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  1. What kind of render times are you getting ? 1x, 2x, 3x ? I'm getting 2x using Vegas on a Quad Core PC. Meaning a 10 minute video takes 20 minutes to render.
  2. That is a strong statement from Amphibico. I wonder if it is a reflection on the camcorder, housing or both.
  3. Jeeze Drew, still teasing us with your FX7 Endeavor review. Can't you give us any hints ? I have my Gates housing. It's solid, well designed, access to all the controls, viewfinder works fine, external monitor great. I'll get it in the water Aug 11-18.
  4. I have a question for the group that is slightly different. I am 100% a hobbyist. I do not sell any of my videos although I have given away a few. Sometimes other resort guests ask me if I sell my videos. I tell them no, but I do put them on the internet for people to view and/or download for free. Occassionally, if I like someone, I'll send them a DVD for free. When their is a resort or boat professional recording and soliciting DVD's for guests, I feel awkward when guests ask me if I sell my videos. I definitely don't want to affect someone trying to make a living. Sometimes the video pros don't solicit until later in the week after the guests have already spoken with me. I guess I could always down play my equipment and abilities and up play the pro. Although I've seen some pros using very old basic equipment. What would you guys do ?
  5. Question for those who use a tripod. Do you carry extra weight to weigh down the tripod ? I imagine you want the housing neutral when not using the tripod and very negative with the tripod. I'm thinking 10lbs neg would be nice and steady, but 5lbs is a lot easier to carry.
  6. Not sure if you've been watching the prices lately. The small HD cams have dropped in price in the past year. The HV10 goes for $700, HC5 $800.
  7. I did a little indoor test. I think 30% is accurate. I can definitely see a difference, but it's not huge. The camcorder see's it too as it wanted the ND filter on with the 100 watt bulb. I could also see the F-stops change when I went switched.
  8. New Kararu boat replacing the Voyager. Obviously, Eric was right. New boat Looks sweet to me. In booked to go next April.
  9. Curious, why are 100 watt bulbs only 30% brighter ? I guess I could always do some dry land tests indoors.
  10. I have halogen lights. Specifically a canister light setup. I typically use twin 50 watt halogen lamps for macro and closeups. For wide and medium angle I use my filter. I was considering going to 100 watt bulbs for the medium angle stuff, but that would involve wearing a 2nd canister since my single battery can't handle 200 watts. Will this be worth it or should I just stick to the filter for wide and medium angle ? I know the best way to answer my question is to try it, but I don't dive locally. The 2nd canister and battery will add a lot of weight to my already heavy luggage. Gates/Greenforce have a new twin 50 watt HID setup, so at least they feel a necessity for extra powerful lights. What do you guys think ?
  11. And let's not forget that distribution is not the only reason we do what we do. Whether you are a pro or just a hobbyist like me, it's aweful nice to watch HD videos/footage on an HDTV.
  12. Personal, yes. Each of us handle these warnings differently. I will tell you I am someone who lives in New York City, someone who witnessed with my own eyes, the plane flying into the WTC and watched it fall to the ground, in person, not on TV. Lucky for me, I was at a safe distance and was not injured. Terrorism is something to take seriously. Whether you take a warning seriously or not has nothing to do with growing up. If you want to state your opinion that an area or situation is safe, fine, nothing wrong with that and I agree that some security measures and warnings defy logic. But please don't belittle people for being afraid or feeling threatened.
  13. Maybe it's just me, but reading where he has dove, IMHO, the Caribbean would be disappointing.
  14. You're welcome. To clarify my instructions, when you trim, after you mouse over the edge, click and hold the left mouse button while you move. The "s" key will split, I just tested it.
  15. There are a lot of different ways to do the same function. Below is how I do it. Drop the clip into the timeline. To trim, mouse over the left edge of the clip and move right to trim beginning point. Mouse over the right edge of the clip and move left to trim end point. To split, move the cursor to exact split point you want, then I use the "edit" pulldown menu, click menu item "split". I believe you can also click "s" or "crtl s" instead of using the menu.
  16. Don't hold your breath waiting for me. Gates is delayed another week. Even after I get it, I won't be shooting anything worthwhile until my August trip.
  17. As a hobbyist who just shelled out big time $$, you could say I fit the description. I often defend my expensive hobbys to my friends and family, so I take no offense and don't feel attacked in any way. But I can never say "I need" as an explanation. I don't "need" any of it. I'm just a hobbyist. I think many of us pro or hobbyist have recently spent a lot of $$ when we upgraded to HD. I could have gone with a less expensive HD camcorder and housing, but I wanted access to the same controls I had on my TRV900. Mainly MWB, ND filter, diopters, etc.. I am also fortunate enough to afford my hobbys without going into credit card debt. I used to golf and ski a lot. Now that I do neither, my recreational time and dollars is spent on scuba and video. I don't feel any pressure or necessity to "keep up" with what other people have, but I see it everyday in others.
  18. OK, I placed my order for the Gates, credit card info exchanged, estimated ship date 1-2 weeks. That will give me about a month to play around with it before my trip in August. They did say the new Fathom port is being designed to be close to neutral, with an estimated release date in 2 months. I'll have to wait on the Fathoms. My bank account will need time to recoup.
  19. The delay isn't on my part. The dealer I'm using hasn't said they were already shipping. Do you know someone or a dealer that has one ?
  20. That's a nice explanation. I completely agree.
  21. Amphibico does offer a flat port for the Endeavor. The brochure and price list they gave me at the BTS show listed 3 port options. 94 degree, dome and flat. I will be getting the Gates dome and flat port since I shoot a lot of macro and want to use the diopter and zoom to it's full potential.
  22. I thought a flat port was for macro and a dome for wide angle ?
  23. Hey Roger. The Gates and Amphibico have their strengths and weaknesses. I'm predicting we will both be happy with our choices. Being a happy owner of a TRV900 Gates housing and shooting a lot more macro than W/A, the choice was easy for me. The flat port plus the flip diopter should work very well for the type of shooting I do. Amphibico's 94 degree zoom through lens is very impressive and I can see it tipping the scales for you. I will go with Gate's standard dome lens for W/A. It will give me 60 degrees and if my Raynox W/A adapter fits, I should get an additional 30% plus zoom through. The Fathoms lens is just too large and costly for me right now. I am strongly considering getting the HD monitor too. Many times I lose shots because I can't frame the subject with the viewfinder unless I trash the reef. A top mounted monitor should solve that problem plus it will help with focusing. My next trip is in August, so a mid June ship date should work out good. It will be fun comparing the housings and footage. You will probably kick my butt with the W/A and hopefully I get some great macro to make you jealous.
  24. Can Amphibico add the MWB control option to your housing ?
  25. Just got my Raynox wide angle lens. It's a little soft, especially zoomed in, but overall I am happy with it and consider my $150 US, well spent. Hopefully their will be enough room for it with a dome port. Here is a link to a sample clip and a few screen captures. Raynox FX7 W/A lens
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