White Balancing was done very easily using the sequence: WB Button, UP Button and then Shutter, while pointing at a Amphibico White Balance slate. It never gave me any issues from 3m to 20m. Really fast, accurate and no problems. Can't see it needing that slate - Im sure it will work with any - it won't be for a couple of weeks, but I my old PADI Photography slate somewhere - I can do some comparisons for you - if you can wait
In September 2007 I took my old Sony HVR-Z1P to the Lembeh Strait for 9 days and came back with a ridiculous amount of footage of a ludicrous number of critters. Six and a half years later, I've finally made a documentary of it. Speed of post-production is not one of my strengths
Last year I posted a prologue video. Now, finally, here is the first episode, which introduces Lembeh's location at the heart of the Coral Triangle, and takes a look at corals and tunicates. If it's OK, I'll post future weekly episodes on this thread.
The camera was in a Light & Motion Bluefin HD housing with a flat port, and I used a Century +3.5 achromatic diopter for most of the macro shots. I used Light & Motion Elite (halogen) lights on most shots.
As always, honest feedback is welcome - positive, neutral or negative.
Call me old fashioned but I thought April fools jokes were supposed to be made on 1st April. And a bit strange (from an English perspective) to keep insisting it's real after everyone's claiming April fool. A bit of a dangerous game. I doubt Panasonic are too impressed.
Very nice film. I especially liked the anemonefish tending its eggs, and that black manta is beautiful.
As you're looking to improve, I did notice one or two slight wobbles at points that I might have tried to stabilise or cut in post. Also I think you may have just slightly overdone it darkening the footage in a couple of places. The blues were occasionally very deep, almost too deep, and the blacks very black. But I'm being very picky here.
One other thing. Be very careful with CC licences. You generally need CC-BY for what we do. CC-BY-ND doesn't allow for syncing to video. I love the track you've used and wanted to use some of that artist's music myself, but very little of it is CC-BY, and I've been too cheap so far to stump up the $99 for a Jamendo pro licence.
Nice, atmospheric footage and I enjoyed the aspect ratio changes. The lighter music for the credit was strange, but might have worked if the accompanying footage was different and relaxed (e.g. all smiles while de-kitting), but it wasn't. Would have been great to see you all emerging triumphantly into the light at the end.
Posted by Nick Hope
on 17 December 2012 - 09:00 AM
You may have seen my 54-minute Bali DVD on the net before at 480p, but I have breathed new life into it by improving the colour correction and upscaling from 576i to 720p (by a fancy AviSynth method) for YouTube. At the size embedded size in the forum it really needs to be seen at 720p, which you need to turn on with the cog symbol at the bottom right.
You can view the common and scientific names of all the marine life by turning on the captions under the CC button.