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  1. 3 points
    Jonesy Jones

    Kinefinity hands on at NAB 2016

    Hey guys, just wanted to put this out there. I happen to know that the Kinefinity guys pay attention to us on this forum. If this camera or company is of interest to you, make your voice heard (appropriately). The more discussion we have about these cameras, the better it is for everyone.
  2. 3 points
    that new grain plugin in 12.5 is pretty great. nice tight structure in the 35mm options. lots of control to dial in a look. I get masters to a lot of Hollywood releases through my bay and was always envious of the grain I'd see in them. This rivals that. Better than Film Convert's, imo.
  3. 2 points
    vasile

    Petition for Samsung NX1 hack

    http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57659433 http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/57659433 regards :-)
  4. 2 points
    I'd suggest as the producer he finds the extra $500 a day for an alexa mini and get his money's worth out of any anamorphics he's fitting to the camera (which will cost a lot more in rental than the camera). makes no sense renting anamorphics if you can't use their full image circle. a 3k image area on the ursa sensor is a 1.5x crop of an alexa mini in 4:3 mode! The $500 saving on camera rental is moot.
  5. 2 points
    Mattias Burling

    Olympus Pen-F in Full Auto

    Here is a quick test with some rough grading. I just wanted to see how it reacted to being pushed and didnt fine tune, in other words, excpect ugly grades. I say it holds decently. This was also shot in auto mode. The Stills however does not need any grading at all imo.
  6. 2 points
    Wow, Is there anything more pretentious someone trying to elevate their own importance by issuing awards. If it does have to win an award, it should be "most promising camera" As we haven't seen it working or seen footage from it.
  7. 2 points
    Syme

    Petition for Samsung NX1 hack

    There is no real hard limit to the bitrate of HEVC. Yes there is a maximum rate specified for each "level" of the standard, but that has nothing to do with the actual codec. What it really means is that all compatible HEVC decoders need to be able to decode at least 160mbit/s to meet the level 5.1 standard. That way any video that meets those specifications will play on any compliant decoder. It's a completely arbitrary number. No sane HEVC encoder cares about that part of the standard. It will happily spit out bits as fast as its algorithm and clock rate can keep up. The actual limit for a given piece of hardware or software depends on many things, but it almost certainly isn't exactly 160mbit/s. I hope that makes sense.
  8. 2 points
    IronFilm

    360/VR at NAB 2016

    How to make VR porn: In other totally unrelated news.... I've just ordered all the parts for my own VR camera.
  9. 1 point
    Mattias Burling

    Olympus Pen-F in Full Auto

    I recently got an Olympus Pen-F. The debate was between the Pen or a Fuji (x100t, xt1, x-pro1/2 etc). Ive always loved Fujifilm, even the small sensored X20 is an absolute joy to take stills with (to bad I needed wifi). The stuff I wanted was, Larger than 1" sensor Range Finder styled Awesome in camera colors Wifi The reason I got the Pen-F instead is because its almost as good a range finder as the Fujis. Plus it has incredible IBIS for video. And I already have lenses and adapters for m4/3. Both of them have problems in video regarding aliasing, but for the BTS and home videos I will use it for its fine. If the X-t2 do in fact get 4K, so I can get aliasing free video, then I will upgrade. Maybe I will keep both the Pen and the Fuji... who knows, have a few months to deside. Any who here is the very first video test I did. All shot handheld, in auto, no color correction or grading of any kind. Like I said, Im not gonna use this camera for any serious video, grading, etc. Its my stills camera. And for that I love it. Its got great handling, lovely sound (yes thats important) and the baked Monochrome 2 is so sweet I don't have to use raw. Some say the Monochrome 2 looks a lot like Kodak Tri-X. To my eyes its at least not far off. Here is a pic with actual Tri-X and an Olympus Trip 35. And here is a Monochrome 2 from the Pen-F
  10. 1 point
    These are the questions and responses I have gotten so far. If you have more let me know. Are there plans to expand their international sales channel and expand dealership of their cameras? Yes, in discussion with distributors at this time. Already in Europe hdvideoshop.com. How do English speaking countries get support for the cameras (with a language barrier?) Apparently they will use a distributor for that. Do they have a license to use ProRes and if not, when do they expect to get it? Prores license comes in parts apparently, and they have some parts of the license, but not all, working on final part. Does the global/rolling switchable shutter work in any protoypes/models? If so, is there a significant quality difference? Still working on global shutter switch, other than DR almost the same quality in global. Is there any loss in quality using Hi Speed modes, and if so, what will be compromised? (Resolution, noise, moire, aliasing). 1-2 stop loss in HFR, cab compensate a bit with ISO reduction Is every frame rate/resolution on the cameras available in both Raw and ProRes? yes, all resolutions and slo mo What is the functionality of the KineGrip? How long can a Sony battery power the camera for via the grip? Still working on Kinegrip, not here at NAB. 1.5 hours, res dependent How long does the Terra take to boot? 10-20 seconds How much more weight will the KineBACK and regular V-lock add to the overall camera? They didn't have an answer. Maybe they'll let me take it off the working model. What is the native ISO? 800 HFR 400 If I was to pre-order the camera, when can I expect to receive it? Summer/autumn, but someone else said a month, but I would lean toward Fall 2016 for the 5K, just my impression. What cost are we looking at if I order the camera with a Kinemount and an extra adapter? (Like EF or PL)? 5k $5000 body-$7000 package, 6K $6000 body-$8000 package, they're speed booster/enhancer is $300. Does the 6k model have a 5k mode? If so, why not? probably not, don't know why. Are lower resolutions and Hi-Speed modes crops of the sensor or can they be used with the full Super35 image area? windowed for raw, full frame for Prores, though at launch will be crop/windowed and will add full sensor readout later in firmware. What is included in the Wi-Fi functionality? What can we control? Every setting can be controlled with iPad, works now, iPhone and android still developing OLPF? internal OLPF, but not interchangeable Buttons? The feel legit, but you can press and rotate them. So that's why they looked crooked. But he specifically said they were preproduction buttons and this won't be an issue on production models. Overall. The camera looks and feels pro status. Solid, but light. Fan is nearly silent, but the camera isn't recording. Haven't seen it record yet. I've only seen the 6K, since they are just using the sensor from the Kinemax. RS looked bad on the screen, but could that be a combo of refresh lag? 5K will be same size and weight as 6K. They don't have most of their accessories here, so it's hard to judge those. Ok. I'll probably look at all the comments and ask more questions later. Let me know. I'm also trying to convince them to let me borrow a unit to test. Wish me luck.
  11. 1 point
    Even just a stripped-down Terra-like body with the innards of the Kinemini 4K for $1500 would kill. Shit, I'd buy two.
  12. 1 point
    jase

    One Lens?

    I have always been this "only one lens guy". Started with the Voigtländer 25, which happened by chance because i wanted a f0.95 for MFT. Learned to use MF and loved it. Then I wanted more, switched to an A7S with the Canon 35mm 2.0 IS - but the package was too big for me somehow. Now i went back to small via LX100 to RX100. And although i love both of these cameras and the versatility of a zoom lens, i have very mixed feelings. First of all, i absolutely hate fly-by-wire lenses. Full stop, they just suck - focus pulling is not really possible. I have shot many small clips with just that 25mm Voigt and I felt never limited. Nowadays i love to have a zoom but on the same time it makes me lazy and reduces my creativity. Seriously, the Voigtländer is the perfect lens, wasnt it a tad too big for me. On the other hand the size made it perfect for me. While filming i had both hands on the lens, since the GM1 weights nearly nothing. No need for any stabilisation, it just works. All-in-all, i love those packaged monsters like the RX100 and the LX100, however i do miss my GM1 combo with the Voigtländer. Always keep thinking of it. So much i might just buy it again and maybe this time with the GX80. And then i will never ever open this forum again, because it drives my GAS nuts.
  13. 1 point
    BrorSvensson

    Kinefinity hands on at NAB 2016

    for 1000$
  14. 1 point
    mercer

    One Lens?

    Yup. At least I can recognize the problem. That's the first step. Now I've been thinking... What would I do if I only had one lens? So, I looked at all my footage. Used all my lenses that I love. Then looked at videos online. To be cliche, I watched a bunch of Kendy Ty's videos and thought... No seriously what if I only had one lens? Now I know I'll never be such a utilitarian to only have one lens. There's no reason to delude myself, but I think I could narrow it down to 10 or less and if I'm going to do that, I may as well go out with a bang and get a lens I've been admiring for a while... Voigtlander 25mm...
  15. 1 point
    Bioskop.Inc

    One Lens?

    LMAO! Yeah, you've got it bad...
  16. 1 point
    Hey Jonesy! Ted here from Aputure. Didn't get a chance to meet you at the show, but really glad that Jeremy could show you all the new tech. Thanks for the write-up and love. It really means a ton to us. If you don't already know about it, we're got a user group on facebook-- not unlike Black Magic -- where we collect feedback and discuss Aputure stuff. I want to start up a live-stream once a week where we can all discuss what you guys are looking for so we can keep making it. Cheers, Ted
  17. 1 point
    M Carter

    Kinda fun - 2D stock images to 3D

    I had to come up with about 50 of these for a project where they had the unlimited stock photo account but a very low budget. It got to be kind of fun, other than the deadline had me up til 2 and 3 AM. This kind of stuff can add to your billable hours - since most of us have decent computers, after effects and photoshop and AI, if you can learn character animation, animating charts and data, or basic animation of things like manufacturing processes… you can really add to your billing (more for one-man-band guys than studios with dedicated animators anyway), farm less stuff out, and have more tools for telling business stories for marketing videos.
  18. 1 point
    would not recommend at all for vlogging, i have a a7 and the video auto focus is terrible, the screen cant go selfie mode and if you are in the wifi mirror mode to your smartphone you can only take pictures. No video.
  19. 1 point
    Speaking of the man... he just touched on that and uploaded this : It's interesting, we all thought the 80D was going to be the vlogger's dream, now it seems a partial nightmare.
  20. 1 point
    It definitely needs a good source of light. If you're raising the exposure to look brighter than whats actually there it can cause problems. The 4K BMD cameras are the same. FPN can show up if you're boosting the shadows. Alot of us are used to great lowlight cameras (DSLRs, mirrorless) but I feel with V Log and BMD cameras you have to change that mindset and shoot in a more film style approach.
  21. 1 point
    Used G7 might be your option
  22. 1 point
    Bioskop.Inc

    One Lens?

    I've only gone for Super-Takumars, not the SMC ones: 24 f3.5, 35 f3.5 & 55 f1.8 (I had the 1.4, but the 1.8 is just as good & back then it was cheaper). The longer range ones are the pricey ones, or they used to be. But as i've said, i've curbed my addiction - only 4 anamorphics & 10 lenses left. Voitglander still sounds nice & the click to clickless aperture - well that might have sold me.
  23. 1 point
    On a Mac? ProRes, no question.
  24. 1 point
    jax_rox

    A7S II Questions

    I don't mind, overall, the focus peaking on the A7s though it's sometimes vague. Neither the VF nor the LCD screen are really big enough for peaking to be super useful. An external monitor will be better I don't believe you can use PlayMemories to pull focus. I've never tried, though.
  25. 1 point
    Sekhar

    4K video for event/PJ photography

    Canon was talking way back of using the 1Dc 4K video for event (like wedding) stills, but I haven't seen much talk of photogs regularly using 4K video for photos. I had a chance to cover an AbilityFirst fundraiser walk today and for the first time covered the entire event with just video using NX1. I believe this kind of video-for-stills approach really opens up the possibility to capture moments with more life, making it ideal for events/photojournalism photography. Anyway, check out my photos if you're interested at AbilityFirst Walk. All the video was with the 16-50 S, DR gamma (-10 sharpness), and 1/125 or 1/250 shutter speed. Would love to hear about your experiences/thoughts on using video for stills with 4K.
  26. 1 point
    Policar

    Feedback on Work

    Makes a lot of sense. The last part you wrote is totally true, figuring out how to achieve that, though, seems harder. This sums up my feelings on your short: http://www.shanesnow.com/blog/2014/9/6/why-its-hard-to-recognize-genius
  27. 1 point
    jcs

    Aputure: the Blackmagic of lighting

    1 Dracast LED1000 Pro Daylight and 1 Dracast LED1000 Pro BiColor . Solid construction however the Aputure render skin tones better.
  28. 1 point
    Raafi Rivero

    Feedback on Work

    With a client I make sure to specify in the contract how many rounds of notes there will be. Two is typical, some may ask for three. And for lower-budget projects we'll get it in writing that there will only be one round. It helps to make sure that when the client is giving you notes they actually have something to say, or that there's someone on the client side responsible for making sure that everyone who's supposed to weigh in does weigh in, and that person collates the notes more effectively. It is also good leverage to have it specified in a contract so that, for instance, each additional round of notes costs X, or each day of work on additional rounds costs X amount. Without having that break, some clients will go overboard asking for "little" changes again and again. You want to make sure that with notes they're really serious or their willing to pay to go over. It doesn't have to feel draconian. Sometimes a gentle reminder in the process can help prod the client to be focused, "we only have one more round of notes specified in the contract, so please make sure everyone has seen or weighed in." Specifying the number of rounds of notes also helps you bid, budget, and schedule jobs more effectively. With feedback on creative projects it is crucial to cultivate a group of people and/or collaborators whose taste you trust. Online, you never know what some bozo is going to say, especially if they have no connection to you or the project. Online feedback tends to be more negative, and people rarely balance positive feedback with negative as people who know you will tend to do. That said, you also don't want to only share the work with friends who will only tell you good things. That kind of echo chamber can be equally limiting. You should have specific points in the process where you're looking for feedback. After a polished first draft of a script, say, after a few more drafts. After a rough cut, etc. Sometimes, especially with personal projects, you're not always at a stage when feedback is necessary or useful. Be sure that you're confident that you're not wasting your (or the other person's) time when soliciting feedback. Like, you really just wanted someone to tell you that it's awesome and weren't really looking for notes. Sometime's it's even helpful to have a questionnaire: what did you think of this character? is the turkey joke working? what did you think of the end?, etc. so that you're targeting the feedback to areas of the project you're worried about or looking to improve. Again, I think the key is to cultivate a group of people with differing viewpoints, whose taste (and work) you trust to give feedback. It might not always be the same group for each project. Or for whatever stage you are in the project. But getting the right kind of feedback, at the right points in the process is essential to honing your ideas.
  29. 1 point
    mkabi

    360/VR at NAB 2016

    I guess, you missed this bit or I wasn't being clear enough when I said, "Suppose it is a bedroom, and you have a multiple partner fantasy... Suppose you're a girl using VR porn... Use your imagination..." If that wasn't clear enough... since we are knee deep in it already... I guess I don't need to be coy about it. lol... suppose, you are a girl and you are put in doggy style, now which way are you looking?
  30. 1 point
    BrorSvensson

    A7S II Questions

    im pretty sure in crop mode its 200 - 409600
  31. 1 point
    Been thinking of using Resolve to edit with as well as grade. It's just that FCPX is marvellous and most of my plugins will only work in it. (Red Giant, FXFactory Pro, Pixel Film Studios, Motionvfx, Coremelt, Crumplepop and others). Who makes decent plugins for DaVinci Resolve?
  32. 1 point
    Nikkor

    One Lens?

    +10000, 40mm is the most natural focal lenght, it sits right at the spot were it changes from wideangle to tele.
  33. 1 point
    mercer

    One Lens?

    Yeah, I was looking at those TV Noktons. This was meant to be a fun question, but as I was going through my gear, I thought... Why do I have all of these lenses? I do plan on making a short, or maybe even a no budget feature one day, but it's really just a hobby for me. Right now I have a ton of decent vintage lenses, but I usually only use the same 3 and they are all in the normal range in FF terms. If I thought about this yesterday, I would need 30 of my 50 lenses... Now I'm thinking 5 or 10 should do and I should get one really good lens... So I've been looking at a bunch of videos from the 25mm Voigtlander... Damn that's a nice lens.
  34. 1 point
    Don Kotlos

    G7 as a stand alone 4k shooter?

    4K is overrated. Especially since you started taking videos last week I wouldn't jump into a new camera just for that. For example I found the stabilization that EM1 offered was far more important in creating nice looking videos since my style is handheld with manual lenses. Others might have a need for good AF during video, or ability for a shallow DoF or lowlight performance or large dynamic range or .... All these things take time to find out and in the meantime 6D is a very capable camera that you can use to learn a lot. Shooting technique, framing, audio, editing etc can make a much much bigger difference than 4K. New cameras are always going to come and get cheaper & cheaper so no need to rush for something that you want but might not need... Anyways G7 is a great camera.
  35. 1 point
    mercer

    G7 as a stand alone 4k shooter?

    Good idea, the G7 is awesome. But be warned, after a few weeks with the G7, you may be eyeing the GH5 instead of the 5DIV. Just sayin...
  36. 1 point
    Well, actually Zeiss did not invent this. It's a rebranded NiceDice LensGear and comes a bit cheaper: http://new.studio-afs.com/lensgear-en-2/ http://www.videodata.de/shop/products/de/Objektive/Sonstiges-Zubeh-246r/NiceDice-LensGear-Small.html
  37. 1 point
    shijan

    Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

    at the nab ikan announced new 3.5 monitor/evf with 4k support
  38. 1 point
    andrgl

    Blackmagic Micro Cinema Camera

    Cineroid comes to mind. They're a little bulky for VFs but they can double as tiny monitors. Plus I think there's a high resolution one at a reasonable price.
  39. 1 point
    CMCFirm

    Petition for Samsung NX1 hack

    How hard would it be to remove the block on the NX1 so that the Samsung Camera Manager app functions while using manual lenses? Would be great to have wireless live view while using non Samsung Glass. Thanks everyone! BTW, for anyone interested in developing, I am posting the link for accessing all NX1 firmware files again for ease of access. I usually grant access pretty quickly when a request comes in. Access the files here: https://drive.google.com/a/cmcfirm.com/folderview?id=0Bwt0uzFgEoRkQ2ZLOUJOM295UGM&usp=sharing The entire firmware history (v1.01, v1.10, v1.20, v1.21, v1.22, v1.30, v1.31, v1.32, and v1.40) for the NX1 is now archived in that link: Happy to help and really am impressed by what you all have accomplished thus far!
  40. 1 point
    MattH

    360/VR at NAB 2016

    I agree with all of these points. Was exactly what I felt trying the oculus rift beta. It just wasn't something I wanted to do longer than 5 minutes. I obviously get what you mean about the picture, but I think it would technically only be FORCED perspective if you used a large man and/or a small vr unit. I can't see how 360 degree VR would be usefull for porn. What is happening behind you? If the sex is happening in one direction, why am I going to want to look around at the room? To check out the decor?
  41. 1 point
    AaronChicago

    Aputure: the Blackmagic of lighting

    Yeah go to Home Depot and they sell like 12 ft x 5 ft pieces of white insulation for $15. Not sure what you're budget is for this but you can order 25 foot telescoping poles for around $90. Get 4 of them. Stretch them out to full length on the ground. Tie a long rope between 2. Do the same for the other 2. Somehow secure the foam boards onto the 2 ropes via gaffer tape or bungie cords. Then have 2 people lift up the poles on both sides. The foam should be light enough where it would work. If all of that is just too much trouble then I'd probably just shoot a couple of 1K's through some diffusion from the sides of the camera. Hopefully that'll look flat enough.
  42. 1 point
    Why is the Pix E5H to much money? An extra $150 over the Atomos and better build, plus it now has the professional XLR inputs available.
  43. 1 point
    Then that's good to hear. But may I make a request from all of us, that we phrase our critiques in a constructive manner. Words matter, even ours on forums like this matter. I sensed this strongly this year at the BM booth. And if we're not careful some may get their wish and disruptive companies like BM may go away or just stop making cameras (Samsung anyone?) and leave us with the Canon's of this world who if it was up to them would still be charging $15K for 60p at 720 res. Blackmagic NEEDS to hear our critiques and concerns, but in a way that does not contribute to a totally unfair stigma. Consider this, what if URSA mini was the last camera Blackmagic ever produced? Would that make everyone happy? I don't think this is the case, but I could very well be wrong. This past NAB was a total change in their pattern of behavior. We can only hope its for all positive reasons. Yes, but perhaps even BM thought they were under promising. With the exception of shipping dates, they have ALWAYS over delivered. And cameras are difficult. Just ask Red. Ok, so here's some good recon. I spoke face to face with Kine guys like 5 times this year, and here's what I learned about GS. The hit to DR is not the only hit. A switchable GS is going to hurt the image in other ways, like base ISO and other ways that they did not mention, perhaps noise. AND GS seems VERY low on their totem pole of priorities. It's the redheaded step child on the feature list. So while they guaranteed me that GS would be there, will anyone actually use it? Keep in mind, there is no doubt BM could have activated GS on the UM46, but the hit to quality was probably just too great and they would have received even more backlash from users. It wouldn't be a surprise if the Terra had it activated just to say it's there, but at a cost that makes the GS unusable. I think that for the time being, you either need a GS or RS sensor, something perhaps Craft will get right. The Terra 6K's RS is unusable to me, and the 'Sport Mode' is also NOT active and who knows what other motion artifacts that produces. But I'm rooting for these guys. I really liked them. So far, the design and specs of the 5K Terra look amazing. If the images follow suit, man, look out. Back to BM and Aputure, these guys are awesome too. They all need our love and healthy constructive comments to help them help us. That's what I'm suggesting.
  44. 1 point
    jcs

    Aputure: the Blackmagic of lighting

    We use the LS-1S, LS-1/2 (97 CRI), 528W, 528S, and H198, in daylight color. They all work great, especially for skin tones (better than our more expensive Dracast LEDs, which are only used for bounce/back fill now). Look forward to seeing the variable spot/Fresnels from Aputure (we use a Fiilex P360EX- very nice but not variable beam angle or very bright (can swap in/out the plastic Fresnel insert).
  45. 1 point
    Just seems like filmmaker anxiety about competing with VR. Not needed in my opinion. I connect with characters and stories, not the tech, especially if it makes me nauseous. Obviously if the projection or camera detracts, then that's a problem, but what I think needs fixing are the scripts/ideas, not the frame rates.
  46. 1 point
    jgharding

    360/VR at NAB 2016

    I preordered the HTC Vive, but it's more for gaming TBH. I may try making a first-person film for VR though... At the moment clients are 360 video bonkers. It's a bit of a fad though. VR on the other hand is here to stay this time.
  47. 1 point
    Jimmy

    360/VR at NAB 2016

    For horror, the feeling of having something just out of your peripheral vision has always been a great technique... 360 video really heightens this. I cannot urge people enough to go get VR cardboard ($20) and download Insidious 3... It will change your entire thinking of what is possible, for narrative.... It will stay quite niche, but those who get it right will be pioneers in a new way of storytelling.
  48. 1 point
    GH4 over that one any day. Unless you need it for actual STUDIO work. But... I'm thinking not.
  49. 1 point
    I haven't finished this cut, but here are some screens from a dance film I shot in a few months back which I test-graded. I tend to like the grain and flare. This was pre-firmware update. mostly shot on the cine nikkor 10mm and a small agne zoom. Hopefully I'll have some time to finish the edit soon... also attached is a screen of my setup. as you can see it's pretty minimal, basically nothing. the d16 with grip and cine nikkor 10mm. I attach a small sony shotgun to the top sometimes, and I have one of those rapid straps attached to the base so I can wear the camera if needed. The strap comes with a plate which has an extra screw mount I sometimes attach a monitor/magic arm to, but generally I shoot just by judging the exposure and focus from the (very bad) lcd screen.
  50. 1 point
    hi guys. that's my quick little travel piece about a train in yangon. yes, the d16 is not the perfect camera (and I didn't even update the firmware then) but, like many people, you use different cameras or techniques for different purposes. I'm still amazed this thing exists, it fits in a large pocket, and it's simply a joy to use. the post production is a bit of a hassle but the images are magic. so take what you will..
EOSHD C-LOG and Film Profiles for All Canon DSLRs
EOSHD Pro Color 3.0 for Sony cameras
EOSHD Pro LOG for Sony cameras
EOSHD 5D Mark III 3.5K RAW Shooter's Guide


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