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Ben Bruges
Matching picture settings XLH1 with Sony EX1
on May 12, 2010 at 3:03:21 pm

I have to do a two-cam event shoot and match a Canon XLH1 with my Sony EX1 as far as possible. Can you help.


Can you help with generic picture settings to get the EX1 as close as possible to the Canon?


Can you get the Sony EX1 picture settings as close as possible to these settings used by the Canon guy:

blacks 'press'
knee 'low'
gamma - cine1
pedestal - -5
set-up level -6
sharpness +4
coring (noise reduction) 6
colour matte - cine2
colour gain -2
red 2 points of gain
blue drop 2 points of gain

Further question - he tends to use the AV setting - is there an equivalent approach that works with the EX1? (I tend to use full manual)

Many thanks for any advice or help. Cheers, Ben

I am aware that the first post will tell me to get both cameras with test cards and a broadcast monitor - I'm sorry, that's not possible in this case, so any advice on a quick fix will be welcomed.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Matching picture settings XLH1 with Sony EX1
on May 12, 2010 at 3:30:32 pm

I'd just eyeball it on a good monitor with waveform/vectorscope. Those settings are generally not equivalent between manufacturers. And sorry if that's what you didn't want to hear but what you're asking for is like saying here's two people who speak two different languages, now make them understand each other without a translator and without even being in the same room together. :)

If the cameras can't be in the same room together simply have them both shoot a color chart and send each other stills in email until the settings are close enough. As long as you're in the ballpark you'll be fine when it comes time to color grade you can finesse.


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