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Old June 16th, 2006, 02:03 AM   #1
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Color changing/bleaching during shoot

Hi, we were shooting with our dvx100b and for some reason the color fades to a darker tone then goes back to normal again, is there a setting here that i'm missing. It seems to be recording this also, it seems like the contrast adjusts on its own. I've been shooting on default P5 setting on the camera. We've white balanced etc... is this because of lighting or colors? i've noticed only in high contrast shots with very colorful backgrounds and clothing. When i shot in a better lit area i didn't even notice it but it "looks" like it still does it but not as much. Thanks for the help.
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Old June 16th, 2006, 09:34 AM   #2
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This could be the auto-exposure or auto-focus adjusting as you shoot. Are you using the auto modes, or manual?
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Old June 16th, 2006, 10:17 AM   #3
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we've tried both. setting everything to manual and it kept doing the same thing.
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Old June 18th, 2006, 09:09 AM   #4
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shoudlnt be the focus..

what are u shooting..??

ive never had an issue with exposure EXCEPT with the wacky iris hammering itself from one extreme to another when in manual mode.. this is rare, but it hapens every 20hrs or so... i cant replicate the problem so i cant convince thm that it needs servicing...
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Old June 18th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #5
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Do you have some sample footage you could post up here for us to look at and help determine the cause?
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Old June 20th, 2006, 09:39 AM   #6
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Make sure your gain is also set to manual.
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Old June 21st, 2006, 12:26 AM   #7
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here's a sample of the clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HEfcTPRvasU
the issue is noticable in 4:30 mins of the video.

we're suspecting it has something to do with the lights... maybe the flourescent lighting affecting the camera? we used all indoor lighting. the contrast is cycling from light to dark. when we turned on more lights in the room (lamp)... it didnt do it as fast... when we shot in natural sunlight coming into the room, it looked fine. unfortunately we didnt have enough time to figure out the issue so we had to make do with it. :-/

we used all the same settings throughout the entire shoot and even set everything to manual just to be safe. didnt work either. thanks
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Old June 21st, 2006, 01:18 AM   #8
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Your culprit is auto white balance... the color temperature is bouncing around, there must have been some natural light or some competing light sources. Auto WB is the DEVIL! You are better to have a poor WB than a pulsating Auto WB which is MUCH harder to fix.... lesson learned... you CAN fix it but you will have to do some key frame color correction stuff which is a PITA!




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Old June 21st, 2006, 01:26 AM   #9
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we'll check that. i know we tried turning everything to manual... oh well, it was really screwing us up. tried to white balance so many times but it kept doing it. thanks.
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Good line Ash. We all of us only get good at what we do, and it's one of the (very few) reasons to applaud getting old(er). I've lived so long I've actually got the hang of camcorders at last.

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