W3 Video

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David T. Long
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W3 Video
Apr 8, 2012

Hi all,

I recently purchased a Fuji w3. I was wondering about your experience with the video and if I am doing something wrong. It just does not look good. I bring the video into PowerDirector and export to various 3d formats but the results are awful.

Any suggestion I would appreciate.

dave
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Re: W3 Video
In reply to David T. Long, Apr 8, 2012

Hi David, I'm sure that there are 3D fan members here who are willing to get the problems solved. Let's wait for them.
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Herman,

Thanks:)

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In reply to David T. Long, Apr 8, 2012

Actually,

As I do more web searching it does not seem that the Fuji does very well at movies. I think my bloogie is better. So if there are some hints that I am missing please send along.

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In reply to David T. Long, Apr 8, 2012

Fuji w5 does not do a great video job unfortunately.
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In reply to David T. Long, Apr 8, 2012

Correct. Wonderful 3D screen, great 3D pictures at distances > 5 feet (not so great in 2D). Quite bad video. Bloggie 3D video is better, as is that of the Panasonic 3D1 (which also takes good 2D and 3D stills). The W3 is a great device for viewing 3D MPO stills from other cameras as well, often by just putting in the sd card from the other camera into the W3 with no change.

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In reply to Markr041, Apr 8, 2012

Thanks,

I think I should have done more homework and considered the 3d1

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Correct. Wonderful 3D screen, great 3D pictures at distances > 5 feet (not so great in 2D). Quite bad video. Bloggie 3D video is better, as is that of the Panasonic 3D1 (which also takes good 2D and 3D stills). The W3 is a great device for viewing 3D MPO stills from other cameras as well, often by just putting in the sd card from the other camera into the W3 with no change.

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In reply to David T. Long, Apr 9, 2012

I have read many comments regarding the poor performance of the W3 and I beg to differ. I actually own 2 W3s and have taped many hours of what I consider to be dramatic and stunning 3d video, especially when the price is taken into consideration. I bought my second one because it was on sale at $299 and I wanted one for a second angle when taking videos. The video is actually quite good, especially played through the camera on my LG 55inch 3dtv with an high speed HDMI cable. I think the bad reviews came from people who didn't use a tripod or tried to pan during taping. The W3 has no stablization when shooting in 3d video mode and the result will no doubt be poor as the alignment or synchronization will be off.

To put it in perspective I also own the Bloggie, and I recently pruchased the 3D1, although I hadn't had a chance to test the 3d1 yet, since it arrived a day from BH after an event I wished to tape. The 3d video from the bloggie is good, but the 3D effect is much less dramatic than the W3. I guess it all boils down to taste. The 3d video from the bloggie was sharp and the 3d effect was effortless and seemed more natural and effortless, but the color saturation (indoors) and the stunning 3d vow factor of the W3 is missing in the bloggie. IMHO, To say the 3d video from the W3 is somehow sub-par would be inaccurate.

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In reply to austin law, Apr 9, 2012

Fair enough, but cameras like these are for shooting on the go and not with tripods - and no camera should be panned!

We look forward to your assessment of the 3D1.

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Markr041 wrote:

Fair enough, but cameras like these are for shooting on the go and not with tripods - and no camera should be panned!

We look forward to your assessment of the 3D1.

I totally agree with Mark. The video quality from the W3 is a disappointment.
It seems even worse direct from the camera to TV than when rendered to AVCHD.

I have the W3, the Bloggie, the SDT750 and now, the 3D1. The W3's wide io makes it very tricky to use for video, in all but long shots.

Of them all, for me, the 3D1 wins hands down for video, and for its price produces excellent video that has good color, definition, , and sufficient 3D depth to look natural on screen. The video stabilization is an absolute joy, and hand-held shots, with just a modicum of care can look as if they were taken using a tripod.

I find a great use for the W3 is to add some 'deep 3D' stills into my videos where its 75mm io can be put to good use.
One of each ( 3D1 and W3 ) make a great team.

The Bloggie also takes much better ( really good even ) video than the W3 but it is more digital looking than the smooth video from the 3D1.

The Panasonic SDT750 is a stunning 2D camcorder, but its io of 10mm is not good for general 3D video taking, lacking depth. However it is good for close-up work and even blowing up its picture ( removing the black borders ) to fill full screen, still produces excellent and smooth video picture quality which looks far better on screen than the video from the W3. Maybe one day Fujifilm will address some of the issues with its video, a W5 model perhaps, with a narrower io suitable for decent 3D stills and video, plus stabilization and a regular mp4 format.

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