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Old June 29th, 2004, 03:04 AM   #16
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Yesterday I decided to use what we media luvvies call "downtime" (or between contracts ;-) ) to have a play at home and really test out the XM2 in frame mode with a few tweaks to the custom pre-set.
You can see the results here: http://robindr.neptune.com?selectedalbum=robindr54027

There is no post enhancement to the image, everything was set in the camera, even the letterbox was added at source by utilising the Title Mix function of the XM2. (This has been discussed on these forums) where you just create a template of the letterbox in whatever aspect ratio you want in Photoshop, and create an alpha channel and transfer it to the memory card via USB. Beats having to crop and render in post!
What really shows up in the shots is the use of a ND 0.9 grad filter to bring the sky down. Unfortunately, if you look at the left side of the frame edge in some shots, you can see the edge of the filter in the matte box. This is due to the camera viewfinder giving a slightly larger image than what will be seen on the PC monitor - on a TV, there's no problem...
For the record, in the preset mode I took down the colour a notch and increased the set-up level to get a less contrasty image. Sharpness remained at middle (normal) setting.
The file is rather large, so ADSL would be an advantage.

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