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Manuel Hernandez-Stumpfhauser December 6th, 2008 11:16 PM

Promotional video with XHA1
Here I have uploaded a video I directed and photographed with the XHA1 24 fps camera.
I hope the download is not to slow (Quicktime 27 MB)

The link is:


Any comments would be great, thanks

Queretaro, Mexico

Marcel D. Van Someren December 7th, 2008 08:48 AM

Beautiful footage!

I thought the music was very dramatic in the begining...maybe a little too dramatic. Personally, if I'm viewing tourism footage, I would like the music to be more uplifting. It did resolve to a little more uplifting in the end but once you set the mood in a viewer it's hard to change it.

Did you shoot in 60i? Again, I loved the footage!

Corey Hill December 7th, 2008 12:03 PM

The footage is beautiful and so is the music i just think the editing transitions could be smoother, some more blends maybe. Also did you use and adaptor, the color in the shots are really vibrant. this is really inspiring since i got Final Cut Pro and i'm jus about 2 make my purchase on a Canon Xh A1..

Keep up the Good Work..

Austin Dickson December 7th, 2008 02:01 PM

Your footage is absolutely amazing. Its hard to believe you shot that with the A1. Bravo!
What kind of post production work did you do to get such vibrant, smooth footage?
Thanks for sharing.

Bill Busby December 7th, 2008 02:26 PM


Originally Posted by Austin Dickson (Post 974300)
Your footage is absolutely amazing. Its hard to believe you shot that with the A1. Bravo!

Why is that hard to believe? There's a wealth of great footage shot with this camera & this one is no exception :) Obviously great care was taken with utilizing light (ex: look at the faces of the closeups, reflectors and/or fill in lights must have been used, etc) Any talented DP would be able to get fantastic stuff from the A1.

Manuel Hernandez-Stumpfhauser December 7th, 2008 04:08 PM

Thank you all for your comments they are very inspiring,

I agree, the music can be less agressive at the begining as well as the editing transitions can be smoother.

I'm working in a new version and will consider all your great comments.

Answering to your questions:
-The only adapter I used was the canon wide converter WD-72
-The video was shot with the 24F frame rate option
-The video was recorded on MiniDV and captured in Final Cut Pro via firewire with the ProRes 442 codec
- Titles and graphics were done in After Effects
- Some images were colored in "FCS Color" but we used a lot a plugin from Noise Industries FXFactory called "Color Crush". By the way, Noise Industries has great plugins for Final Cut and After Effects.
- I did use a lot of reflectors and fill in lights for closeup faces. I like to use the photoflex lite 5 in 1 collapsible disc reflector, unicel panels for very soft reflections and Kino Flos diva lights for interiors.

Thanks again,

Bryce Comer December 7th, 2008 05:43 PM

Well you made me want to go there, & i guess that's the whole idea. Really beautiful footage, & colours. Loved it!

Roger Shealy December 7th, 2008 08:49 PM


What preset, if any, do you use on your XHA1? Very vibrant but believable colors. Also, did you do the slow motion in video then speed up, or did you take stills (with XHA1?) at standard intervals?

Manuel Hernandez-Stumpfhauser December 7th, 2008 10:32 PM

Hello Roger, I used a very simple custom camera preset:

Gamma Curve: Cine2
Knee: Middle
Black Stretch: Sometimes "middle", sometimes "press"
All the other settings I leave them at the center (middle)

Everything else was done in post.

For the slow motion the only thing I did was to uncheck the "frame blending" option in FCP.
Some time lapses where done with a still Canon Camera Xti with a Pclix controller.
Other time lapses were done recording on tape half an hour of footage and then speeding up in FCP without frame blending.


Ramon Sabina December 8th, 2008 06:11 AM

Enorabuena Manuel.

Nice Promotional Video. Thanks for your custom preset. I will use it soon with your permission.

Roger Shealy December 8th, 2008 09:20 AM

Beautiful end product. I've watched it several times and it really shows what can be done when you nail focus, provide a little movement (not overdoing it), get the colors right, and match good music. In other words, you got all of it right!

Jason Sharaba December 8th, 2008 11:06 AM

Nice work! Great Footage!

Dennis Murphy December 9th, 2008 01:15 PM

Love your work.

Edwin Vervuurt December 10th, 2008 02:47 AM

That was absolutely fantastic, blew me away! Congratulations on an excellent job!

Mick Jenner December 10th, 2008 05:22 AM

Came across this by accident, fantastic. I enjoyed the sound track.



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