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Member Since 28 Oct 2007
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Sony HC7 Settings

18 December 2007 - 04:10 PM

I am recently new to the site, and definitely new to underwater video. I wanted to start shooting some video on all of the trips we have been taking since the other members of my dive group already do digital photos. I thought it would be a nice complementary way to document our experiences.

I purchased a Sony HC7, wide angle lens, and red filters for wide and and without from URPRO. As my first venture I went with a simple housing option to keep the cost down as well as complexity. While I realized it would limit my capabilities somewhat, I figured it would be a good start.

I went with the Top Dawg 2 housing with the lights from Light and Motion. Our group went to Roatan last week and I got to use it for the first time. For simplicity I went with the filters and did not use the lights, and spent most of my time focusing on camera control and framing. Except for changing the setting pertaining to the video out for the monitor back, I left the settings alone (i.e. auto).

The questions I have are:

1. The video was decent for a first go. However, I think that I probably need to make an adjustment to the white balance etc. The housing controls do not give me the option to do this in water, so I am looking for some recommendations on what to set before closing up the housing prior to the dive.

2. The housing set up as it is now is slightly positive which impacts camera control in water. Any ideas on how best to add ballast to bring it to neutral bouyancy?