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Old October 31st, 2005, 09:05 AM   #16
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I just might check out this movie "Baraka". Is this a movie that would be at a video rental place or something? I don't think I've heard of it before. But I will take your advice and check it out. I like the fact that you are using the movie theatre and the TV screen as your classroom. It must be working. The dolly plans are also inspiring.
It's not really a "movie" it's more like a documentary without narration. Don't expect a movie like "Fast and the Furious". Baraka is a rainy sunday afternoon event. You can read a little about it at spiritofbaraka.com

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Old November 1st, 2005, 03:21 PM   #17
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Hi John, another question...!!

can you explain me how you encoded your video? which wmv codec you used? which settings?

thanks so much!!!
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Old November 23rd, 2005, 09:39 PM   #18
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I really enjoyed your footage. I am curious however, you mentioned that on occasion during filming with your dolly there was some spots that you could see some slight shakeyness. I am wondering how bad the actual shakeyness was and why the XL2's image stabilization didn't automatically correct it.
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Old November 24th, 2005, 12:41 AM   #19
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Another option if you want to get shots like these without a dolly you could do what I do and go with a Steadicam system. Of course this will take some cash and training (esspecially to get the really slow shots) but once you do its unreal.. free to move anywhere! I highly recommend the aviator from www.Varizoom.com that's what we have (check their customer comments - thats us in the photos)

If you have any questions on the rig let me know
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Old November 24th, 2005, 02:29 AM   #20
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Christopher, I guess John did not have the camera stabilization switched on as in some instances it can cause a very minor decline in image quality. I have not seen too much written about the XL2 camera stabilization and how it affects picture quality, I am just guessing from some other camera systems out there!

Thanks Michael for the link to Varizoom. Certainly something I am considering.

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Old November 25th, 2005, 05:24 PM   #21
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Terrific stuff! What wide angle lens were you using? Century Optics or...?
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Old November 26th, 2005, 12:14 AM   #22
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Christopher, I guess John did not have the camera stabilization switched on as in some instances it can cause a very minor decline in image quality. I have not seen too much written about the XL2 camera stabilization and how it affects picture quality, I am just guessing from some other camera systems out there!

Thanks Michael for the link to Varizoom. Certainly something I am considering.

Many thanks

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The XL2 uses OIS (Optical Image Stabilzation). Unlike electronic image stabilization, there is no degredation in image quality.
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Old November 28th, 2005, 04:44 PM   #23
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Hi John, another question...!!

can you explain me how you encoded your video? which wmv codec you used? which settings?

thanks so much!!!
* As far as the settings for the .wmv file, again, using Vegas 5.

-- Video rendering quality "Best"
-- Mode "CBR"
-- Format "Windows Media Video 9"
-- Image size "Keep Original Size"
-- Frame rate "29.970"
-- Video smoothness "90"
-- Bit rate "1 Mbps Video"


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I really enjoyed your footage. I am curious however, you mentioned that on occasion during filming with your dolly there was some spots that you could see some slight shakeyness. I am wondering how bad the actual shakeyness was and why the XL2's image stabilization didn't automatically correct it.
The actual shakeyness wasnt horrible. But it was enough that I had to redo dolly shots over and over until i felt like I got a shot that had a minimal amount of "shaking" ...as far as the OIS, I dont know if it helped minimize the shakeyness or what. It was hard for me to study the footage in the field. In the field i would feel that I got a smooth shot, but i wouldnt notice the shakeyness until i started editing.

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Terrific stuff! What wide angle lens were you using? Century Optics or...?
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Old December 3rd, 2005, 06:00 PM   #24
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Tripod?

Hey John, thanks for sharing the dolly details... so simple and obviously effective.

What tripod & head combo do you use?
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