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Mixing formats in the same project (Canon/Premiere)

23 August 2008 - 01:02 PM

I am shooting with a Canon HC30 and editing with premier pro CS3. Does anyone know whether I can import and mix together clips in different formats (HDV24p, HDV30p, and HDV60i) in the same project?

Rick Colman


04 June 2008 - 08:41 AM

I need to use levels to color correct and increase contrast on my underwater footage. I have been using AUTO LEVELS in Premiere Pro, partly because I have not figured out the crappy interface to LEVELS yet.

However, auto leves is giving my severe color shifts when the lighting changes in a scene, which it very likely to do underwater.

Is there any way to minimize or smooth out the color shifts with AUTO LEVELS?

Rick Colman

EQuinox Pro6 Video Housing for Canon HV20/30

29 May 2008 - 08:36 AM

Please see my ebay listing for item no.200227608666.

No one has bid yet, so can still wheel and deal.

Rick Colman

Diopter Choices

23 May 2008 - 02:59 PM

I am going to attempt some "macro videography" for the first time with a Canon HV30 behind a dome port on an Equinox housing. I know most use wet diopters in front of flat ports, but, what the heck.

I am planning to use dry diopters, attempting to get some nudibranch footage. The set consist of the usual +1 +2 and +4. Since I can't manual focus and the little inboard monitor wont really show focus too well and since there is no autofocus lock indicator, etc. etc.

What combination of dry diopters would you recommend, and where shall I place the lens in its zoom range?

Sage advice appreciated.

Rick Colman

strange ghost image (hv30 + Pro 6)

10 May 2008 - 08:05 AM

Anyone out there also using a Canon HV20/30 in an Equinox Pro 6 housing?

Here are my first dive impressions:

1) I notice a strange circular ghost image in the video. I THINK this is due to the "wide-angle adpater" supplied by Equinox with the package. It is a silvery aluminum, and I think it is relfecting off of the inner surface of the dome port, creating a mirror like ghost image. Anyone else experience this?

2) DONT USE THE LANYARD ATTACKMENT ON THE BACK PORT!! It is very flimsey. I did, and it broke while hanging off of the boat and I almost lost the rig. Two divers spent 30 minutes searching for it at 60' before I recovered it.

3) I added a 2.5 video monitor and AA battery pack. Monitor is marginal, but you need something for framing. The whole rig is now way too negative and I need to figure out some way to adjust bouyancy back to neutral..

Anyone else out there who can comment?

Rick Colman