budget monitor solutions.
Posted 27 March 2006 - 08:44 AM
Im shooting an extreemly short film this weekend which involves candle light and maybe some practical flouros. I am using a canon XM2 wide open at 1/50 with 0db gain.
Its extremely difficult to see anything both through the colour viewfinder anf the flip out TFT when conducting tests using similar lighting conditions, however I found that using a standard cheap tube television provided a truer image. Infact I was quite suprised to see how much detail the onboard monitors seem to ignore!
Is this my best option? (the production has no budget) If I do use this monitoring method, then should there be any setup considerations? I had the brighness and contrast set at 0 or 50% if anyone is interested.
Posted 27 March 2006 - 09:44 AM
If you have a portable computer with FCP you can plug the cam via firewire and use the Video Scopes in FCP to see what really happens...
Posted 28 March 2006 - 08:12 AM
Thanks for the advice,
Posted 28 March 2006 - 09:00 AM
Standard definition waveform monitors and vectorscopes have got pretty cheap ( I scored a good working Tektronix 520A vectorscope for $50). Look up a video engineer and ask their opinion. With that type of gear on hand you can really stay between the ditches when shooting video.
I've started to use a waveform monitor on the occasional theatrical production archival tape I shoot with my Sony TRV-30. I no longer have to worry if I've got detail in the blacks or whether or not my monitor(s) are lying to me with respect to blowing out the highlights. It becomes a film shooting environment that way, my on-board monitor is for framing only and my waveform monitor is for judging my exposure.
Posted 29 March 2006 - 07:30 AM
Ill look into it - hopefully in time for a short im photographing in may! in the mean time, a t.v I shall use!
Posted 29 March 2006 - 01:33 PM