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#1 nifopu

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 08:38 PM

Hi, I have been asked to shoot a drama series of 40 X 2 min episodes for broadcast and download both from the net and to mobile phones.

I was initially in two minds about this job as the format is obviously limiting however the more I thought about it the more it appealed for the new challenges involved and the chance to work in a developing market.

I shot some test footage on a PD150 that was then compressed by the prod company in house technician, the output file size has to be 500kb for the 2 min. The results were far from useable and not a scratch on the other mobile phone downloads I have seen.

Is there anyone able to offer advice in this area ? Both in ways to shoot such a project [i.e framing lighting and shot selection] and in compression techniques for best results.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Simon
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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:14 PM

Hi,

Avoid movement in a lot of the frame at once - camera movement is not your friend. Have a lot of plain, flat colour in frame. Particular enemies are transparent objects crossing one another in varying directions or at varying speeds. Avoid a lot of very fast motion.

Obviously, noise and grain are bad, but by the time it's been blown down to the tiny resolutions they use, almost anything should be able to create a clean image.

Also check that the compression is being properly hinted.

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#3 nifopu

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 09:46 PM

Thanks Phil, I am coming to terms with the limitations of camera movement and backgrounds....I assume that a shallow DOF would also help with the compression ?

Could you educate me as to what hinting is ?

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