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Old December 31st, 2006, 09:23 PM   #1
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sunset pacific nw driftwood fishing

I discovered this while trolling for A1 footage:

http://www.stefweb.net/cinematography/Water720P.wmv

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Old January 4th, 2007, 06:25 PM   #2
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I learn something about camera movement every time I watch one of the clips from here. And I noticed on this one that the footage is running backwards on the first clip. Interesting eh?
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Old January 5th, 2007, 10:37 PM   #3
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Are you sure this is A1 Footage? I mean it surely looks awesome . After looking at this guys work, I know he used to use a panny on his Awake movie. Does he own an A1 now?
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Old January 5th, 2007, 11:59 PM   #4
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It's definitely A1 footage. I love the shot of the fisherman in standing in the water with the mountains in the background. Beautiful.

http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?t=82661

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So I had a little free time this afternoon about 3:30, right before sunset (how sad is that )
Anyways, I set up my camera, my marshal HD monitor, adjusted some in camera settings and turned off everything auto (including AGC).
First impressions. . . Wow, what a nice monitor. Then I noticed that the footage in the monitor was what was really making it nice. I love how you can set the color temp manually.
The button layout takes a bit of learning to figure out where everything is, but that goes with just about every camera. I don't like some of the functions that have to be accessed by menu, like the OSD.
I love the focus zoom for better focusing, especially in the external monitor, makes focusing a pleasure.
I also have to say that after looking at the 7" display (which I calibrated beforehand) the little teeny tiny camera LCD sucks, although I havn't calibrated that one yet. It did tend to show less information in the highlights than the marshall did, but maybe the contrast is up to high, I'll have to check it out.

So here is a quick sample of my footage from the day. I only had about an hour to shoot, brought it back in vegas, adjusted some colors and curves, and uploaded for your viewing pleasure.

http://www.stefweb.net/cinematography/Water720P.wmv

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Old January 6th, 2007, 09:51 AM   #5
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Thanks for the link. Great stuff.
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Old January 7th, 2007, 02:58 PM   #6
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great footage..
I'm waiting an external monitor since I understand that the best results you can have only if you see what's goin'on with your shots.
the monitor is this one: http://www.proav.co.uk/product_info....4258291dfad33e
You said you adjust some camera settings, you mean also that part of color presets? and you got changes you could see on the monitor?
you said also you calibrated it before... how? I will have my first external monitor and cannot figure out how to calibrate it :-)
ciao!
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Old January 9th, 2007, 12:19 PM   #7
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This is really beautiful footage. Notice the people walking backwards in the first shot? :)

It looks very "Magic Bullet" to me which is adding a kind of magical sense to the place.

Nice work Stefan.
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Old January 11th, 2007, 12:26 AM   #8
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Great footage! I love that you can still see detail in the snow capped mountains way off in the distance. That's one of my pet peeves about video camcorders, I love that the XH A1 can resolve detail in the distance that far back.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 06:50 PM   #9
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Does anyone else notice the color separation in the top corner? Is that typical of the A1?

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Old January 17th, 2007, 02:22 PM   #10
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Yes, the A1 does display some red/green colour fringing on high contrast edges, under certain lighting conditions.

Canon apparently have worked to minimise the amount of CA on the lens, but you appear to get a tight fringe of red/green towards the edges of the lens. I suspect it's a combination of the lens, CCD blooming, and the limited colour resolution of HDV.

Of the other cameras in this sort of prosumer range, most display some colour fringing. The Sony V1 has a comperable amount. The Canon H1 is just a touch worse. The fringing on the Sony FX1/Z1 seems to be slightly softer in appearance, and the colours aren't as intense. It's there but not very noticable. The original lens that came with the JVC GY-HD100 was truly horrible with the amount of CA that it displayed.

And the only camera that I've seen in the prosumer range that has a truly "negligible" amount of CA is the HVX200. I've never seen a clip that displayed CA.
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