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Old August 2nd, 2008, 11:45 PM   #1
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Codec Stress Test and Skin Tone Test

In an effort to kill two birds with one stone, I brought the camera home today to shoot two specific things.

The first was as codec stress test. I wanted to shoot some of the hardest footage there is. Fine foilage, some against a static background. This is a killer for codecs because the detail is fine and the movement is organic and random. To that end, I shot some footage with a static camera and organic moving foilage, some against static background, some not. I also shot pans and whip pans. I used different shutter speeds from no shutter to 1/2000. The test is slow and methodical, and runs about 10 minutes. I suggest if you're really interested in it, you download the rather large .mp4 associated and take a good look.

Additionally, in response to some people saying that there is a lack of a good, ungraded skin tone test out there, I shot one today. African American skin, with a single light and no fill. The colors are incredibly accurate (check your monitor calibration) and the camera did a wonderful job.
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