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Old August 26th, 2006, 10:06 AM   #1
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Band in a dark night club

On a last minute nottice I was asked to shoot some video of a band in a small night club. Unfortunatly I arrived late... which made matters worse.

The lighting in the club was bad. There were two stage lights which I managed to re-aim after the first set. The strongest of the two lights was the color "hot pink". Also - I was informed by the club owner that my tripod was too big and not to use it.

Anyway... I had to use the on board stereo mic at auto audio levels. I shot at 24P 1/48 shutter with the gain at 0 at 16:9. I managed to get a white balance off a volunteer wearing a white tee shirt on stage. Things were moving very fast so there was not much time to experiment. Not to mention that I was trying to stay our of the view of people watching the band + trying to avoid damage to my XL2 from buzzed patrons. I used the following preset:

[Presets]
Preset Name = LOWLITE1
Gamma = 1
Knee = 2
Black = 2
NR = 2
VDetail = 0
Color Matrix = 1
Color Gain = 1
Color Phase = 0
Red = 0
Green = 0
Blue = 0
SetupLevel = -4
Sharpness = 1
Coring = 0
MasterPed = -3
Description = Low Light Work in progress: 30p/16

I did some simple color correction in post + fooled with the audio. The video is very dark. But... I suppose it's a good example of what this camera can do under these conditions. When I cranked up the gain I got way too much grain.. I hate that look :-(

I took the footage from other songs and merged them into the video. I think it kinda worked well. I've seen the same technique used before. I.E. Led Zeppelin - "The Song Remains The Same".

Anyway... here it is...

http://www.powellcontrolsinc.com/band.wmv
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Old August 29th, 2006, 12:21 AM   #2
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Old August 29th, 2006, 07:58 PM   #3
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Sorry Greg,

I have limited space on my server.. I'll re-post as soon as I can.

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Old August 29th, 2006, 10:33 PM   #4
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Ok.

I managed to upload (and have approved) this clip on Google video. This is not the same one that I originally posted. The same settings apply. However, I had the gain way up on this clip.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...45810756659800

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