He, I was asked to film a wedding. So I decided to hire the sony ZE1 and film the entire wedding in HD. I'm in the Netherlands so I figured I should use 1080i at 50 Hz (so I'm filming in PAL), recording HDV on mini DV. This is ok, right? The manual says it uses 18 dB for high gain, 9 dB for middle gain and 0 dB for low gain. I'm also hiring a camera lamp PAG C6. So what do you think should be the most gain I should use. What will give me the best result, enough light but also not to much grain. I understand 0 dB is the best, but what would be acceptable if I would use gain? Maybe you can also tell me what a perfect picture profile should be (but I can imagine that will take to much to think of a good picture profile for some stranger on the internet). About the sound, I hired the MKH 416. I believe I have to attach the microphone (pretty obvious) and then set it to channel 1, and turn the phantom power on. Do you guys think I should adjust the level myself or set it to automatic. I'm no sound guy and don't know a lot about it. So should I use common sense and set it myself or should I let the device make the choice? Also they're in a church, so I was thinking about laying a line from the sound table from the church to my camera and into input 2. Then put the settings on; input two to channel two and no phantom power. That should do it right? Again, automatic or manual? BTW should I turn trim and wind reducer on? Or would that mess up the sound? Also, do you think it's better to set the viewfinder to black and white? I also have my small camcorder with full color (because it can only show full color). I was really wondering how my FCP settings should be. I have FCP 7 (FCS 3). When I open the "log and capture" window and go to capture settings, the settings are as following: "Device control: Firewire PAL" and "Capture/Input: DV PAL 48 KHz Anamorphic". But I'm quite sure these settings aren't correct. What should they be so I can get the HD material on my mac. It doesn't have to be in prores. HDV is okay (when that's possible). Thank you for the time reading this. -- Arjen -- Edit: I have searched the internet for the proper settings. I can tell you what I have now, but let's just say I did what this guide told me to: http://joshuamosley.com/tutorials/FinalCut/hdv.html The only difference is that I use for the "sequence preset: HDV - 1080i50". Now I also can't choose what import settings I want in the "log and capture" window. I think that's how it should be.