So I bought this Canon Legria HF10 to produce videos for an association that hired me out for thus. This one got many raves for what it offers in its price range and for what this group can afford.
But here's my problem and I am hoping someone out there has experience with this little camera and can help me out.
Straight out of the box, with no settings changed, mounted on a tripod, on a sunny day, this camera shoots some amazingly beautiful HD video. No complaints there. Some footage can even be described as "breathtaking."
It's when I take the camera indoors that all goes to hell. I've tried a variety of situations: ambient outdoor light flooding through a large picture window, standard 3-light setup, mixture, etc. I have fiddled with the controls endlessly, experimenting with all sort of settings, with a wide variety of combinations of manual and automatic controls, fps rates, aperatures, etc., etc., etc.
In the end, all the footage I get looks like garbage, like something shot on 8mm tape back in the 90s. Flat, no contrast, dead colors, barely focused subjects, resolution what I would describe as low-def, not high-def, despite setting the quality-level controls to absolute maximum. And heaven forbid I try to shoot anything handheld, off the tripod -- the footage is even worse! And, yes, I've read the manual.
I've worked with high-end prosumer and low-end professional camcorders in the past, for many years, with some measure of commercial success, so it's not like I am a beginner who has no idea what the controls do. I am just stumped by this camera for some reason -- all the usual techniques don't seem to apply. It's so frustrating I've stopped using it for indoor shoots. I know this thing is capable of producing beautiful images, though.
So, anyone with any tips on how to shoot indoors with this camera, any help would be most appreciated! I hate the thought of this camera going to waste ...