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Old March 8th, 2005, 02:47 PM   #1
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XL2 Botanical Gardens video

Hi everyone. Here's some footage I took this past Saturday at the South Carolina Botanical Gardens here in Clemson. It's nothing special as I was mostly trying to get a feel for my new tripod (and the camera as well). File is around 46 MB.

http://www.clemson.edu/~bowlesb/vide...calgardens.wmv

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Old March 8th, 2005, 06:28 PM   #2
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Looks very nice even though PPro claims it is down-sampled to some unusual settings. Can you confirm these WMV file settings:

23fps, 540x360, PAR=1.0, 377KB/sec

Also wondering what your camera settings were and what tripod you used? Thanks!
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Old March 8th, 2005, 06:32 PM   #3
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I enjoyed that. Being in Alaska it is nice to see some foliage.
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Old March 8th, 2005, 06:53 PM   #4
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Pete,

Yeah, those settings are about right. To be honest, I'm not really sure what usual settings would be. Sorry if they're way off. Would you care to expand on what they should be, because I am very new at this. The camera was in Tv mode, but I used Exposure Lock to open/close the iris for a couple of shots. Other than that I didn't do too much.

I'm using a Bogen 516 head with 3191 legs for support, and I am very pleased with it.

Thanks for the replys.

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Old March 9th, 2005, 11:40 AM   #5
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Hey Ben,

There's no "right" or "wrong" about the encoding; I was just curious. I generally just use 720x480 or 640x480 depending on the pixel aspect ratio of the final format, which -- all other things being equal -- would of course result in a bit larger of a file than yours. I even fiddle around with UP-rezzing to HD (720p24 WMV) sometimes.

Thanks for the feedback on the tripod. When I get around to upgrading tripods for my XL2, it'll either be that or the Vinten Vision 3 that Ken Tanaka has recommended in the past:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...ghlight=Vinten

Jeff,

Don't forget to "leave the lights on" for me up there in Alaska...but you can wait till summer! ;-) Seriously, my wife and I really do hope to get up there finally this summer. If we do, we'll buy ya lunch and talk shop!
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