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Old December 23rd, 2007, 09:21 AM   #16
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I just loaded the Viva Vegas MXF into Avid Liquid and the rez and detail are pretty amazing. Compared to footage from my JVC HD100a, ...,it is much much sharper. Although the JVC looks maybe a little smoother and still more filmic to my eyes, (720p/30). But that's just my subjective opinion based on an apples to oranges comparison. In fact, I'm pretty sure the JVC would have not been able to shoot those fountains, lights and still expose the Bellagio without being bumped up to at least 9db, or even higher. Those 1/2 sensors make a huge difference in latitude. I would love to know what Gamma settings/profile you used.

Otherwise, the contrast range, color, resolution, ..I mean it just pops.

Thanks for the clip David. Your work has convinced me to go for buying the EX1. I was waiting to see what the Z7 looked like, but I would be surprised if the 1/3 sensors on that camera could compare to the 1/2 inch CMOS on the EX.

Cheers, Have a Safe and Merry Christmas.
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 10:26 AM   #17
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That bellagio MXF file is breathtaking man!

Please share any picture profile settings used during this capture?

Also, do you remember where your f-stop was at that given time?
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 12:07 PM   #18
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That bellagio MXF file is breathtaking man!

Please share any picture profile settings used during this capture?

Also, do you remember where your f-stop was at that given time?
I am afraid everyone is going to be a bit disappointed with the answer but here goes..... I don't know for sure but I will share what I can...

The camera was in full manual mode. Camera settings were still with all settings to default. No Picture Profile was selected and Gain was set to 0. White Balance I think was at 3200k. ND Filters were off. F-stop was 2.8 and the zoom was set at 5.8. This really was a shot in the dark as it was very cold and too dark to see the camera settings. Also because we set up in the dark and not during a previous show, we really had no clue how the bright light flashes from the fountains would react.

Thank you for the good words on the video everyone. Positive feedback is always appreciated. And, I promise to keep a log of my settings for future demos... So long as it is not cold and dark!

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Old December 23rd, 2007, 01:10 PM   #19
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Sorry not with an XL2

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How about another camera in that performance range? What did you use for SD footage?
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Old December 23rd, 2007, 08:54 PM   #20
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How about another camera in that performance range? What did you use for SD footage?
We started out as a Beta house. Moved to the Z1, then V1, and now EX-1. Here and there we tried a few others that came our way but seems we are mostly a Sony house with Final Cut

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Old December 24th, 2007, 04:13 PM   #21
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No Picture Profile was selected and Gain was set to 0. White Balance I think was at 3200k. ND Filters were off. F-stop was 2.8 and the zoom was set at 5.8.
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HOLY MOLY!!!! NO GAIN!!! This is such a huge leap in latitude for a sub 10k camera, or maybe any camera.
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Old December 24th, 2007, 09:34 PM   #22
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Thanks David, thanks for sharing the camera details.
I noticed the FTP site in now not working?
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Old December 25th, 2007, 12:18 AM   #23
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Thanks David, thanks for sharing the camera details.
I noticed the FTP site in now not working?
Appears to still be up at the new address of:

ftp://vegas:demo@download.gotfootage.com

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Old December 25th, 2007, 01:58 PM   #24
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sorry man

its still not working, atleast from a safari user....
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Old December 25th, 2007, 02:07 PM   #25
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Old December 27th, 2007, 05:39 PM   #26
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More Demo Files

I have put up two more demo files in the .mxf format. As promised, this time I kept notes. The footage is of a giant American flag waving in a strong wind. For those of you familiar with Las Vegas, this is one of those giant flags over a Terrible Herbst gas station. I think the are like 20*15.

This footage is a tight and tighter of the waving flag. I was very curious to see the effect of the waving so all comments are welcome.

According to my log, the camera settings were as follow:

720HQ
24P
ND2
Circular Polarizer
Gain: 0
WB: 8600k
f-Stop: 5.6

Beyond this, no Picture Profiles, detail settings, or any other camera settings were changed.

ftp://vegas:demo@download.gotfootage.com

Hope you find this interesting and I look forward to your comments.

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Old December 27th, 2007, 11:44 PM   #27
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David, Thanks for posting 720 HQ files. I viewed the two files via VLC player on PC and upon pausing at various locations, I see no compression artifacts. I thought perhaps the flag's material seams and shadow area would be a good candidate for compression artifacts, however, nothing of concern spotted via a quick review.

Perhaps similar footage at a faster shutter, say 1/120 or 1/250 would be an interesting comparison, so as to not have any possible smudging of the image that may be masking potential for compression artifacts to appear. That said, I don't expect to see any artifacts at faster shutters speeds, based on various footage that has been posted. The EX1, looking good.

David, did you shoot 1/48 shutter?
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Old December 28th, 2007, 08:42 AM   #28
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notes <-> metadata

I have a question about taking notes.
Is it not possible to import this information as metadata in to your editor (fcp/avid/vegas) ?
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Old December 29th, 2007, 02:45 PM   #29
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I have a question about taking notes.
Is it not possible to import this information as metadata in to your editor (fcp/avid/vegas) ?
You would think there would be but I do not know how yet. I am still trying to figure out how to edit in FCS2 and deliver for finishing to someone running and AVID.

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Old December 30th, 2007, 05:03 AM   #30
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David,

How about this freeware ?

http://www.dharmafilm.com/sebskytools/

and a review (audio-converting) :

http://www.dv.com/features/features_...leId=168600982

Regards,

Phil

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