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Old June 24th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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Just got my EX1. What to do first?

Hello all!

I am a photojournalist in Caracas, Venezuela, with some videography experience (most using dv and dvcam). I used to own a V1 HDV camera, but I made the jump to an EX1 now.

I spent hours in the forum before making the decision, but now that I got it last week (from B&H, s/n on the 1047XXs, and firmware V1.05_0405) I need some advice.

What kind of initial tests should I shoot to be sure it is working properly? Ive read about vignetting, back focus, which are issues that are supposed to have been fix with the most recent firmware, but anyways...

In terms of workflow what should I do first: install the software from te CD or just download newer versions like CLIP BROWSER 1.1 and FCP/XDCAM transfer 2.7 (from the UK site), what about the LOG and Transfer plugin?

I am running FCP 6.03.

Well, thats it by now. I hope to do my part to contribute to this great forum on a regular basis sharing experiences and results.

Thanks,
JUAN
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Old June 25th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #2
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First: turn the detail-feature off. ;)
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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:07 AM   #3
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like you said, see other threads about EX1 problems and check for them.

Get all new software release online at sony. Install the clip browser, the SxS driver if you have a card reader and the final cut pro plugin.

then build your picture profile by experimenting, depending on what you're shooting.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 07:35 AM   #4
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I would say first turn it on.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:30 AM   #5
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Keep in mind the battery drain issue and take it off the camera when you're not shooting. You'll get the latest Sony software online. Seek out Picture Profiles posted by others and then tweak them to find your own.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 08:43 AM   #6
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Get the Vortex media training DVD. Well worth the money. Enjoy your new camera!
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Old June 25th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #7
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feel free to ask me or anyone here with any question you may have.
i too am on my 3rd week with the EX1 and the learning part is challenging but worth it.

the vortex video as many have said, is a must!

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Old June 26th, 2008, 02:35 AM   #8
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One thing I missed at first is that the shutter switch is defaulted to off, which puts the camera in 360 degree shutter mode. This makes for a lot more 24fps judder when panning, etc. I have mine switched on and defaulted to 180 degrees which matches "normal" film and video cameras.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 08:56 AM   #9
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Set Iris to manual.
Try to get used to using full manual focus. Pulling focus, tracking people in crowds at crowded stations is good practice.
Program in Bill Ravens Picture Profile on one of you PP settings.
Set gain to -3 for Low, 0 for Mid and +3 for High.
Spend as much time as you can shooting.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 08:58 AM   #10
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what exactly does setting to "degrees" do versus the dafault position?



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One thing I missed at first is that the shutter switch is defaulted to off, which puts the camera in 360 degree shutter mode. This makes for a lot more 24fps judder when panning, etc. I have mine switched on and defaulted to 180 degrees which matches "normal" film and video cameras.
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Old June 26th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #11
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I think degrees is just the film nomenclature for for your traditional 1/XXth shutter speeds, no different as far as actual shutter speeds go.

I just joined the EX1 club, picked up a mint used one yesterday. I have to admit after handling it for the first hour I was second guessing myself a bit but it started feeling more comfortable after that.
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