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Sony HVR-A1 and HDR-HC Series
Sony's latest single-CMOS additions to their HDV camcorder line.


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Old March 5th, 2007, 10:57 PM   #1
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Redrock M2 & Sony HC3

Has anyone made this marriage work? If so, I'd love to hear tips.

I'm experimenting with it now. The M2, being geared for prosumer cams, seems a little tall for the tiny HC3.
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Old March 6th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #2
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I am currently exploring the realms of shallow DOF verses noise with the HVR-A1. I'm most interested to hear or better yet, see the results of this eclectic matrimony which changes the equation quite dramatically. I strive for shallow DOF, but cannot tolerate noise.

Thank you for the useful image btw. I think the rig looks pretty sexy... I love the incongruity actually, of the tiny HC1 and the pro peripherals. Perhaps for the glowing bride or is it the groom... nice pro lens hood?

What lens are you using? Also, is the image upside down?
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Old March 6th, 2007, 05:57 PM   #3
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The lens is a Nikkor 50mm f1.4 prime. The image is, alas, upside down. If I were feeling even more ambitious, I might attempt to mount the camera upside down--it's just small enough to work. But first things first.

Today I broke out some gaffer tape and went to work. The unlikely pair are now bound together in a more effective, if less elegant, fashion. I shot some footage and will post it here in the unlikely event that (1) my PC ever finishes rendering it; and (2) it looks to be worth posting.

Oddly enough, I've found there are advantages to mounting such a small camera to the M2. It's lightweight, and therefore will mount to a DVRigPro with little trouble. If this works, it will allow handheld M2 shots with greater ease.

The little HC3 experiment is paving the way for a 24p Canon HV20...which should arrive in but a few weeks.
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Old March 12th, 2007, 12:23 AM   #4
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Here's some test footage. I'm still experimenting with the best export options (using Premiere 1.51).... So far, I haven't been happy with the compression.

http://www.lostspyder.com/RedrockM2andSonyHC3-Test.wmv

But I'm happy to report that the marriage is going well. It turns out that Mrs. Redrock likes short guys!
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Old May 23rd, 2007, 12:10 PM   #5
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any chance of reupping this test footage?
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