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    HPX370 standard def settings
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    Hello,

    I currently have an HPX370 that I am using for some standard definition shoots. I am fairly pleased with the HD output, however the SD compared to other SD cameras I am using is not that great. It isn't bad but isn't as good as it could be. Just wondering if there are any recommended settings for standard definition. I have not had the camera for a long time so I have really played with all the settings yet.

    I am not recording in the camera. I am taking output to a standard definition switcher.

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    It would be nice if you could output HD from the camera, and use an outboard solution to get SD, instead of outputting SD from the camera itself. It's a well-known fact that native HD cams are worse at generating SD images than native SD cams because they use cheap conversion circuits.


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    The standard definition requirement is a temporary solution until I can afford to purchase more HD equipment. Just wondering if there are any menu settings or adjustments that can help make the picture a bit sharper. I have used a Sony EX1 and remember that until I did a few menu adjustments I was getting almost unusable SD footage. After adjusting it was much better. The SD footage isnt unusable, just a lot softer than my SD cameras. I would use my standard definition ones however they are now sold.
    Last edited by argo27; 12-13-2012 at 11:48 AM.


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    Hmm, I'll have to experiment on my own 370 then to find out, might be a combination of some detail settings.


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    My BBC SD settings:

    <F3>
    SCENE NAME :BBC-SD
    00005000: 1 ; VFR : OFF
    00005001: 25 ; FRAME RATE: 25 FRAME
    00005002: 021C0708 ; (SYNCHRO SCAN):
    00005003: 12 ; DETAIL LEVEL: 4
    00005004: 8 ; V DETAIL LEVEL: 0
    00005005: 13 ; DETAIL CORING : 5
    00005006: 8 ; CHROMA LEVEL: 0
    00005007: 8 ; CHROMA PHASE: 0
    00005008: 8 ; COLOR TEMP Ach: 0
    00005009: 8 ; COLOR TEMP Bch: 0
    0000500A: 128 ; MASTER PED: 0
    0000500B: 16 ; A.IRIS LEVEL: 0
    0000500C: 2 ; DRS EFFECT: 3
    0000500D: 2 ; GAMMA : SD NORM
    0000500E: 2 ; KNEE: LOW
    0000500F: 1 ; MATRIX: NORM2
    00005010: 0 ; SKIN TONE DTL : ON
    00005011: 0 ; V DETAIL FREQ : THIN
    Over 15 minutes in broadcast film and tv production: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1044352
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    Thanks very much. I will try that when i have the camera again. I had the output of the camera to 480i in the settings but did not adjust much else and I used stock scene file #1. I did some research with the manual and some of those settings definitely look like they can help get a better look. Not saying the picture isn't nice out of the box for SD but the picture is definitely a lot software than my old cameras.

    Thanks again.


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    Here is an example of some SD footage shot with my BBC settings, using DVCPro 50 it's quite good and very close to digibeta quality: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=66oTdtBrAxE
    Over 15 minutes in broadcast film and tv production: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1044352
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