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Old December 27th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #1
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30p from GH2?

The GH2 only has 60i or 24p video output. Has anyone heard about either an upgrade or firmware hack that will allow 30p output?
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Old December 27th, 2010, 04:12 PM   #2
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Or 60p which the sensor does record, that would be nice. Also iso limit in movie mode.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 09:19 PM   #3
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ISO limit in video mode is 3200. It does a pretty good job of it too.
I believe it does 30p in MJPEG.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 09:26 PM   #4
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If you shoot in 1080 24p mode at the 80% speed settings.....supposedly that is 30p...but with no sound.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:24 PM   #5
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Thanks Mike. I will have to try that when I get my GH2. No audio is a bit of a downer but not much since I usually record alternate audio anyway.
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Old December 27th, 2010, 11:58 PM   #6
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Is 24p actually 23.976? The reason I ask is that if it is, 80% of 29.97 is 23.976. If it is, then it will be at the same frame rate as 29.97 video. If not, the frame rate won't exactly match so it will take a couple of extra steps to deal with that when editing. It's a bit like the old 5D Mk. II problem of recording at 30p instead of 29.97.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 02:08 AM   #7
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It has an MJPEG mode that records to 720 30p.
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Old December 28th, 2010, 01:51 PM   #8
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"ISO limit in video mode is 3200. It does a pretty good job of it too."

I was thinking more like limiting it to iso 800. From what I can see there is no way to set alimit in video mode.
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Old December 29th, 2010, 05:59 AM   #9
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Why not shoot in manual? This way you can lock the ISO. That's what I do in a lot of my low light shooting.
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Old December 30th, 2010, 12:07 AM   #10
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Paulo, I am shooting the gh2 as a wide-angle lock off in 'set-it-and-forget-it' mode. Shooting a theatrical production, with widely varying lighting and with the stock 14-42 mm lens.

Actually, manual mode doesn't quite work... In the end, I set it to Shutter priority, shutter at 60, manual iso at 800 and let the 'exposure compensation' give me everything it's got. There is one dark scene I need to quickly reset to iso 1600 and even then it's dark,; I have the two camera settings as Custom 1 & 2 so I don't have to fumble with the menu in the dark.

The gh2 is giving me a very contrasty picture and trying to CC it in Premiere Pro I hit noise real fast. My shoot is attacking this camera/lens combo at so many of its weaknesses, low light, noise floor, contrasty dynamics, no 'Spot' function per se, shooting at 60i to match my FX-1 instead of 24p, etc. etc. After this shoot I look forward to working with more even lighting in the iso 400 range on some nice corporate interview gig :-)
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