In the Color of the Sun

At last, a new video! I have missed the whole experience from start to finish. I shot the following within 20 minutes today. I shot it in 30p and then slowed it down 25%, and exported at 24p. HD version, and download of the video here.

I love how the shooting turned out, and how easily Canon SX200 IS’ footage can be color graded. It’s the most amazing sub-$500 HD digicam in the market right now. I even wrote a review for it, read it if you are interested in a P&S camera with usable footage.

I love the shot at 1:15. I was just shooting that flower, and that girl just walked into the frame out of nowhere, dancing! It’s one of the best shots I have ever shot — even if it was captured by accident. 😉

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Alan McDonley wrote on September 11th, 2009 at 6:55 AM PST:

Thank you for posting your review and video, especially that you held the camera still occasionally, and panned at reasonable speeds.

About “In the color of the sun”: When I view the wooden bridge/walkway scene at 00:57 the image is rolling like an old tv retrace sync lost. Is this my computer, or a problem, or intentional?

Both the windsurfer and buildings at 00:37 seem soft focus to me, and at 1:18 the foreground flower seems soft focus. Are they crystal sharp in the raw video? Is this the “film look” you discuss wanting? Perhaps the Vimeo process?

I got hooked on high-def in 2001 when the only source material available to me was over the air HD demos from the public television stations. I had no way to record these videos but my recollection of them is that they were so sharp that no edges were more than one pixel wide. They were usually taken in bright sun and panned or dollied at very slow rates (with New Age music setting the most sunny, crisp day mood).

I have been downloading every point and shoot HD video sample I can find on the Internet, trying to understand the state of consumer HD. The HD samples usually contain a few sharp frames but in general seem softer than my miniDV SD footage edited in Pinnacle Studio and burned to DVD.

Your exhuberance for the Canon SX200 IS got me excited, but the footage seems blurry to me.

Thank you for your prolific postings on video process flow, settings and technique.

Alan


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Eugenia wrote on September 11th, 2009 at 12:11 PM PST:

>Is this my computer, or a problem, or intentional?

Intentional, to match the music.

>Both the windsurfer and buildings at 00:37 seem soft focus to me,

Maybe a bad focusing with the lens, looks ok to me for the most part.

> and at 1:18 the foreground flower seems soft focus.

No, that is not soft focus there, it’s actually perfectly sharp.

>softer than my miniDV SD footage

The SX200 IS shoots way better video than any consumer SD DV cam.

>Your exhuberance for the Canon SX200 IS got me excited, but the footage seems blurry to me.

No, it’s not blurry. Go read the review again, and DOWNLOAD the unedited clips I linked from that review! These are the clips you need to be looking at, as they are straight out of the camera, unedited.


Alan McDonley wrote on September 12th, 2009 at 6:30 AM PST:

Thanks for the response and making all this footage available on the net. I downloaded the raw clips zip and “In the Color of the Sun” to my Tivo HD (using pyTivo) for viewing with 34″ tube HDTV, and also reviewed the collateral.

Great stuff.


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