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Old August 31st, 2003, 03:43 PM   #466
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My first DVX video

I've just completed my first video using the DVX100 (and boy are my arms tired!) :-). The camera performed flawlessly and I think the results look sensational.

It's an interesting example of DVX capabilities because the video is comprised almost entirely of chroma key shots, none of which were done in a studio. I think they turned out pretty well (the video is a product demo for a chroma keying system).

You can view it on this page. The video is the first link.
http://www.seriousmagic.com/ukvidsamples.cfm

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Old September 1st, 2003, 10:45 AM   #467
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Wow, that's pretty amazing. I've always wanted to do work with a green screen, but then I heard about all the work it requires (setting the lights perfectly, etc.). Looks like a great product. The video does an excellent job of demonstrating the power of the software. Congrats!
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Old September 1st, 2003, 02:33 PM   #468
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Really nice
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Old September 1st, 2003, 08:06 PM   #469
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Wish.....

this were on the Mac.
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Old September 2nd, 2003, 08:33 PM   #470
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Sorry Dean, no direct Mac support because it relies on Microsoft's DirectX architecture to generate high-speed output from PC graphics cards.

It will however work seamlessly with Quicktime files over a network.

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Old September 3rd, 2003, 01:37 PM   #471
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shadowgirlproject

This project has been mentioned under three different threads for it's "how to make a dolly" page, but has everyone downloaded the trailer for this movie? This is some of the most spectacular DV footage I've seen. It's all done on a VX2000 (from the production stills) and looks like film. Apparently, it's going to Cannes.

Take a look if you haven't already, it's inspiring.

http://www.shadowgirlproject.com
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Old September 4th, 2003, 12:02 PM   #472
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wow, that is some amazing footage! Really does look like film. I wonder what methods they used in post.
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Old September 4th, 2003, 12:33 PM   #473
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If you go to that site and open the production page (it's in French) it has a production and post-production page, but both are "En Contrucion". I hope they eventually post the process they used. The producer is a member of this forum, maybe he'll shed some light on it for us.
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Old September 6th, 2003, 03:35 PM   #474
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was that taped in progressive scan mode ?
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Old September 6th, 2003, 04:31 PM   #475
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No, it was shot and edited in interlace since it will eventually also be distributed on DVD. Windows Media Encoder did a de-interlace process on it during the encoding for web streaming (this introduced a few artifacts but nothing too significant).

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The DVX100 camera settings were stock, (ie no tweaking of the profiles to goose certain parameters).
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Old September 9th, 2003, 10:49 AM   #476
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That looks pretty nifty!!
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Old September 9th, 2003, 05:22 PM   #477
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My new short

Check out my new short..."Dinner For Two"

Just posted on IFILM.

http://www.ifilm.com/filmdetail?ifilmid=2474315


let me know what you think....THANKS!
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Old September 20th, 2003, 08:52 AM   #478
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WELL DONE!! My gosh, I was really impressed with your lighting. I was wondering what kind of equipment you were using (lights, and audio). Please elaborate because I think you did a very nice job creating atmosphere and mood. The story and the characters were great too. I really liked how that one guy's lips were TOO pink - that was a nice comedic touch! Please fill us in on your experience :] Thanks!!!
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Old September 20th, 2003, 12:02 PM   #479
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took me sometime to find the one that would play on my computer here at work.

Good job. I thought that the lighting was very well done as well as the audio. I also enjoyed the story but at first I didn't know what to think. Seeing that I didn't read anything about it before viewing the short.

As Randy requested it would be nice if you could describe more about what you did and used.

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Old September 21st, 2003, 12:46 AM   #480
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Here is my feature using Frame and Widescreen modes

I wanted to try the two infamous modes that everybody is talking about (Frame and Widescreen mode). I used the XM2 miniDV camcorder for this exercise.

1) PAL
Living in a NTSC land but coming from a PAL country Iíve decided to go with PAL so I can keep my tool when coming back to Europe.
The secondary reason is a better resolution and an easier path to NTSC conversion (associated to a closer ďfilm lookĒ).

2) Frame mode
Iím aware that using the Frame mode is cutting down the resolution but in another hand it makes my life easier when converting to NTSC without spending hours and hours on quality de-interlacing.
The final DVD is available in 2 versions :
a) PAL Widescreen, 50i
b) NTSC 24p Widescreen,
To do the NTSC 24p, I just had to slow down the PAL version by about 4% and I got an excellent result without any motion artifact. In fact I noticed that itís more difficult to correctly slow down the audio track without adding unacceptable noise artifacts.

3) Widescreen
Iíve read that the GL2/XM2 is probably better at Widescreen than tools stretching the picture in post. Yes you donít have the safety margin that the 4:3 provides when cropping original 4:3 footage so I had tried to make sure to frame correctly.

You can watch the full feature online as well as production stills and DVD cover at http://natzo.com/article.php3?id_article=15

The WD-58H wide angle adapter was on all the time.
A JTL Everlight kit (3 softlights) has been used for the recording session and interviews. Shots inside the Frederick Coffee Company were only lit by the ambient light (mixture of sunlight and tungsten).
Interviews were recorded using a Sony ECM-55B lavalier and a SoundDevices MM-1 pre-amp BUT a big mistake in my design of the attenuator cable between the MM-1 and camcorder is responsible for the additional distortion (I used a 20dB outside instead of 40dB to go from +4dBu to -35dBu). Yes I did monitor (on the pre-amp) and no I didnít playback (the band only had few minutes for the interview). The compression added by the Quicktime codec makes the streaming version even worse.
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