Hey everyone. Just recently got a grant from Pepsi to create a full length documentary traveling around the country speaking with families and individuals affected by autism. I've had an XH-A1 I've used for quiet a few videos and shorts, but I'm going to need to step it up a little and was hoping some experts here might be able to sort some things out.
I have searched A LOT the last 3 months for info on these topics, so I'm not afraid of doing more research if you know of a specific thread. This is my first big feature though, and I want to make sure I get it right for these families.
I'm pretty sure I'm going with the XHA1 with a Letus35 and some faster Nikon Prime Lenses - 35, 50 and 85. I'm also looking to add an HV40 with the same setup as the secondary camera. Glidecam vest for the A1. Good 3 point lighting, NTG3 for A1, possible crane jib as well for some special landscape shots. The questions I can't seem to solve are 2 fold.
1 - Which frame-rate should I use for matching the 24p HV40 with the 24F A1? My plan is to shoot for a possible transfer to film, but certainly more then just TV. Do I need to do a reverse telecine pulldown on the A1 footage in AE before adding it the the same FCP timeline, or do I do the pull-down in the camera itself as I'm shooting? I really have tried to understand all the different threads, but this one I can't seem to pull together in my head.
2- What settings could I use to match the colors as close as possible on the tapes? I LOVE some of the presets available at DVINFO and have tried them out, but I can't fiddle with that unless I can get it to match the HV40 well. The A1 is just too washed out in default, so I need to brighten it a little. Also, we'll have a very high shooting ratio with these kids, since we don't know when the 2 second shot is going to happen necessarily with a special needs child, and I can't spend a ton of time in post.
Thank everyone for any ideas. I'll keep searching. We start shooting in a little over a month, so any help would be most appreciated.