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Old July 13th, 2002, 01:39 AM   #1
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Good Evening Everybody,

Just received my new XL-1s today! Wee Haa

I will be using this for filming quick instructional videos to be accessed from website.

I am new to editing video so any advice on equipment and or software would be very appreciated.

I have been looking at this site since '99.

I can now speak, as I am an owner now.

DingKing
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Old July 13th, 2002, 07:01 AM   #2
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Congratulations! Its a XL! The best advice I can give you, is to shoot against a solid background. It will help in compressing the video for the web, and help the subject stand out.
Good luck,
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Old July 13th, 2002, 08:54 AM   #3
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You can always speak even if you're not an owner... I wish I had started these boards back in '99, but I'm glad you could join us now. welcome aboard!
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Old July 13th, 2002, 11:07 AM   #4
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I know what you mean about the forums. We've had them on our site since 98 and they generate excellent feedback and help to new users.
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Old July 23rd, 2002, 05:30 PM   #5
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Welcome to the world of the XL1S.

I have had mine for about three months, together with a Canopus based NLE.

I am based just down the road from you in Tustin, if you drop me a line at snwg01@aol.com perhaps we could compare notes

Best Regards

Steve Gooderham
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Old July 23rd, 2002, 05:50 PM   #6
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Sweet,

I just finished my first three minute demo for a product we sell.

Any comments would be great.

www.chipmagicdk.com/video.html

Hey Steve

My email is mikeu@dingking.com
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Old July 24th, 2002, 05:56 AM   #7
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Looked nice. But (aren't there always but's?):

- the camera jolted a bit (flimsy tripod?)
- lighting was a bit hard or over exposed it seemed
- light missing on the right side? (the persons sometimes
seemed to throw a little shadow on the area she (?) was
working on)

just some thoughts I had....
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Old July 24th, 2002, 11:20 AM   #8
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Thank You Rob,

--and there are always excuses

tripod was shipped 3 day instead of overnight


I have to learn lighting...any weblinks would be awesome.

Newbee question coming ...

Is there a way to have adjusted the camerea(XL1S) to compensate for the over exposed area?

Thank you again Rob.

I run another forum regarding the industry I am involved in and I really love to help the newbies, thank you again and again.

My name is Michael Updegraff and I am a newbee.
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Old July 24th, 2002, 11:21 AM   #9
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one more...

Would it have been better to film this out side using natural?
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Old July 25th, 2002, 02:51 AM   #10
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No problem Michael! I doubt you would have had better results
outside, because lights tend to be very harsh there. You can do
a lot on the XL1s to reduce overall brightness. Personally I always
shoot in manual mode which gives me the greatest control. Set
gain to 0 or -3 db and then work your iris and shutter speeds to
get the desired image. Make sure you check the exposure using
the built in meter. An external monitor is very nice to have if you
truly want to judge the image!

About lighting. I have to walk that path myself. But I did notice
some shadows which got in the way which I think could have
been helped by a light on the right side. I would have put a light
to start at the left and at the right for such a shoot... But some
experimenting might have yielded another interesting place for
those lights....
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