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Need Help With My New Sony HDR-SR11

by pilotbh / December 24, 2008 5:14 PM PST

I just got my new Sony HDR-SR11. I did extensive research and even CNET gave it top ratings. The video outdoors is outstanding. The only problem is when I bring it indoors. All of the reviews I read said it was great quality indoors, even under low light. But that is not what I am experiencing. When I transfer the video to my MacBook and play it back in iMovie, the video I shot indoors is real grainey and looks bad. I even try and direct connect the camcorder to my 1080P HD Plasma and I get the same results. As I said, the outdoor video shot during the day looks absolutely amazing, but the indoor video, not so much. All of the camcorder settings are on automatic. Anyone experience this or have any ideas? I am using a USB cable to transfer to my laptop and using a mini HDMI cable to connect to my plasma TV.

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by Papa Echo / December 24, 2008 10:08 PM PST

"Automatic" is the problem ...

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Cables and editing applications
by boya84 / December 25, 2008 12:27 AM PST

are not the issue.

Turn on the lights, drop to manual, open the aperture, use the "indoor" shot setting... good luck with highly compressed AVCHD.

Small lenses and imaging chips need lots of light - please keep in mind that this is a consumer grade camcorder.

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Use lights when shooting indoors.
by Kiddpeat / December 25, 2008 12:38 AM PST

That's what the graininess is telling you, and that's the only way to fix it.

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