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Old November 29th, 2007, 04:20 AM   #1
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i don't know for anybody else but on my HD200, i've never had so much grain (noise) even in daylight situations !

A while ago, i had an indoor shot very clear but i don't remember on earth what kind of settings i used.

Today, with 0db gain (of course), -3 at master black and other settings wich would affect noise, i always had noise especially in dark tones.

I tried TC3 and other scene recipes without success... When i see those pictures from others, i really think my camera has a problem ! or may be i'm very bad with the setup.... or it must be something else (someone told me a wrong backfocus may overboost noise... can't understand that !)

Where is the magic button ? :-)
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Old November 29th, 2007, 08:28 AM   #2
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Is this grain occuring when you have your Redrock M2 attached? If so, it might be that your M2 isn't turned on, and that's where your grain is coming from.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 09:21 AM   #3
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Today, with 0db gain (of course), -3 at master black and other settings wich would affect noise, i always had noise especially in dark tones.
I wouldn't use master Black at -3, that is likely to give you more problems in dark areas. Try setting it at 0.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 11:30 AM   #4
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Eric, rest easy it's probably not the camera. I shot THIS test one day and wanted to stab myself in the eye with an ice pick. Then I shot THIS test a couple of weeks later and began to settle down. Same camera, same shooter, different settings & adjustments/better back-focus/less zoom/more tests/started writing things down which gave me a better understanding of this camera.

Noise used to be one of my biggest gripes - low light or daylight, I could screw up any shot you gave me. I used no gain, had detail at minimum, did the pee pee dance and everything - nothing helped. Now finally things are different. Of course I'm blind in one eye by now, but it only takes one eye to shoot ; )

Here is a FRAME GRAB which was shot with your camera (same camera, and shooter, as the first test-shot in this post of the kid on the beach) - including the settings used to take it. Hope it helps, and keep any ice picks out of reach in the mean time!

Eric, watch Paolo's back-focus tutorial video


ps - not only do I have detail set back at normal these days, as you can see, but I also have even used GAIN (once!).

Hey Paolo, keep the shiny side up
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Old November 29th, 2007, 01:13 PM   #5
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I wouldn't use master Black at -3, that is likely to give you more problems in dark areas. Try setting it at 0.
Hi Paolo. On your HD200/250 true color settings page, you have master Black at -3
http://www.paolociccone.com/TrueColor-HD250-part2.html
Have you had second thoughts, or updated this? Or is it just for noise prone situations (eg. large areas of solid dark tones that stress the mpg2 codec) that you'd change this?
I know for the HD100 you recommend master black at normal. But as we know the 200 has some quite different characteristics.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 06:29 PM   #6
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Hi Ralph,

All my noisy pictures are with or without the M2 attached: with, it's just a bit soft because of narrow focus and seems to boost the grain in those soft areas because of details lack. But without, it doesnt change anything.
One time on my first M2 use, i forgot to turn the power on so there was some grain, but they don't "dance", it's some fixed grain from the groundglass. But here it's not that problem at all.

Eric,
Jesus, the pic from the wedding is incredible !
I can't believe my camera could do that !

Here are some frame grabs from an event, without the M2 attached,
If i remember, this was the setting:
- 0dB,
- master Black -3, strech 0, compress 0,
- detail normal,
- cinema off, matrix standard, gamma standard, level min
- color matrix 0,0,0,0,0,0

http://www.tophos.com/images/hd200/vlcsnap-207849.jpg
http://www.tophos.com/images/hd200/vlcsnap-210593.jpg
It seems that i also have the worst Mpg compression i've never seen !

I would definitely try your settings and will post some frames between yours and the TC3 ones.

Would the backfocus affect noise ?
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Old November 29th, 2007, 08:01 PM   #7
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I can't see how backfocus would affect noise either, but something sure has changed since I started taking it seriously.

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Old November 29th, 2007, 08:05 PM   #8
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I know for the HD100 you recommend master black at normal. But as we know the 200 has some quite different characteristics.
Yes, I think that the setting of -3 was a little too aggressive. I mean, I like a very contrasty picture but that might not be everyones taste. The fact is, a scene file should be always considered a starting point and verified with you camera because often two cameras, of the same model, react differently. It's so easy to change that parameter that it's really worth your time to simply shoot the same scene with both settings and see which one works best.
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Old November 29th, 2007, 08:10 PM   #9
 
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ya kn ow..

you guys are too much...
I LOVE the settings you come up with!!
DSC charts are a little too rich for my budget, but, when you post your results, we all benefit.
I'm so so so greatful...thanx!!!
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Old November 30th, 2007, 05:19 AM   #10
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great, thank you everyone, i started with the backfocus adjustment and now my pictures are very crisp !
I will post some clips using TC3. Thanks Paolo

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