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Old March 31st, 2013, 10:44 PM   #1
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Coastal San Buenaventura [Panasonic GH3]

Father Junípero Serra founded Mission San Buenaventura in 1782, forming the basis of what would become the city of Ventura, incorporated in 1866 and commonly called San Buenaventura before 1891, which is still is the city's official name, and is the county seat of Ventura County, California, United States. This video starts at the harbor early morning and ends at the mouth and estuary of the Ventura River in the afternoon.

This video is an ongoing test shoot and learning session for my Panasonic GH3, and my aim was to collect as much footage of all kinds of different subject matter and lighting conditions as I could in two days. Being completely comfortable with my XL H1, the GH3 opened up all kinds of new learning curves for me. "Not knowing from Jack", I selected FHD 60p [All-Intra] MOV at 72Mbps from a host of different formats and bitrates offered. I was using the Panasonic 45-200mm, GH3 2X magnification factor = 90-400mm, Program Mode, ISO 200, and AF 99% of the time. You may notice that there are a few bird scenes where I shot at 90mm wide, 400mm tele, and the use of the 2X digital zoom, which isn't that bad, but I discovered that the loss-less 2.4X Extended Tele Conversion (ETC) only works when shooting 30p and 24p. After reading some of the forums, many prefer 30p MOV at 50Mbps over 60p MOV at 72Mbps, so that will be my next lesson, especially since I will be able to use the ETC. Impressions, it's a joy working with a camera and lens that weighs less than 3 pounds, a lite tripod and head and you definitely need an external mic for audio.

Make sure you go to the rez setting on the YouTube player and set it to 720pHD.

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Old April 1st, 2013, 03:58 AM   #2
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Re: Coastal San Buenaventura [Panasonic GH3]

Hi Don,

Thanks for sharing.

Though it is counter intuitive I believe that 30p MOV is 72 Mbps and 60 p MOV is 50 Mbps.
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Old April 1st, 2013, 10:56 PM   #3
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Re: Coastal San Buenaventura [Panasonic GH3]

I have my cheat sheet direct for the PDF manual in front of me and 30p and 60p mov is 50Mbps, but 30p {All-Intra] mov and 60p [All-intra] mov in 72Mbps. Thanks for looking at the video.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 02:07 AM   #4
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Yes, you are correct. But it then it is 1280x720 in stead of 1920x1080.
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