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  1. Actually, I always shoot in CINE MODE for exposure ... I find that it is too easy to blow out highlights with the other automated exposure modes. I started out shooting in 60i, and am now shooting in 30p. Rick Colman
  2. 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
  3. I have about a dozen dives with the HV30. Look for some of my videos on VIMEO.COM. rick colman
  4. We do a lot of macro photography in southern california, because, dive conditions are often too poor for wide angle, and fish or other larger scale marine life is scarce. I have been doing some video macro, but, unless the nudi is actually doing something, it is like trying to do a video of a pretty rock or something. Not really much action and, to my taste, still photography is better suited to nudibranchs, etc. I have, however, invested in some dive lights, so may take it up again soon Rick Colman Laguna Hills, CA www.colmanphoto.com
  5. I have pretty bad ocean conditions here right now, very green dirty water with lots of particulate. I used the following regimen: 1) use FCC to do manual white balance, after the fact 2) use AUTOLEVELS, increase the clip popints to 1% to increase contrast, and set the time averaging to 5 frames. 3) then, apply AUTOCOLOR. It does not solve all the problems by any means, but does clean up a clip pretty well for an inexperienced amateur. Rick Colman
  6. 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
  7. Please see my ebay listing for item no.200227608666. No one has bid yet, so can still wheel and deal. Rick Colman rcolman@cox.net
  8. I tried a +6 dry diopter combination and it worked out well behind the dome port. I was able to fill most of the frame with a 3" nudibranch with good focus. I left the lens at full-wideangle behind the dome port. The combination seemed to work ok. I then tried a +2 diopter on the second dive, and this did not have much effect. I can't recommend this low diopter as being much good. Exposure is still a problem. I decided to go back to automatic "cine"mode on the HV30 which is full autoexposre with low gain with the shutter locked at 1/60. Unfortunately, I was deep in cold southern california waters with littel light. The footage is viewable, but undereposed a bit. Next time I will try locking the exposure at f4 in aperature priority, or, better yet, mabe bring some lights. rick colman laguna hills, ca
  9. Not sure about the Ikelite housing because I am using an Equinox housing with an HV30. BUT, I recently purchased a Sony VCL -0746B wideangel adapter (0.7x) with a 43-46mm step up ring. It works great behind the Equinox dome port with no vignetting and good shapness into the corners. Best of all, I got mine for $35 (used) on Ebay. Check this option out!! Rick Colman
  10. Well, I tried a stacked combination of +6 (2+4) in the bathtub, and it seemed to give me nice coverage of a 3 inch simulated nudibranch - using the zoom cranked all the way out to full wideangle. Keep in mind that this is behind a dome port. Not aure about exposure ... whether to leave it in full automatic. My still photography sense tells me to pu into aperature priority, crank it down to about F4 (half way in between f.18 and f8 and shoot it that way. ---> I am concerned that I will not have enough natural light at depth (no video lights yet). rick.
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. I am evaluating an Eqinox Pro 6 housing for a Canon HV30. I am also a fairly esperienced underwater still photographer, but totally new to video. I only have 24 hours to evaluate this used housing, or return it. The camera arrives tomorrow. Yikes, talk about a time squeeze. In any event, without having the camera in hand, I am wondering how easy it will be to look through the clear pastic endplate, and actuall see the viewfinder? There is no "super-eye" magnifier similar to what is available fron Ikelite, and there is no way to view the monitor. Is anyone out there using this setup? I would love to compare notes. Rick Colman
  14. I am selling an Ikelite housing for an Olympus E-330 on Ebay. The housing is is excellent condition, and is currently going for less than half new price. Check it out. The auction closes tomorrow. The E-330 body might also be available as a separate deal. Check this out: http://cgi.ebay.com/Olympus-E-330-Ikelite-...1QQcmdZViewItem Rick Colman
  15. The oly 14-54 zoom is a great all-around lens, and I use it behind a dome port on an E-330. When I see a macro subject, I crank it out to 54mm and get as close as I can, but it is not macro. The specs of interest are (2x equivalent): Angle of View: 75° to 23° Closest Focusing Distance: 8.67" (0.22m) Maximum Image Magnification: 0.26x (0.52x 35mm equivalent) Does anyone know whether it would be possible to get additional magnification by using it behinda flat port, perhaps with a Woody's diopter in addition. 1) what would this do to wide-angle, and 2) would the diopter provide a bigger image etc. I would like to investigate before putting out money for the additional port Rick Colman
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