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    Default Model steam railway quickie

    Intended as a bit of a test of my new(ish) Canon HF11 and AVCHD but mainly just a bit of fun. Shot at the Porthleven Lifeboat day with my missus tapping her foot in the background wondering why I was filming a model railway. Edited in HDV and spat out as an MPEG-4 for uploading to youtube.

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eptNwx3Lg4I]YouTube - Steam Trains[/ame]

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    Nicely put together. How did you get the small depth of field in some of the shots?

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    It's just because it was so close to the models.
    It was the first time I'd used the camera so there was nothing spectacular or experiemental on that day. If I wanted to be hyper-critical, when you see it in HD on a monitor you can see how it loses focus when you're up close and on anything other than a wide-angle. The macro only works when the zoom is on the widest setting.
    I also notice that in the original footage there was some detail in the highlights but upon converting to SD the highlight and deep shadow detail all gets lost.

    The auto-exposure worked quite well too. A couple of times it reacted when I didn't want it to but I've since worked out how to stop that happening. However, on a day out it's often nice to point and shoot without buggering about with settings and menus.
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    I think the picture quality is great, especially as it has gone through a number of processes to get it onto youtube. Was that filmed on the camera's highest quality setting? and out of interest what did you use to convert it to HDV?

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    It was recorded on the highest AVCHD setting. I imported it into Final Cut Express (on my laptop) using "Log and Transfer" and then exported each clip to an Apple Intermediate clip using the HDV preset (1440 x 1080 interlaced). I'm not a great fan of progressive video at 25fps, especially with fast-moving objects, and kept the whole thing as 50i (interlaced), including the final MPEG-4 for upload to youtube.

    I can edit AVCHD directly in FCE but have to preview each clip on the timeline. By having it as an HDV clip I can bugger about with it to my heart's content and add transitions without waiting for any rendering.

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    groovin with mr.bloe eh

    not a track you would immediately associate with train spotting but it works surprisingly well

    nice little vid... great picture quality.

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    Now that took me back a bit further than Thomas the Tank Engine! Nicely put together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enc View Post
    groovin with mr.bloe eh

    not a track you would immediately associate with train spotting but it works surprisingly well
    I thought it was just a subtle pun. Steam blows, dunnit?
    Video worked for me because you showed plenty of people (especially kids) looking interested.
    Tim

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