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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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EX1 Slowmotion & Timelapse

Hello Everyone,

I am the proud owner of the EX1. I have 3 questions:

1. In "Slow Motion" mode, I connot seem to find the correct frame rate for slow motion recording. I have tried between 20-30, but when I play the clip back, it is still real time.
I am shooting in the 1080/30p mode. What is the best frame rate to produce smooth slow motion playback?

2. In "Interval Recording" mode, what would be a good setting for fluid rolling clouds time lapse effects?

3. In "Interval Recording" mode, what would be a good setting to produce the "long Tail" effect with traffic car lights at night?

Thanks for any tips.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 07:38 PM   #2
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For slow motion you would have to use 720/30p or 720/24p which enables you to use the 60 frame setting. This setting is unavailable in 1080 for file size reasons.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 08:11 PM   #3
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Yes, slow-mo is 720 only.

For timelapse, 1 frame per second is a good start. You'll still probably end up speeding that up in post, but gives you flexibility. To get the long tail / streaking effect I've found that you need to use EX slow shutter at 16.
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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:10 PM   #4
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You can not get slo-mo 1080 30P within the EX.
You can do it in post, but since it's recorded at 30P, it will only be just OK.

I believe a better solution is just go with 720 30P with overcrank.

For 720 30P:

Set the EX to 720 30P
Next, locate S&Q in the menu. Turn it on and set it to 60.

When you play back your video, it will be slo-mo half speed.

Also, please note that when you power off the camera, it turns off S&Q mode.
This is a safety feature in the event you forget it was still set to S&Q.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:22 PM   #5
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Steven,

This is not the case. At 1080 data rate (storage, bandwidth, not sure of the right word)requirements are beyound the camera's ability.
Check it out.

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Old October 12th, 2008, 09:55 PM   #6
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Woops, you're right.
I meant 720 30P. But, I see Joel wrote 1080 30P.

Well, in this case, I'd switch to 720 30P for the overcrank, then back to 1080 30P when slo-mo is not needed.
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Old October 13th, 2008, 05:35 AM   #7
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"long tail" effects

Hi Joel

This is my first posting. In reply to your third question check out EX1 on the M1 at Mach 2 on Vimeo simulating a motorway trip at twice the speed of sound.
You'll find all the settings in the related discussion.

Hope this helps

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Old October 13th, 2008, 10:18 AM   #8
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Hello Everyone,

I am the proud owner of the EX1. I have 3 questions:

2. In "Interval Recording" mode, what would be a good setting for fluid rolling clouds time lapse effects?

3. In "Interval Recording" mode, what would be a good setting to produce the "long Tail" effect with traffic car lights at night?

Thanks for any tips.

Joel Brooks
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I'm pretty sure most of us out here will use the slow shutter speed to mix it up with the interval recording to have a smooth fluid look. I'm using it that way. If you find it too bright, use a ND filter.

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