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Old December 4th, 2003, 12:24 PM   #1
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I am a brand new member of this forum and read a lot of it before i joined .I really loved all the information and knowledgeable people on this forum.I am a 29 years old who loves to learn about stuff and this time my lond time dream would like to come true which is making a travel documentary about on island.And of course after this i would like to make more and more.I am in the travel industry as of it I travel a lot worldwide.As of next week i I will spend a few weeks one of the island of the caribbean and would like to make a film out of it .I am brand new to "filmmaking" and so that is why I am ready to learn and read a lot about this subject so I can make the movie better and better.However if anybody can help me in the following subjects please I would love to hear your recommendations in it.Any input will be helpful to me .
1. I choosed the JVC GRHD1 or JVC HD10U camera for my subject.I heard a lot of positive and negative commensta on this camera but I think the extra resolution will be very helpful to me when I will make travel videos.So mostly that is the reason I choose this model.Does everybody think it will be a good idea to use this camera for my travel documentaries ???
2. For software I am learning Adobe Premier Pro I think it will be a good software to edit my final movie.I able ready to purchase Aspect HD as well but need some suggestion if this software combinatons will be helpful or necessary to me or the best or not for my editining ?
3. Any books anybody can suggest I should read to leanr the most of it...I already ordered 8 book from amazon of the subject and i will read anything 2 or 3 times if needed to learn anything possible.
4. And my last question is about a big subject which is film look.For sure I would like to make my movies to look as close as possible to the film look...is it a good idea or not really ???

Any help and suggestion would be helpful to me...
Thanks for everybody for their input in advance.

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Old December 4th, 2003, 03:31 PM   #2
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A lot of your questions can be found either in this thread or the HDV editing thread which contains plenty of information. I created two threads discussing editing options for Apple and PC. There's even a nice guy, David Newman, who works for CineForm, makers of Aspect HD.

As far as books are concerned, there are none on this format. There are plenty of books out there on digital filmmaking and videography, though.

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Old December 4th, 2003, 04:58 PM   #3
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I'm not trying to be negative here, but for what you are trying to do, record exterior locations in high contrast lighting, this camera is going to be a nightmare for you. UNLESS, you specifically want the "washed out" white look. Just my $.02
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Old December 4th, 2003, 06:02 PM   #4
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Heath thanks for the quick reply I will check out those threads more deeply..
Glenn thanks for your input....
So there is no way I can make nice travel videos with the JVC HD ?? I really liked it because of the HD and for beautiful islands ,rain forests and beaches I thought high resolution would be helpful...
Any other suggestions ???
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Old December 4th, 2003, 06:19 PM   #5
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Heath thanks for the quick reply I will check out those threads more deeply..
Glenn thanks for your input....
So there is no way I can make nice travel videos with the JVC HD ?? I really liked it because of the HD and for beautiful islands ,rain forests and beaches I thought high resolution would be helpful...
Any other suggestions ???
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Old December 5th, 2003, 02:19 AM   #6
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Gabor,
I think you can get nice results with the hd10. Stay away from the HD1, it over sharpens in the vertical direction, and puts black lines around contrasty objects.
For a travel video, the sharp HD video would be a big plus, since you can see the beach, the waves, the flowers, etc, in great detail.
Download some of the demo clips others have posted, and *you* be the judge!
Sure, there are situations that will blow out bright stuff, like a overcast white sky, but taking in the whole image, the sharpness makes the images way more pleasing to look at, I think.
I think in a A to B viewing test, most non freaky geeky people would agree.

Now, this only applies if you have a projector or other display that can show the HD footage.
If the end result will be a low res TV or monitor, don't bother with the JVC. Use normal blurry DV video for normal low res TV work, perhaps a VX2100.

A tropical island visit, that's what I need these days!

-Les ( Laci in Hungarian)
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Old December 5th, 2003, 06:40 AM   #7
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>>So there is no way I can make nice travel videos with the JVC HD ?? I really liked it because of the HD and for beautiful islands ,rain forests and beaches I thought high resolution would be helpful...<<

Yeah, sure, the resolution on this camera is nice, but what good is it going to be to you when those beautiful flowers just ten feet away from you come out a bleached white? Resolution is nothing when your camera clips whites easily. If I were you, I would either go for a simple PD170, or a DVX100 (maybe even with anamorphic adapters.) Refer to Mr. Fordhamís review of this camera and take another opinion, he actually tested this camera for what you are trying to do:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=17813
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Old December 5th, 2003, 11:56 AM   #8
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Glenn, do you own the JVC?
You make it sound like the camera constantly makes blown out video, as if it's defective, which it does not.
The camera does have an exposure control, which can lower the whites. The shutter speed can't be set to a lower value at the same time, but the whites can be tamed with it.
Again, I advise people to look at the various clips.
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Let me just say something quick:

If you don't own or have never used the camera, but have seen clips, just remember, those clips reflect a certain person who is shooting, not always the camera itself.

That said, please, if you've only seen clips and don't own or haven't used the camera, understand that there is always more to any camera than what is posted on the board. If we all fail with it, you may be the one who succeeds.

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Old December 6th, 2003, 05:40 AM   #10
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No, I donít own the camera, I wouldnít want to. Why? Because not only have I reviewed clips on the internet, but I have also USED this camera in person while hooked up to an HD monitor. The exposure latitude on this camera is worse then a PD150 or DVX 100. Who can dispute this? Now, Iím sure professional results can be had in a highly controlled setting with this camera, but Gabor is not using this camera for studio work. Also, I donít have to own everything in the world to have an opinion on it, sometimes a good test drive is all that is needed, otherwise we would all go broke with inferior products. I donít know about you, but Iím not rich, so, I, like most people, have to actually FORM an opinion about something before I buy it :) Good luck!
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Old December 6th, 2003, 01:31 PM   #11
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I always test the camera, because I'm NOT rich, either. I didn't test the XL-1 5 years ago, which I should have, but I'm still happy with that camera.

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