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vickee's Avatar vickee 10:05 PM 03-22-2010
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Originally Posted by Tom Gull View Post

If that's the Western Digital media player, it will play the M2TS files produced by the camcorder itself, you don't need to re-render them in some other format. If you edit, you can re-render back to AVCHD or another format of your choice.

Hi Tom,
thanks for the quick response!
I assume that Western Digital Media player is the same as WDTV.
there are a few versions in singapore,

there is the WD Mini Media Player, WDTV and the WDTV live.
is WDTV Live worth the extra money?

do i have to format my harddisk to Fat32 to play the files? i think i read it somewhere in the forum.

thanks again

David Sholle's Avatar David Sholle 11:05 PM 03-22-2010
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19,000+ - with or without oxygen!? I topped out at just over 14,000 on Pike's Peak, and seem to do OK generally up to about 13,000 in the San Juan Mountains in western Colorado. I've used a mini-DV cam up there but felt more comfortable with the flash cams. I live at about 430 feet above sea level so I like to be above at least 5,000 feet for a few days before doing any hikes, that's for sure!

Without bottled oxygen. On the route we took, which was a traverse of the summit, we started at about 6,000, spent that night at 9,000, the next two nights at 12,500, and then a night at about 16,000 (higher than the Matterhorn) and a long day to the summit and descended about 7,000 the next day, then hike out the final day. The paced climb allowed us to all properly acclimatize. None of us had altitude issues at the summit, but we were definitely all moving substantially slower than we would move at 10,000 or at sea level.
David Sholle's Avatar David Sholle 11:06 PM 03-22-2010
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Originally Posted by vickee View Post

Hi Tom,
thanks for the quick response!
I assume that Western Digital Media player is the same as WDTV.
there are a few versions in singapore,

there is the WD Mini Media Player, WDTV and the WDTV live.
is WDTV Live worth the extra money?

do i have to format my harddisk to Fat32 to play the files? i think i read it somewhere in the forum.

thanks again

go to the Western Digital site to see if the extra features on the WDTV live are features you want to pay for.
David Sholle's Avatar David Sholle 11:25 PM 03-22-2010
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

hey guys, i'm planning on getting a wide angle lens to go with the cam.

http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...rch_type=&aq=f

anyone know what ring or adapter to get?

thanks.

Get a wide angle lens that screws on to 37 mm filter threads. Sony makes two models that will work, and there are various other manufacturers. Here is a search from B&H:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search...671+4294952709

Here is a 0.3X 37 mm thread Raynox that for some reason didn't show up in the first search:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...sion_Lens.html

It should give wild effects for skateboard/snowboard type video, etc., but of course will probably chop off in the corners of the frame.
mibcc's Avatar mibcc 04:14 AM 03-23-2010
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I'm not sure I'm recommending it as I think it may be hard to maintain. Also, you'll be a lot closer to your subject and the stabilization is really excellent at 3/4 to 1/2 zoom or less with standard hand positioning. But let me know if you do try it and it works.

I'll try then to bring my monopod...
mibcc's Avatar mibcc 04:25 AM 03-23-2010
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I have been looking into this already. I know this issue is going to come up, so I'm trying to think about what I can do about it. I found this on YouTube, but I'm not sure if I'm going this route or not. I might be able to make something better?

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Thanks for the video, I taught of the same materiel but the installation would be different, but before I have a spin at it, maybe your idea will turn out to be the solution !

Keep us posted !

PS found this site: http://www.rycote.com/products/famil...i-windjammers/
HelenOster's Avatar HelenOster 04:49 AM 03-23-2010
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.......Adorama is a very legit store.


Thanks, Dave!
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 07:35 AM 03-23-2010
I just ordered this stabilizer,

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

from this company, http://indiehardware.com/Home_Page.php

supposedly this is the equivalent of a Hague mmc.

http://vimeo.com/998963

here's the hague...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0sG0vZP6ok

i know the ois in this camera is suppossed to be the cat's pajamas but for a real steadicam vibe this will work well for me.

Should have everything by friday.
dblitz70's Avatar dblitz70 08:22 AM 03-23-2010
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I just ordered this stabilizer,

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...=STRK:MEWNX:IT

from this company, http://indiehardware.com/Home_Page.php

i know the ois in this camera is suppossed to be the cat's pajamas but for a real steadicam vibe this will work well for me.

Should have everything by friday.

Dave, I really look forward to seeing your results of combining the 550 with one of these. I've been watching the various incarnations for years, and never pulled the trigger on getting one. The video example you posted kind of cheats by slowing down the clip, but some of the others are realitime playback.
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 11:24 AM 03-23-2010
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Dave, I really look forward to seeing your results of combining the 550 with one of these. I've been watching the various incarnations for years, and never pulled the trigger on getting one. The video example you posted kind of cheats by slowing down the clip, but some of the others are realitime playback.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97QlpvtPeGs

here's a good one...
dblitz70's Avatar dblitz70 11:39 AM 03-23-2010
Yeah, that's a great one. I'd love to see you do a comparison between walking with the cx550v hand held versus using the new gizmo with stabilization turned off on the cx550v
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 12:25 PM 03-23-2010
will be fun. as great as the OIS may be, it can't keep the camera level to the ground though. For certain tracking shots, especially 360 ones, the stabilizer should win out easily.

My adorama order, (bag, cable and battery) arrived. Camera due tom'w. Stabilizer en route but being USPS, no tracking info. But sent priority mail so should be by fri at latest. Gonna go out and do a lot of night shooting Fri eve.
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 01:18 PM 03-23-2010
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaDdDMaEXAU

pretty impressive macro....
tingham's Avatar tingham 04:09 PM 03-23-2010
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaDdDMaEXAU

pretty impressive macro....

very nice!. Can't wait to try that myself. Getting some more accessories, ehh Dave!. Glad to see you got your kit, and with the V70 battery.

I got my 550 today from Tigerdirect..that was pretty fast! Came home from work and there it was on my doorstep. Good thing I live in a very safe neighborhood.

It's raining here tonight, so I'll shoot some indoor video, play with the menu, and post my thoughts on it later.
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 05:04 PM 03-23-2010
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very nice!. Can't wait to try that myself. Getting some more accessories, ehh Dave!. Glad to see you got your kit, and with the V70 battery.

I got my 550 today from Tigerdirect..that was pretty fast! Came home from work and there it was on my doorstep. Good thing I live in a very safe neighborhood.

It's raining here tonight, so I'll shoot some indoor video, play with the menu, and post my thoughts on it later.

awesome. can you upload to youtube?
nahtanoj's Avatar nahtanoj 05:22 PM 03-23-2010
Has anyone bought either a telephoto lens or a lens kit like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Telephoto-Prof...386191&sr=8-16

and have any thoughts. I can't tell if the ring size in the kit is 37mm (which I think is the Sony size) or requires a ring adaptor (which they include). But there are no specs in the advert, and from my camera world, I'd always rather use a native attachment than need an adaptor ring (less hassle, less chance of abberations form changing the focal distance depending on the ring thickness). Maybe I once bought a cheap adaptor ring, but I seem to remember that it was an issue once for me. Any tele suggestions are appreciated. Getting ready to pull the trigger on the whole 9 yards...getting excited!
dustindu4's Avatar dustindu4 05:31 PM 03-23-2010
that camcorder stabilizer is the stupidest looking thing I have ever seen
nahtanoj's Avatar nahtanoj 05:55 PM 03-23-2010
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that camcorder stabilizer is the stupidest looking thing I have ever seen

You think that's the case because you've obviously never seen the clay bowl that my secretary made me for xmas one year. It looks like someone crapped in a bowl. That's the most stupid looking thing ever. If I could mount it to a camcorder, at least it would have a use.
Webmonkey's Avatar Webmonkey 06:05 PM 03-23-2010
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Originally Posted by tingham View Post

very nice!. Can't wait to try that myself. Getting some more accessories, ehh Dave!. Glad to see you got your kit, and with the V70 battery.

I got my 550 today from Tigerdirect..that was pretty fast! Came home from work and there it was on my doorstep. Good thing I live in a very safe neighborhood.

It's raining here tonight, so I'll shoot some indoor video, play with the menu, and post my thoughts on it later.

please make some good evening indoor shots with natural normal bulb lit rooms :-)
tingham's Avatar tingham 06:10 PM 03-23-2010
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Originally Posted by dustindu4 View Post

that camcorder stabilizer is the stupidest looking thing I have ever seen

It may look stupid, but if it's effective, I wouldn't care.

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awesome. can you upload to youtube?

I can upload some indoor low-light footage in a little bit. The cam seems very well constructed. The LCD certainly is beautiful.
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 06:27 PM 03-23-2010
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Originally Posted by dustindu4 View Post

that camcorder stabilizer is the stupidest looking thing I have ever seen

I couldn't care less what it looks like. Did you watch some of the clips on Youtube? The fact that for around $100 you can pretty much mimic a steadicam shot is pretty amazing. I wouldn't care if it were pink with feathers sticking out of it.
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 06:28 PM 03-23-2010
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I can upload some indoor low-light footage in a little bit. The cam seems very well constructed. The LCD certainly is beautiful.

awesome tingham. really looking forward to it.


mibcc's Avatar mibcc 07:31 PM 03-23-2010
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xaDdDMaEXAU

pretty impressive macro....

I did not test feature yet, but I guess after seeing this nice video, what it's capable of, I'll try it when everything turn green outside !
Tom Gull's Avatar Tom Gull 07:33 PM 03-23-2010
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Originally Posted by nahtanoj View Post

Has anyone bought either a telephoto lens or a lens kit like this:

http://www.amazon.com/Telephoto-Prof...386191&sr=8-16

and have any thoughts.

A discussion thread in the DVI forums centered around someone claiming one of the Sony cams produced horrible results with a wide angle adapter. After much discussion, the advice offered to him was that buying poor glass will give you poor video while buying good glass is a great investment. I have zero information on the kit you mention - it may be great glass. But there is a bit of "buyer beware" to watch out for with lenses. A really good built-in lens on the camcorder can be pretty much negated by a poor adapter lens. So if you can find some way to get a feel for the quality involved, that would be a good thing.
Tom Gull's Avatar Tom Gull 07:35 PM 03-23-2010
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Without bottled oxygen. On the route we took, which was a traverse of the summit, we started at about 6,000, spent that night at 9,000, the next two nights at 12,500, and then a night at about 16,000 (higher than the Matterhorn) and a long day to the summit and descended about 7,000 the next day, then hike out the final day. The paced climb allowed us to all properly acclimatize. None of us had altitude issues at the summit, but we were definitely all moving substantially slower than we would move at 10,000 or at sea level.

I'm seriously impressed. This sounds tough even if you're in excellent shape to start with.
mibcc's Avatar mibcc 07:55 PM 03-23-2010
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97QlpvtPeGs

here's a good one...

I had almost bought the Manfrotto ModoSteady, but decided to wait and test the CX's ability first.

Test that someone did:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE41lzi6oWs&NR=1
tingham's Avatar tingham 07:55 PM 03-23-2010
Here is a link to a low-light video I just uploaded. It's still processing the last time I checked, so the vid quality should improve in time.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ojEX3h8hCs

I thought I saw that strange warbling effect in one of my videos at full zoom. I'm gonna have to go back and look at that. Like the effect we were seeing in that one Japanese video. Cam was set to IAuto, and 17Mbps bitrate w/ Active Steadyshot.

edit: The cam has very good low-light, as we all know!
mibcc's Avatar mibcc 07:57 PM 03-23-2010
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I'm seriously impressed. This sounds tough even if you're in excellent shape to start with.

I am just waiting to see that footage !
mibcc's Avatar mibcc 08:01 PM 03-23-2010
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a discussion thread in the dvi forums centered around someone claiming one of the sony cams produced horrible results with a wide angle adapter. After much discussion, the advice offered to him was that buying poor glass will give you poor video while buying good glass is a great investment. I have zero information on the kit you mention - it may be great glass. But there is a bit of "buyer beware" to watch out for with lenses. A really good built-in lens on the camcorder can be pretty much negated by a poor adapter lens. So if you can find some way to get a feel for the quality involved, that would be a good thing.

good point !
Dave Mack's Avatar Dave Mack 08:03 PM 03-23-2010
nice, bro! pretty incredible how dark you can get now with these nowadays. very smooth too. look forward to some more.
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