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Old October 16th, 2006, 12:16 AM   #1
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matching HVX and XL2

Hi all,

I'll be shooting a live event in a couple weeks with 5 XL2s and I would like to have one HVX200 (see ad in Helping Hands section) to be able to get some slow motion then record to SD tape from the P2 cards...

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience combining the HVX in SD with an XL2 and what settings can be used to match them as closely as possible. I may just accept the fact that they don't match and give the slow motion it's own look although the client wasn't entirely convinced about that.

Thanks for your advice.

-Jon
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Old October 16th, 2006, 01:32 AM   #2
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I just shot a live event a few weeks ago with an XL2 and an HVX. HVX stills here

I found it tough to match the XL2 to the HVX... I think it'd be easier to match the HVX to the XL2. Try eyeing them on the same monitor and then fine-tune the HVX footage in post. If you're shooting in low light, you're going to wish you had 6 HVXs.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 04:51 AM   #3
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not too worried about low light, it's all outdoor daylight stuff
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Old October 16th, 2006, 09:31 AM   #4
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I've never used both on the same daylight shoot... so I don't have any specific scene file suggestions.
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Old October 16th, 2006, 01:02 PM   #5
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Jon,

If you have time - and a good external monitor - I would highly suggest that you play with internal camera settings, specifically with color, gamma and black stretch to get as close a color-match as possible prior to your shoot.

Canon and Panny chips are drastically different in their native color response so they are going to be quite different looking in POST no matter what you do; the Canon will look flat comparatively while the HVX will have more chroma. You will have to either dial-down the HVX or boost the XL2 to get a near-match.

Remember to shoot the HVX in standard DV mode not DV50 otherwise the HVX will have a great deal more color information than the XL2 which is shooting standard DV (DV25).
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