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Old February 12th, 2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Don't Be Afraid To Turn Off The Detail!

So I almost sold my Ex1:

I always loved this camera in 720p60 or 1080i modes, but every time I shot 1080p24, I got not "judder" but rather a crazy drop in resolution during movement and pans that was very "off-putting" to say the least.

I am gearing up to shoot a film and cannot have those super-soft pans, so I was going to get rid of the EX in favor of something else, when I read the BBC engineering paper quoted in an earlier post in this section that recommended turning the detail way down or even off while shooting "film-like" video. So I tried it....

WOW! Not only is that weird resolution flux gone during movements (there is now just natural motion blur or judder one would expect), but it gives the image a much more organic, less video-y feel to it. And the great thing is, you can always add sharpening in post later if you feel you need it, but shooting well-focused 1080P I don't think it needs it.

So if I am shooting 720p60 or 1080i for corporate, video-y video, I will use sharpening so you get that "looking through a window" look. But for film-y video, its detail off for me, baby.

Anyone trying out this camera for an evaluation, definitely try detail off or at least way down (-25 through -40 or so).

With this camera, the Devil is in the Detail...
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