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Old June 28th, 2003, 08:44 AM   #1
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Just a simple ?

I'm sure there is a thread somewhere for this question but I'll ask anyway.

If your going to shoot something with the hope that someday it would make it to the bigscreen, is it better to leave the XL1s in the normal mode. I think I read once if it is in the movie mode it can not be transfered to film.
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Old June 28th, 2003, 08:50 AM   #2
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I think it would depend on who you were going to have transfer it. In which case, you should contact a few places and find out what works best for them.

I personally wasn't happy with frame mode, but then, I never did anything bound for film.
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Old June 28th, 2003, 09:43 AM   #3
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Frame movie mode can indeed be transferred to film; some facilities prefer it this way. See the Watchdog:

DV to 35mm Technology Guide, Part One
DV to 35mm Technology Guide, Part Two
DV to 35mm Technology Guide, Part Three

Hope this helps,
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Old June 28th, 2003, 11:06 AM   #4
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Thanks Chris. Trying to find in my manual what the XL1s shoots in the frame mode. So that tech guide said to use 25p PAL. What is the USA model?
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Old June 28th, 2003, 12:25 PM   #5
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Bob, each transfer house have their own methods of transfer. This includes not only PAL or NTSC, interlaced or non-interlaced, but also other requirements such as a locked shutter and certain shutter speeds. Always check with the transfer house you have in mind before shooting anything. There was a good film-look/film transfer article a few issues back in DV Magazine. On Adam's site, there is good info about this also:

http://www.adamwilt.com


PS: one thing often overlooked with shooting for film transfer is the audio.
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Old July 11th, 2003, 06:09 PM   #6
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I don't own a XL1s, but played with it in store display. I observed the frame mode is not as smooth as normal mode when the camera is panning or moving. I don't know how it looks when played on TV. How is this discontinuous motion taken care when blowing to film?
Are there any settings in frame mode to make it look normal while panning? I saw this on GL2 also. How do you do it?
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Old July 13th, 2003, 12:57 AM   #7
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Srinivasa wrote:

"I observed the frame mode is not as smooth as normal mode..."

And it won't be. That's the nature of shooting at 30fps. 24fps film is even more pronounced when panning. In fact, there are some general rules about how fast one should pan a film camera to prevent the harsh strobing of objects moving too quickly through the film.

I can't remember the specific rules. They are in the ASC guide. Anyone?

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