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Zach Hunter
Re: Grainy images from Panasonic AG-AC 160. Is this normal?
on Nov 17, 2013 at 7:51:32 pm

Although I don't have the AC160, I do own the HMC150 which is pretty similar to the 160 in terms of scene file settings.


In my experience, B-Press would be the cleanest gamma to use, but it produces a very contrasty look, and it crushes the blacks which helps to mask noise, but it does cost you some dynamic range.

Cinelike D, without a doubt, is the noisiest gamma. Reason being is because it has the most latitude and shadow detail. However I prefer the the look of this gamma setting because it has a very cinematic feel to it, unmatched by the other settings. I guess it's a matter of taste.

The noisiest color matrix would be Cine-like because it is more heavily saturated than the other matrices. More Chroma = More chroma noise. The cleanest matrix would be Norm 1, it's fairly neutral, but it still looks good.

Here are the particular scene file settings I use:

For a cinematic look, I use this:

SCENE NAME :CINE D
00005000: 8 ; DETAIL LEVEL: 0
00005001: 8 ; V DETAIL LEVEL: 0
00005002: 8 ; DETAIL CORING : 0
00005003: 10 ; CHROMA LEVEL: 0
00005004: 8 ; CHROMA PHASE: 0
00005005: 8 ; COLOR TEMP: 0
00005006: 15 ; MASTER PED: -6
00005007: 5 ; A.IRIS LEVEL: -3
00005009: 5 ; GAMMA : CINELIKE D
0000500A: 0 ; KNEE: AUTO
0000500B: 3 ; MATRIX: CINE-LIKE
0000500C: 1 ; SKIN TONE DTL : OFF
0000500E: 1 ; OPERATION TYPE: FILM CAM
0000500F: 14 ; FRAME RATE: 24 FRAME
00005010: BE026801 ; SYNCRO SCAN :

And for a normal TV look, I use this:


SCENE NAME :
00005000: 8 ; DETAIL LEVEL: 0
00005001: 8 ; V DETAIL LEVEL: 0
00005002: 8 ; DETAIL CORING : 0
00005003: 8 ; CHROMA LEVEL: +1
00005004: 8 ; CHROMA PHASE: 0
00005005: 8 ; COLOR TEMP: 0
00005006: 16 ; MASTER PED: 0
00005007: 8 ; A.IRIS LEVEL: 0
00005009: 0 ; GAMMA : HD NORM
0000500A: 0 ; KNEE: AUTO
0000500B: 0 ; MATRIX: NORM
0000500C: 1 ; SKIN TONE DTL : OFF
0000500D: 0 ; V DETAIL FREQ : THIN
0000500E: 0 ; OPERATION TYPE: VIDEO CAM
0000500F: 0 ; FRAME RATE: DEFAULT

If you're looking for a punchy, sharp, and VERY clean setting that is pleasing to the eyes, switch your scene file dial to the default F3 setting called "Spark". I think you will be pleasantly surprised. It uses the B. Press gamma as mentioned above, which has the least noise associated with it.

If anything, any of these settings should actually look cleaner on your AC-160 considering it uses CMOS sensors rather than the CCDs found in the HMC. CCDs generally have a higher noise floor than CMOS.


Hope this helps.

Feel free to follow up if you have any more questions!

-Zach


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