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Old December 17th, 2004, 04:02 PM   #1
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Black & White mode

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Old December 21st, 2004, 06:21 AM   #2
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Yes, you can dial out the color if you want by using the color gain
(saturation) control on the camera, see page 68 in the manual.

Keep in mind that if you record the footage in B&W (or any (other)
changes you do) it cannot be undone after recording. That is one
reasons most people who want to make a B&W movie change it
from color to B&W in their edit software.
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Old December 21st, 2004, 10:01 AM   #3
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Thanks Rob.

So does that mean that color is recorded and taken out? Or does that mean that color just isn't recorded?
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 04:28 AM   #4
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If you change the color gain/saturation on the camera you take
the color out (completely, depending on your setting) of the
signal that is recorded to tape/harddisk. So yes, it is out forever
and you will not be able to get it back. It is not the setting that
gets saved, but the result of the settings. Same goes for the
normal GAIN knob, framerate selection, progressive or interlaced
selection and all other menu settings that effect the look of the
signal (like cine modes and gamma curves etc.).

If you want to have a choice lateron then you should record a
clean as signal as possible with only the settings changed that
increase this signal or are needed for you to get a (good) signal.
Then do the rest in post while editing and so on.

The downside to this method is that you may need more time in
post to achieve the look you want (not everything can be done
in camera either, so this might be needed anyway), but it does
give you more options to play with.
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Old December 22nd, 2004, 10:36 AM   #5
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I was wondering when the color is taken out because I wanted to know if the signal is purely recorded in b&w, or is it degraded because color is recorded, then taken out.
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Old December 23rd, 2004, 04:40 AM   #6
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The color signal is changed to B&W. This camera does not have
black & white chips (although you could argue that since it is using
three B&W chips to get color with a color filter in front of it) for
getting a B&W signal.

However with a color filter on the camera (test it, yellow was
I believe the color to use for B&W) you should be able to do a
good conversion from color to B&W in camera or in post (which
I would do!)

Also see the following thread for an example with an XL2:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=34606
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