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david masterson
Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:05:47 pm

Greetings

I will be shooting from a chopper this weekend over an off shore oil rig - A few questions:

a.I was told I need to shoot 1080i @ 60 but I dont really like interlace....any sug>
2. Shutter speed > speed 1/60...?
3. any one ha any exp. shooting from choppers

They have agreed to take the door off for me but I have to stay straped in the seat...cant wait to do our banking shots.....

Any sug. would be great

Dave

PS: still looking for PP settings - I have a few news ones


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Michael Palmer
Re: Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:40:38 pm

I have hung out the side of a helicopter once shooting 1080 60i and if I had it to do over I would shoot 720 60p.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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david masterson
Re: Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 20, 2009 at 9:39:02 pm

So why had you rather shot in 720 vs 1080 from the chopper?

Dave


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Michael Palmer
Re: Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 20, 2009 at 10:13:00 pm

I would rather have 60 progressive frames per second than 30 frames interlaced.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Steve Wargo
Re: Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 20, 2009 at 8:44:52 pm

I use 30p and a 1/60 shutter. More shutter means more blinking from the rotor blades. Remember that you have a shadow constantly passing by. Interlace will be smoother but just a tiny bit. Turn the stabilizer on. Some complain about a water wave effect from the CMOS. I haven't shot from a chopper with the EX-1 yet but I've been on boats and haven't had an issue. Look in our archives for more info.

Steve Wargo
Tempe, Arizona
It's a dry heat!

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David Cheok
Re: Shooting from a chopper
on Aug 21, 2009 at 4:49:27 pm

Three things:

1) faster shutter speed for sharper/higher definition.. you want each frame caught to be as crisp as possible cause you're moving and because you're vibrating with the helo.

2) Shooting 1080p24/25/30 because you'll likely need to smoothcam/stabilize it in post later. Frame using the 14:9 lines instead of the full edges to compensate for lose of framing due to stabilisation. progressive frames help if you are displaying on LCD.. on CRT, makes no difference.

3) Shoot wide to minimise shake.. Tele wont work unless u can strap on a stabiliser.

Its never too late to learn. We only have until we die.



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