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#1 Tyler Leisher

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 06:42 AM

I'll be shooting a short film in two weeks on the Sony HVR-V1U, and I've read around a few places say that it's best to under expose on HDV footage... that is, if we're shooting with windows we should expose for the windows and then fix the rest of the footage in post... because HDV handles under exposed footage better and can't recover from overexposure like a blown out window.

Is this true?
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#2 Ronald Carrion

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Posted 15 August 2008 - 10:48 PM

I'll be shooting a short film in two weeks on the Sony HVR-V1U, and I've read around a few places say that it's best to under expose on HDV footage... that is, if we're shooting with windows we should expose for the windows and then fix the rest of the footage in post... because HDV handles under exposed footage better and can't recover from overexposure like a blown out window.

Is this true?

Well, I have the V1U and I wouldn't recommend that. What I do is to exposure for the object in front of the lens, whether there is window or not. That will open the iris to get the light needed. If you expose for the windows it will look dark when you have a take inside the room and as far I as I know-the V1U can not handle darkness very well. Whatever you do I wouldn't recommend more than 6db of gain and no more than 24 shutter speed other wise you'll get the oil paint effect> Good luck.
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#3 Walter Graff

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Posted 22 August 2008 - 08:30 PM

You can recover brights quite well with this camera and and HDV footage for that matter. If your highlights are a stop or two hot, you can find info in post correction. Four stops over and like any video camera there will be little to nothing.
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