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Pixel Monkey
MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
on Aug 29, 2005 at 2:04:46 pm



Here's a fun, unexplained phenomenon:

Editing a scene in a 24p miniDV indie short that was shot 16x9 on a Canon XL2. The scene contains a photographer using a Pentax K1000 and a rather large 1980's attachable flash - the kind with such a high pitched recharging noise, dogs often lose bladder control.

Every time the camera takes a picture while the miniDV is rolling, the footage shows about 5 frames of a mosaic effect - 2 frames leading up, one frame that's massively mosaically pixelized with only gray, green and magenta colors, then 2 frames getting you back to reality. The funny thing is, this effect is the same whether the Pentax's flash goes off or not (you hear a click, and there it is), and regardless of the location or how it's lit... always gray, green and magenta. Also, the two cameras can be up to six feet away, and I can still see it. Radioactive fallout? Demonic messages? Maybe Canon and Pentax just don't get along. Regardless, it's annoying to edit but fun to watch.

I should pass off the mosaics as art and make a coffee table book - there's a market for everything, right?

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Charlie King
Re: MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
on Aug 29, 2005 at 3:18:25 pm

It is tryig to e helpful by showing you where you should put the 5 frame flash.
Ingenious little devil, huh?

Charlie


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Tom Meegan
Re: MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
on Aug 29, 2005 at 6:30:15 pm

Never key in on a walkie talkie radio near a recording beta sp deck.

Interference like you would not believe!

Added a LOT of excitement to a live event I was working about seven years ago.

Regards,

Tom Meegan


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Mark Frazier
Re: MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
on Sep 1, 2005 at 7:45:52 pm

[Tom Meegan] "Never key in on a walkie talkie radio near a recording beta sp deck."

A Betacam next to two top fuel dragsters at launch gives a nice 20-frame acid trip as well.


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Sycophant
Re: MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
on Aug 29, 2005 at 11:18:07 pm

Wow, that's neat, it's an effect I must now try to reproduce for myself.. Unfortunately I have neither of the cameras required.

I will just stick to dropping the camera for the cool breakup pattern effect.



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jim
Re: MiniDV - the newest hallucinogen!
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on Aug 30, 2005 at 2:07:00 am

What you see is probably an infrared focusing light from the camera, or from the flash.


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cweath
Re: "probably an infrared focusing light from the camera"
on Aug 30, 2005 at 3:09:39 pm

I had to laugh. Sorry. Obviously jim is too young to remember the days before "Auto Everything". Actually, the K1000 would be "Auto Nothing". I believe it did have a battery for the manual exposure control.

My old Nikkormat Ftn (with split-image focusing screen!) was a real brick. Actually it weighed much more than a brick. I knocked it off a table once - didn't even mark the all-metal body. And my Sunpak "potato masher" flash was another handful all by itself.

I might not have been a better shooter back then, but I was in better shape from lugging all that equipment around.

"Where ever you go, there you are."


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