Vitaliy hacks ‘photographic’ looking 42Mbit 1080/24p AVCHD out of GH2

Hacked GH2

Above: EOSHD’s hacked GH2 with Zacuto EVF Flip and Iscorama!!

Codecs are currently the biggest weakness of DSLR video but that is about to change, and no – not with an external record but inside the camera.

The hacker Vitaliy Kiselev says he has had ‘a break-through’ – raising the AVCHD bitrate of the hacked GH2 to an average of 42Mbit – almost double the original Panasonic specification and higher than the top AVCHD PS setting of 28Mbit. And unlike the GH1’s encoder, the GH2 has B-frames making it more efficient, so for the same bitrate it delivers more image quality than other DSLRs in the 40Mbit ballpark like the Canon 5D Mark II.

Vitaliy says on his forum that the video looks ‘like a photo’ in terms of quality. The next PTools release containing the patch is due out soon.

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EOSHD Myth Busters Part 1 – Forget HDR – It’s about tonality

Maria

This is the first in a new series of articles dispelling current ‘trends, myths and sacred cows’ in digital video.

Currently it’s trendy to tune cameras for more dynamic range. We have CineStyle for DSLRs, HDRx for RED and S-Log for the Sony F3… the list goes on. I feel the technique has overtaken the artist, the gimmick has triumphed over substance and we are operating in a world of myths and plastic looking images.

Read moreEOSHD Myth Busters Part 1 – Forget HDR – It’s about tonality