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Old March 1st, 2007, 08:56 PM   #1
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Footage from 1st day with my new Canon A1...

Well, let me first give my impressions... WOW! WHAT A CAMERA!

I'm not making a review here because #1, I haven't even came close to exploring all this camera's features. Just took it around town yesterday and shot some stuff. I'm certainly not used to having total control with a camera and also having MOST of the controls at my finger tips!

It is heavier, awkward (hell, I'm used to the Sony HC1!!!!), but will definitely be able to adapt to it. Practice makes perfect.

I'm posting the 2nd clip I made from yesterday. Note that all of this clip is handheld. I was rushed to get these shots and such, so just bear with it. Also, most of this is NOT color corrected and if it was, it was just a tad and not much at all...

www.jcdv.com/WMV/A1_day1_B.wmv

UPDATED: Made a preset to mimick my Sony HC1 color. Pretty good. I need to lower the sharpnes though (I bumped it up too much.)
DAY2:
www.jcdv.com/WMV/A1_day2.wmv


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Old March 1st, 2007, 11:52 PM   #2
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Thanks for posting the clip. I have not looked at it yet, but I'm very interrested in your findings/feelings/opinions on this camera, since you are coming from the Sony HC-1 - the camera I currently own. I find that , because of compression , etc, files downloaded aren't capable of fully showing what a camera is capable of.
I have been very happy with the HC-1. While more control better image quality-especially low light would be nice, I love its size - not too light, but still small enough to be quick on the go and to pack for a trip. I have been waffling about upgrading to either the Cannon A1 or the "Sony V-1. I like the 3x1/3" size of the CCD as it allows for more depth of field effect then the 3x1/4" Cmos sensors in the V-1. The HC-1 has 1x1/3" cmos imager. That said, I have been very impressed with the very natural contrast and range of the cmos versus other camcorders I've had with ccd immagers. Anyways thanks for posting the clip and have fun with your wonderful new A-1. Good Luck - PK
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 12:56 PM   #3
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WoW, Nice footage

Was it shot in 24F? SD or HDV? and how high you went on the gain?
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QUOTE=Jerome Cloninger;634413]Well, let me first give my impressions... WOW! WHAT A CAMERA!

I'm not making a review here because #1, I haven't even came close to exploring all this camera's features. Just took it around town yesterday and shot some stuff. I'm certainly not used to having total control with a camera and also having MOST of the controls at my finger tips!

It is heavier, awkward (hell, I'm used to the Sony HC1!!!!), but will definitely be able to adapt to it. Practice makes perfect.

I'm posting the 2nd clip I made from yesterday. Note that all of this clip is handheld. I was rushed to get these shots and such, so just bear with it. Also, most of this is NOT color corrected and if it was, it was just a tad and not much at all...

www.jcdv.com/WMV/A1_day1_B.wmv

Feel free to comment.[/QUOTE]
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 01:16 PM   #4
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Was it shot in 24F? SD or HDV? and how high you went on the gain?
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Shot in 60i HDV. Most was shot with 0db gain, there is some 3db, 6db, and 12db (12db at the sign by the highway, and once looking at the 2 buildings that I remember.)
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 02:30 PM   #5
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Great looking footage. I also checked out your website. Very nice wedding shots. What stabilizer and camera were used? Enjoy the A1. Getting my soon!
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 02:51 PM   #6
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wow

I dont know why but those shots have the feeling of 24f, they looked very filmic to me.



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Shot in 60i HDV. Most was shot with 0db gain, there is some 3db, 6db, and 12db (12db at the sign by the highway, and once looking at the 2 buildings that I remember.)
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Great looking footage. I also checked out your website. Very nice wedding shots. What stabilizer and camera were used? Enjoy the A1. Getting my soon!
Thanks Jim! EVERYONE of those clips on my site was shot with 3 Sony HC1 cameras. Stabilizers used in order of use: Tripod, Hand, Glidecam 2000.

You'll like the A1.
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I dont know why but those shots have the feeling of 24f, they looked very filmic to me.
Perhaps some did if I slowed them down in post which results in slight motion blur... or your computer was dropping frames during playback. Play it and look at the statistics on playback... it will tell you actual framerate from the player.
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Old March 2nd, 2007, 04:57 PM   #9
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NICE stuff with the HC1. I have a sony A1U but never got shots like that. You are definately using it to the max!

Looking forward to the Canon A1.
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NICE stuff with the HC1. I have a sony A1U but never got shots like that. You are definately using it to the max!

Looking forward to the Canon A1.
Just added a new clip... check out the original post.
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Old March 3rd, 2007, 05:40 PM   #11
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very nice. looks similar to the A1U
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Nice indeed. What music was that in day 2?
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Nice indeed. What music was that in day 2?
Thanks Ron. I have no idea what it was. Someone submitted it for a wedding video once, but I didn't use it on that... didn't "fit".
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Jerome, could you post your HC1-like preset setting? Thanks!

Oops, just saw you have posted it in another thread, sorry.
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Jerome, could you post your HC1-like preset setting? Thanks!

Oops, just saw you have posted it in another thread, sorry.
No problem... I'll do it here too. BTW, I posted this clip in this thread before I ever realized the forum for all the A1 clips (which there are a ton)

Here's the preset (with sharpness turned down from what was in this clip.. on a 1080 TV, it was too high, but its fixed now.)

http://www.jcdv.com/PRESET/PRESET20.CPF
I called it HC1day
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