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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:23 PM   #586
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Hey Jeremy
A few pointers/suggestions:

Too much shaky footage in the beginning of the clip - was that an intro to the video itself?
Not enough light inside the bar/club - was it an organized music video shoot or we just filming their performance. B/C some bar/clubs don't like extra lights or even the band.
Did you try turning your gain up - that would've helped a bit. Thats why you stayed wide most of the time so that it doesn't get darker if you zoomed in.
Overall, its a trial and error process as begin but keep at it.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 06:00 PM   #587
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Prashanna,

Thanks for the feed back!

I forgot to mention that this was kinda spur of the moment thing, just run and gun. I was there to watch the show and decided it would be fun to film partway through the show. There was absolutely no prep time, it just sounded like a good idea at the time.

I only had the gain at +3. I knew most of it would be dark, but wasn't sure how much at the time. I haven't filmed much in low lighting. I knew the lighting was going to be an issue, I just wasnt thinking as clearly inside the bar ;)

As for the intro, the first 3 shots was from some of my 1st letus testing, all hand held as I dont have a good enough tripod to support the camera with the letus. The last intro shot was from a spur of the moment wedding at my local courthouse, hand held as well. I just put it on to as an idea - to see if they'll let me shoot a video to the song on the intro.

All in all, it was a good learning experience. I had alot of fun with all of this.

Thanks again for the feedback!!

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Old August 30th, 2008, 02:39 AM   #588
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Valparaiso Police Department - Rifle Range

Valparaiso Police Department was kind enough to invite me to a training range. This was filmed about 4 months ago, I had really no clue what alot of things were on the camera. Probably about my 3rd or 4th time out with the camera. But I thought it turned out extremely well. Filmed on the Canon XH-G1 with the VividRGB preset.

http://www.vimeo.com/1629871

Let me know what you think...

Thanks!

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Old August 30th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #589
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where did you get the VIVDRGB preset i can't find where to download it!

Thanks

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Old August 30th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #590
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Here's the VIVIDRGB preset (Attached)
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Old August 31st, 2008, 03:52 PM   #591
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Really like those images.

Nice work.

Would love to read about your technique.
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Old September 1st, 2008, 09:27 AM   #592
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cool, a DC XH-A1 owner. I'm hoping to join your club in a few days (for now, I'm a Sony HC1 owner). I'd love to know your methods to get these nice looking screen grabs myself.

I didn't know about a 24 hour festival. I knew there was a 48 hour one.
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Old September 2nd, 2008, 12:27 PM   #593
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Hey

Thanks for the responses everyone!

Well, in short, my 'technique' for obtaining a pleasing DOF relies on a LOT OF SPACE.

Here's a very, VERY rough diagram that I've drawn up.

The steps which I go through to obtain some nice DOF w/o a 35mm adapter are as follows:

1.) Place camera (Cam) on a tripod 10 - 20 feet from subject (A). MANUAL MODE *

*NOTE: Make sure the background (B) is deep. Works best with backgrounds that are equally as far away from the subject as the camera, if not further.

2.) Zoom to appropriate framing. MCU / CU will work best.

3.) Adjust your iris so it is as wide open as possible.

4.) Adjust your shutter speed accordingly to achieve balanced exposure.

5.) Use your Peaking and Magnification buttons to zoom in on focal point.

6.) Adjust focus until your subject is in focus and the background is out of focus. **

**NOTE: Works best with abundant lighting. Boosting the GAIN may be necessary to maintain balanced exposure.

Here's a great WIKI Page which gives an infinitely more detailed explanation of what's going on here. It's just one of those things that once you understand it, and use it, it comes naturally and QUICKLY while shooting...

Depth of field - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old September 21st, 2008, 04:33 PM   #594
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Water Colors

Water + Food Coloring = Fun
Water + Food Coloring + XH-A1 = Double Fun!


Time remapping with Premiere CS3.

Music by: Mark Isham "A Four Part Rhythm"

Enjoy!

WATER COLORS on Vimeo
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Old September 21st, 2008, 04:48 PM   #595
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Awesome job! Creative, original, beautiful!

Would you mind sharing how you did it?
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Old September 21st, 2008, 05:10 PM   #596
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Well, I wouldn't say it's "that" creative or original. I was inspired by other videos like it on Vimeo and just had to try it myself.

It's just a 2 gallon fish tank filled with water and dropping a couple drops of food coloring into it. I have a white piece of paper a couple feet behind the tank and it's lit by two 5,200k fluorescent lights. Filmed at 60i with a 1/100th shutter, aperture is wide open.
I think I had the VIVIDRGB preset on.

In order to get the background white you really have to over expose the paper.

And that's it, pretty and simple.
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Old September 21st, 2008, 08:29 PM   #597
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fantastic! - I've seen some fluid video pieces of late and was wondering how it was done

the music was a perfect fit and a nice touch reversing up at the end

thanks for sharing this!
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 09:51 AM   #598
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Climate Matters - Competition, please watch

I entered a competition on Vimeo for a "Climate Matters" theme about the environment. I need as many people to look at this as possible.

Shot entirely on the XHA1 and mostly Letus Ultimate....some new shots some recycled.

Thanks

Climate Matters on Vimeo
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Old September 22nd, 2008, 12:02 PM   #599
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Looks great as always!
Left comment and "like" it for your win!
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Old September 23rd, 2008, 02:04 PM   #600
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XH-A1 in Amsterdam

Video I made with my XH-A1 in Amsterdam last summer , for your comments please:

Amsterdam journey 2008 on Vimeo
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