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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:12 AM   #1
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New to EX3 and not sure about settings.

I'm sure this has been asked before and I have searched but thought I would ask someone that has used the camera for a while about the recording formats.
I record wedding videos btw and some football matches and output to SD DVD.
HQ 1080/50i
SP 1080/50i
HQ 1080/25p
HQ 720/50p
HQ 720/25p

1) Which setting is the preferred choice for weddings?
2) Which is best for say, football matches?

From a search I think that HQ 720/50p was the better choice for output to DVD.

While I'm asking...About the memory A and B modes.
The B mode just seams to be set at ATW,

If i want to have the two presets does it mean i go into the menu and disable the ATW
Its not possible to have all 3 at the one time, is this correct?

In my last camera I had the 2 modes and the ATW mode as well)

Thanks again.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:27 AM   #2
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I'm sure this has been asked before and I have searched but thought I would ask someone that has used the camera for a while about the recording formats.
I record wedding videos btw and some football matches and output to SD DVD.
HQ 1080/50i
SP 1080/50i
HQ 1080/25p
HQ 720/50p
HQ 720/25p

1) Which setting is the preferred choice for weddings?
2) Which is best for say, football matches?

From a search I think that HQ 720/50p was the better choice for output to DVD.
The BBC advice is that 720 formats are preferred if you will be downconverting to SD for delivery. The SP mode is lower bit rate 'HDV compatible' and unless you need the longer recording time, best ignored. I have found that for interlaced DVDs, 50i (or 720/50p) works well unless you want the film look. For a football match, you definitely want 50i or 50p.

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While I'm asking...About the memory A and B modes.
The B mode just seams to be set at ATW,

If i want to have the two presets does it mean i go into the menu and disable the ATW
Its not possible to have all 3 at the one time, is this correct?
Yes - memory B is either ATW or a memory. Have you realised that you can adjust the preset in the Picture Profile setup?

It would be worth you getting Doug Jenson's video Vortex Media: VIDEO & PHOTO Tools and Training which will help you up the learning curve.

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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:31 AM   #3
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I have ATW assigned to the User button 4 (underneath the lens barrel), and "B" position of the WB switch - to B Memory.

You can find how to do it in the manual.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 05:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the reply. I'm getting the training DVDs this weekend, I hope.
I'll look into the PP settings when I get them.

Piotr, I'll check that out too.

Nick, you said "you definitely want 50i or 50p" for the football, whats the difference in those two.

Thanks again.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 07:18 AM   #5
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Nick, you said "you definitely want 50i or 50p" for the football, whats the difference in those two.
The 50 means it is recording 50 fps which will help smooth the fast pans and motion you will be recording at a football match. 720/50p records 50 fps progressive at 1280x720, 1080/50i records 50 fps at 1920x1080 but interlaced so effectively the vertical resolution is halved.

You may want to experiment with increasing the shutter speed to reduce motion blur.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 07:20 AM   #6
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Thanks Nick.
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Old May 21st, 2009, 03:55 PM   #7
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Hi Anthony,

I too am new to the EX3. I shoot Superleague Rugby, and use 720/50p, the slo mo for the try replays is quite acceptable, and I output to DVD, I have the shutter off and also the steeady shot off whilst filming, but for aftermatch interviews flick the steadyshot on. A couple of weeks back, a mate of mine filmed a match on a JVC HM700, one half in 720/50p and the other in 1080/50i and the results, when put onto DVD were virtually indistinguishable. I think its a case of trying and seeing whats best for you. If you use card adapters and 16gb sdhc, you will get a half game per card at least. I do one half on one card, then switch slots.

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Old May 22nd, 2009, 08:22 AM   #8
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Thank you Stuart for your advice. I haven't recorded a lot yet with my camera, mostly trying to find out a few things about it and now just watching the vortex DVDs but the wee bit I did record and playback was unbelievable, very sharp and thats no PP yet.

Yes I'm using the card adapters and 16gb sdhc.
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