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Johnnie Behiri October 6th, 2008 02:27 AM

Nikon HD video general discussion thread
and are upscaled to 1080 nicely.

Just insert your SD card to the PS3.



Robert Kennedy October 21st, 2008 09:45 PM

D90 video vs HV20 with Brevis - with samples
Hello Everyone,

As a new owner of the D90 I thought I would put it through its paces. I don't own a professional resolution chart so I printed one using a standard inkjet printer. Here are my results:



I have the originals if anyone wants them.

Also, though not demonstrated here, the rolling shutter makes the camera virtually unusable for video of anything moving or panning at even a moderate pace.

BTW I bought it for the stills, not for the video. For a good chart of the resolution of 35mm adapters like the Brevis, check out this link http://www.leonardlevy.net/Adapter_s...ster_Final.htm


Jon Fairhurst October 22nd, 2008 10:44 AM

Wow. The aliasing of the D90 over HDMI is terrible. It seems that the camera sub-samples the pixels very badly to create the 1080 output.

This is really disappointing. Between the rolling shutter, the poor resolution, the poor codec, and the lack of a clean HDMI output, the D90 is really useless for video. The HV20 is a much better purchase in the $1k price range.

Nice stills though!

Steve Mullen December 14th, 2008 03:33 AM

D90 files work in 720p30 Projects. Why? How?
I downloaded sample from D90.

The sample is 720p24 OpenDML JPEG with mono at 11.025kHz.

I import into iMovie HD 06 and it becomes AIC -- but now at 30fps. (Audio is now 48kHz Stereo which is fine.)

Here's the weird part, it plays fine in a a 720p30 project. No pitch change. No stuttering. I've never seen 24p converted to 30p with no issues! Where did the extra 6 frames per second come from?

So I import into FCP with no conversion and drop it into AIC and ProRes projects each of which is 720p30. Everything plays fine. These 24p clips play just like 720p30 clips play.

So I import into iMovie 08. It imports fine -- which is very strange because iM08 doesn't support 24p!. And, again the clip plays fine with other 720p30 clips.

Next, into an Avid Media Composer 720p30 Project where it played fine.

So either these files are labeled as 24p but really have 30 frames every second OR 720p24 clips play fine in 720p30 projects. Which could be possible, but I've never heard of this being the case. Of course, I suppose the 24p clips could be playing fast and yet I can't hear the pitch change. But, if this is true -- why can't 25p clips be played in 30p projects?

Anyone have any idea what's going on?

PS: It's nice to know these AVI files can be imported by all OS X applications. Now if only the D90 had a mic jack. What was Nikon thinking?

Although I can't help think that someone will soon take their D90 to a camera repair guy and have him open the case. Then cut off the mic and solder two fine wires. Then bring these fine wires through the mic grill to a jack glued to the case. Shielding these wires will be the hard part.

Robert Altman December 22nd, 2008 04:29 PM

A new D90 article in Videography
FYI--a link to a new Videography Mag article on the D90--very nice.

Videography - Industry News


--Robert A

Adriel Brunson December 25th, 2008 07:08 PM

FCP supports multiple formats in one timeline

I don't know about the other apps but Apple made FCP able to handle multiple formats in one time-line around the upgrade to Studio 2. I'd been able to do that in Sony Vegas and it helped FCP stand up in the real world.

On the computer video playback frame rates shifts all the time in response to processor load, drive speed, etc. Open the info window (apple-i) while QT plays a file and you'll see the frame rate move up and down - lots. Still the video plays as "normal" and you don't perceive the shift unless it gets way slow and stutters.

All that changes when you render. Now the codec will make all files conform to your settings. Mixed format time-lines will get weird, sometimes in a good way, mostly not.

At any rate (pun intended), I like to convert the AVI file from my D90 into RS422 .mov format before editing. There are lots of benefits and the only cost is larger files (about 4x increase) and a little time (much less than the real time investment of ingesting HDV footage).

As for the D90 mic input problem... shielding the wires is not the hard part.

As you noticed, the D90 records audio at 11kHz. FCP likes 48kHz. Up converting audio does not increase the quality, it can actually make it worse. I recommend using a digital recorder capable of capturing a 48kHz audio file (like the Zoom H2 or better).

Yes, it's an additional step in the workflow to sync up the audio but it's my experience that it's worth it. You don't need to bother with cover shots and wide shots as you'll probably be using the audio track from another take anyway.

Plus, I usually strip the audio from my FCP edits, finish the tracks in Logic Pro then bring the mix back in under the original edit. Having decent quality original audio makes all the difference.

It's kind of like trying to use post-processing the correct a poorly lit scene. It's better to capture it right in the first place.

Which is why many people will never shoot anything serious with a D90 - they don't want to deal with all the issues. But I like it as a video capture tool enough to deal with the its quirks.


Johnnie Behiri December 31st, 2008 06:53 AM

New testimonial video shot with D90

I added a new testimonial video shot with the Nikon D90.
All but the Antarctica and wild life shots, made with this little wonder.
No CC, only a bit contrast corrections.

The more I work with the D90, the more I LOVE it.

Thanks, and all the best for the new year!


Chad Dyle December 31st, 2008 10:47 AM


If you have any tips that you have found useful, we would love to hear them! Thanks for sharing the clip!

Erick von Schulz March 13th, 2009 02:14 PM

Nikon D90 Color Grading tests. Videos online
Here are a few videos I shot for some color grading tests.. I also included the raw footage in the first video.

First scene shot with a 58mm F\1.2 an the rest with an 85mm f/1.4 Nikon lens. both manual focus versions.

it was a self test so the focus is not 100 percent. But close enough.

Nikon D90 HD Color Grading on Vimeo

A client wants a colorized film-noir look. So I tried this style and they are going to go with it...

Alice & Martin's Wedding 014 on Vimeo

Nathan Nazeck June 25th, 2009 04:46 PM

Ballpark Video shot with D5000
Got a chance to play with the new D5000. It definitely has a severe lack of manual control but you can do some cool things with it. Shot with a variety of lenses but it seemed to like the 12-24 the best. Check it out...

This is the new Columbus Clippers (Indians AAA team) stadium in Columbus, Oh
Huntington Park

Huntington Park HD version on Vimeo

Jesse Haycraft June 25th, 2009 08:47 PM

Picture Control Settings for D90
Hey all,

I'm gearing up to shoot my third short film on the D90. However, I'm only just discovering the various options with picture controls.

Right now I've got a version of neutral set up with sharpness +2 and saturation +1.

I was wondering what some of the more experienced D90 shooters out there would recommend as far as a setting that gets the most out of the bitrate artifacts/latitude wise?

Also I hear about color curves. What kind of software do I need for this and are there any recommendations for a curve to get the most latitude and the fewest artifacts?


Erick von Schulz August 9th, 2009 05:04 PM

D90 depth of field tests and color grading.
All shot on the D90....

Depth of field tests and color grading...

Me walking around my backyard.

YouTube - Nikon D90 Color Grading HD video test3

35mm F1.8 lens

YouTube - Nikon D90 35mm F/1.8 lens Color grading test

Nikon 85Mm F/ 1.4 and my ugly mug.... color graded..

YouTube - Nikon D90 HD 24P Color Grading

Bruce Foreman August 10th, 2009 05:05 PM


You're exploring some interesting concepts but I think you are taking the color grading too far. Color on skin tones looks way too "ruddy".

If your software allows it, try something to strengthen dark tones first, just enough to make the image begin to "pop". Possibly add a touch of increased contrast and then a touch of color saturation but stop well short of where skin tones turn ruddy. If your software has it, something like PhotoShop's levels command can be used for the first two.

Very subtle amounts can have a dramatic effect.

Mark Lyon September 11th, 2009 03:17 PM

D300S jaggies gone?
I've been doing a bit of testing with my new D300S, and just wanted to confirm something with the group: the "jaggies" that you see on angled subjects with the D90 appear to have been fixed.

My understanding is these artifacts come from the camera recording an 800 pixel tall image, then throwing away about every 9th line to get it down to 720. Does anyone know if the D300S indeed has a better way of doing it?


Martin Labelle September 12th, 2009 02:21 PM

movie filmed on D5000 make national press(quebec)
a story on a movie filmed with D5000
not a big budget(producer money) but it show the trend for a lot young film maker.
he hopes to find a distibution deal.

Audios et vidéos | Audio et vidéos | Cyberpresse

Jun Sakuma September 25th, 2009 06:02 PM

What about audio on 300s?
Couldn't find any info related to audio compression, bit rate, etc. Did anyone?
Would we have enough quality for our films or separate audio capture is still a must??

Erick von Schulz February 4th, 2010 09:05 PM

Anoop Dasai and the Nikon D90

I shot this to do some tests with the Nikon D90.. I had no lighting and we used the audio straight out of the camera. No color correction.

Lens used was the Nikon 50mm F/1.8

I converted using h.264 at 720P.

Erick von Schulz February 6th, 2010 04:29 PM

Anoop Desai Behind the Scenes music video Nikon D90
This is some test footage from the Upcoming Anoop Desai Music video. Mostly behind the scenes shots and some test images of him singing.

YouTube - Anoop Desai at the Recording Studio

I had to mute the singing until the song is released.

Shot with the Nikon D90

Lenses used

Nikon 50mm F/1.8
Nikon 35mm F/1.4
Nikon 85mm F/1.4

Fan Site
Anoop Desai - All Is Fair Debut EP

Tony Davies-Patrick February 16th, 2010 06:31 AM

Wireless Live View Remote Control for NIKON cameras
This device called the LV-W1 Wireless Live View Remote Control, may be of interest for those of you needing a Live view screen off-camera:

Pixel Enterprise Co., Ltd

It fits most Nikon DSLRs such as the D300s, D90, D3s etc, but I think it will also work on the Canon and Pentax DSLRs.

Stephen F. Bodi February 22nd, 2010 10:32 AM

looks good
I will be doing a bunch of tests with my d90 over the next week or two. I am looking for a used samson audio recorder to use with it.

Graeme Hay April 1st, 2010 08:55 PM

Companion Camera for a D90?
This may be the wrong sub-forum, but I'm posting here as fellow D90 users with experience can likely be more helpful to my cause then general advice aloof of HDSLR usage.

So here goes,

I can't wait to get my hands on a D90 (720p 24fps, I've played with one a bit) for my next movie, however there are limitations with this camera and I'm looking at maybe getting a companion camera. I'm using this lens because I have a good collection of Pro Nikon glass at my disposal.

Current I have a Flip Ultra HD (720p @ 30fps) which has its uses but doesn't have a zoom or any other regular camcorder function so it becomes a crash-cam where I want action really close to the camera where it my get damaged. So I'm looking at getting another companion camera, at least 720P. It needs to be inexpensive in comparison to the D90 which will take the lion share of video, this camera would be for slow-mo and fast pan shots mainly. Initially I was looking at the Sanyo Xacti TH1 for $179 (720p 30fps, 30x zoom) but it may be underpowered for what I need.

What are people's experience / suggestions?

Marcus Martell December 16th, 2010 02:50 PM

Which monitor- mount for the d7000 NIKON?
Could you suggest a good 7" monitor for my nikon d7000?
Which Eye finder
Shoulder rig support?


Marcus Martell February 26th, 2011 04:26 AM

D7000 settings compared with the old Sony hdv
just one question to you HDSLR gurus....
IT's long time i ve been using the HDV sOny cameras like Fx1,fx7, Z7 and since a couple of months when it happens i like to use my dad's new d7000.
For the picture is amazing and i guess so for the video. The image quality is stunning but i need your help on suggestions about settings:
-1: perfect (spring) sunny day, i set 100-200 ISO while with the sony i used to set 0 DB as Gain value.
Is it a good value for outside shooting 100-200 ISO? To not have DOF i uese to keep the iris of the nikon at f11.
-2: cloudy day with the sonys setting @9db of Gain how many Isos would you recomend? Iris?
-3: interior of a house very dark i used to set 12 DB but the noise begin to appear, so how many Iso would you suggest?
thx guys, but these are the new steps on the HDSLR world

Laurence Scott April 25th, 2011 05:59 AM

New Nikon D7000 1.02 Firmware update
The latest firmware update is available on the Nikon European website

Nikon D7000 firmware update 1.02 is now official | Nikon Rumors

Marcus Martell April 26th, 2011 01:15 PM

Re: New Nikon D7000 1.02 Firmware update
No 30p FPS??

Vincent Oliver September 15th, 2011 11:46 PM

Jerky playback of D700 video
Anyone using Premiere CS5.5 and experiencing jerky playback from their video files might like to try this quick fix.

The jerky playback problem is caused by the .MOV extension, simply change the extension to .MPG and the problem is fixed. Use Bridge, Batch Rename to change the extension.

Problem fixed

Laurence Kingston October 14th, 2011 11:40 PM

IOS 5, Nikon D5100 and iPad iMovie success!
I am pleased to announce... no, make that THRILLED to announce that since upgrading to iOS5 and the latest version of the iPad version of iMovie, my native Nikon D5100 1280 x 720 footage now works directly in iPad iMovie! This is extremely cool! I have no idea if other cameras work now as well, but I wouldn't be at all surprised if several of them do. Other Nikons will I'm sure. I'd love to hear from a Canon owner trying this.

Laurence Kingston December 31st, 2011 09:23 AM

Re: IOS 5, Nikon D5100 and iPad iMovie success!
A few IOS updates later, now all footage from the Nikon D5100 works with the iPad, including 1080p at the highest quality! This may not be so unusual now. Video from several cameras I've tried now plays on the iPad and edits in iPad iMovie at 1080p. Very cool none-the-less.

Johnnie Behiri March 25th, 2012 06:15 PM

Nikon D4-work in progress for an image video
Dear friends.

The new generation of VDSLR's is here and Nikon was kind enough to supply me with the D4 for filming my latest project, an image video for one of the most prestigious universities in the world, "the university of music and preforming arts, Vienna" (Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien | MDW | Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien)

My full report on the "work in progress" can be found in the Vimeo page

Thank you!


Daniel Browning March 26th, 2012 05:35 PM

Nikon 35mm f/1.4G?
I'm enjoying my new Nikon D800, but I'm having a little trouble deciding on lenses. I played around with the Nikon 35mm f/1.4G today and I like everything about it except for the focus ring. It's very light/loose, and I don't know if I can get used to that for shooting video. Some lenses seem to have the best of both worlds: lightning-fast autofocus and well-dampened, smooth focus rings (e.g. my EF 24mm f/1.4 II and Sigma 85mm f/1.4).

I'm thinking about getting a Samyang 35mm f/1.4 in addition to the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 just because of this issue. (Well, and I bet it also provides a much larger turning distance for focus travel.)

Has anyone else shot video with the 35/1.4G? And if so, were you able to get used to the focus ring pretty well?

Tony Davies-Patrick March 27th, 2012 07:31 AM

Re: Nikon 35mm f/1.4G?
For stills/video combined work, you would be better off sticking to the non-"G" lenses. All of the earlier AF & MF Nikkors have wide manual rings and aperture controls on the barrel, and all will work on Nikon D800

I would advise you to buy a mint secondhand Nikkor MF 35mm f/1.4 Ais. Very sharp and smooth manual focus ring for video - a great lens!
The early Nikkor AF 35mm f/2 is also a good lens, although the manual ring was not very wide, and the MF version was better in that regard.

The Nikon Nikkor AF 28mm f/1.4D is also a superb lens.

In the Nikkor zooms that cover the 35mm range, the Nikkor AF-S 17-35mm f/2.8D IF and older AF 20-35mm f/2.8D IF lenses are very good and sharp optics - solidly made and nice handling.

Mark Kenfield April 17th, 2012 05:28 AM

A World First!(?) D300 (non-S) video!
Well having just picked up a PIX240 video recorder today, I got home and grumbled that I didn't have anything to shoot on it with. But then I remembered that my old faithful D300 has an HDMI output, so I plugged it in and started playing around.

The camera exports out a bunch of settings around the border of the footage, but there's a clean 1430 x 948 pixels in the centre which can be fairly easily cropped out and with the PIX240 able to record high quality audio to go along with the footage (albeit out of sync until I can figure out the audio delay to input). I now (inadvertently) have my first large-sensor HD cam!


And here's a sample (downressed to 1000px for web):


Kinda cool I reckon!

Jack Zhang April 19th, 2012 01:56 PM

Re: A World First!(?) D300 (non-S) video!
I did the same thing with a D300 I had lying around and my nanoFlash. The only downside is that the frame rate is very low in HD mode. 5 or so frames per second. You also can't enable PsF or else there will be interlacing every now and then.

Andrew Clark September 29th, 2012 06:40 PM

D800 & 60p?!
Hello -

If you setup the D800 to record to an external recorder via the HDMI port, is it able to record at 1080/60p?

Or will it only record what the camera's video recording settings are (1080--30p/24p....etc...)?

Sareesh Sudhakaran September 29th, 2012 09:24 PM

Re: D800 & 60p?!
It does not record 60p, only 1080p30.

Paulo Teixeira October 20th, 2012 03:00 AM

D600 video of Governor Deval Patrick

Basically the Nikon D600 is taking a video of Governor Deval Patrick.

Gerd Kogler December 13th, 2012 05:24 AM

Nikon D800E - Remote Controller ML-L3 not working
Hi all,

I have recently acquired a Nikon D800E, it works fine, but the ML-L3 Remote Controller does not work, battery is fine. Has anyone out there the same combination and does it work for you?

Thank You, cheers


Gerd Kogler December 16th, 2012 09:11 PM

Re: Nikon D800E - Remote Controller ML-L3 not working
Got the answer - I have the wrong info, it does not work with D800E.

Marcus Martell January 18th, 2013 10:27 AM

Re: D600 video of Governor Deval Patrick
Lenses used?

Graeme Hay February 27th, 2013 11:23 PM

From MFT to FF a good idea (GH2 to Nikon D600)?
I've been using a GH2 (hacked 88MPS) for over a year, and I'm pretty happy with the results in ideal conditions. However I'm finding the lowlight performance to be poor and as I was a Nikon shooter before I have a lot of 'Pro' Nikkor Glass (mainly FF glass) that when used with the GH2 using a adapter is troubling (that 2x crop factor makes almost everything telephoto).

So I've been seriously thinking about the D600/D800. For the money the D600 seems the better choice (unless someone can point out a serious reason why the D800 justifies a 50% more money on the video side of life, for photography I can understand it but I do less of that these days), D4 is outside my budget/willingness.

But I'm also concerned that I will see a drop in image quality, so that is of concern.

Is this a good idea or am I really just shooting myself in the foot?

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