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Old April 26th, 2007, 08:46 AM   #1
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peaking/grain/preset options question

It seems if I`m filming in anything but bright as day sunlight my dark colors always have grain. Shadows, dark colored objects, always have it though the exposure meter is dead center. So when I use peaking to check that it looks horrendous. How do I get a clear picture without flooding everything with tons of light? I`m just starting to learn how to tweak settings so go easy on me ;) I`m using the factory preset 1 as a starting point. What in the Custom Preset options can I tweak to make it better?
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Old April 26th, 2007, 10:37 AM   #2
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Old April 26th, 2007, 11:11 AM   #3
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It seems if I`m filming in anything but bright as day sunlight my dark colors always have grain. Shadows, dark colored objects, always have it though the exposure meter is dead center. So when I use peaking to check that it looks horrendous. How do I get a clear picture without flooding everything with tons of light? I`m just starting to learn how to tweak settings so go easy on me ;) I`m using the factory preset 1 as a starting point. What in the Custom Preset options can I tweak to make it better?
Nathan,

Maybe I'm missing something here, but 'peaking' is way to check focus in the EVF - not exposure. Zebras are the exposure check.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 11:37 PM   #4
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use low light with the camera and use peaking, you`ll see it accentuates the grain as well so you can 'test' the level of grain that is in the image
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:58 AM   #5
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Nathan,
The peaking control on the XLH1 adds noise to the viewfinder image only and in all light situations so it is not specifically pointing out grain in darker images. You may think you have a correlation which is useful but I would question it. It also is only on or off 100% with the standard viewfinder so it takes some pleasure out of using the viewfinder.
Most importantly to avoid unwanted noise in the picture while shooting with the XLH1 is to make sure you are not using Auto gain while shooting. Keeping your cameras gain on a particular setting (IE -3DB or 0DB) will help your shadow areas stay cleaner. Also use Manual or TV Mode w exposure lock to get rid of the automatic functions which can add noise without you wanting it to.
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