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Sony HVR-V1 / HDR-FX7
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Old November 28th, 2006, 11:10 PM   #1
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Sample clips

I'm still learning how best to use the manual settings on this cam.

Here are a couple of sample clips for those interested.

These are raw m2t clips. Both shot in full auto, full 20x zoom.

1st is shot on a cloudy day, 2nd on an obviously sunny day.

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http://ronrosa.com/clip9.m2t

http://ronrosa.com/clip10.m2t
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Old November 29th, 2006, 04:07 AM   #2
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Thanks for the clips Ron,

Can you maybe post some samples of the camera in 24P mode?
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Old November 29th, 2006, 09:23 AM   #3
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Sorry, I have an FX7, no 24p.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 12:13 PM   #4
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Hi All,

First thank you everyone here for sharing your knowledge and thought about these camcorder : ). I am one of the guy fencing on XHA1 & V1.

I have a little question about the second clip, as I have been told that CMOS has better dynamic range and contrast ratio. But you can easily see the detail of the neck of that bird has been badly wash out by bright white.

Is this the limitation of Sony CMOS ? Or we can never expect good contrast control under auto-mode ? Shall I expect no different in term of picture quality between FX7 and V1 if everything is put under AUTO ?

And do you know the contrast ratio of FX7/VI/XHA1 ?

Many thanks.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 02:01 PM   #5
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My guess, is the blow out could probably be eliminated with manual adjustments. If you look at the surroundings, there are a lot of dark colors and shades. The cam on auto probably balanced the whole scene and as a result the white on the bird got blown out.

When I get home I'll post a few more clips shot that day.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 03:28 PM   #6
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***IMPORTANT WORD OF WARNING***

Ok, everyone needs to be completely aware of the fact that if the user has any CineGamma settings enabled, it will completely destroy the dynamic range. It is meant to do so.

Ron, I'm of course not trying to be offensive to you, but it would be really helpful for viewers to know exactly what your settings were for these clips.

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Old November 29th, 2006, 05:04 PM   #7
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No offense taken. I am still learning how to use this cam.

Where is the CineGamma setting ? Is this still in affect in full auto mode ? Picture profiles were also set off.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 05:21 PM   #8
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Here is another clip. Same day, same place, same time, out of direct sunlight.

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http://www.ronrosa.com/clip13.m2t
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Old November 29th, 2006, 06:56 PM   #9
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What program are you guys using to view these clips?
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Old November 29th, 2006, 07:00 PM   #10
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Great clips Ron. I ran Magic Bullet on Clip9 and it's stunning.

VLC is a free player for Windows/Mac and it should work.
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Old November 29th, 2006, 07:09 PM   #11
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Media Player Classic works better than VLC for me. I downloaded it free on CNET.

Stupid question, what is magic bullet ?
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Old November 30th, 2006, 02:51 AM   #12
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Media Player Classic works better than VLC for me. I downloaded it free on CNET.

Stupid question, what is magic bullet ?

Good question. I want to know whether Z1 + Magic Bullet is a better bet than a V1.

Also, Ron, that third clip (of the seagull) appears to have been taken on the beach.

Do you take any precautions to avoid sand/water/salt might get inside your camera?
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Old November 30th, 2006, 06:16 AM   #13
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Stupid question again..

Thank you Ron for your third clip, it is pleasant picture although the contrast is a bit low and the white-balance doesn't seem very accurate (as you see the feather supposed to be white but it goes toward light blue).

Did you find out whether you have the Cinematone Gramma turn on when shooting those clips, just wonder whether the blow-out is caused by the Cinematone feature rather then the limitation of Sony CMOS under Auto mode.

Many thanks again.
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Old November 30th, 2006, 10:22 AM   #14
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Old November 30th, 2006, 10:37 AM   #15
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Sorry, but over 600 hits downloading a 30+ mb file exceeded my monthly bandwidth. Wait until tomorrow, Dec. 1.
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