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Old June 22nd, 2003, 11:15 AM   #1
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Hello guys,

I have just purchased an XL1s and am just beginning to enter the realm of videography and dvd creation.

I have become pretty accomplished with Reel DVD but got fed up of doing other peoples movies and not my own!

Anyway, I used it for the first time last night and got some strange effects....

All I was doing was panning the camera around at a moderate speed, but every horizontal line looked "Spikey"

I put a capture of the frame here:

http://profiles.yahoo.com/manchester26m

I wonder if anyone out there could say what im doing wrong?

What settings should I be using?

At the time, I was in easy recording mode.
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 11:21 AM   #2
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Congrats on your camera, and welcome to this forum.

That is common among all camcorders, the lines. It's from the interlacing of the video, when viewed on a computer monitor atleast, since computer monitors display progressive. It will look fine when played back on a TV. Usually what I do if the video is going to be mostly played on a computer, i'll convert it to Windows Media format, with a high bitrate and all that, that generally looks much better full screen on computer monitors.

http://img.villagephotos.com/p/2003-...nterlacing.jpg
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 11:34 AM   #3
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Oh right!! Thanks!!

I kinda thought that importing it into Premiere would alow me to view the footage as it would appear on a TV screen.....

Can it be de-interlaced through the camera?

What would I use to de-interlace it once it has been imported into premiere?

If I de-interlaced it....wouldnt it look bad when that file was eventually shown on a tv?

Thanks a lot!
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Old June 22nd, 2003, 11:53 AM   #4
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Actually...I figured out how to de-interlace with Premiere....

Looks good :)

Thanks
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Old June 25th, 2003, 08:46 AM   #5
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Checkout the Watchdog Articles Too.

You might want to check on some of the articles on http://www.dvinfo.net. Many of the articles offer sage advice on how to use the camera. My basic advice is do not use the easy mode. The other modes will show just how impressive 3-chippers can be.

Read the articles on exposure, gradient banding, soft focus, etc. A good one to start with is Soft Focus Problem & Workaround. It explains the importance of using the correct iris settings, etc and its impact on picture quality.

Hope this helps,
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Old July 11th, 2003, 07:32 AM   #6
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You can also shoot in frame mode with the camera, that is what
I do. This will shoot footage in a sort of progressive mode (note
that it is not true progressive) which doesn't have those interlacing
lines. The downside is that you are losing a bit of vertical color
resolution. Yes, it will still play good on your TV.

If the output is only for TV interlacing is no problem and you just
ignore it on your computer.

Ofcourse you can also de-interlace on your computer but that
will also give you a resolution loss.
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