Need Advice on settings for PDW700 at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts

Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts
Sony PDW-F800, PDW-700, PDW-850, PXW-X500 (XDCAM HD) and PMW-400, PMW-320 (XDCAM EX).


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 12th, 2009, 03:25 AM   #1
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NE of London, England
Posts: 788
Need Advice on settings for PDW700

Hi guys,

I've shot with the 700 in the past but never had much time to really play with the settings.

I always thought the detail level is too high out of the box. However tomorrow I was planning some slow-mo (720p50 converted to 720p24) and was looking for advice, particularly in regards detail. Final output is 35mm prints and digital projection.

I'll have an EX3 as the B cam so also need to match that....?

The shoot is in a theatre with quite a high contrast lighting setup and predominantly black set. Any ideas on gamma settings would also be of use. The footage will be graded in post.

Thanks!
__________________
www.mikemarriage.com
Mike Marriage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2009, 05:30 AM   #2
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Wales
Posts: 2,130
A lot of people seem to like Detail ON, at -20. The BBC settings doc has it much lower but it seems a little soft. If it was me I'd put in the BBC settings and just change the detail, as the rest of the BBC settings look good.
Steve
Steve Phillipps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2009, 08:07 AM   #3
Major Player
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: NE of London, England
Posts: 788
Thanks Steve,

Is that for 1080p and 720p?
__________________
www.mikemarriage.com
Mike Marriage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2009, 12:27 PM   #4
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Wales
Posts: 2,130
I used the same settings for both. The only problem I could see with the 720 was having to transcode it to be able to conform it in Cinema Tools. It takes ages, but also seems to degrade it a bit. That's why I sold it and bought a Varicam!
Steve
Steve Phillipps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 12th, 2009, 10:32 PM   #5
Taken away too young... rest in peace Eugene
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Albany, NY
Posts: 161
Which BBC settings doc did you guys mean, this one?

BBC - R&D - Publications - WHP034

I was looking in that for settings for the F335 or F700, but only found them for the old XDCAM SD cameras and the EX cameras.

Thanks.
__________________
Scorpio Productions
PDW-F335, PDW-U1, Vegas Pro 9.0b
Eugene Kosarovich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 13th, 2009, 02:54 AM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Bracknell, Berkshire, UK
Posts: 4,957
I tend to set detail to around -12 depending on the gamma curve etc on my 700. I also set frequency to +35. The BBC settings that are doing the rounds were created to make the 700 look like film and give a pretty soft look. It should also be considered that apparent image shapness is also a function of contrast and not just detail settings.
__________________
Alister Chapman, Film-Maker/Stormchaser http://www.xdcam-user.com/alisters-blog/ My XDCAM site and blog. http://www.hurricane-rig.com

Last edited by Alister Chapman; August 14th, 2009 at 02:24 AM.
Alister Chapman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 13th, 2009, 10:52 AM   #7
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Wales
Posts: 2,130
Quote:
Originally Posted by Eugene Kosarovich View Post
Which BBC settings doc did you guys mean, this one?

BBC - R&D - Publications - WHP034

I was looking in that for settings for the F335 or F700, but only found them for the old XDCAM SD cameras and the EX cameras.

Thanks.
Eugene, Alan Roberts sent me the settings for the 700 directly, and I must say I couldn't find them on the |R&D site either. You can get a link to them here BBC - Commissioning - Producing High-Definition TV Down the right hand edge there is a list of cameras including the 700.
Steve
Steve Phillipps is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 14th, 2009, 04:27 PM   #8
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: St. Petersburg, FL
Posts: 32
Link to BBC settings

http://www.bbc.co.uk/commissioning/p...ony_pdw700.pdf
David H. Brown is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Sony XAVC / XDCAM / NXCAM / AVCHD / HDV / DV Camera Systems > Sony ENG / EFP Shoulder Mounts

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:52 AM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network