02-11-2020 03:51 PM
I will give it a whirl, thanks for the suggestion. This is my first real video recording device, so I have no experience with adjusting Gain dB. When I first read the manual, I thought Gain dB had to do with audio/sound volume. Took me some time to realize that Gain dB deals with exposure, not audio levels, LOL!
I had been using light/flash meters for many decades dating back to my old manual Hasselblad 503cx film days. With film, it was better to err on the side of overexposure so the print would look more snappy versus muddy when underexposed. As I'm sure you already know, with digital, the opposite is true. It's better to err on the side of underexposure to avoid losing detail from blown highlights. I never cared to look at a histogram, especially when doing runnin' and gunnin' photography such as weddings. But having a DSLR camera show me immediate image playback with blinking highlight warnings was extremely useful for making quick exposure adjustments.
The time I was more prone to make a simple exposure mistake was when I would start off photographing portraits at the bride's house for an hour. Exposure in camera would be set for say f4 @ 1/60th sec @ ISO 400. (I only used 400 speed 220 roll film back then). Then the limo car would arrive to pick up the bride to dash to the church, so we would all rush outside in bright daylight. I would take my next shot of the bride entering the limo outside only to see crazy bright blinking highlights screaming at me on image playback. Need to stop down the aperture for outdoor daylight exposure...duh!!! Anyway, that's where I see the value of using the Zebra Pattern on the G60 camcorder to help avoid simple exposure error from shooting indoors to outdoors in a hectic situation.
02-11-2020 04:39 PM
You are welcome Casey and I agree that video is an entirely different animal with its own terminology and potential issues. I am much more comfortable with "stills" and enjoy them more but having coached soccer and with a daughter who is excelling but wants to get better I made the jump to a camcorder after deciding that shooting action video with my 1DX 2 DSLR wasn't going to work for someone who prefers a viewfinder Even on a tripod, the 1DX series just feels awkward to me for video although it does produce very nice video quality.
With a DSLR shooting RAW it is pretty impressive how much you can correct for and manipulate exposure impact in post and I guess some of the same ability is there shooting video as RAW but I really don't have any desire to delve that deeply into manipulating video.
02-11-2020 06:13 PM
I can imagine filming with your 1Dx handheld can get tiring very quickly! I recently bought a $300 Sirui video monopod, the type with 3 short legs at the bottom for stability, so that helps a lot and is more compact versus a tripod.
I can't stand doing too much post processing, makes me frustrated and my eyes get tired. I sort of enjoy using Photoshop to touch up some images here and there. But spending massive hours in post using a video editing app seems daunting. It took many hours of trial and error to even learn how to do very basic video editing using an app called PowerDirector Ultimate 18. I finally got good at doing basic, I mean BASIC video editing for stitching a bunch of small clips together, cutting off several seconds from the start and ending of clips, adding some still pictures here and there, even adding some intro and outro music. But I have no idea how to do the more advance stuff.
Part of the reason I got a "real" camcorder is that I recently did a video shoot for filming several speakers for a live audience presentation for a couple hours. As you know, using a DSLR for video means there is a 30 minute time limit before the camera stops the clip. So I was constantly worried a speaker might go over the 30 minute time limit and trying to figure out whether I should stop the video during a pause and start a new video to continue. A "real" camcorder doesn't have this 30 minute time constraint, plus it has dual SD card slots for relay recording. Plus I was also worried about having to change batteries cuz video eats up juice rather quickly. A camcorder doesn't have this problem cuz I can just plug in AC power. Even though the actual filming of 8 different speakers only took just over 2 hours, the post editing literally took me days and days to finish and to upload to their Youtube channel.
There is a chance I might do a long 3 consecutive days of filming many speakers for a large-ish professional association later this year. That also means having to add many, I mean MAAAAAANY Powerpoint slides into the many various videos. That also probably means I would need not just one, but 2 camcorders filming simultaneously. One camcorder would be on wide angle to include the speaker and whatever overhead LCD screen projector showing Powerpoint slides. This first camcorder would be used as reference content to figure out where exactly to insert slides during a speaker presentation. A second camcorder would be used for B-roll footage and/or close-up view of the speaker, maybe a little off to the side as well. Can you imagine how much post editing is required for filming 8 hours of many various speakers for 3 consective days? Hmmm, on second thought, I don't know if I'm qualified, haha!!
By the way, I do have a question for you. For your particular Canon XF400 camcorder, do you always use the top handle? Do you ever use the XLR audio ports? My G60 doesn't have the top handle, and I found out I cannot buy or add an after-market top handle to the camcorder. I saved several hundred dollars by not getting the XA50 camcorder with a top handle, but I wonder if I should have gotten a top handle model?