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    HC X1 Shutter speed for 50p
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    Greetings fellow esteemed artists!

    I have just acquired the PANASONIC HC X1, and very nice it appears to be, too.

    Alas, I have never previously shot footage in 50p, (here in PAL land), and am a little puzzled by the shutter speed options for this. I ordinarily shoot 25p at 1/50 shutter, as per the 'traditional 180 degree formula. That being the case, my automatic assumption would be to select a shutter setting of 1/100 for 50p. However, when checking with the auto shutter option, the camera itself suggests that at 50p, the shutter should ALSO be at 1/50th.

    I would welcome your comments and thoughts on this. Of course, I understand that a 1/100 shutter setting would require more light etc... but what would be the advantage/disadvantages to either option? For many, 50p UHD 4K has been seen as something of a holy grail but I'm now thinking perhaps it better to stick to 25p. I know that for sports, etc...50p can produce smoother footage and I also understand that 25p is more geared to a 'filmic' look, but MY main objectives is wildlife/nature, with little camera motion. To 50p or not to 50p? That is the QUESTION!

    Thanking you in advance.

    More power to your LENSES!
    Spud
    Last edited by spudgun; 10-10-2018 at 06:46 PM. Reason: TYPOS!


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    The 180 degree rule still holds, but I mostly shoot in 50p and usually use 1/50th too. The main reason for that is I shoot at 50p in case I want smoother slow-mo, but always edit and deliver in 25p.

    And the slight extra motion blur when slowed down looks pleasing to me anyway.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Warren View Post
    The 180 degree rule still holds, but I mostly shoot in 50p and usually use 1/50th too. The main reason for that is I shoot at 50p in case I want smoother slow-mo, but always edit and deliver in 25p.

    And the slight extra motion blur when slowed down looks pleasing to me anyway.
    Many thanks for the input, Mike.


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    Once upon a time, video cameras didn't have shutters, and the exposure time was always equivalent to the field rate. Shooting at 1/50, 50fps would emulate that look.

    Today, I'd make the choice based on the subject. Shooting fast action (sports, trains, planes, automobiles), I would probably tend toward the 180 shutter or maybe even narrower. For indoor or "people" shots in narrative or interview situations, I could go either way but would often choose the slower shutter speed to gain a stop of exposure and smooth out the motion a little bit.

    It's really up to you and what look you like. Experiment!

    - Greg


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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Smith View Post
    Today, I'd make the choice based on the subject.
    This is absolutely what it's about.


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