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SimonMW
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One day shoot, one day post. Very difficult lighting conditions to shoot in, made worse by using a DSLR. These cameras are definitely ones to use when you have lots of time to set up. Still, I like a challenge. Footage pretty much straight out of the camera.

http://www.vimeo.com/21895353

steve
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Pretty convincing and no moire problems noticed.

Simon, can you let us in on the equipment used and mode, i.e. was it 720p/ 50 or 60 to get the slomo?

Steve

SimonMW
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Yeah, the camera was a 60D. I had to knock down the light with ND on a lot of shots. Though quickly came to realise how crap a lot of SLR filters are with the colour casting. Slow motion was 720p/60, then conformed to 25p with Cinematools. I use 60p because it gives me 10 extra fps a second of slow motion when put into a 25p timeline.

The one thing I do like about the DSLR is that I can switch recording modes very quickly, which I can't do with the likes of the EX series.

I turned the sharpness all the way down to minimum. I simply live with whatever resolution the camera gives me. For some reason Vimeo and YouTube seem to handle the footage from this camera with the sharpness set to 0 much better than my EX3 with the same sort of setting. The lower resolution and 'smoother' detail of the DSLR must work better for web compression.

I left the colour profile in standard mode. I find it works and looks good for most stuff. I might try one of the flatter profiles in the future, but so far I haven't been convinced that they actually give me more range to play with as opposed to just making the picture look milky.

Slider shots were taken using a Cinevate Pegasus Carbon. Very portable to carry around, although it is a faff if you need shots above floor level and haven't got anything to rest it on. I'll be doing a review of this soon.

One thing I will say is that my hat goes off to the paddler, Sam Sawday, who really pushed the boat out (figuratively and literally!) The canyon you see near the beginning was running really high, grade 4+ at least, maybe 5 in places, which is about as hard and dangerous as it gets, and he ran it all solo.

steve
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I like the changes of pace. I presume you did the normal speed bits in 1080p/25 rather than 50p conformed in post.

I thought that it was a bit soft so that explains it. Were you using NDs to keep the iris wide for a shallow DOF? Did you use the kit lens or something better?

Did you use the same settings on the earlier video, 'Bliss Stick CIWW' as the moire and aliasing on the opening scenes is awful, just like i get with my 550D on 720p?

Steve

SimonMW
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Most normal speed shots were taken at 1080p/25. Some at a 1/100th shutter for the more manic looking shots. Slow mo shots were 60p with a 1/120 or 1/160th shutter for more crispness.

ND's were used for both DOF purposes and also to keep normal shooting. Sometimes the sun is so bright that if I didn't have ND the only way to reduce the exposure would be to change the shutter speed, which of course would be undesirable.

I only used two lenses. One was a Tamron 17-50mm DiII. The other was my trusty Pentax Super Takumar 135mm. The Bliss Stick CIWW used 720p a lot which was why there are a couple of shots in there that have some abysmal moire.