Mysterious Bolex-style camera appears from Japanese camera manufacturer – Bellami HD-1

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Seb Farges (see his work on Vimeo) pointed out this rather interesting looking “Bellami HD-1” on his Facebook page earlier. OK this camera may turn out to be rubbish or it may be great fun!! Who knows – nothing is released beyond the picture. The real Digital Bolex is something I’d love to get my hands on sooner or later. I’ve used the same CCD sensor before in the Ikonoskop and found colour to be completely beautiful and unique, totally different to a CMOS sensor.

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Beautiful 4K Blackmagic Production Camera footage from James Miller

http://vimeo.com/86848769

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 than cinema, I am not missing that BMCC dynamic range here. The footage looks wonderfully cinematic and the camera appears to be a powerhouse of image quality, given the right handling, good light and material.

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Discovery: 4K 8bit 4:2:0 on the Panasonic GH4 converts to 1080p 10bit 4:4:4

Panasonic GH4 4K

Pros are wondering what the benefit of 4K is to them in terms of overall image quality, when mastered and delivered for 2K / 1080p. A lot of work is still shot in 1080p and cameras like the Canon C300 are the workhorses of the moment.

In the case of the GH4 it may appear from the specs that it’s just an 8bit 4:2:0 camera internally.

Actually the theory is 8bit 4:2:0 4K material from this camera can be taken through a workflow in post that converts it to 10bit 4:4:4 1080p – with all the smoother tonality, better colour and workflow advantages that format brings. This is a big leap for 1080p based on the much more expensive C300 which only does 8bit 4:2:2.

I asked Go Pro’s David Newman (Sr. Dir. Software –¬†follow on Twitter) whether this theory was correct…

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