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    I have a Canon t2i and a Canon 70D.  The auto focus and low light performance are very good on the 70D but it will only collect 30 minutes in one shot.  The t2i has magic lantern firmware (free) on it so it auto restarts after the file limit is done.  The folks at Magic Lantern are working on a version for the 70D.

     

    I have a dual battery base for each of these that gives me about 1 3/4 hours of operation on each.

     

    I also have a Canon HF-M300 and have worked with the HF-G10.  Neither of these has as good color or sensitivity but the auto focus is great and with a large battery I get over 4 hours on a 32GB chip.

    in reply to: Choosing a camera + audio drift #212399
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    I work doing live performance recordings but have managed to do this using two DSLRs A Canon EOS550 and a Canon EOS70D.  I use the latter as my primary camera and just have to stop and restart it before the automatic shutdown at 30 minutes.  The first camera runs a firmware load called MagicLantern.  This detects the point where the camera shuts down and restarts it with a gap of one or two seconds.    I also have a Canon HF-M300 camcorder than can record for 5 hours but the video quality isn't up to that of the DLSRs.  After an hour or so of operation the temp warning comes on for the D550 but it has only shut down on me when recording in the sun in the summer.

    For your situation one of the 4K camcorders like the one recommended above is probably the best choice particularly if you really will deliver 4K edited recordings.  

     

    You don't have to downres the 4K files as most current NLEs can use mixed resolution files.  As long as your second camera image doesn't take up more than 50% of the height of the 4K frame you should be fine.

     

    As for audio drift I haven't seen it on either of the two cameras or with my ZoomH4n audio recorder.  I do see it with the Tascam DR-40 which has a timebase .01% different than the cameras or Zoom recorder.  

    in reply to: Which resolution to use? #211927
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    For video the 5DMKIII goes up to 1980X1080 (1080P) while I think the Hero is 3960X2160.  So the output resolution can be no more than 1080P.  You can downres the Hero to 1080P or you can capture a part of the image and downres it to 1080P.  If I had these two cameras I might think of using a wide angle lens and then in the edit creating several 1080P segments to select between.  

     

    I currently output to 720P with two 1080P cameras.  One of the cameras is fixed and wide and I slecte left middle and right 720P segments.  For the moveable camera I downres to 720p full frame or run 100%scale for a 50% zoom track.  Thus I have 5 views to select from in the multi channel edit.  With Adobe Premiere Pro CC multi-camera editing is quite easy.

    in reply to: Camcorder for Moving Subjects #211799
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    I wrote a longer piece that got lost so I will just say from my experience the Canon HF series has different color coding and will be hard to match.  I use a t2i with magic lantern for the second camera and a Zoom H4n for sound with excellent results.  I have a 70D for the main camera.

    in reply to: Is my T2i about to go? #210897
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    I have a T2i which I use regularly with ML.  I haven't seen anything like this but can suggest some tests.

    1 Try a short test at home with the same settings you used. 

    2 If you see the same problem try using a chip without ML.

    3 If the problem is gone you can suspect ML or the other chip.

    4 Format the chip you used for 1 and test again without ML

    5 If it looks OK then reload ML from your computer onto the chip and try again.

    in reply to: Considering the Canon XF200/205 #210289
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    I do live performance videos with the primary output being YouTube and Vimeo.  I currently use a Canon t2i and a Canon HF-M300 for multicamera generally at 720.  I am considering a Canon 70D for the autofocus.  I also have thought about 4K and decided that it is overkill.  I already generate about 100KB of files per project.  4K would at least double that.  I have good computers but I think they would strggle doing multi channel rendering in real time.

    in reply to: Move from DSLR to Camcorder, need advice #209734
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    You might see if your local college or community college has a film program.  Students often would be happy to  help for the experience. 

    in reply to: Move from DSLR to Camcorder, need advice #209730
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    Hi,  Have you ever heard of parallel evolution?  Sounds like you and I independently developed a very similar workflow.  I too struggle with color matching.  I edit to 720p so I can create 50% zoom tracks at different central postions to do the multi-camera editing.  I use Adobe Premiere CC for editing.  I am looking forward to buying a Canon 70D so that matching will be much easier.  I will use the t2i as the second camera then.

    in reply to: Move from DSLR to Camcorder, need advice #209725
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    I specalize in  live events. 

    I normally run a Canon t2i as my primary.  With Magic Lantern firmware it will record continuously but with about 3 second gaps every 12 minutes.  My secont camera is a Canon Vixia HF M300 camcorder which is placed at a different angle and run fixed angle and focus.  Finally I use a Zoom H4n to record off the board and simultaneously get crowd response.  In most situations I am short of light so run f:4 and 1600iso on the t2i.  The two cameras leave me the opportunity to cover the gaps and any awkward zooms or pans with the primary.  The two views also add interest.

    Editing with all this media takes about 4X the show time but I think it comes out well.

    in reply to: Sound speaker for the same day editing #208498
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    The reason to do same day editing it to be able to sell recordings to the people attending an event before they get home and forget about it.  Probably not weddings but music festivals or things like that.  I record that kind of events but generally take at least a day do do a 3 hour 2-3 camera shoot so I haven't tried this approach.  Interestingly there is a patent on doing this so if you try it with a big event you may get a letter from a lawyer.

    in reply to: How Do You Share Your Videos? #206893
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    I don't know the secret but it appears that it is a critical mass situation.  Since I replied I have added 270 subscribers and had about 240,000 views.  Many of the subscribers have names that do not use the normal characters so I am suspecting that they are from asia or the middle east who interested in the belly dance footage.  I record about 2 shows a week and post most of them, the remainder are for the exclusive use of the producers.  Do the best you possibly can both in recording and editing and become involved in the communities of performers you record.

    in reply to: How Do You Share Your Videos? #206288
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    I too am working in a niche market (live perfromance recordings with an emphasis on dance and burlesque)  I use YouTube and have over the three years uploaded about 1500 clips and have about 1000 subscribers.  I think the keys to developing an audience are good quality clips, regular contributions and facebook to let my friends and their friends know when new material is available.

     

    When I need to share privately with a client I use Dropbox.

     

    in reply to: would this be a suitable laptop? #206287
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    If the video editing program you will use supports graphics accelleration check if the graphics card in your new PC is supported.  I have a desktop system with similar specs but it has a graphics card supported by Adobe Premiere Pro CS6.  When I enabled graphics accelleration my editing and exporting speed jumped something like 3X and I can now view HiDef footage real time in the edit window.  Also do upgrade to the 16GB memory.

    in reply to: My video project is making my head explode, please help #205656
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    I agree with most of the replies posted but will add a few observations.  Your concern about the quality of the DVD output is misplaced.  DVD output is Standard definition or standard def wide screen so anything shot on a HiDef capable camera will look fine on a DVD.  It actually will look good on a BluRay disk as well. 

     

    Your idea of using the standard def camera with the new one may not be very practical.  The frame standards (size and aspect ratio) are so different that mixing them in an edit is very difficult.  I have tried and given up.

     

    There is a simple but somewhat time consuming solution for the flash frame poblem.  Go to the bad frame, step back one frame, create an image of that frame and then copy that frame over the bad one.  This will eliminate the flash with a likely impreceptible stutter.

     

    I shoot with a Canon t2i DSLR and a VIXIA camcorder.  My next camera will likely be a Canon G10. 

     

    I always use two cameras and separate system sound so the lack of an XLR input on any of the cameras is moot.

    in reply to: Is it possible to make a digital file of a DVD #205273
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    I did this for photo collections but I am quite sure that it would work for video files as well.  You could create an html document that contains a set of thumbnails of images from the chapters with chapter names.  Both would be links.  Clicking on the thumbnail or name would open the media player for the video file type in a different tab or window.  This is just an outline but it should be easy for a web designer. 

     

    The user just clicks on the name of the html page and clicks on the images.  Not exactly how a dvd works but quite nice, graphical and functional. 

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