View Full Version : Slo-Mo with Sanyo Xacti 1010?

01-23-2009, 03:55 PM
I'm wondering if anyone has experimented with the Sanyo Xacti 1010? (http://www.engadget.com/2008/06/05/sanyos-xacti-hd1010-1080i-camcorder-shoots-300fps-slow-mo/)

Apparently it shoot 720p at 60 frames per second, which has got me thinking about slowing it down to 24fps in post-production, or even 20 or 15 fps. Has anyone tried this, and if so, is it worthwhile?

There's also a 300fps mode (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VqoZrmXJvkk&feature=related), but it records at only 448x336.

I doubt the Xacti 1010 could replace my D90, but I can think of some pretty useful applications.

01-29-2009, 10:54 PM
Yes, you can use the Sanyo HD1010 to achieve 60fps slow motion. The trick is to transcode the raw .MP4 that comes from the Sanyo into a format you can use. By the way, I'm doing this all on a Mac.

My workflow was to take the 60fps .MP4 and use MPEG Streamclip to transcode it into a Quicktime Movie using the DVCPRO720p60 setting. Then, I'd take the new .MOV file I just created with MPEG Streamclip and open it with Cinema Tools. Conform your 60fps to whichever framerate you're going to be using. Keep in mind, DVCPRO720 isn't a perfect 1280x720. A simple re-adjustment in post can clean that right up.

As far as editing clips from the HD1010 with Final Cut Pro - right now trying to cut MP4s natively just isn't happening. Again using MPEG Streamclip, I transcode all of my raw .MP4s into something I can edit in real-time. I found a happy medium between disk space and image quality by using HDV 720p settings, but your mileage may vary. I'm sure there's other programs out there that can cut MP4s, maybe Sony Vegas, but I'm not 100% positive.

With the workflow I've just described, I shot a music video using the HD1010 and the Letus Extreme. You can check it out at http://vimeo.com/2874721

As far as the 300fps, it's YouTube quality video. The HD1010 spits it out as a .MP4 with a framerate of 60fps. If you watch it in Quicktime, you're actually seeing 150fps. Use the process I laid out above to conform that into a 30fps file to see the full slow motion.


01-30-2009, 12:33 AM
wtf you used a letus with a sanyo palmcorder thing? that's a new one...

01-30-2009, 02:38 PM
The Letus/HD1010 combo was a blast to shoot with. I got a lot of stares when out in public. People knew it wasn't a gun - but weren't sure if it was a camera.

I bought the Letus Extreme to use with my DVX100 and was saving it for use with my eventual HVX200. However with all of the great solid-state HD cameras on the horizon, it made me wary of investing thousands. The HD1010 + a 16GB SD card has become my "Poor Man's HVX".