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Oliver de Morassé
Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jun 25, 2013 at 3:52:50 pm

We wish to shoot in completely different situations:

1. Indoor Studio, Green screen, Spokespersons
2. Outdoor, bright sunlight, snow, colorful outfits - sporting event

Any tips on how to best white balance? What about color profiles? Finally, should we be using lens filters?

Thanks for any tips / advice, Oliver


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Michael Slowe
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:44:47 pm

Do a manual white balance in the usual way, with a white card in the given light at the time of shooting. If you are new to the camera you should view a video which explains all the features on the camera. I don't know if there has been one made yet for the 200 but Doug Jensen of Vortex Media did a fabulous one for the EX cameras and doubtless also for the 200. Exact colour grading is best left to post production in my opinion but I often set my chosen Kelvin figure as a Picture Profile, rather than doing a White Balance. Everybody has their own way of obtaining the picture that they want but you are safer setting a manual white balance.

I always fit a top quality UV filter on any camera I own but that is for protection of the front element more than any optical advantage.

Michael Slowe


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Oliver de Morassé
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jun 26, 2013 at 8:03:32 am

Many thanks Michael for your tips.

Doug Jensen of Vortex Media has done a video of "Mastering Sony's PMW-200, 160, 150, 100 XDCAM Cameras" - looks just the thing I need!

Regards, Oliver


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Oliver de Morassé
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jun 27, 2013 at 12:42:04 pm

I like you idea to fit a "top quality UV filter" on my camera. Having done a little research, what's the difference between a UV-filter and a polarised filter? Should I use a different one for indoor green screen and outdoor filming? Any makes (i.e. Hoya) & models you might recommend. Thanks again.


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Michael Slowe
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jun 27, 2013 at 3:04:48 pm

The two filters are very different in applications. A UV filter has very little effect optically in my experience, maybe helps somewhat with the treatment of sky areas but, as I said, I just use it for protection. Tiffen filters are generally regarded as the best available brand.

Michael Slowe


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John Cooke
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Jul 30, 2013 at 1:48:22 pm

I've just recently bought the sony PMW-200 and i can't seem to change my white balance presets. Everytime I move the button from preset to either A or B the message "Cannot Proceed" appears. I know this will be a silly setting somewhere but I just can't seem to find it. Manual hasn't been much help either, Can you help? Thanx


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Tom Greenwood
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on May 11, 2014 at 5:03:03 pm

Hi John - sure you've got this sorted by now, but in case anyone else has the same problem in future: it sounds like you have the "direct menu" selected. It allows you to dial in white-balance / shutter speed etc with the menu wheel. You can set direct menu "all" "part" or "off" in the "others" menu


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Sasa Svara
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Feb 4, 2015 at 2:19:23 am

Hi Tom,
I have just rented PMW-200 and I to have problem with WB and Gain switches and your reply was very helpful. My question is: Can you choose which "part" you can use, in "Direct Menu"?

Sasa S
Senior Editor/Cameraman


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Tom Greenwood
Re: Sony PMW-200 - White Balancing
on Feb 4, 2015 at 3:00:06 am

Hi Sasa,
Sorry, I don't know.
I have found the folks at sonysos@eu.sony.com helpful with these type of questions.
Best of luck,
Tom


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