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Old January 6th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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My typical shooting day

I have had a few days to look through my EX1's settings. It is clear there are definitely more fine controls then found on my Z1. I would love to get feedback on what you think my basic profile settings should be.

My shooting situations are fairly predictable. 70% of what I shoot is luxury homes. This means a LOT of slow horizontal pans. Sun and clouds alter my exterior shooting scenario somewhat. Because I am traveling all over the states I have to keep a pretty small kit. I bring about 4,000 watts in lights. On the interior I spend a good portion of my day trying to avoid blowout from windows, because I still have to shot some rooms (very challenging indeed).

I spend about 20% of my time shooting interviews on a green screen.

The last 10% is B-Roll shooting at events, conferences...etc.

I deliver to web and DVD and my clients are pretty demanding. They want to see HGTV.

I'm also somewhat torn between 1080p30 and 1080i60...I love the idea of the "cinematic" 30p look but love the jitterless pans with 60i. Any thoughts?

What do you think are some good basic profiles for my EX1?
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Old January 6th, 2008, 11:32 PM   #2
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Lathe, if shooting inside homes with potential blowouts from windows, perhaps try the 4 different Cine Gamma Curves.
http://www.siliconcine.net/temp/EX1_Gamma_Curves.jpg

I will leave the rest of your questions to people who have actually used the EX1.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 12:53 AM   #3
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You could also turn "Auto Knee" on. This will help control highlights in your image. Gammas generally affect mid range values.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 06:43 AM   #4
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You said 4,000 watts of lights. If not already then having 4KW of HMI lights to light up the interiors might help a lot compared to 4KW of tungsten light.
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Old January 7th, 2008, 06:49 AM   #5
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Cine 4 and Standard 4 both open up the shadows quite a bit. Thus far they are my favorites for high contrast subjects.
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