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    Sony PMW-EX1, HVR-Z1U & HDR-HC3e HDV
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    5x200w HMI, 5x50w HID, 2x24w HID
  1. Thanks Davide, it was all shot at 24p. There is really not that much movement going on so it worked well.
  2. Hey guys, here is some footage from Devils Eye Cave in North Florida. Shot handheld with a Canon 7D over a period of 5 dives. Slowmo clips were created using Apple Motion and Optical Flow. Might have been even nicer with Twixtor.
  3. Thanks. We were based in Tulum so all the usual ones around there, Nohoch, Naharon, Dos Ojos, River Run etc. We also had a couple of guided dives but I have been asked to refer to those sites only as "My Secret Cenote". They were pretty new and fresh! There is no proper dive center/charter in Bergen unfortunately. http://www.nemo.no/ can probably help you out with gas (make sure you are not in a hurry), but that is pretty much it with them. You could show up for a club dive wih the Uni, see sub.uib.no (they dive Sat/Sun). We will probably head out for a shore dive (either wreck or nature) on Sunday so you are welcome to join for that if you want or you could head up to Gulen Dive Center/Resort (90 min. with car north of Bergen) and enjoy some of the great WW2 wrecks they have there. See: http://gulendykkesenter.no/. It's a bit pricey, NOK550 per dive, but hey that's Norway for you ... Thanks. I have been told that they are of a bear.
  4. We went to Mexico again and brought the 200w HMI to light up some of the caves there: [vimeohd]40100019[/vimeohd]
  5. The fuzzy section is the halocline, where salt water meets the fresh. When disturbed by divers they mix, so what you are seeing is me going into the halocline and then exiting at the end of clip. Nothing wrong with the camera We use drysuits but it is not really required for the kind of exposures we were doing. You can use whatever you are comfortable with but some of the systems in Mexico have an average depth of 5 meters allowing for long exposures. 2 to 3 hour dives are common.
  6. Loved it! That's the first timelapse I have ever seen underwater. Great idea and an interesting new perspective. Now all we need is a DSLR that can shoot 24 frames (photos) pr. second and we'll be all set. My 7D can do 8 so I am sure were not far away. As a bonus I imagine that you will be able to fry eggs on your camera when you reach the surface
  7. Some footage from our trip to Mexico and some of the beautiful caves they have there: [vimeo]20624639[/vimeo]
  8. No there is never enough light is there. Vis was good, but I used some old lights that really aren't that good. Poor reflector, no diffusor and since this was my very first dive with the camera I really did not focus to much on the lighting.
  9. I set the ISO manually. I will try auto but I don't have high hopes. Furthermore, with the Nauticam housing changing ISO becomes a breeze. I actually sacrificed getting a 5D2 in favour of the housing.
  10. Here's some video footage (wreck) shot with the 7D and Tokina 11-16mm in low-light: http://vimeo.com/18573237 I chose the 11-16 for pretty much the same reasons that Balrog mentions in his post.
  11. Thanks Nick. We use a slightly negative scooter/DPV as a camera mount, which allows for great control over the camera and movement: Maybe not the cheapest camera mount you can get but it get's the job done. There are some more photos from the trip here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44561640@N07/...57625180329803/
  12. We've uploaded some footage to: http://vimeo.com/16464648 I've used Color rather extensively (and more than usual) to create that deep, dark, scary look and it looks fairly good on my screen although I'm guessing you guys can tell me what I have done wrong. I wish I had more patience and time when working with Color. Here's a frame grab from one of the clips showing before and after: Most of the footage is shot with the Sony PMW-EX1 exept for the last three clips which were recorded using a Sony HVR-Z1U.
  13. 5 200w HMI videolamps and 2 50w HID lights (with diffusors) mounted on the housing. Well it´s the built in lense that´s on the EX1. As far as I know it´s not interchangeable. Edited in FCP. XDCAM 1080p @ 25 to Apple Prores 720p. Then color corrected and graded in Apple Color and the off to Vimeo @ 720p @ 25 MP4. Pretty much everything set to auto. except white balance (which was set for each dive). No filters.
  14. Well that´s why I post here. This is one of the few places were you actually get some constructive feedback. Thanks to everyone that responded. (I would have replied earlier if I didn´t have to actually manually subscribe to replies in a thread I created). The shipwreck was filmed over a period of three days for a total of 5 dives. We used our first dive to sightsee the wreck, everyone brought scooters enabling us to dive the entire wreck (it´s 100 meters long) in one dive. This provided us with valuable information for planning subsequent film dives and we spent quite some time on-shore planning the variuos shots we wanted to attempt. It took a total of six divers to get these shots and our greatest challenge was to choreograph the divers carrying the 200 watt HMI lights in relation to the camera (particulary the shots where you see light in front of the camera). In total we performed 4 dives filming on the wreck. Bottom time for each dive ranged from 30-45 minutes which provided us with almost 2 hours of footage shot with Sony PMW-EX1 in a Gates housing with the Super Wide SWP44C w/a port. I´ve used FCP to edit and I´ve only applied the Smoothcam filter to some of the closeup shots. The w/a shots are stable because we have the housing mounted on a scooter.
  15. Hi Here are some scenes from the ship wreck of Helga Ferdinand shot with the EX1 in a Gates Housing with all the bells and whistles.
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