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peter tours
Editor Question
on Apr 2, 2011 at 6:32:41 pm

I'm an editor.

Our crew has been using an AG-HPX500 for about 18 months. The camera went into service "right out of the box".

To me the reds have always been hot as I import the files into FCP. Flehstones always appear over saturated and orangey. On the upside I have become pretty proficient with the FCP 3 way color corrector, but that's not the way I want to spend my life ;)

In the analog daze I would send the camera to the shop for a complete setup. What do we do now in the digi-daze┬┐

I am positive our DP, as the sole operator, knows what he is doing - I have worked with him for 25 years. But you know how touchy these DPs are - so I am looking for advice so I don't insult his work.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance!

Peter Tours
TnT Video Services, Inc.
Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Tom Matthies
Re: Editor Question
on Apr 2, 2011 at 9:50:02 pm

There are many controls in the menu of that camera for modifying the look. He should be able to dial in just about any look you would like and save it to a card. No tweakers needed as in the analog days. Just a knowledge of the menu items.


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Philip Merten
Re: Editor Question
on Apr 2, 2011 at 10:41:01 pm

Here are a 16 different "looks" that you can download from Panasonic for the 500.

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Steve Eisen
Re: Editor Question
on Apr 3, 2011 at 3:34:43 am

I am a DP and editor and my HPX-500 is perfect. Without being hands on with your camera, it is hard to tell. 18 months is a long time to go without checking things out. As a shooter, I can tell right away if a color is off. Even with the LCD monitor.

Don't be afraid to confront your DP. Constructive criticism is always welcome. Even for a 20+ year experienced DP like myself. A second pair of eyes is always helpful.

I would have someone else look at the camera.

Steve Eisen
Eisen Video Productions
Vice President
Chicago Final Cut Pro Users Group

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Piotr Niemcewicz
Re: Editor Question
on Apr 3, 2011 at 7:49:14 am

Hi for few last days i use 500. Color is "warm" going to yellow and red, but it is Panasonic. I change in camera menu gamma to "video" and "news". Low contrast, high detail, master ped -2 (for sun days), white is preset (5600).

But indoor (indoor church - red bricks, very high and more sun light) picture is very pretty, litte going to red and yellow, but it is natural for panasonic. White balanse is 4000.
This is test:

Lens is very bright (Fujinon H22x7,7)

Shift "picture" to Sony, you move yellow color to blue, and add more cold blue colors in high gamma. (I use avid media composer, and don't talk about FC, how to do it)

Summary: from Panasonic picture is always different, but it is Panasonic.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Editor Question
on Apr 6, 2011 at 3:55:06 pm

Yeah I'd recommend a servicing. And when it comes back take some time to setup scene files with a properly calibrated monitor. If things look a lot more red than you want and you can't easily correct out that could be a subtle bit of operator error- well not even error just a different eye. Any truly good DP will take constructive criticism properly and realize you're on the same team.


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