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Old March 19th, 2011, 03:43 PM   #1
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Indoor light advice

Hey everyone, I've had had hm100 now for a couple of months and love it. Just bought a small on board led light. Now, on sunnydays shooting footage inside houses and apartments are ok, but on cloudy days even with the small led 60watt (bescor led-60x) I still get grainy footage. I know this cameras low light isnt the best- using 720 60p shutter 60-80 gain tried using 3-9 wb set to 3200k.

Heres a sample of one I did a little while back on a sunnyday-
YouTube - Poplar Plaza Apartments Remodeled 1 bedroom $1350 Sunnyvale/Cupertino Border-

Shooting indoor apartment ads and house ads are becoming tricky, since I can't carry a ton of gear and have to deal with I have to work with. So with low light on cloudy day, what settings would you suggest.

So far, I try to keep the shutter no less than 1/48
I try to keep the gain down as much as possible
White balance set to 3200k- I have 10 minutes or less to shoot a apartment.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 10:58 AM   #2
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Have you tried to put the gain up to 9. I have changed my presets to 3 - 6 - 9 and find 3 giving a good result with no grain at all even 9 could handle this without grain.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 01:59 PM   #3
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found more grain than normal... or my normal. Not sure if wide angle lens makes it worse. Its something I can live with.
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Old March 20th, 2011, 02:15 PM   #4
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That is strange, the video looks little distorted with this wide angle could be the cause. Your shot should be perfect in this light. ND filter off ?
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Old March 20th, 2011, 03:46 PM   #5
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the video I posted is shot on a good sunnyday with my first crack with a wide angle- I discovered the aftermarket lens hood causes a vingnitting effect... I think thats how spell it anyway. Nd is off when shooting indoors.
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Old March 21st, 2011, 10:11 AM   #6
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if this is not a standard problem with you camera and you do need to deliver you film in time. This Plugin can help dramatically to reduce noise. I work in FCP but there are versions for other applications Neat Image - best noise reduction for digital cameras and scanners
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Old September 27th, 2012, 01:23 AM   #7
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Hey everyone it's been a while. I have had really good luck with my old hm-100. I find my self just shooting in full auto with very little manual adjustments, although I'm getting better at indoor.

Here is my latest video... lighting conditions were not ideal, but thats what makes it fun.

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Old September 27th, 2012, 09:24 PM   #8
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Hi Matt

I actually do a lot of rental videos for two realtors over here and a neat trick if a room is really dark is a simple light stand I put in the room and it has a ES fitting and a 85W CFL spiral bulb and it lights up the room really well with just bounced light off the ceilings!! My clips are mainly to establish property condition before a new tenant moves in and they are easy to do..most of the time I just turn on the room lights and open drapes/blinds and that's enough!! The light stand however does get me out of trouble with very dark rooms.

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Old November 23rd, 2012, 01:45 PM   #9
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Thanks for your response, I have a small light that I use for indoors, but it's the gain that I always hate to turn up, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

I just shot this footage, outdoor, full auto on 720/30p check it out

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