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Canon XL H Series HDV Camcorders
Canon XL H1S (with SDI), Canon XL H1A (without SDI). Also XL H1.


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Old April 30th, 2006, 12:29 PM   #46
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Impressive. The OIS seems to work incredibly well and the resolution and color are outstanding. No grain, either. Wow...

The compositions are nice, too (unsurprising given your dvx work) but I love especially how the telephoto lens compresses the drops of rain (which seem large since your subject is a small bird) into kind of abstract out of focus blurs. Shot in slow motion that would look particularly beautiful, but it's pretty unbelievable as it is.

Looks like you picked the right camera. Fantastic.
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Old May 12th, 2006, 11:54 PM   #47
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Black and white stills

I'm in the midst of developing a new Black and white setting and there are also two color shots. All from my son's baseball game:
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Canon XL H series -- various sample clips-tara.jpg  
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Old May 13th, 2006, 08:02 PM   #48
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Wow, looking great! I'm tweaking my own B&W preset, can't wait to compare notes with you.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 09:15 AM   #49
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Northwest Sunset

This is why I love living here. This is from a shoot I did last night. These stills are highly compressed but the original footage is pristine and artifact free. This is just to give you an idea...
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Old May 19th, 2006, 09:49 AM   #50
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Steven, pics look good, how did you set up exposure?
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Old May 19th, 2006, 09:55 AM   #51
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I had to resort to a pretty fast shutter speed, maybe 1/1000? I can't remember exactly. Having shot with the DVX for so long, I'm still getting used to the fact that I can't shut the iris down on the Canon as much.

There's an interesting lens flaring that happens with the 20x lens in that it produces a thick line that is perfectly vertical from top to bottom of the frame. I haven't experienced that with the DVX so I'll be avoiding shooting directly at the sun with the XLH1, which is kind of a bummer because I like those kinds of shots.
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Old May 19th, 2006, 02:01 PM   #52
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Hey Steve,

In the "pebble" still grab, that is actually not a lens flare but a CCD artifact. Not sure if camera engineers have a more sophisticated name for it, but it has been discussed on DVi every so often as "vertical smear." Bigger and better chips are less prone to get it, but it can happen even to the big dollar broadcast cameras and I've seen it happen on network broadcasts.

If you key word vertical smear, you'll find several threads about it on various cameras. But you've already found the solution: avoid shooting objects so bright compared to their surroundings that they exceed the CCD's capacity to handle them. Here's one of several threads:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...vertical+smear
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Old May 19th, 2006, 03:00 PM   #53
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Great to know, Pete. Thanks.
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Old May 20th, 2006, 11:01 PM   #54
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Stills from a trip to the zoo

Took the kids and cam to the zoo today:
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Old May 20th, 2006, 11:52 PM   #55
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Good work!
Steven, are they deinterlaced frame grabs from interlaced video?
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Old May 20th, 2006, 11:57 PM   #56
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I use cineform Aspect HD for capturing and it strips the pulldown making it 24p native. I took these stills from the 24p end file.
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Old May 21st, 2006, 07:35 AM   #57
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How much res do you loose when doing that Steven?
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Old May 21st, 2006, 10:26 AM   #58
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How much res do you loose when doing that Steven?
None...it's just extracting information that's already there and stripping away extraneous info. The 24p frames are not actually "processed" in any way so they remain clean.
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 11:55 AM   #59
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H1 and a ProMist 1/8

http://www.realm.cc/upload/Elton/AhhhCute.m2t
http://www.realm.cc/upload/Elton/Buds2.m2t
http://www.realm.cc/upload/Elton/Buds6.m2t
http://www.realm.cc/upload/Elton/Buds7.m2t
http://www.realm.cc/upload/Elton/BudsSwing.mov

The last one is is slow motion clip in PhotoJPEG 720p QT format. It's a large file, but the quality is good and seems to be reasonably cross-platform compatible.
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Old May 22nd, 2006, 12:38 PM   #60
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Martin Costa's 8bit and 10bit uncompressed stills

Rec'd from Martin Costa:

"I've got a couple of uncompressed stills from my XLH1. One is 8bit and the other 10 bit of the same subject, the difference in colour surprised me. They are 5mb in size."

8bit image, 5.6mb: http://media.dvinfo.net/xlh1/mcwinch418bit.pctx
10bit image, 5.6mb: http://media.dvinfo.net/xlh1/mcwinch4110bitnew.pctx
10bit image, 5.8mb: http://media.dvinfo.net/xlh1/mcgreen10bit.pctx

To view these images, download them to your local drive and re-name the file extensions from ".pctx" to ".pct" and open them with an image browser that supports the Macintosh PICT file format. Most photo apps such as PhotoShop and Paint Shop Pro will do fine.
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