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#1 Malik Sajid

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:35 AM

I was using this Sony DSR 250 p for a college assignment.
It has three options for white balancing. A, B and Preset(Preset has 3200k and 5200k options, that i understand). What i really want to clear myself is what is the difference if i set the White Balanace to A, and then white Balance, and what will happen if i White Balance while choosing B.

I hope guyz understand what i am looking for.
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#2 Brian Drysdale

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 07:58 AM

If you white balance on A, that setting will be put into a memory that can be recalled later. So, if you then do another white balance using B, you can still have the option go back and use the white balance you did earlier on A.

A & B are just two memorised white balances that store the last balance you took in each switch position.
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#3 Malik Sajid

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:03 AM

arrrrright.......now i got it, that was pretty simple but very informational.

Thanks a lot bro
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#4 Deepak Bajracharya

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 07:15 PM

Namaste,

I have developed the habbit of shooting in Presest 5500 for outdoor and 3200 for indoor when using DVcam format.

By doing so, you will get the actual color tone specially when you shoot during morning and late afternoon time.

You can color correct during post to match the one shot with another.

Hope this helps.
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 09:30 AM

yah, tried the presets, and then i white Balanced manually on option A, and when i looked at both the shots, there was quite a difference in colors.


Which option is best? Using Presets or doing white balance manually?
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Posted 24 October 2008 - 11:37 AM

yah, tried the presets, and then i white Balanced manually on option A, and when i looked at both the shots, there was quite a difference in colors.


Which option is best? Using Presets or doing white balance manually?


It depends on what you wish to achieve. The preset gives you either a standard daylight or tungsten setting, the manual white balance allows the camera to correct for the light that hitting your white card. You really have to decide which method gives you the colour balance you wish to achieve. The manual white balance works well in lighting situations that don't have standard colour temperatures.

You can also fool the manual white balance to give a warmer or cooler look by the use of either various grades of CTB or CTO lighting filters or warm cards, which are cooler or warmer white balance cards.

The best choice of preset or manual white balance depends on the material you're filming and what you want to do with it creatively. Best do some testing with a monitor to see the different effects you can achieve in camera with the white balance controls. When you do make a choice, just be consistent within each scene, so everything colour matches.
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