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  1. #11
    Use florescent tubes. Cheap and good. Change the tubes for warm/cool tone.

    On the high side there are LED lights. Very dear (abt 3 times the price of a redhead), but very low power consumption.
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

  2. #12
    Hi Nagar
    Nice to hear from you again
    I actually made my own CFL light bank and it's great to have lights that don't melt things less than 1 metre away. For wedding speeches I have a bank of 9 x 20W CFL's (I just used the el-cheapo ones from the discount store at $3 each) There is a tutorial on my site for a smaller unit actually but because there is no heat, you can use card reflectors too!!!

    They are pretty effective but a little over-rated by manufacturers ..20W is supposed to equal a normal 100W lamp but due to the lowish CRI rating I rate them at around 3 X ....It's still a cheap and cool light source!! If you take a look at the "Sample Speech" online clip on the link below it was shot in a virtually dark room and I had the light about 10 metres away from the speaker and the tables!!
    PS: This was shot on the MD10000 It has better low-light resolution than my previous GS500!!! (I suspect the pixel spacing is better on the chips)

    http://www.softweigh.com/wedding/sample.html

    Chris

  3. #13
    Do you gel the lights for color correction/matching at alll?
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
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  4. #14
    The CFL's I have are 5000K so they are pretty close to normal light. I just do a white balance and that's it. The ambient lighting is so low at weddings that you have little chance of different colour temperatures mixing!! However you can get CFL's in 3200K, 5000K and 6500K too!!

    Chris

  5. #15
    Yup guys, I'm back after a 10-day conference shoot-and-edit. Almost killed me... Have to re-visit my working process again especially working with the FCP suite entirely for the first time. The lady photography has some killer lens but she seemed to be quite relaxed. The lighting is neat. And being a photographer more than a videographer in weddings, I agree with the lighting limitations.

    Chris, is the bride related to you in any way, since her first name's Harding (or seems to be from what I could hear). And you used 'el-cheapo', it's been a long time since I've heard anyone use those words! Haha...
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

  6. #16
    Hi Nagar
    Yep she is my niece!! It was a cheap wedding present!! Gosh we get stuff mainly from China nowdays so "el cheapo" is a common word here!! Luckily my cams are still made in Japan!!

    Chris

  7. #17
    It's the thought that counts
    There's no bad camera, just a bad user
    Loong . Singapore

  8. #18
    hello,
    I have one Sony Dvd camcorder(DCR 608E), one Sony Minidv Camcorder(HC38E), one old Sony D8 camcorder(TRV285E) & a Pinnacle TV Tuner Card, which has s-video and composite input. There is Fire-Wire as well.So please do let me know whether I shall be able to transfer all of the videos (Standard Definition), shoot in other camcorders, for editing, with my camcorders and tv tuner card, mentioned above. Will there be any quality loss in that process? Or do I need any V TR ? please suggest me idea what i do ??

    thanks !!!

  9. #19
    miniDV and D8 will transfer straight in digital via IEEE1394 (firewire), assuming the cameras have 1394/i.Link/firewire connections.
    miniDVD will be a pain to transfer in (best way is digitally by ripping from the disc and converting), will take a wealth of time, and will likely look visibly different from the other material due to high on-the-fly compression used when you shoot -- that being said, if you already have it, go ahead and try it out, it might be usable for what you are doing.

    (Dave[/other mods?], can we split this thread?)
    Eric Adler (tonsofpcs)
    http://www.videoproductionsupport.com/ Chat at: http://tinyurl.com/vpschat
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