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FXHome tutorials - camera type?[ANSWER]

Posted: Fri, 19th Oct 2007, 12:31am

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mikeb8

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Hello. Wondering if anyone knows what type of camera the FXHome video tutorials were shot with? They are so clear, i was just wondering if this might be some type of professional grade camera/ format -- that might not be available to the 'average' home user..

Wondering if anyone knows if the best thing to get a clear picture on the computer is the format, the frames per second, or the camera lens etc., that is most responsible for the super clear picture? If anyone has advice that would be appreciated..

Thank you,
Mike
Posted: Fri, 19th Oct 2007, 12:35am

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Hybrid-Halo

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The fxhome tutorials aren't filmed with a camera, they're captured directly from the screen with a screen capture program such as Camtasia. You can buy these online and I'm moderately sure that if you look hard enough you'll find a free one. smile

I hope that answers your question.
-Hybrid.
Posted: Fri, 19th Oct 2007, 2:49am

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mikeb8

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My apologies, i may not have expressed myself correctly.

In the VisionLab quickstart guide, they go over a tutorial on how to create a lightsword.. It says we can download some stock footage to work with, which appears to be the same as in the live action demos when you first open FXHome's website.. Here is a quote from the quickstart guide.

"First you should download this video clip from FXhome.com, which will be used as the basis for the project: http://tarn.fxhome.com/quickstarts/neontute.avi"

I was wondering what they used to film this footage, and/or if this is what most people's look like when importing into EffectsLab or VisionLab.. Thank you for the reply!

-Mike
Posted: Fri, 19th Oct 2007, 9:03am

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Simon K Jones

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That particular clip was shot on a Canon XM2, with a wide angle lens attached. We shot using the 'Frame' mode, which is a fairly decent progressive method the XM2 has.

We also went to quite some effort with the lighting and use of smoke to make the shot look atmospheric (although it's pretty basic really).

That particular shot was filmed back in 2003, I think. The more recent clips you can see around the site (like the flying Supergirl etc) were shot on a Panasonic HVX-200, which is a proper high definition camera and is vastly better quality than the XM2.

Hope that helps!
Posted: Fri, 19th Oct 2007, 12:39pm

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mikeb8

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yes Tarn, i think that sums it up perfectly.. Thanks a bunch!!
Posted: Thu, 22nd Nov 2007, 8:34pm

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Skatingecko

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lol, though the panasonic HVX 200 is like $1000... but the quality is amazing, check Ryan vs Dorkman at www.ryanvsdorkman.com
Posted: Thu, 22nd Nov 2007, 9:07pm

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Axeman

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The Panasonic HVX200 is more like $5000. Or more, depending on the accessory package you get.
Posted: Fri, 23rd Nov 2007, 2:17am

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SilverDragon7

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And the Canon XM2/GL2 is between 1000-2000$ new and used.
Posted: Sat, 24th Nov 2007, 3:39am

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mikeb8

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Hello.. I appreciate the community keeping this going. It's nice to know all here are good trying to support each other..

Anyway, i don't have $2000 - $5000 to spend on a camera.. So i bought a JVC GZ HD-3 camcorder. I know from the reviews i read it's not the greatest camera on the planet, but it was just about $1000 at my local Best Buy, and it shoots in HD.. and i'm real happy with some of the recordings it's made so far!

So, thanks again everyone for your input. Happy film-making to all..