blackmagic HyperDeck Shuttle v2 set to ProRes 422 HQ, but I will probably also use tape as backup.

The project is a documentary. The scenes will be cityscapes, streets, parks and buildings mostly outside in daylight. A few scenes will be interiors, hopefully well-lit. There will be a number of one-on-one interviews.

I will be doing the shooting myself or, if I'm lucky, with a soundperson for boom mic'ing. I will do at least 75% of the shots with the XH-G1s but there might be a few situations where I want to use the HV40 because it is smaller and lighter - for instance for a shot from a scooter where I will sit behind the driver.

Knowing that I might have to blend shots from both cameras, is it a good idea to use the neutral Truecolor preset (discussed in other threads here) in the XH-G1s?

I did read this piece of advice for mixing footage from the two cameras:
Settings to match XH-A1 and HV30 Footage | L.A. Color Pros Blog
- but he is using the OUTSIDEN preset in the XH-A1 and I am not particularly keen on using that. I tried it last weekend and it seemed to me to be somewhat greenish.

I plan to edit in FCP7.

Thanks in advance for any advice.

Peter
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Old August 28th, 2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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Re: Truecolor when mixing XH-G1s / HV40?

Hi

My experience from my, now non-functioning, HV20 is to NOT use Cinema mode. It degrades resolution and makes red color strange. Perhaps the same for the HV40.

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Old August 28th, 2013, 09:59 AM   #3
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Re: Truecolor when mixing XH-G1s / HV40?

Thanks, Bo!

I agree. In fact, on the HV40, I am hoping not to use any other settings than the 25p shooting mode, set the shutter to 1/50 in shutter priroty mode and try to prevent auto-gain from being applied by locking the exposure before gain potentially becomes an issue.

However, does this mean I should not use any preset on the XH-G1s or would it be OK to use "Truecolor"?

I suppose some colour correction needs to be applied in post anyway, so there doesn't seem to be much point in trying to get similar-looking footage straight out of both cameras?

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