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Old October 16th, 2009, 11:13 PM   #1
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This might be a "dumb" question: displaying the clip number

I have a producer that I work with and we shoot with her Panasonic HVX-200 and when a take is good, she always ask me for the "scene number". So this question dawned on me:

Can the EX3 display the clip number inside the viewfinder? I have gone over the manual and I can't find anything in the camera mode setting to display this information....

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Old October 17th, 2009, 06:56 AM   #2
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Not a dumb question at all. Sadly the answer is no it cannot.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 07:51 AM   #3
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Many thanks....as I figured that was the case.

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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #4
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Not a dumb question.

You can try this method as a workaround, press the Review last clip button and give the time of recording as your clip number.
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Old October 17th, 2009, 08:33 PM   #5
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Asked and answered once before:
http://www.dvinfo.net/forum/1007372-post13.html
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Old October 18th, 2009, 03:07 AM   #6
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Dougs suggestion works and is probably faster than pressing the Review Clip Button, however if you use another menu item then you have to reset the menu to Other > Clip etc.

The only limitation my suggestion has, is that it doesn't show the Clip prefix, it does however give the correct time i.e. 08:10:35 etc,. If you review all the clips using the Media switch then you will also see the date 10:18:08:10:35. One other adavantage is that your client can also take note of the time and later tell you that the clip taken at 08:12 was good. Make sure your camera has the correct date and time setup.

There is a workaround for most things, sometimes they are not ideal but they will get you by.

Quick Tip: If you have the Review button setup to show entire clip then you can instantly stop the playback by pressing the STOP button on the handle Operation Panel
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Old October 18th, 2009, 07:20 AM   #7
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I have a slate / clipboard I use when working with field producers.

It has a digital clock on it and slate info white board as well. The clock is set to same time as Cameras (within a second or so).

The slate part is great for marking scenes (on camera). And the clipboard has log form for comments on takes. The producer or often intern takes notes of time and comments from producer.

This I found to be a very good way to work. Pretty much any camera can be set to free run and current time as TC. Ex3's and a lot of other cams can be "jammed" to common TC.
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