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Two questions about my sony HDR CX-160

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Hi everyone,
I have recently purchased a new sony camera with a fisheye lens and i have two queries

1: I initially attached a spacer ring onto my camcorder (just for experimentation purposes) and it seemed to make no particular difference to the quality at first, untill i noticed that these weird blue rings appeared around the edges of the vig of the fisheye and ever since i have noticed that it has really been irritating me. i wanted to know how i could take those spacer rings off my camcorder as they seen to be attached to the camera extremely tightly and i think that the spacer might be the cause of these annoying blue rings that are appearing.

2: when i Plug in my camera to my computer and view the footage that has been filmed it looks like really nice quality video although whenever i Put videos into my editing system, render the videos and export the media, the quality of the video seems much more blury than the original media file just after it has been filmed. i don't know weather it has to do with my editing system or maybe the type of media file that i am using but i edit with adobe premiere cs4 so if anyone would have an idea on how i could fix this that would be great!

If i could have some assistance with either one of these questions that would be absolutely terrific.

Gabe
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Hi everyone,
I have recently purchased a new sony camera with a fisheye lens and i have two queries
1: I initially attached a spacer ring onto my camcorder (just for experimentation purposes) and it seemed to make no particular difference to the quality at first, untill i noticed that these weird blue rings appeared around the edges of the vig of the fisheye and ever since i have noticed that it has really been irritating me. i wanted to know how i could take those spacer rings off my camcorder as they seen to be attached to the camera extremely tightly and i think that the spacer might be the cause of these annoying blue rings that are appearing.

The more you turn it just by hand/while it doesn't come off, the more you are actually putting it on tighter - so don't continue anymore just by hand as it is making it worse.

You can take a regular-sized rubber band and wrap it around the spacer, then use the excess slack to fold it over itself, then press your thumb down on the extra rubber band while also using your other fingers to unscrew it. You can also try one of those rubber jar openers. If neither works, they make specialized tools to remove filters, they sell them at B&H.

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2: when i Plug in my camera to my computer and view the footage that has been filmed it looks like really nice quality video although whenever i Put videos into my editing system, render the videos and export the media, the quality of the video seems much more blury than the original media file just after it has been filmed. i don't know weather it has to do with my editing system or maybe the type of media file that i am using but i edit with adobe premiere cs4 so if anyone would have an idea on how i could fix this that would be great!
If i could have some assistance with either one of these questions that would be absolutely terrific.
Gabe

I don't know what editor you are using...for example in Sony Vegas it has different quality settings settings for the preview window ("Draft" up to "Best"). The lower preview settings is so it saves system resources/plays smoothly but doesn't look as good. "Best" would be similar to the original quality in real-time, but requires a higher spec PC.

(Again Sony Vegas) - the project properties, including whether the footage is "interlaced" or "progressive", the original frame rate and quality settings of the video and audio need to be matched to the original/preferably selected as "best" quality so that when the file is finally rendered out - it will look optimal.

This is a similar concept with any editing software, the basic idea being that it's used for preview purposes and does not reflect the final quality until you render it to a format like mp4/wmv or whatever you like. It's a good idea to go through the help section and/or tutorials of the software to get a basic idea of how it operates.

Typing in the 'name of your software' + 'tutorial' into YouTube will yield helpful tutorials.
Edited by xfws - 10/12/12 at 2:33pm
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