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Old February 4th, 2010, 05:18 PM   #1
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A1 rain with low ligth 12db gain

Hi !
im starting using a A1 for social events, it works pretty well excepts in the low ligth conditions. If i use 12db gain the image looks so so so rain like :$
so any tip for working in this conditions? and sice i already shoot a birthday and got the "rain" how i can make it go away in FC6 ? (finger cross in this last one!)
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Old February 4th, 2010, 05:37 PM   #2
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Try not to use so much gain if you can help it.
Can you get away with using a slower shutter speed instead?
There's a lowlight preset somewhere on the preset thread. You might want to try that.
I haven't used mine in lowlight for quite some time. I seem to remember that it's not bad if you use some gain, but not as much as 12db.
Make sure you white balance as well.
If you are shooting a performer with lights against a dark background the spotlight setting works well.
If you are always shooting in low light you might want to sell the A1 and buy a 5dmk2.
I don't use FCP so I'll let someone else answer that question.
I hope this helps. Good luck.
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Old February 4th, 2010, 09:33 PM   #3
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ill check the low ligth preset and spotligth preset, and sure im thinking in getting the 5dmkii is amazing the things you get in that little thing : )
thanks for the tips Richard!
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Old February 6th, 2010, 08:02 PM   #4
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There is a program called "Neat Video". I've heard a lot of positive things about it, and from what I understand, it works wonders on grainy footage.
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Old February 12th, 2010, 01:32 AM   #5
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NEAT VIDEO rules.

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Old February 17th, 2010, 05:29 PM   #6
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thanks guys, ill check that neat video and let you know
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:07 PM   #7
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I can second that on NeatVideo.

Really fantastic product. If you use it fairly conservatively, you can wipe out most of the grain, while retaining full detail and make it look as if you shot with lower/no gain.

Really a fantastic product!
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Old February 18th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #8
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The best way is to avoid gain-up situations if at all possible. Up the room lighting if you can. Stick to wide-angle as the ramping zoom loses you light as you zoom towards telephoto. Don't use converter lenses or filters. An on-camera light can help in close situations.

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