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#1 Brandon Brown

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Posted 12 June 2011 - 12:32 PM

Hello folks,

In August, I plan on attending Tanglewood's annual "Film Night" concert, which features music by composer John Williams and the Boston Pops. The show is always fantastic and, this year, I'd like to record some of it to make a short compilation.

The only issue I foresee is the low light. The concert is held outside and only the stage is well lit. I use a Canon Vixia HF20; while I'm relatively satisfied with the way it records HD video, I'm quite disappointed with the way it records low light scenes. (If you'd like to see what I mean, you can forward to 1:30 in this early video I created with the camera.)

I was wondering if any of you would be able to offer me some advice on what I should do with this situation. I've contemplated adjusting the aperture settings of the camera, but I'm not sure how it's going to look, overall. Perhaps I could do that and do some clever tinkering in post? I'm not sure. Mainly, I'd like to avoid that fuzzy, somewhat distorted quality that occurs when I record in low light.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

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Brandon

Edited by Brandon Brown, 12 June 2011 - 12:33 PM.

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#2 Damien Andre

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Posted 14 June 2011 - 02:11 PM

so its the digital noise you dislike? you could change the aperture setting and maybe exposure time to bring the iso up a bit. then do some type of noise-reduction afterward. also if your camera has noise-reduction turn it on. cant think of anything else, maybe get close to the stage so you dont get the night sky in the shots or make sure you expose for the stage if you dont mind everything around it falling to black

Edited by Damien Andre, 14 June 2011 - 02:12 PM.

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#3 Brandon Brown

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Posted 15 June 2011 - 07:23 AM

Thanks for the advice, Damien. Much appreciated. :)
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