Thank you guys for this forum and your patience with folks like me.
I have read a shiite militia load of posts about cinemode, the lock exposure trick, gain, etc. I've read most of the posts in the FAQ and run my own searches. I've had the HV20 for a week and have been trying to test different settings indoors to see what provides the best low-light performance and the most ease of use.
This Sunday I will be shooting, or having someone else shoot, my baby's dedication at church. Our church is typically kind of dark, with spots on the stage, but not overly bright. I won't have a chance to do, and don't fully understand, the whole phone trick/lock exposure technique. I'm trying to get the least amount of grain/gain in my shots.
So my thoughts are to just put the HV20 in 24p, cinemode and let it roll. There won't be a lot of movement so I think 24p should be fine. I would like sharp images, and I know that cinemode can soften things a bit, but I thought it might help with the grain. If not, correct me on this. Does this sound like the best settings to use to get fairly crisp, low grain, indoor shots in a lower light setting? I have fiddled with TV settings as well, so I could just set a shutter speed if that will give me crisper images.
As an aside, I've tried using Zebra at 70% and I have no idea what I'm seeing with that. I just know the lines disappear at darker settings, ie. higher shutter speeds. So is it just helping you not blow out the shot?
Thanks for the help!