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#1 Sean Simes

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 02:04 PM

Hello guys,

I just got a used 100A for $2000us and have some questions about it.

1) Is there a 'Master Reset' button or option to erase the settings and go back to default settings?

2) The camera is about 9 months old... and has 140hrs on the Tape counter. is that average?

3) I plan to shoot a 12-15 min short film and have heard that you should shoot everything at normal
settings, then color correct afterwords in post rather than playing around with White Ballance, Gamma and other settings to get the right look in cam. Is this so?

4) If anyone can list, or point to a list of settings for a nice 'film look' for DVD output with this camera, that would be killer.

Thanks in advance for the help, and if these quesitons are answered in other posts please let me know.

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#2 F.N. Bastard

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Posted 17 December 2005 - 01:56 AM

That would be about 3 hours per week of shooting. That's average use for most small produciton firms shooting TV :30's or playhouses recording plays on Friday nights.

Scenefile 6 has the film-look 24p mode and cine-look gamma.
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#3 seth christian

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Posted 18 December 2005 - 10:18 PM

what kinda of particulars do you try to do with the gamma or chroma to
help with the film-look?

I believe that white balancing is the best way to do things no matter
what, because its true and is evenly colored for you to
have more room to play with post corrections.
That's my $0.02!

what kinda of particulars do you try to do with the gamma or chroma to
help with the film-look?
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Posted 19 December 2005 - 10:38 AM

You absolutely need to white balance as you go. There are also presets for 3200K (tungsten light) and 5600K (daylight). If you don't have time to white balance off of a card, you can use these on the go.
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#5 Hans Kellner

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Posted 20 December 2005 - 03:59 PM

1) Is there a 'Master Reset' button or option to erase the settings and go back to default settings?

2) The camera is about 9 months old... and has 140hrs on the Tape counter. is that average?

3) I plan to shoot a 12-15 min short film and have heard that you should shoot everything at normal
settings, then color correct afterwords in post rather than playing around with White Ballance, Gamma and other settings to get the right look in cam. Is this so?

4) If anyone can list, or point to a list of settings for a nice 'film look' for DVD output with this camera, that would be killer.


Check out the site www.dvxuser.com for good DVX specific information.

1. There is a master reset switch under the LCD panel. Look to the left of the shutter button.
2. That sounds about right for average use.
3. That's a tough one to answer. Personal preference thing. Read this article (or others you might find) from the director of "November" which was shot on the DVX100: http://www.dvxuser.com/articles/Nancy/
4. Here's some good info and links to other articles: http://www.adamwilt.com/24p/index.html
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