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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 August 20th, 2007, 12:13 PM   #16
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Thanks, Gary.

Yeah, they're good. But for my money Cura's are the best. Also Las Manitas.
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Old August 20th, 2007, 12:25 PM   #17
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Yeah, they're good. But for my money Cura's are the best. Also Las Manitas.
Thanks, I'll have to check it out... that is when I'm finished with the latest script... I go see my friend and she corrects all the mistakes... grammar, and gives me some impute..

Ah sucks just thought... she finally got on the net....
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 11:56 AM   #18
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HD "pop"?

OK, among some other minor stuff, looks like my client likes the footage. Thanks to all of you who informed and enlightened me.

Does anyone know what they might be wanting when they say...

"Overall the camera image looks great. Contrast maybe the only thing that could improve. The vague HD term is “pop” – where the image leaps off the screen, and right now it looks just slightly flat. Maybe in the color correction or contrast could this help."

Could this be addressed by the "Nattress Chroma Sharpening Filters" that Michael mentioned?
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:23 PM   #19
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right now it looks just slightly flat
That could be the wonderful 1/3 chip DOF, the preset you used or both.

Post a frame and I'll CC it for you with instructions.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:44 PM   #20
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Thanks, Will.
This was shot in 24f, using the OlegWarm preset. Then converted to ProRes422.

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Old August 22nd, 2007, 12:53 PM   #21
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Hey Patrick, check your pixel aspect ratio... thanks for the glimpse of the Hill Country; I haven't been out to Dripping or Driftwood in quite awhile... or Wimberley for that matter... always nice to see though.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 01:08 PM   #22
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this is overkill in some ways, but makes it look interesting.
watch out for the harsh backlight next time. It's hard to
fight the sun!!

Give me your email and I'll send an After Effects file
so you can just relink the image file with your video.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 01:21 PM   #23
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Sorry Guys.

Chris, I'm trying to upload a corrected pixel aspect ratio version.

One downside to working and living in the hill country is my ISP sucks. Waiting for uploads is like waiting for the Safeway truck to unload.

Will, its: patrickbyers@mac.com
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 01:29 PM   #24
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here's another w/more background detail retained.
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Old August 22nd, 2007, 04:18 PM   #25
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Thanks for that, Will. So, brighten dark areas and apply a gaussian blur to background?

Chris, here's a better pixel aspect ratio. (the grocery truck actually finished before my upload :)
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 04:36 AM   #26
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Very nice AE work. With people like you, who needs 35mm adapters! lol
It'll be interesting to see the same effects applied to a video clip though....the leaves just above her head would be a challenge
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the leaves just above her head would be a challenge
Not if she isn't moving. Works well for static interview shots, but not
car chases! :)

Just use a mask to tell AE what layer you want revealed, the one in focus
is white and the blured layer is black. THis was a quick mask, but you could
make a better one in Photoshop, etc.

We've used it for dolly shots with one direction of movement and just
animated the mask. works pretty well...and cheap!
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Old August 23rd, 2007, 10:25 AM   #28
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Thanks for the tip Will.

Here's my try!
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Old September 11th, 2007, 01:43 PM   #29
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The elusive "pop"

OK guys, I did it with Graham Nattress's Big Box of Tricks. I applied his "G-Contrast" to my footage and it "brightened" it remarkably. It may be that, because I used the OlegWarm preset from Oleg Kalyan while shooting (great warm color saturation), one of the settings might have "dialed down" the contrast. Or maybe I just needed to throw more light at it—after all this is HD. At any rate, everyone was pleased and I think we opened some eyes to the XLH-1 miniDV with ProRes422 vs. the AVX200 and its P2 card.

Thanks for all your help and ideas.

Chris, let me know when you're ready for tacos.
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Old September 11th, 2007, 04:46 PM   #30
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Patrick, When possible you should try and stop by and look at the H1 with our mini35 adapter. The ability to separate subject from background is really great with this thing and IMO the H1 works much cleaner than the HVX200 with the mini35.
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