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Old December 13th, 2009, 03:00 PM   #1
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Shooting PAL in Dallas......it worked

Well, last week I did a shoot here in Dallas for a New York based production company who are doing a documentary on capital punishment for Israeli TV. As we shot mostly outside I had no problems.....but we got several night shots and at one location at a store. The parking lot was lit up by a very large fluorescent light....I noticed in the VF that the picture was "fludering" or having a wave go through it....the question is: is this the flickering that the manual is talking about and if I put the flicker reduce..would it gotten rid of the problem?

the picture did not look bad at all and the producer says " I can live with it"....the rest of the night shots came out OK....


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Old December 13th, 2009, 08:08 PM   #2
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In the camera menu, did you try to turn on "Flicker Reduce" in 60Hz Auto mode? That should have taken care of it.

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Old December 14th, 2009, 04:04 PM   #3
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Thanks...but I will try that next time, as I got a email this morning and they will be back in January for some more shooting...and they said the video looks good.

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Old December 14th, 2009, 06:27 PM   #4
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You should try and set the shutter speed to 1/60 if shooting under Fluorescent lights when shooting Pal in the US. The flicker reduce might work but I also have seen it screw up stuff when left on. Not sure which EX cameras give you the 1/60 shutter speed from Sony in Pal . You might be able to use Clearscan if you can't set up a Shutter position. Yes you will lose some sensitivity but what can you do.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #5
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I've tried the flicker reduction in the camera and it really did nothing much for my problem with off frequency fluros at all. I just lived with it, as it was only hitting the walls behind the performers it was quite a nice effect, kind of like reflections off water.
If I had to avoid the 50Hz/60Hz problem I'd be matching frame rates to local mains frequency.
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Old December 16th, 2009, 06:04 AM   #6
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What Danielle said!

I shoot 25P in the US a lot and I always set my shutter to 1/60th to avoid the rolling band issue. It's simple and it works!
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