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    #16
    Just sat and rambled in front of the camera to test out proper lighting and light color grading.

    Not too bad! Would like to see how a proper AI upscaling would do vs just literally blowing up SD to 4K to trick YT into encoding it at a higher bitrate haha
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      #17
      I think that looks great! Curious about the upscaling possibilities too. If you want to upload a short 5sec clip to Dropbox, I can run it through Topaz AI Video Enhance.
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        #18
        Oh for sure! That'd be rad. The adapter has two settings, 720 and 1080, that feeds into the Odyssey. Do you think a 720 clip or a 1080 clip would be better? It's like a $20 adapter so I can't speak to the quality of the upresing or whats going on there.
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          #19
          Originally posted by QuickHitRecord View Post

          I hated the jumble of cables and batteries I needed to record anything with this camera, the extremely limited dynamic range, and the struggle to achieve any background blur whatsoever so I made it a priority to get it out of my camera cabinet. But watching it now, I kind like the look.
          Not to hijack things, but what exactly was the jumble of cables and associated gear to get video off the XH-A1 onto an external recorder?

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            #20
            Originally posted by owlbot View Post
            Do you think a 720 clip or a 1080 clip would be better?
            Whichever you think provides more real detail. I'm so impressed with your clip that I was looking at XL2s today. Some of them flashing indicators for bad tape decks. Would that keep them from sending a clean signal via SVideo? Is there a dedicated "clean output" function?
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              #21
              Originally posted by drboffa View Post
              Not to hijack things, but what exactly was the jumble of cables and associated gear to get video off the XH-A1 onto an external recorder?
              As I recall, I ran the bulky Canon D-Terminal to Component video cable from the camera into a $20 Component to HDMI converter box, and then ran an HDMI cable into my Atomos Ninja Blade. Additionally, I had to run a USB cable from the converter box into a small power bank. There weren't many mounting points on the camera so despite my best efforts to keep things tidy, it was a pretty chaotic setup.
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                #22
                Originally posted by QuickHitRecord View Post
                Whichever you think provides more real detail. I'm so impressed with your clip that I was looking at XL2s today. Some of them flashing indicators for bad tape decks. Would that keep them from sending a clean signal via SVideo? Is there a dedicated "clean output" function?
                I believe that even if the tape deck is broken the S-Video should still work, can't see why the deck would affect the "other" circuits.

                I'll run some tests and see if there's any difference between the two modes. In my head I'm wondering if like... the closer to the original footage the better for the upscaling algorithm. I imagine Topaz is assuming "proper" 1080p, for instance, instead of 16:9 480 blown up to 1080, so in my *head* 720 is actually the move. Honestly I'll just rip off a couple seconds of both and we can figure it out together why am I typing haha
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                  #23
                  That's good to hear. Might have to see if I can pick one up. I love CCD cameras.

                  Topaz has several different modes, including algorithms that work for heavily compressed video, low resolution video, and even interlaced video. Basically I think the idea is to try to get something with as much actual detail as possible as a starting point.

                  Here's a Topaz test with another CCD camera I've been enjoying, the Lumix FZ-47:



                  The small form factor of this camera makes it so fun. I just wish it could capture in 24p.
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