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Texas diver

Member Since 23 Jan 2006
Offline Last Active Mar 13 2009 05:56 PM

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In Topic: HC9 Video Ambient Light White Balance

30 November 2008 - 11:34 AM

The Sony A1U is a single chip camera, and I'm usually able to manual white balance with the color filter in the Amphibico housing well below 60 feet, and often aproaching 100 feet if the water is clear and the sky sunny as it often has been in the Caribbean (Bonaire, Roatan, Bahamas). I usually white balance on the white platic lens protector that came with the housing, and color seems good. I have considered getting a proper slate, but this is working so far.

In Topic: Flat port manual focus tips

24 November 2008 - 07:43 PM

I'm not sure what sort of an upgrade you are looking for, but there is an Amphibico EVO Pro with an HC1 for sale on ebay right now. I have my A1 in this housing, and really like it. There is also a review by Wagsy for this setup. The HC1 would make a good topside camera (no MWB). It is used, so make sure to ask questions of the seller if interested.

In Topic: Sony HC9 vs Sony HDR SR12

04 October 2008 - 11:39 AM

We had one of those HDR SR camera's here and with our little HDV A1 we pointed them both into a dark area of the house to see which one handled low light better, the A1 won that no problems.

Glad to hear that wagsy. My A1 has server me well, and I'm surprised it does not get more consideration. I guess it is a bit more expensive than the HC9 and the SR12, especially when rebates are not available.

I really like the manual white balance and being able to assign it to a single push button. I don't think it's low light abilites are any worst than the HC7, HC9, and others of comparable form factor size from the videos I've seen.

The small size makes it easy to travel with, and I've been very happy with the video from it, but it will never compare to the 3 chip cameras. However, considering it has been on the market for about 3 years, I think it is still a strong performer.

Personally I still like the tape option, since I feel that the memory stick/harddrive formats are still changing. In a couple of years, I'll probably go away from tape, but not yet.

In Topic: New film

25 August 2008 - 03:56 AM

Does not look like all nations were represented.... Or were they eliminated in the semi-finals? ;)

In Topic: Flash video player on your website

24 August 2008 - 08:20 AM

OK, I've got a couple of amature questions.

Is there a difference between rendering and encoding?

I'm using Vegas Pro 8. I drop my *.m2t clips on the timeline to edit, and the result is a .veg file. I've been rendering from the file menu in Vegas, but I don't see an option for FLASH. Can I use an encoder like "medicoder" or "super" directly with the .veg file to obtain a FLASH format? Or do I render the .veg file in Vegas first? If I need to render in Vegas first, which format should I use to obtain the best results with one of the encoders mentioned?

Thanks for any advice offered.