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Old July 25th, 2010, 04:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default EVO Camera/Video Camera Settings?

I'm Trying to fine tune the Camera settings and was wondering if you guys changed the settings around and got better Pictures/Video and what did you change your settings to?

I'm more concerned about fine tuning the video Settings even though i know both the Camera/Camcorder share the same settings

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Well - there's a lot of personal prefs here, but here goes starting with the camera:

First, I turn off auto everything. I set ISO by hand, usually 200 or 400 does the trick.

I set the auto-focus off and set it to spot metering - that way, I can actually tap the point in the screen I care about, it focuses to that, light meters to that.

I usually set my brightness to +1 or even +2.

Contrast, -1, Saturation, +1, Sharpness -2.

I set resolution to 8 MP, widescreen (5:3) and quality high - I tend to crop my pictures after I shoot them.

Video:

I read the thing where the settings remain for video but another user here said, No Soap! - so maybe going with auto-exposure - even auto-focus - might be easier for video.

Even with the high-light, higher fps capability, I'm not doing any 720p recording - what little I'm doing is all 640x480 vga, with the MPEG4 codec selected. (That's a clumsy sentence. I give up. What I'm saying is - with higher light, you'll get more fps with 720p and it's still not good enough, in my view.)

Mostly, I'm waiting on a better codec (fingers crossed) for the camcorder side - there's no substitute for more frames per second in moving pictures.

If you don't have something on your main computer, then I recommend using the free from the Market, Photoshop.com Mobile. You can adjust for exposure/color/etc errors and make refinements - including cropping, and you can flip-back-to-correct shots from the front camera, because those will be mirror-image bassackwards.

If you're going to share your movies, then in my opinion you want to consider a coupla options:

One guy suggested that he uploaded his to a private thing on YouTube and then just emailed the link to friends and family. I've haven't tried that but I thought it was darned smart thinking.

The other would be to consider converting your MPEG4 files to a codec you know everyone will prolly have and these days, that's h.264, in my opinion.

I've used this for years and swear by it:

Squared 5 - MPEG Streamclip video converter for Mac and Windows

For OS X, you also want: Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime components

Even on Windows, it requires QuickTime from Apple - or you get a work-alike by following the links at MPEG StreamClip site - also, take their advice and get the other codecs you'll need.

Your video and picture files will be under /sdcard/DCIM/MEDIA100 - the video files will end with 3gp. On some computers, they play fine, on others picture no sound, on others vice versa - welcome to the codec wars, hence my recommendation to convert before sharing with friends.

And that H.264 thing isn't a hard and fast rule - use whatever works for your crowd, avi, etc, whatever - that's just one I tend to trust personally anymore.

Whatever you choose for conversion, usually the automatic settings will work great for you - MPEG4 is really MPEG4 Part 2, H.264 is really MPEG4 Part 10 - and because MPEG stands for the Moving Pictures Experts Group - the international insider industry pros for movies - I stay with their specs rather than one chosen by Microsoft or Apple.

Anyway - these are just my opinions, you'll have to give them a go and see what you think.
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