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Old June 17th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1
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HM700 Under Studio Lighting with Video

JVC GY-HM700 Shooting in Studio Conditions

I did a live shot for CNBC out of NBC's Dallas affiliate KXAS and rolled some footage on the HM700 to see how it looked under studio lighting.

Camera is set to Cinema Vivid and Color Gain =1. Original resolution is 1080i.

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Old June 17th, 2009, 03:54 PM   #2
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It looks really good.
Which optic take you for this shot?
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:13 PM   #3
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Gorgeous, thanks for posting that.

You're clearly an experienced pro, so:

What do you think of the HM700 as far as video quality and main controls versus other HD cameras, true pro or high-end prosumer, that you've used? ... Thanks!
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:37 PM   #4
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To answer a couple of questions...

The camera has the Fuji 17x5 lens on it.

I've been a network news cameraman since the early 80's and used Sony and Ike Betacams until not long ago. Since then, I've used a Sony HDCAM, XDCAM, Sony EX3, the other little Sony HDV cam...

Amazing to say it, but the HM700 is far better than the 40 and 50k 2/3" Betacams I've used in the past. Having said that, the 2/3" HD cameras of today are technically better than the HM700, but I dare you to find a regular person who could tell. Us geeks, seeing the video side-by-side, would note a difference, but I think the HM700 is so close in there that I'm just over-the-top happy with it. I did a demo yesterday to a guy who shoots with an XDCAM HD camera and he calls it "The Beast" because it's heavy at 25lbs and eats batteries for lunch. He gets 20 minutes from the same battery I get 3.5 hours from. Plus, the infrastructure required to use the XDCAM disc! He hates it! He covets my HM700!
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:48 PM   #5
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Sweet! I covet one, too :)

What do you think of the HM700 over the EX3?

Is the Fuji 17x5 lens a keeper or is their something similar in range and price that'd you'd prefer?

Does anyone even make a pro OIS zoom for a 1/3" interchangeable? Might be nice occasionally.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 08:34 AM   #6
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Interesting reading. I too am interested in how the HM700 compares to the EX3 as I am in the market to buy one, preferably the 700 that is.
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Old June 18th, 2009, 10:45 AM   #7
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I ordered an HM700 with the new Canon 14x-Optic,
it shall rollout in Germany in the end of week 26 and
the customers at the beginning of week 27.

I got an EX3 (for an test), but I like the formfactor
of the HM700 really more, and the weight of the
EX3 will be heavy during longer shots.
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Old June 20th, 2009, 11:46 AM   #8
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Sweet! I covet one, too :)

What do you think of the HM700 over the EX3?

Is the Fuji 17x5 lens a keeper or is their something similar in range and price that'd you'd prefer?

Does anyone even make a pro OIS zoom for a 1/3" interchangeable? Might be nice occasionally.
No OIS 1/3" lenses (yet), but I hear the 2/3" OIS lenses work with the JVC 2/3" to 1/3" adapter.

But, keep in mind that software image stabilizers have become MUCH better lately. I treated some telephoto handheld work just recently and was very pleased. With HD it's more forgiving to zoom into the image a bit.

For pure quality, I expect the 17x to be superior to the 14x, but the 14x has the slight width advantage, and is a bit more compact/lighter I think. See Tim's comparison.
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 04:59 PM   #9
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The Fuji 17x5 lens is doing just fine, thank you, but I think I would prefer the Canon lens only for the reason that it is a wider lens. On pro Betacams where the lens by itself is 18 to 20k, the doubler made up for the lens being wide. I was a little surprised at how the Fuji lens didn't focus as close as I'm used to. I have to engage the Macro function to focus closer, and of course, once you do that you can't change the focal length (zoom) of the lens and stay in focus unless you are a robot that can move the macro precisely in sync with the zoom.

I just did a commercial shoot and the resulting picture, I think, is just stunning, but I can't show you guys since it's a commercial in production. As soon as I get permission from the client, I'll post a link here. I shot a performer against limbo. The camera is in Cinema Vivid mode with Color Gain =1 and Black Compress = 3. In this case I compressed the blacks more than usual to give me a perfect limbo background by eliminating any specular variations on the black cloth backdrop. (For those of you who are learning, "Limbo background" is like Limbo; completely void of light and depth and orientation. Pure black. Read "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy". :-) )
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I know the 700 is lighter on the shoulder compared to the larger cams but because it is lighter will this cause excess movement.

Images look great and would like to see some ENG stuff shot outside.
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Donald, your skin colors were perfect in your settings. Much, much better compared to your first video you posted.
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Old June 26th, 2009, 01:25 PM   #12
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Donald, your skin colors were perfect in your settings. Much, much better compared to your first video you posted.
Thank you. The skin color in the first video was too much in the edit room but looked great in the fold-out monitor on the camera. Lesson learned. This time, I didn't have the color boosted nearly as much.

As for eng shooting, that's what I did with the MSNBC live-shot video linked to above. It was all hand-held.
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Just put up a time-lapse video of my daughter Deanna creating graffiti-style art on a canvass for her friend Sydni Vicious. Shot on my JVC GY-HM700 at 10 frames per second and then boosted 2000 percent in Final Cut. A 30-minute video at 10 frames per second is cut down to 1:25, the odd-number due to taking out sections where she takes a break and nothing happens.

Deanna Art in Fast Motion - JVC GY-HM700

Again, the camera is set for Cinema Vivid with Color Gain =1 and Compress Black is =1.

NOTE: Deanna put all the letters on one line at the request of the client who commissioned her, but after seeing it, the client paid Deanna more to re-do the picture with the first name on top and the last name on bottom to greatly improve readibility.

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Old June 26th, 2009, 03:35 PM   #14
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Don,
just wondering though if your daughter might now wish she really could work that fast ;-)

seriously, it really held together well. very well done.
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