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Old May 1st, 2008, 08:58 PM   #1
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Filming Lightning

not sure if this is the right place to post this but ive always wanted to film lightning and other storms but i cant seem to get it right. does anyone have any tips such as shutterspeed and other settings?
im using the Sony HVR-A1U if its important
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 06:36 AM   #2
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You say it hasn't worked out in the past... how?

What settings did you use in the past and what part of it didn't work?

sounds fun though!
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 07:15 AM   #3
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well it hasnt worked out because you cant actually see the lightning it will just like flash on the top or bottom of the screen. my guess is that it has something to do with the shutter speed but i have had it at 60 which is the lowest and all the way up to 1000. i want to see the actual bolt when i film it not just a little flash
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 08:57 AM   #4
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You need a camcorder that has a longer shutter speed, e.g. can keep the shutter open for a longer time. Lightening is much shorter than 1/60th of a second, that's why you can't capture it all.
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Old May 2nd, 2008, 03:15 PM   #5
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ok thats what i thought but i wasnt totally sure
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Old May 4th, 2008, 03:38 AM   #6
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This is where a camera with a pre-record cache really shines.

I shot some lighting with an HVX-200 and just waited for the flash.

The 3-second pre-record cache nailed it every time without wasting recording time.

Now I wish Sony would hurry up and get that feature working in the EX1!
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Old May 4th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #7
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As I recall, the still camera trick was to aim the camera in the general direction that the lightning was happening and leave the shutter open for a while. Obviously this only works at night!

You can get some great shots with multiple lightning flashes here in Arizona where the lightning over the mountains goes on for hours at a time during the August monsoons.

I think without some kind of open shutter you won't get much as the flash is so brief. I think maybe the pre-record cache addresses this.

Maybe catch a few frames with a still camera and insert them in post?
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Old May 4th, 2008, 01:37 PM   #8
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well it hasnt worked out because you cant actually see the lightning it will just like flash on the top or bottom of the screen. my guess is that it has something to do with the shutter speed but i have had it at 60 which is the lowest and all the way up to 1000. i want to see the actual bolt when i film it not just a little flash
thanks
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The Sony HVR-A1U will go down to 1/4 second shutter speed, however Cineframe has to be turned off to use a shutter speed below 1/60.

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