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2 New footage and test of the $995 Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/155747487[/vimeo] The Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera is the not-quite-a-replacement for the Pocket Cinema Camera. Although lacking the ready to shoot straight out of the box form factor of that camera, the new model adds a switchable rolling shutter / global shutter mode as well as high frame rates. 10bit ProRes, 12bit RAW and 13+ stop dynamic range for $995 round out the spec.

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2607 Panasonic GH4 vs Sony A7R II in low light – Speed Booster Shootout

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/135859807[/vimeo] When you have a Need For Speed there are two people you can call – Shane Hurlbut or Metabones. The Metabones Speed Booster adapters give us apertures as fast as F0.64 from the rare Canon EF 50mm F1.0. The XL 0.64x version fits the GH4 and turns the scruffy 2.3x crop 4K into a shiny Super 35mm unicorn. F1.2 becomes F0.88. The Ultra 0.74x version for E-mount fits the A7R II and turns…

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45 Canon EOS M3 Review – new sensor, new video quality?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/125560269[/vimeo] The EOS M3 features Canon’s new flagship 24MP APS-C (Super 35mm) sensor, the flag bearer for future Canon APS-C DSLRs such as the 760D. Now released in Europe and Asia but not in the US, does the M3 rage against the dying of the light or go quietly into the night?

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0 SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the Panasonic GH4 (4:3)

At Photokina 2014 I gave my first impressions of the prototype SLR Magic Anamorphic 2x on the GH4. Now I have a newer version of the lens with me in Berlin to see how it compares to my other anamorphic lenses. Unlike the previous SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x, this is a 2:1 anamorphic, which is the cinema standard (and the look that goes with it).

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0 Samsung NX1 vs Canon C300 (image quality)

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/119331030[/vimeo] The Canon C300 (currently reduced to $11,500) was the $15,000 stalwart of the professional videographer, only recently did it have a compelling rival – the Sony FS7. The Samsung NX1 is essentially a cutting edge 4K Super 35mm sensor in a mirrorless camera, recently given a video oriented firmware update which improves dynamic range and the available image profiles. I was curious to see how the images from these cameras compared and I put my Canon…

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0 Nikon D810 video quality leapfrogs Canon 5D Mark III

[vimeo]https://vimeo.com/103305439[/vimeo] The D810 now shoots better quality 1080p out of the box than the 5D Mark III. It isn’t 4K or raw but it’s good. In fact Nikon are now providing better image quality than Canon across the range in video mode. Beginning with the D3300 and D5300 which provide a better APS-C image than the 7D Mark II with less moire, Nikon have taken the same improvement to image…

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0 Nikon D750 video quality is a step forward, but how much of one?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/106946973[/vimeo] At Photokina (Photokino for video users!) I briefly played with the Nikon D750. With the camera tethered to a sales rep stand and so much else for filmmakers at the show like the Sony A7S, Panasonic GH4, Samsung NX1, Blackmagic and Red, I didn’t really have much time for the Canon or Nikon areas, but I did form some first impressions of using the new camera.

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0 Evolving Sony A7S Review (Part 1)

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/101260603[/vimeo] I’ve had the A7S for over a week now and can share my initial thoughts, even some firm conclusions. Here’s one I’ve come to already – the Sony A7S is the best consumer camera Sony have ever made. For $2500 the video performance of the A7S sits between the FS700 ($8000) and F5 ($17,000) yet the full frame sensor lends more character and allows for groundbreaking low light performance.

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0 Grading the Sony A7S with S-LOG 2 and some EOSHD cinematic looks for download

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/101227369[/vimeo] Only a few years ago S-LOG was a $3800 upgrade for the Sony CineAlta F3, itself a $15,000 camera. S-LOG made its debut on the Sony F35, a workhorse of Hollywood. Now Sony have put this on a $2500 consumer camera along with the best full frame sensor I have ever used for video. How good is it? Very!! I am sharing a pack of LUTs for the A7S…

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0 Slashcam test reveals Sony A7S 1080/60p softer than 24p mode

Slashcam have chart tested the A7S internal recording modes and the results for the regular frame rates 24-30p are incredibly positive. However it seems that in 60p the camera cannot utilise the full pixel readout of the sensor, which results in a worse image with moire and aliasing. You can read my take on this below or head over to Slashcam to read the original piece (Google translated)

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0 A new (and extraordinary) Sony A7S 4K low light test

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYq1cwhk2Tc[/youtube] The Sony A7S is the camera I am most looking forward to in the coming months and although it is a shame it lacks an internal 4K codec, it does promise much improved internal 1080p and 4K HDMI output. Here Yosh Enatsu has used the Blackmagic HDMI to SDI Ultra HD converter to a Hyperdeck Studio deck to record this test shoot in the dead of night.

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0 Shooting 4K for 2K on the Panasonic GH4 plus my pre-review short film

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/95217701[/vimeo] My full review of the Panasonic GH4 (final retail unit) is coming next week. Until then I am enjoying Philip Bloom’s views on the camera here! A big thanks to B&H Photo & Video in the US for shipping internationally a GH4 unit with no recording limits, I got it before it was even available in Europe. Delivery took just 2 days! Impressed! Also thanks to Susanna, the star of my video…

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0 Panasonic GH4 4K Production Diary – Day 2 – Test Footage

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/90683855[/vimeo] Above: GH4 test footage shot in 4096 x 2160 Cinema 4K DCI mode. Academy 1.85:1 aspect ratio. CineLikeD profile for best dynamic range. Tip jar EOSHD just $5 if you think this article is useful [wp_eStore_buy_now:product_id:8:end] Below: Cooke S4i Mini (uncoated Panchro/i version) on the GH4 with Ciecio7 PL adapter (buy it on eBay here) Andrew Reid (EOSHD) and Frank Sauer (Filmmaker) are shooting with the Panasonic GH4 On Day 1…

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0 Sony AX100 4K video camera – how much rolling shutter is too much?

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDYxQ_kBrDA[/youtube] The Sony AX100 takes the relatively large 1″ sensor from the RX10 and puts it in camcorder form factor with built in ND filter. However it appears that in reading out all the pixels on a 20MP sensor, Sony have created a skew-monster in rolling shutter teams. What’s remarkable about this video is that the panning and trains aren’t even moving very fast. This is some of the worst…

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0 Beautiful 4K Blackmagic Production Camera footage from James Miller

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/86848769[/vimeo] Be sure to check out the GH4’s new trick – internally recorded ‘1080p’ 4:4:4 with 10bit luma, at EOSHD here One of the first to receive a Blackmagic Production Camera in the UK (hoping to get mine next week for a review, shipments allowing) is James Miller, Philip Bloom’s friend and frequent shooting partner. As this impressive footage shows even though the camera is designed for general production rather…

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0 Sample video – comparing the Sony RX10, A7R and FS100

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/80134787[/vimeo] Download the original file at Vimeo Note: This is an early-days test I did quickly before a shoot today. A larger one encompassing more cameras (GH3, D5200, 5D Mark III, Blackmagic Pocket Camera) and scenes will be on EOSHD during the coming week. The Sony RX10 appears to play in the same ballpark as the Sony FS100. Is this the new budget king for semi-pro videographers?

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0 On test – the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 50 x 1.33

View 10 frames from a rehearsal shoot with Bunny Suit, a Berlin based band I’m currently working with on a music video Disclosure: I have worked closely with SLR Magic in refining the flare and have a close relationship with SLR Magic, but I am approaching the lens objectively in my articles. It’s here! The finished lens.

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0 5D Mark III raw video (Magic Lantern) versus KineRAW MINI for image quality

The €3199 KineRAW MINI is the latest affordable raw cinema camera to be released. Featuring a 4K Super 35mm sensor it is a rival to the Blackmagic Production Camera and an alternative to shooting raw on the 5D Mark III with Magic Lantern. It shoots 2K / 1080p Cinema DNG uncompressed raw internally. Having now spent more time with the camera for the full review (coming soon), I was curious to…

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0 The REAL difference between normal DSLR video and 5D Mark III raw video

To learn more about using raw video on the 5D Mark III, get your copy of the EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide here What is the real advantage of installing Magic Lantern for raw video on your Canon DSLR, specifically the powerful full frame 5D Mark III? Is it possible to finally SHOW it? Yes it is. Here is the most in-depth comparison yet between the standard video mode…

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0 In depth test – 5D Mark III and 7D raw video vs Blackmagic Pocket vs GH3

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/77268402[/vimeo] 68GB worth of material was used to get a studio based test this finely tuned, with the cameras matched in post as close as possible. This effort to remove the variables of grading and camera settings leaves behind a truer picture of the differences in hardware capabilities. The 5D Mark III raw (from Magic Lantern), if it were a film stock, would be Fuji. Warm vivid colours which may…

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0 Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Review – Part 1 – Worth the hype?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/75728395[/vimeo] “The Pocket” is a polarising camera. It’s as tempting to rave about the camera as it is to criticise it for obvious shortcomings. However – bottom line is that this is an extraordinary tool. It is 90% of what I loved about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera without the bulk and strange form factor. In my mind it replaces the Panasonic GH2 as the cult favourite of prosumer video because it…

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0 Panasonic G6 Review – the GH2 Redux

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/70830474[/vimeo] Buy the Panasonic G6 on eBay The G6 achieves a certain yin-and-yang. With the GH3 now occupying a higher position in the line, the G6 has moved up to occupy the position once taken by our much loved GH2. It shares the same sensor which of course was always pretty special for video, yet adds a lot of significant new features like 1080/60p, a faster processor, high resolution LCD…

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0 Raw 5D Mark III vs Red Scarlet for 1080p delivery

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/69803484[/vimeo] Red shooter Ryan Lightbourn has been shooting with the Red Scarlet-X and raw 5D Mark III on the same production. His aerial shots reveal very little difference between the cameras but also some striking observations regarding the 5D Mark III’s raw prowess.

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0 Canon 5D Mark III raw video crop mode performance

Crop mode is covered in my 106 page EOSHD 5D Mark III Raw Shooter’s Guide on 5D Mark III raw video here Above – EOSHD “raw rig” above is comprised of the Lanparte BMCC cage with 5D Mark III and LanParte follow focus / carbon matte box from HDVideoShop Slashcam and I set out to test the 5D Mark III’s crop mode as precisely as possible using a chart – it is…

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0 Kinefinity KineRaw S35 Hands-on Review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/67513738[/vimeo] Fancy grading yourself? Download my pack of original files from the 5D Mark III and KineRaw S35. The file contains selected Cinema DNG frames and CineForm RAW .Mov clips from both cameras. The Kinefinity KineRaw S35 is the most complete debut camera I’ve ever seen. Packed with features, it simply doesn’t feel like an S35 version 1.0.

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0 Low light test of 5D Mark III raw vs H.264

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/66206596[/vimeo] The 5D Mark III is already a very capable low light camera. In its factory guise whilst not quite as clean as the Canon C300 or Sony FS100, it is the best DSLR for low light shooting (though the Nikon D5200 puts up a good fight). But that was before the latest developments with ML Raw. Has low light improved even further?

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0 Ikonoskop A-cam dll versus Blackmagic Cinema Camera

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/61364609[/vimeo] Read more in the first part of this article Back in November I tested the Ikonoskop A-cam dll with Rob of Slashcam.de and Ludwig Reuter of HD Video Shop here in Berlin. We spent a few hours comparing it to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera – here’s how it turned out.

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0 Nikon D5200 review

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/59832019[/vimeo] UPDATE: The HDMI output on this camera is uncompressed 4:2:2, for a leap in image quality over the internal 24Mbit codec! Check the forum for my ProRes noise grain sample shots The Nikon D5200 is the best mid-range Nikon yet for video. What is more of a surprise is the relish in which it takes on the much more expensive 5D Mark III, Panasonic GH3 and Nikon’s own flagship…

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0 Blackmagic Cinema Camera tips – ‘overexpose’ it for best results – and interview with John Brawley

Above: my Blackmagic Cinema camera with ReWo cage – a shootout with the Red Epic is coming soon BlackmagicUser.net recently did an interview with John Brawley, the cinematographer close to Blackmagic Design and main tester for the cinema camera. His experience exposing the camera goes along with what I am finding, that the Blackmagic Cinema Camera works best when you ‘expose to the right’.

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0 LOMO anamorphic goes Super 35mm – my music video shot on the FS100

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/54261970[/vimeo] Get Dreamleaver by Herdwhite on iTunes Embedded video not showing? Click here to view or download on Vimeo A big thanks to Ciecio7 for donating his superb OCT19 to E-Mount lens adapter for this shoot. This is available on eBay. We shot this with the young German movie actress Lili Zahavi (IMDB) and theatre actor Niklas Brubach. A big thanks to both of them for their performances. This is a music…

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0 Panasonic GH3 – my short test “Civilian”

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/54266780[/vimeo] At the moment I am using the Panasonic GH3 like a bit of a director’s viewfinder. But the advantage is, it is a rolling one. You can then put a draft cut together of the concept you’re thinking of shooting – like a live action storyboard, see if it gives you an emotional response and if it succeeds – hire actors, and go back out and shoot it fully.

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0 The EOSHD Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shootout

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/53821829[/vimeo] In a joint shootout with Slashcam in Berlin, EOSHD put the Blackmagic Cinema Camera into a bear pit against all rivalling cameras between $500 and $4000. It was a clear day and the results are just as stark. Download the full 2.5K shootout video. Here’s my verdict on which camera you should buy – based purely on image quality. The following cameras are in this test: Blackmagic Cinema Camera (retail) Panasonic…

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0 Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review – DSLR killer?

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/53340005[/vimeo] A version of this review will appear in the UK edition of Mac User magazine. Check out the subscription here This review is based on the final retail model (not a pre-production camera or loan unit). I pre-ordered from CVP in London back in April. The camera is currently £2148 at CVP but of course availability is still unfortunately very limited indeed. The Blackmagic Cinema Camera is the most Apple-like camera I have ever…

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0 Panasonic GH3 real-world test (pre-production firmware)

This report is based on a pre-production model. The GH3 is Panasonic’s most far-reaching attempt yet to take on Canon’s DSLR-market domination. So popular were Canon’s DSLRs for video that they were able to found the entire Cinema EOS business on the back off it (and in doing so, arguably they turned their back on the enthusiast DSLR video market). But there was always a dark horse and that camera…

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0 For the curious – Panasonic GH3 updated hardware and firmware report

Thanks to a chance encounter I was able to very briefly try a GH3 this week in Barcelona. The camera was on loan from Panasonic and not available to the public to try, it was part of the private beta test program but they very kindly let me give my impressions of it after a brief 20 minute play with the camera behind closed doors. Again this was not the final…

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0 Shooting with the new SLR Magic 35mm T0.95 and T1.4 prototype lenses

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/50210718[/vimeo] One of the highlights of Photokina 2012 was meeting up with SLR Magic, the small but nimble optics company based in Hong Kong. They brought out one of the first proper fast wide lenses for Micro Four Thirds (the 12mm F1.6) by listening to demand and acting swiftly. Now they are building high end super-fast primes which are optimised for filmmakers as well as photographers.

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0 Test footage from the pre-release Panasonic GH3 at Photokina

[vimeo]http://vimeo.com/49944730[/vimeo] This week I was loaned a GH3 body for a short time at Photokna by Panasonic. This test footage was shot in 1080/25p ALL-I mode at 72Mbit, with two slow mo-sequences of Pocahontas and the juggler shot in AVCHD 1080/50p at 50Mbit. I also had a go at grading the GH3 footage with Peter Patten of Apple.

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