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Old January 27th, 2009, 05:45 AM   #1
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Assign buttons...Z1

Hi guys, could somebody help me in the button assignment functions?
I really appreciate..
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:20 AM   #2
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Hi Marcus

There are only a few functions you can assign to these buttons, its really personal choice.
I like:

1 rec review
2 All scan
3 bars
4 WB +
5 Steadyshot on/off
6 WB-

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Old January 27th, 2009, 03:26 PM   #3
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Bars

Gareth,

don't want to hijack the conversation but what would you use the bars for? I understand there are two types but what is their purpose and how do you use them?


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Old January 28th, 2009, 03:04 PM   #4
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There is already a dedicated button for the bars on the Z1, so assigning it seems a bit redundant...

Gabor - see this: - Color Bars

FWIW, mine are assigned as follows:

1: allscan mode
2: wb outdr lvl +
3: wb outdr lvl -
4: steadyshot
5: marker
6: display

Note that the ONLY way to access the allscan mode is to assign it to a button.
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Old January 28th, 2009, 04:44 PM   #5
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Hi Boyd

Yep I know it already has a bars button but the assign button is better placed...

Gabor,
I always shoot 30 secs of bars at the start of a tape.. a throw back the old Betacam days and linear editing, but now serves to avoid any possibly poor quality tape that might cause drop outs. This is most likely to be in the first part of the cassette.

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Old February 3rd, 2009, 11:19 AM   #6
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Could you explain me better the assignment of + or - WB button?Never thought about that!
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 01:37 PM   #7
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Could you explain me better the assignment of + or - WB button?Never thought about that!
thx MM
That's got to be the best way to go for run and gun. You can quickly adjust white balance with the + or - buttons as you run from place to place. Great when you don't have time to do a proper while balance. I love it.

Only works if you set your while balance to the preset "outdoor".
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Old February 4th, 2009, 12:38 PM   #8
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Could you explain me better the assignment of + or - WB button?Never thought about that!
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Have a look at this thread: http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/sony-hvr-...x1-a1-etc.html
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Old February 4th, 2009, 01:15 PM   #9
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Hey, I forgot about that thread! Apparently, I learned this trick from you, Boyd. Thanks again, I use it all the time now.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 05:14 AM   #10
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Hey Boyd thanks a lot for the look at the post;will i be too boring if i ask 4 your attention for the correct workflow in doing this ?
1-i put the outdoor preset then i go to picture profile number one right?
2-then?
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Old February 7th, 2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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You can create multiple picture profiles, and this technique could be used with any of them. As I said in the old thread,

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Set WB Preset to outdoors using the camera set menu for starters. Now go into the picture profile and set WB shift to -5.
Of course, you also need to assign WB+ and WB- to buttons for this to work.
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Old February 7th, 2009, 04:58 PM   #12
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I agree, and having buttons 5 and 6 as + and - fine tune white balance buttons is superb. 5 clicks on button 5 and you're on the artificial w/bal setting - so easy to remember. It's another reason why the Z1 is so much better than the FX1.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #13
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I finally got it how to set em.Just 2 questions:4 what are useful the ALL SCAN MODE and the Marker?

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Old February 25th, 2009, 08:31 AM   #14
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The allscan mode (actually more commonly known as underscan) only works in the HDV mode and allows you to see the entire frame as recorded by the chips and as is commonly shown on the latest flat-panel TVs. A must if you're using a softie and a wide-angle, for instance.
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Old February 25th, 2009, 09:35 AM   #15
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thx a lot TOM!What about the marker?
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