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Old August 6th, 2004, 11:59 AM   #1
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Taking The Plunge

I've had a somehow Hectic/boring week at school and work. Felt like I needed to move forward with my filmaking aspirations. I've got three scripts complete. Materials for my set. an actor, an art director. I've even taken the time to learn a bit about lighting. I completed the research on what camera to buy two months ago. And proceeded to sit on my hands and become distracted. Everything/ everyone was waiting one me to pull the trigger, and I'm dragging along with this little 1chip panna cam. Well, no longer, my friends, I just bought my PDX10 from B&H.
Golly.
This is exactly the same set of circumstance that led me to buy my G-5.
I expect the buyer's remorse to hit in about 5 minutes.

No turning back now...
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Old August 6th, 2004, 01:47 PM   #2
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That's great. Look forward to hearing your experiences. I'm planning on shooting a couple of short films in the fall with my TRV950. I had never considered using it for this purpose, but I'm going to give it a try. This forum is a great resource for helping get the most out of your camera.
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Old August 6th, 2004, 03:32 PM   #3
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That's great Michael, we'll look forward to progress reports on your films. No camera is perfect, and a new bigger/better/cheaper/faster/cooler one is always just around the corner. But sometimes you just need to jump into the ocean...
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Old August 7th, 2004, 04:13 PM   #4
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Sounds like you're one to make the most out of this sweet little cam, Michael.
Congratulations and good shooting.
Also, I very much appreciate your Dune tagline.
The Sleeper has awakened, eh?
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Old August 9th, 2004, 09:25 AM   #5
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Thanks for the encouragement, everyone! I should have the cam by tomorrow or the next day. I have two research papers to write this week so I don't know that I'll be spending too much time with it. But I'll have a few days before fall classes start, so maybe I can fool with it then.

I will, of course, make a point to put it through its paces within the first seven days, just to make sure it doesn't have any defects.

All that remains is for me to learn FCP4 and I'll be ready to go.

Michael.
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Old August 10th, 2004, 10:25 AM   #6
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I expect the buyer's remorse to hit in about 5 minutes.
In my recent purchase of the DVX100A, Barry Green said "Buy the best and you'll only cry once".

I really enjoyed my PDX10 and I'm looking forward to hearing about your experiences with it!
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Old August 10th, 2004, 12:49 PM   #7
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You may feel a bit of a pinch when you try to preserve settings you really like but for me, that has been about the only draw back of my PDX10. I shot a wedding 2 weekends ago, first one with this camera and it was just fine in the lower light of the Columbus Museum of Art where the wedding was held.

Yes, there is quite noticable grain and there is quite a bit of color shift from lighting setup to setup but in a situation like this, some of that is expected. Especially the grain. It was quite dark in the room for the ceremony as it was an actual art gallery. No flash, no aux lighting of any kind.

The biggest issues I had were with the DVD creation and not the camera. I'll put the DVD issues on the editing section of the site for the curious. Used Avid XpressPro and while it rocks as an editor, I have found it nearly impossible to get a clean DVD out of the thing. More on the other pages.

Enjoy the camera. I am still experimenting with it but it's been good to me so far. Another wedding or two and the camera, the Avid setup with custom built PC and the DSR11 will all be paid for.

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