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Old November 21st, 2007, 10:40 PM   #1
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Playing in traffic with the EX1

One of the things I like about this camera:

Frame accumulation mode. Most of these frames were captured of a 720p24 clip set to accumulate 16 frames and I had to stop down to f4-5.6. Amazing to be able to shoot in the middle of the night and not be overcome with the noise.

www.thevideodepartment.net/EX1/IntheDark001.tif
www.thevideodepartment.net/EX1/IntheDark002.tif
www.thevideodepartment.net/EX1/IntheDark003.tif
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:14 PM   #2
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nice... thanks.. please go play some more...

the lack of noise is very good - what gain? what everything?

how about a vid clip of smae footage? how about you forgo thanksgiving and spend all day tomorrow testing and posting, in fact get a helper who can upload while you test....

looks like this might be the camera i've been waiting for... now if only there was a spot on easy, long term archiving method.... come on hddvd or blu-ray one of you guy just win already...

thanks again
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:23 PM   #3
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Thanks Chris. I'm really surprised the night footage is so clean!
Nice stuff.
Was that with no gain? I really like your second frame grab.
If so, this camera is very sensitive!
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Old November 21st, 2007, 11:27 PM   #4
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nice... thanks.. please go play some more...

now if only there was a spot on easy, long term archiving method.... come on hddvd or blu-ray one of you guy just win already...
Harry,

The sony XDCAM drive announced with this camera seems like a wonderful long term archiving method. Granted it's not good for distribution, but in terms of archiving your footage, it seems like a great idea.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 12:09 AM   #5
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Harry,

The sony XDCAM drive announced with this camera seems like a wonderful long term archiving method. Granted it's not good for distribution, but in terms of archiving your footage, it seems like a great idea.
I thought that the drive downconverts everything to the 25 megabitrate. Will it go straight across at 35?
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 12:32 AM   #6
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Frame accumulation mode is awesome. I had the camera set to -3db @ 24p shutter @ 48 I was using the smallest setting of 16 there is also a setting of 32 and 64

But I don't know how much that matters when you use the "super slow shutter" option. But i was amazed at the lack of noise on these clips.

Also chalk one up for the guys at Sony on the amazing battery life. I have been running on the standard battery for about 25 min record time about 1 hour of the camera switched on with the LCD running and it is still going strong. I can't wait to try out the larger capacity one when it gets here.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 03:51 AM   #7
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I thought that the drive downconverts everything to the 25 megabitrate. Will it go straight across at 35?
The problem with the drive is not bitrate, but resolution - the XDCAM HD is now 1440x1080 whatever the bitrate. There is hope that by the time it can write at all (it's now read-only), the drive will also be able to store full res clips as the XDCAM HD standard is going that direction.
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Old November 22nd, 2007, 04:45 AM   #8
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The other nice thing for low light work is the SLS (Slow Shutter) mode. I played around with it last night and unlike the frame accumulation modes it's looks perfecty normal while you're shooting, only twice as bright!

Lovely shots Chris, nice work!

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Old November 23rd, 2007, 12:07 AM   #9
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Chris ...

I went to InterBee in Tokyo, checked out the camera and didn't see the vinegrating problem seen on the pre-release models. How is your cam zoomed through on the mid-section?
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Old November 23rd, 2007, 09:56 AM   #10
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No problems yet. That I have seen.
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