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Old February 25th, 2009, 09:42 AM   #16
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Turn it on. Do you like it / need it? I don't.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 10:25 AM   #17
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I like it!lol
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Old March 9th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #18
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Ot question about profiles:Does the fx1 have the overscan function that is very useful to me?
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Old March 9th, 2009, 09:52 PM   #19
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No, just the Z1.
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Old March 10th, 2009, 03:32 AM   #20
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Does the fx1 have the overscan function that is very useful to me?
It sure does. But overscan is only useful to you if you know for sure that your films will be shown on an old CRT. The underscan mode of the Z1 is very useful apart from two points: it's only available when you shoot in the HDV mode and when turned on it sacrifices a great deal of screen surface area. It's done this way to warn you you're in underscan mode.

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Old March 10th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #21
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Hey Tom, but u can't find in the assignment bottons like in the z1 right?
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Old March 10th, 2009, 12:16 PM   #22
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Just to clarify: the Z1 has an ALLSCAN function you can turn on and off to show the entire frame if you assign it to a button (page 88). The FX1 does not -- it's always in overscan mode like a TV, so the edges will always be cropped off and not visible to mortals.

I think we were geting confused over terminology.
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Old March 14th, 2009, 10:12 AM   #23
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I think we were geting confused over terminology.
Indeed! allscan=underscan, not overscan. It may help to understand if you consider the origin of these terms. With CRT tubes, an electron beam is deflected left and right across the face of the tube where it lights up the phosphor and creates an image. Standard TV sets were designed to overscan, meaning that the electron beam actually scanned past the left and right edge of the tube, and the portion of the image contained in that area beyond the tube edges was not visible. This was done because there could be ugly artifacts on the edges of the image, and there might also be things like mikes or lights accidentally in the frame.

Now professional CRT monitors could underscan, which means that the electron beam did not sweep quite as far as the left and right edge of the picture tube face. This would show the entire image, warts and all, and leave a little black border to the left and right past the scanned area.

Most consumer camcorders have viewfinders which overscan, meaning that you cannot see all the way to the edge of the image. Until very recently, almost all regular TV's also overscanned. In fact, I have several LCD TV's, and only my newest Sony Bravia has a menu option to show the entire frame.
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