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Old August 28th, 2006, 07:06 AM   #1
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Settings - Run and Gun - Sports ??

Wouldt like some info regarding settings for Run and Gun/ sports for broadcast. Pal country.
I have been trying SD50 with shutter 250 but still ........
I saw Stephan Ahonen said he was doing sports, any suggestiones ?
Anybody else ?

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Old August 28th, 2006, 10:07 PM   #2
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Sports is the main reason I'm waiting for the 200/250 instead of the current 100/110. IMHO you really need a high temporal resolution to make sports look good.

I would actually recommend shooting in the SD50p mode. 576p isn't too much of a drop in res from 720p, and you get twice as many frames per second.

I like a little bit of shutter for sports, but too much begins to look too stroby even at a high frame rate. I'd say max out at 1/250 on a bright sunny day, and leave it completely off to give yourself extra iris for night games in amateur stadiums that aren't too well lit.

A big consideration is focus, you're shooting at long focal lengths a lot of the time. Keep your iris as closed as possible to help out with that. I've heard some bad stuff about diffraction in the stock lens if you close it much beyond f/8, so don't go too crazy. If your iris is getting up in the f/4 range add a little bit of gain to help out. My view on gain is this: A little bit of noise in the picture is less noticeable/objectionable than a shot where the camera operator is obviously struggling with focus. Throwing in some gain to help with focus in a situation where you either get it right or don't get it at all is just a safer way to shoot.

As for the actual "look" of your picture... well... Most of my stuff is either live production or for sports highlights shows, so I just want it to look natural. If you're going for a big NFL films look or something, try one of those cine-look recipes floating around. Otherwise just a white balance on stock settings (with maybe minor tweaking) should do you pretty good.
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