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Old March 20th, 2006, 11:43 AM   #1
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Adjusting camera color.

Hi,

My H1 colour seems to neutral in soft lighting conditions here in the UK.

Seems to run rather red when the sun is out for some reason.

Which setting would tweak this.

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Old March 20th, 2006, 12:09 PM   #2
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Mike,
You can use the Camera Presets in the menu and adjust the RGN (red Gain)
but you can tweak the color massively. You can have at least 6 presets at your easy (flick of a button) disposal at any given time.

also for simple warm/cool adjusting it on the fly try using the white balance dial, set to K. Press the white balance button and use the Iris Scroll to adjust the dereees of white balance in Kalvin (from cool to warm)
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Old March 20th, 2006, 12:11 PM   #3
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Mike,
There are many (maybe too many ways) to adjust the color on XLH1. First you should know the preset indoors incandescent setting is more like 3000 than 3200. If you use the k adjustment you will be able to dial in the color temperature to taste if you have a good monitor.
As for adding more color I would go up a notch or two from middle in the Custom Preset Saturation Menu.
Without knowing what was going on in either the outdoors or indoors shots it is hard to diagnose. I would say Canon's due tend to have a lot of red in them but you don't give enough info say that is what you are seeing
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Old March 20th, 2006, 01:19 PM   #4
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Thanks to both of you.

Shot some indoor stuff of kids fencing.

Color corrected perfectly with whites looking very good.

Overall impression is that the camera shoots with less contrast as defualt. On the flat side.

Shooting outdoors as a test with a face in forground and hedge in background with sunshine spill.

No matter what I did there was no way of color correcting the red out with the color temp knob.

As youy have mentioned canon run a little on the red side.

Also very difficult getting viewfinder to match what you see with the eye.

Will be buying a Sony BVM-D9H5E with a HD board soon and this I'm sure will be a better start.

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Old March 20th, 2006, 01:51 PM   #5
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Mike,
You should also play with the Master Ped a little. It will give you more contrast in the picture which will help your color saturation. Again I wouldn't do more than a notch or two down. If you haven't looked at the Cine Gamma you might like that as well.
The camera is very neutral as it ships and it takes a little adjustment to make it more flavorful.
Having a monitor you trust ( very hard these days with so many different signals to choose from ) is a good start. Just remember some things work well indoors don't work as well outdoors.
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Old March 20th, 2006, 02:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for that Daniel.

Will start playing.

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Old March 21st, 2006, 02:24 AM   #7
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Another thread

There is another thread here somwhere, where good and nice people have contributed with there their own presets. There I downloaded for example "Kodak 5296 film stock" emulation, which I really liked. Search by presets!
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