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Old June 7th, 2002, 10:25 PM   #1
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Matching PD170 & VX2100 to other cameras

Matching to JVC DV500 or DV300:

Go into CP Custom Pre-set located under the handle.


Move the sharpness to about 75%

Lower the COLOR SATURATION two clicks to the left.

Move the WB shift one or two clicks to the left. You will be introducing a little green to the picture.

USE A MONITOR FOR ABOVE STEP!!!


AE-ONE click to the left. ONLY one click.

MAIN MENU-shut AUTO SHUTTER to OFF

The Color should match the JVC colorometry.


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Old June 7th, 2002, 11:46 PM   #2
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Outstanding tip. Thanks as usual Lou.
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Old July 29th, 2003, 12:53 PM   #3
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Matching Pd-150 image with Canon XM2 (or viceversa)

Hi
In a few weeks we would be shooting a short movie...
The short is going to be shot mainly with a Sony Pd-150 but the director wants to to shoot the fight scenes (it has some) with two cameras...
the other camera being my canon XM2..

Any suggestions? Experiences? trying to match colors?.. anything else that I should be aware of?

(this post is also on the Gl-2 forum... I didnīt know where to put it??)
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Old July 29th, 2003, 03:14 PM   #4
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You can adjust the 150, not certain about the Canon. So make the 150 match the Canon. You may want to do it for the entire shoot just so the difference is glaring when you get to the fight scenes in the finished piece.

Or you could adjust the Canon to fit the 150 in post.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:06 AM   #5
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Matching pd150 and 570

Hi...
Putting together a short flick using 2 cams shortly.
Intending to use the Sony pd150 with century 16:9 lens and the Sony DSR 570 WS.

Quick question...
Are the 2 cameras easily matched as A/B?

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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:23 AM   #6
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Yes and no.

The pictures are quite similar but the 570 has better image processing and you will find the 570 handles extreme contrast better than the 150, is a bit sharper, and true 16:9 mode is better than an anamorphic setup.

Record your audio to the 570 as it has a substantially quieter audio chain.
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Old May 15th, 2004, 10:28 AM   #7
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Thanks.

I'm intending to have the 570 on the wide end with the pd150 more on Close Ups. Yes?
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Old May 15th, 2004, 11:06 AM   #8
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That's certainly how I run my 150 & 300. You will find the 570 handles faster than the 150 by a significant amount. So if you have a lot of action or lighting changes in close-up, you may forgo the 150 in favor of the 570 and shoot Hollywood style.
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Old May 16th, 2004, 07:05 AM   #9
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Thanks a lot for your help, Mike.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 12:50 AM   #10
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matching pd170 to a dvx100a

I recently bought a dvx100a with the intention of independent filmmaking. However, I now also want to get into event videography, so I plan on purchasing a pd-170.

If I were to use the dvx as a second camera during a wedding ceremony, how well would the footage match up to the pd-170?
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Old June 17th, 2004, 01:01 AM   #11
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I cringe because, as an editor because I've had to try to do this. Certainly one can match colors but the cine gama settings can be a killer.

Best bet is when you shoot, make sure gamma is "standard" video gamma on the 100A. Shoot 60i of course too.

You'll also find the PD170 handles low light with less noise than the DVX100A. This becomes obvious when shooting dark receptions, bands in dark clubs, docs in dark places where you can't use lights. Not sure if you want to add noise to a 170 though to match the noise in the 100A.
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Old June 17th, 2004, 01:06 AM   #12
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I'll probably only use the dvx during the ceremony since there's usually more light than the reception (at least at the wedding I've been too).
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Old June 17th, 2004, 08:17 AM   #13
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If people ask for two camera weddings, It's usually during the ceremony that matching two cameras would be most critical. It can be done but you really have to watch the settings, gamma in particular.
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Old December 17th, 2004, 12:38 AM   #14
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matching vx2000 and vx2100

I am looking to upgrade my two vx2000 cameras but I can only afford to do this one camera at a time. Ultimately I would like a vx2100 and pd170. My first step is to get the vx2100. Will there be any trouble matching the image of the vx2100 with the vx2000? I use my cameras for wedding videography. I only use one camera for the reception (that will be the vx2100) but I need to match the two cameras for the ceremony coverage.

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Old December 17th, 2004, 04:51 PM   #15
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I can understand you wanting to upgrade to a PD 170, but why bother spending good money on a 2100 when you already have a 2000? The differences between the 2000 and 2100 are marginal, and in my opinion not worth the expense. Why not sell one 2000 and get a PD170 now, and then decide whether to replace the 2nd 2000 with another PD170 at a later date.
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