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Old June 6th, 2007, 05:54 PM   #1
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Little League Highlights - Caution, big file

So here is an 8-minute piece I did for my son's end of season party. It's about 90% Letus Flip Enhanced and the rest is with the stock lens. Every shot in this piece is handheld, grip and rip style. I lucked out mostly on focus but some shots are slightly off but I had to include them because of what they recorded. The first part of this is deliberately made to look like the opening of a major motion picture...I figured the kids would get a thrill out of it.

Party is friday night so the team hasn't seen it yet :)

The compression is pretty high but it still looks good to me. I didn't want to break it into smaller pieces because it is meant to be watched all the way through.

It's a 720p size and the file is about 300mb

http://www.pinelakefilms.com/XHA1/baseballfinalweb.wmv
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Old June 6th, 2007, 09:46 PM   #2
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Nice job. Reminds me of really clean 16mm. Did you use your VividRGB setting? Doesn't look that saturated to me. I like the skin tones. Very natural. Also, was that running at 23.98? I've never figured out how to tell the frame rate in Media Player.

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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:10 PM   #3
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I think your host is getting hammered hahah. Anyways itll be a while before I can comment on the video itself, but i would like to thank you again for all you videos you show us here. Each one is very inspirational, and even as someone who has never ever done any video before is making an itching to get the same "look" as you do, that is a GOOD thing. I will comment after i am done downloading!
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:26 PM   #4
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beautiful as always. what lenses did you use for this piece? did you find it difficult to match letus and stock footage?
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:32 PM   #5
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Blake, yes it was all shot at 23.98

Paul, I used primarily a 100mm f2.8 Nikon. Some of the wider shots are done with the 28mm f2.8 and medium shots are with the 50mm f1.8.

Because these shots were taken at all times of the day over a long period of time, I didn't really have to worry about matching all of them. I didn't have any problems mixing the Letus stuff with the stock lens.

I took the sharpness down to zero and in some cases down to -5 using the stock lens to make the shots a little more compatible.

I used vividrgb for all of these shots although I have to say, as is typical with me, there were many variations and experimentation over the course of this shoot. The color gain was zero for both the Letus and stock lens. I find the color gain to be a little intense using the Nikons so I pull it back to make it feel a little more natural.

Thanks for watching...
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:48 PM   #6
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Steve, was the WMV you uploaded 23.98? I was trying to see if you're adding pulldown for the copy you're showing at the event, i.e. on a DVD or tape? Or is it staying 23.98 all the way through? Motion looks real good. So many folks often complain of "judder", but I see almost none and you do a good amount of panning, etc. Thanks.
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Old June 6th, 2007, 10:55 PM   #7
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Yeah Blake, this WMV is 24p version, no pulldown. Burning to a 24p DVD. I am downrezzing to SD (for the party) which looks great using Vegas.
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Excellent. Thanks for the info and posting the footage!
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Excellent camerawork and editing, I'm sure the team will love it.

Your matte (2.35?) doesn't appear black on my screen, is that intended?
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Fantastic stuff. Your hands must be made of concrete.
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Very nice :) I love what the Letus can do when used properly :) I am sure the kids will love it.

Camera man sighting @ 3:47 :-)
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Steven that was just plain awesome. Im sure when the kids look back on that years from now it will be very special.
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Thanks for the comments.

Rene, I think the problem with the matte color is due to some kind of gamma shift during compression. The matte on the original is black.

Josh, I'm intrigued by your comment "Camera man sighting @ 3:47 :-)" because I looked at the file at that timecode and saw nothing... :)
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Steven,
It is *so* beautiful!! Thanks so much for posting this.
One question: when you're shooting handheld with the letus, is the weight of the camera with the additional lens not a big burden? I'm asking because I notice the weight of the A1 already without additional lenses - it's heavy on my wrist...

Thanks again for the fantastic movie!!

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Thanks for the comments.

Rene, I think the problem with the matte color is due to some kind of gamma shift during compression. The matte on the original is black.

Josh, I'm intrigued by your comment "Camera man sighting @ 3:47 :-)" because I looked at the file at that timecode and saw nothing... :)
I just took a look again. its 3:46.. and only a little of 3:47. (in flip 4 mac) A reflection on the woman's sun glasses. Her left lens. One guy looking at the game another looking down at something, I assume it is you filming :p
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