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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 18th, 2007, 11:27 AM   #16
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Hi Andy, It is generally better to get it almost right while shooting and then only need to finetune color etc. Then you will end up with a better result.
(This is different compared to a DSLR camera with RAW data files. In this case you could do the white balance in post.)

Compare to shoot only with wide angle all the time. You can "zoom in" digitally in post to get any field of view later. So why bother with an expensive tele lens? Because magnifying later in post will give you less resolution. The same applies to exposure, color, white balance etc. Especially with these video cameras which have a very limited color resolution and a barely enough number of descrete levels of RGB values. Then you don't want to waste plenty of otherwise useful levels due to sloppy camera work.

The discussed graduated filters are like a grey filter (ND) which are gradually darker at one half. The dark half could be held to decrease the light of the sky which otherwise could be blown out if you want resolution in dark areas.
Good luck with your new camera! /Johan
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Old April 18th, 2007, 01:22 PM   #17
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Thanks Johan.

Do you have a core set of filters in your kit? i presume the built nd filter is a total filter where as the external as you mentioned can be adjusted.

What other filters should i purchase.

pps. Cant wait for the camera!!! only used a vx2100 and z1 upuntill now :)
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