Of course I get the camera on a really rainy day busy with work and then family dinner but yesterday between that I managed to dick around with the menus for 10 minutes, screw it on to my Hague Mini Motion Cam and ran out to the playground outside my building. Did two takes, 1080 + 720 and tried to do roughly similar walks, you see it all include shakes when starting and stopping record. Settings were kit lens at 20mm, f4.4, shutter 1/50, 200 ISO, film mode: smooth, contrast -1, sharpness -2, saturation -1 and noise reduction -2, blue overcast evening with rain in the air. I set the focus manually about 5-6 meters out as there were nothing really to track for auto focus.
All done within 20 minutes after the battery had charged up.
I haven't had time to evaluate these myself but they played in VLC without any obvious errors. For some reason Voltaic won't convert the 720 take but it plays in VLC. Rain held up for just the time I was out but I think there's one drop on the lens in the 1080 take.
First come, first serve at Megaupload as long as they allow. Feel free to host the files or convert for Vimeo, YouTube or whatever.
I was also out in the midnight hours and got some nice lowlife stuff with a Canon FD 35mm f2.0. This puppy loves the darkness. However whipping AVCHD into something workable is a big bag of pain. Voltaic outputs the all the frames in the 50p stream as 25 fps so the converted clip's metadata needs to be hacked and the conversion is a pretty slow process, Log&Transfer in my FCP crashes due to conflicts with some other codec which I haven't isolated but probably something I need for my day job. If I get time tomorrow I'll test out Cineform and might get a short cut together.
Rip it apart. I off to bed.
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06-13-2009 03:43 PM
06-13-2009 05:27 PM
Very interesting! Really nice to see some steadycam style shots, looks really nice.
I take it that 00000.MTS is the 720 file and 00001.MTS is the 1080? I definitely prefer the 00000.MTS version, it seems to hold up a lot better. Mind you, this is viewing it on my laptop which seems to struggle a bit with the 1080 files, and I guess it looks smoother playing at 50fps as well.
I've had no problems with Cineform, converts them really quickly even on my laptop, and gives great results, handles the 50fps files fine. There's a new interim version just released today.
Thanks for uploading these, will be interested to see everyone's analysis.
06-14-2009 12:07 AM
Yeah, sorry - 00000.MTS is 720 and 00001.MTS 1080. I guess for a proper comparison every second frame in the 720 take should be skipped so it's 25 fps instead of 50. So Cineform took the 720 file?
06-14-2009 11:14 AM
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downloaded and played them through my PS3. that doesn't look bad at all. I wouldn´t mind using the 1080 if the breakup is like that, when the mud appeared the motion blur and 25p strobbing were gonna ruin the footage anyway.
I'm hoping the NTSC version is not worse due to the 3:2 pulldown in 60i.