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Old June 14th, 2009, 11:07 AM   #1
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XL2 Demo Reel!

I have finally finished my 2009 Demo Reel. I'd say about 95% of it was shot on two XL2s. I up-resd the reel to 720P for Vimeo. Have a looksy and let me know what you all think.


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Old June 14th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #2
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Nice work Ryan! You have some really good stuff in your reel. (Man, XL2 footage uprezzed to 720P looks pretty darn amazing. Gotta try that when I have the time.)

I think what I personally would've liked to see is more camera movement. I think visually you have some nice interesting variety of camera angles (along with good variety of graphics and efx); but I'd like to have seen maybe some tracking or dolly shots, etc. (you had some nice rack focuses, and pans during the Home Documentary segment).

Overall, really good work!

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Old June 14th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks Jeff! There are a couple of Dolly shots in there, but because all the clips are cut so fast to match the music the dollies go unnoticed. The shot of the fighter whaling on the bag was a dolly, as well as the shot going across the turntable. I do agree though, I have to break out my dolly and my slider more often.

Thanks for the response! It is much appreciated.

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Old June 14th, 2009, 01:15 PM   #4
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Hi Ryan,

Which dolly/slider are you using?

Just made a DIY dolly bought from Igus. But I'm still working out how to properly mount the dolly slider onto a proper tripod, using a fluid head that can support the weight of the XL2. Here's the thread:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/dolly-tra...ml#post1158419

Might need to purchase that 75mm bowl adapter, and a 501HDV head.

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Old June 15th, 2009, 03:01 AM   #5
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Hi Ryan. The only criticism I have is that it took a while to get going... The whole flyby on your name at the start seemed to take forever. Of course this is purely opinion, so feel free to disregard... I thought the rest of your footage looked great!

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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:09 PM   #6
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I agree with the intro. It takes 15 seconds for us to see any footage, so I would maybe cut that down. As a director looking at DP reel, I don't really care what the title looks like. I want to see the footage.

Quick question for you. What process did you use to uprez to 720p. The footage does look amazing.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 08:03 AM   #7
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I agree with the intro. It takes 15 seconds for us to see any footage, so I would maybe cut that down. As a director looking at DP reel, I don't really care what the title looks like. I want to see the footage.
Not just a DP reel, but editing and compositing as well. The primary reason for the name in the beginning is for C4D representation. Quite a few clients have been requesting 3D work recently, but I do agree that it is a bit drawn out. I will be fixing it shortly;)

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Quick question for you. What process did you use to uprez to 720p. The footage does look amazing.
Thanks Josh! I just dropped the footage into a 720P timeline and hit it with Instant HD to sharpen it.
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Old June 21st, 2009, 10:26 PM   #8
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Good job! Well done.
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Old October 11th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #9
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good job

Really llike it, very polished
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Old October 13th, 2009, 07:11 AM   #10
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Ryan, great looking clips. Image quality is excellent. I have lived in Colorado for years, and my wife is from South Fork Colorado, down in the San Luis Valley, where is Highlands Ranch? Bob
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Old October 13th, 2009, 10:30 AM   #11
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Thanks guys!

Bob, Highlands Ranch is south of Denver. It's right between Castle Rock and Denver.
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Old October 29th, 2009, 05:34 AM   #12
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Ryan, I told my wife about where you live and she said she has relatives not far from there. You do great work. Bob
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Old January 15th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #13
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Extremely well done

This is by far the highest quality XL2 footage I've seen. I think the whole demo is great. It greatly depends what you are trying to achieve/sell with it.

How exactly did you manage to make it look so good? What lens did you use? What software? What converting and upscaling process. I really would like to know. Because you are master at it.

Thanks a lot.
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Old January 16th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #14
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I must concur, this is some fabulous footage!!

While I have moved to HD, I still have my xl2 and hundreds of hours of footage, much of which I could still use, it would be great to up rez some of my better footage for use with my hd.

what program are you using? I have been trying out Moyea (free) and was semi pleased with it.


Wait to hear!


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Old January 17th, 2010, 05:26 PM   #15
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Hello Ryan! Fantastic demo reel!! Yes please tell us! I still use Canon XL2! Here is my channel on youtube if you want to look! I love to film wildlife!!

YouTube - KDArvidsson11's Channel
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