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Question Lighting Settings For Filming A Band Indoors With Lights?

Hi, I use a Panasonic HC-V770 and I want to film my band playing in doors, in the practice room, but with coloured lights so the video looks more interesting. However, with the settings I use (default settings) it lights the room like it is broad daylight even though the room is dimly lit. Therefor, you wouldn’t see the lights properly, it would look rubbish and the lights would be a waste of money. Can anybody suggest the best settings for doing this? The options are …

Intelligent Auto (Default)
Intelligent Auto Plus
Miniature Effect
HDR
SCN (Scene) 11 options, Fireworks or Night Scenery might be good?
MNL (presumably manual)?
Slow Motion


Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Gareth
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Hi, I use a Panasonic HC-V770 and I want to film my band playing in doors, in the practice room, but with coloured lights so the video looks more interesting. However, with the settings I use (default settings) it lights the room like it is broad daylight even though the room is dimly lit. Therefor, you wouldn’t see the lights properly, it would look rubbish and the lights would be a waste of money. Can anybody suggest the best settings for doing this? The options are …

Intelligent Auto (Default)
Intelligent Auto Plus
Miniature Effect
HDR
SCN (Scene) 11 options, Fireworks or Night Scenery might be good?
MNL (presumably manual)?
Slow Motion


Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks Gareth
Set it to manual (MNL) and play around with the Shutter (SHTR) and Aperture (IRIS). By reducing IRIS (Left Arrow) I managed to darken the shot considerably.
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Thanks Terfyn, surely the main thing will be finding a setting where the light doesn't come on! It's got to be the light on the camera, that activates on IA setting, that makes the room so light. Anyway, I'm going to try it on Fireworks and Night Scenery first. This will be on 25th of July. Next Thursday. 6 songs on Fireworks and 5 on Night Scenery. If neither are any good I will try manual next time.
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Thanks Terfyn, surely the main thing will be finding a setting where the light doesn't come on! It's got to be the light on the camera, that activates on IA setting, that makes the room so light. Anyway, I'm going to try it on Fireworks and Night Scenery first. This will be on 25th of July. Next Thursday. 6 songs on Fireworks and 5 on Night Scenery. If neither are any good I will try manual next time.
Are you referring to the video light located above the lens? If so, you can switch it off in the Record Setup menu. Scroll to the relevant page and set Video Light to OFF.
I suggest you take time to work through the menus as most settings can be changed to suit your needs. You may find you lose definition in very dark scenes but you can raise the picture definition in your video editor. Amazingly all the detail is there and a small change in "brightness" reveals everything.
My 750 has the video light and it could be quite annoying as it switched itself on and off when not wanted.

The HC-V800 does not have an inbuilt video light, possibly because the lens is much bigger leaving no room in the case for a LED. It does have a "flash foot" set in the centre of the top (not a push in add on) and I have a set of LED add on lights from Neewer which work well if I need extra brightness.

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Ok, thanks. I’ll let you know how it goes after the 25th.
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