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Canon XH Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XH G1S / G1 (with SDI), Canon XH A1S / A1 (without SDI).


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Old December 29th, 2006, 10:19 PM   #31
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A skateboard. I caught a little shadow of you in the end, I thought you were standing on a truck-dolly. I still can't believe this footage. I'm going to try to do something like it here in Chicago maybe for an upcoming shoot. In the mean time I have to download this for inspiration.

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Old January 1st, 2007, 12:49 AM   #32
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Excellent, nice footage. Thanks
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Old January 1st, 2007, 11:24 PM   #33
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By the way, the song is called "Chicago" and it's by Sufjan Stevens. It's beautiful. I'm addicted to this clip.

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Old August 2nd, 2007, 09:12 AM   #34
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a belated "great job!" the footage really is beautiful, and I'll surely be buying this camera ASAP.
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Old August 10th, 2007, 11:24 PM   #35
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Yeah i actually fell down...haha. I've been skating for a while so that usually doesn't happen while I'm filming, but I was focused on the shot and hit a pot hole (ouch!). Camera never hit the ground just me.
Joe, do what race car drivers normally do before a race, "walk the track" to learn the course... lol

BTW, you have inspired me and I may now have to take up "skateboarding" too... (another tool for the toolbox).

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Old August 14th, 2007, 01:54 AM   #36
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Awsome Footage

I just bought that A1, and as soon as I saw your footage, I ran outside to the street and messed with the camera. Now thanks to your post, I think I got it. Thanks a bunch! This camera rocks...
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Old August 14th, 2007, 02:35 PM   #37
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Yeah i actually fell down...haha. I've been skating for a while so that usually doesn't happen while I'm filming, but I was focused on the shot and hit a pot hole (ouch!). Camera never hit the ground just me.
I remember me attaching my sony trv120 to my bike and riding down the street. Riding over water-gathering hole (sorry i dunno how it's called) my bike trembled and the battery of the sony fell into it ;D. Had to buy a new one.

nice footage btw
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Old August 14th, 2007, 08:58 PM   #38
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Off the chain ...

Joe ...

The footage is amazing. I think it's important for you to know. Any particular preset and/or compression format you use specifically for the web?

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I filmed this all in 24f, Most of the clips have different settings depending on what I was shooting. I noticed that the quicktime file seems to de-saturate the footage a bit kinda weird. Also the compresion seems to acent the noise, because when I veiw it in FCP I barely see noise if any at all.

http://www.joesimonproductions.com/s...t/downtown.mov
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Old August 21st, 2007, 10:39 AM   #39
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I use compressor to export to the web. It is done at 1300 kbits. I found this to work great for all web videos.
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Old August 24th, 2007, 08:30 AM   #40
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Hey Joe.. great video! Is that H.264 from compressor? Do you ever run into any of the gamma-shift problems (desaturated look) that H.264 encodings often run into?
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Old August 27th, 2007, 12:52 PM   #41
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The Gain ranged from 0 to 12db depending on how lit it was. When I was using 6 or 12db I had NR1 at Low which did a great job of getting rid of the noise. My black setting was at middle and bpress, I find that the XHA1 black setting is best at bpress( gets rid of that milky look). I played a lot with the CP settings, and I changed almost everything in there for different shots.
I didn't do any CC this is straight out of the camera.
Have you tried the Black settings in other situations other then nighttime?
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Old September 16th, 2007, 10:07 PM   #42
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I have to compensate the settings for the H.264 . In compressor I bump the saturation up to +5 and the brightness down -2, this way it equals out the same as my original footage.

I pretty much always use bpress or lower the set level to crush the blacks. If its really dark I'll won't drop it that much so I can retain more detail and then do my final adjustments in post.
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Old September 22nd, 2007, 09:54 PM   #43
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Hey Joe, what did you use to monitor focus and color in the field? With all the on the fly changes you made, did the LCD cut it for you?
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Old October 2nd, 2007, 11:59 PM   #44
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I always use the onboard LCD when shooting stock lens with this camera. Once you get used to what it needs to look like it works great!
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Old August 15th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #45
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You have convinced me that an A1 is worth it

You've convinced me that an A1 is completely worth it.
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