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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:20 PM   #1
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My first wedding shoot shot with a vx2000

Hello,

This is my first wedding shoot. I'm looking for any pointers that will help in my next shoot. http://www.earthquakeproductions.net/wedding/flash.html
Btw, the above link is a flash stream and requires a high speed connecting to view.

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:38 PM   #2
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Looks nice

Troy, the clarity on that flash compression is great. How big is that file? What did you use to make the player?

I really liked the bridal walk angle you had. I think you captured a lot of stuff, some really great footage. Was this thier final, or a snippet. Did you have to work around a photographer?

If I had one simple opinion, it would be the affects on the end were a little heavy, the heart, the sun beam etc, but that's up to your client, hehe.

I think the clarity of that video is great. If that was your first shoot, you did great.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 02:49 PM   #3
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Troy, the clarity on that flash compression is great. How big is that file? What did you use to make the player?

I really liked the bridal walk angle you had. I think you captured a lot of stuff, some really great footage. Was this thier final, or a snippet. Did you have to work around a photographer?

If I had one simple opinion, it would be the affects on the end were a little heavy, the heart, the sun beam etc, but that's up to your client, hehe.

I think the clarity of that video is great. If that was your first shoot, you did great.
Steven,

The flash flv is pretty large (well over 10 meg I think) and the player was made using Flash 8 medium quality.The video was edited in Vegas 6 and then imported into Flash. This was just a snippet and the final is due in June. And yes, I did have to work around the photographer, but he was very accomodating. I'm glad you pointed out the sunbeam at the end. I only used this to cover up a large water spot I had on the lens from the water shot :-) I thought the heart trans was a little corny and won't be using it in the final. Thanks for you input.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 04:36 PM   #4
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Troy:

Great shots.

Did you shoot in 16:9 or add letterbox in post ?

Way to go. Love my VX2000, and you really show what it can do !!
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 06:54 PM   #5
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Great shots.

Did you shoot in 16:9 or add letterbox in post ?

Way to go. Love my VX2000, and you really show what it can do !!
Thanks Chris. I shot in 16:9 and it worked out pretty good in post.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 05:09 AM   #6
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so, you added the letter box in post? So you needed to think about that when composing your shots?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 08:34 AM   #7
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so, you added the letter box in post? So you needed to think about that when composing your shots?
Yes, I shot in 16:9 mode, so the letter box frame was in the camera. In post the letter box effect was automatically there. I hope this makes sense.
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so, you added the letter box in post? So you needed to think about that when composing your shots?
Simon:

VX2000 and VX2100 and PD 150 and 170, can select 16:9 in camera. It does show up, then, as 16:9 in editing. When I first bought my VX2K, there was a lot of talk that the 16:9 selection created some issues with respect to resolution. In fact, recommendation by some was to shoot 4:3, and place a matte on your LCD finder, or to insert a letterbox from a .jpg file using memory mix. I've done it that way for many years. But you can see Troy got some pretty nice images, and since I am now mixing DV SD from my FX1 in 16:9, I will probably be using the built in 16:9 mode.
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 03:59 PM   #9
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Thanks for the info..

It’s just these letterbox issues confuse me as when I watch films on my widescreen TV, sometimes its letterboxed sometimes its not, new and old films.

When I shoot, I do want the letterbox look. But even if the camera shoots in 16:9 the letterbox is not there and I need to put tape over the monitor to compose the shots.

Is there a different way or do some cameras have the letterbox automatically?
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Old May 3rd, 2006, 04:57 PM   #10
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Yes, there are cameras that are native 16:9. All of Sony's new HDV cameras shoot native 16:9HDV and SD, with provisions to shoot 4:3 as an option.

The real confusion with DV in my mind is that whether it is filmed in 4:3 or 16:9 nominally, it still comes in the same 720 x 480 package, from what I understand. I had this drilled into me by one of the tech guys on this forum. Because of that, I always felt you can't go wrong by shooting in 4:3 and adding a letter box matte. You lose the bottom and top pixels, but it would seem to me you would loose it anyway by shooting in 16:9 mode on the Sonys. Now, as I understand it, the native 16:9 s have more pixels, but that would mean it still gets squeezed back into the 720 x 480 nominal package. If any of this makes sense to anybody, maybe they can pick up the technical explanation from there.
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