2009 January 31st, 12:49
I'm just going over the features for my hf100. Has anybody come up with any custom image effects presets?
2009 February 2nd, 10:39
Well, these are intended for us to use to adjust image results to personal taste. A lot depends on what you see on your "reference" TV. The "reference" TV is one that you feel is pretty typical of what your finished product is going to be viewed on.
Here's how I use custom presets:
Outdoors I use Cine mode almost exclusively for it's reduced contrast, muted colors, and the gamma curve that gives a dynamic tonal range that looks somewhat like film.
Problem is most of the time, to me, it looks kind of "flat". So the custom presets I use are: Contrast - +, Brightness - +, and Sharpness - +. I leave Color Depth at the mid (normal) setting. These 3 take the "kind of flat" look and "kick it up" to where I like it. Still have a look similar to how film shows things but also does not get back up to the very crisp video look.
When I do indoor work where I set up my own lighting, Cine mode even with those presets will look TOO flat, so I have to go with one of the other modes like Spotlight and remember to take those 3 presets back to the default normal settings because in that mode I don't want a contrast boost, nor extra brightness, nor do I want extra sharpness.
It's really going to be according to your taste.
My suggestion: Do a fair amount of outdoor and indoor video (mostly from a tripod so it looks steady while you're evaluating what you did) using the default mode. Then do it again using Cine mode. Compare the two to see which mode you like in each situation. Do this without presets and see if Color Depth looks OK, Contrast, Sharpness, and Brightness. Make notes and then if you want, test one of the presets at a time and see what they do with the image on your TV.
The camera works great with default mode and settings. But the other stuff is there so you can try to have it your way.
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