Using a light meter with DV : LUSENET : Shooting DV Films : One Thread

I have a JVC DV-500 and Canon XL-1. I also have Sekonic digital light meter. I am used to shooting film, but I want to use the meter for video. I am not sure how to do the transfer (ex. foot candles to LUX). Please help. Thank you. If you have any other lighting tips for me, since this is the first time I am shooting video, please feel free to post them. thanks again.

-- Michael (, April 10, 2001


i hear 0db = 250 ASA - roughly with each + or - 3 db it adds or subtracts a stop.

+3db you might want to rate it as 400asa or 500asa. and so on...

hope that helps...

-- j (, April 25, 2001.

I shoot a lot in the film format and video as well. I also own a GY- DV500 and recently shot a feature with it. Basically, the light meter is almost defunct. You can use the viewfinder, and even better, a color monitor to see the final result on tape. It speeds up the process of shooting and is more reliable than using the light meter. What you see is what you get. Just make sure that the monitor and viewfinder of the camera is calibrated to proper levels. After that you control your "exposure" with the iris control ring.

-- Jeff Centauri (, April 30, 2001.

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