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peter tours
HPX500 Training?
on Aug 10, 2011 at 3:55:36 pm

My crew is having an issue still adjusting to their HPX500.

Color consistencies between shoots have really become an issue. For an example I have uploaded 2 dozen stills to http://flickr.com/gp/52396929@N08/rs2j26 The stills represent 2 days with the same crew, same package, same lights, same location. The shots starting with R are from the second day. The first day is largely over saturated; the second quite under saturated.

Can anyone recommend some advanced (Panasonic?) training on specifically the HPX500 for my otherwise very experienced guys?

Thanks!

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

TRI EA5 1974-1977
Convergence ECS1B 1977-1979
Sony BVE 500 1979 - 1984
Datatron Vanguard 1984 - 1993
GVG VPE141 1993 - 1998
Media 100 1995 - 2006
Final Cut Pro 2005 to infinity and beyond!


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Steve Eisen
Re: HPX500 Training?
on Aug 11, 2011 at 1:47:30 am

Hire me and my HPX-500 to do the shoot.

From the look of the photos, the lighting setups are very poor and inconsistent. What type of lights are you using?

Are you actually using lights for shots R03C-02 and 0015QC ? Shot R06-01 looks better. Looks like it's shot with single light.

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


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peter tours
Re: HPX500 Training?
on Aug 12, 2011 at 4:43:09 pm

Oh this is rich - the DP says it's happening in edit when the P2 files are ingested via the Duel Adaptor, which recently stopped working, like due to OS updates (10.5.8 used to work...).

But I am trying to tell them, there's no way it was the Duel or FCP or anything in post.

The blame game never ends!

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

TRI EA5 1974-1977
Convergence ECS1B 1977-1979
Sony BVE 500 1979 - 1984
Datatron Vanguard 1984 - 1993
GVG VPE141 1993 - 1998
Media 100 1995 - 2006
Final Cut Pro 2005 to infinity and beyond!


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Frank Sorensen
Re: HPX500 Training?
on Aug 13, 2011 at 9:27:25 pm

I like to try and help you out. But I can't see the pictures that you like to. Can you send me some small video files I can look at and then I'll try and tell what the problem is.


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Ryan Pratzel
Re: HPX500 Training?
on Aug 18, 2011 at 6:22:58 pm

Peter-

It appears the link to the photos is no longer working.

We have (2) 500's in our shop, 2 AF100's and an HPX170 and we have never had problems matching them. In fact, this is one of the best attributes of Panasonic cameras (in my opinion)

Without seeing the photos check the following:
1) Make sure the cameras have the same scene file settings. We always dial in settings when multiple cameras are being used.
2) Make sure they are both in film mode or video mode.
3) Make sure they are set to the same format and frame rate.
4) Maybe your DP needs to draw a lighting diagram that can be used by other shooters. This will help maintain consistency.

The 500 is one of the easiest cameras I have ever worked with. Unless there is something wrong with the camera your crews should not be having major issues. Also, if they are having saturation issues have them turn on the zebra stripes. Are they using a field monitor? We almost always have a monitor in the field. The LCD and viewfinder on the 500 are fair at best. Shooters not used to how to read them can run into problems.

Ryan Pratzel
Executive Producer | Creative Liquid Productions
creativeliquid.com


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