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  1. 4 points
    My experience with BMD has also been above average. They swapped out my Pocket Camera when it had a sensor with a few stuck pixels, no questions asked. As compared to the Panasonic service center when I sent my GH5 in for repair and they charged me while under warranty due to my GH5 having some minor cosmetic damage that had no effect on the issue I was having resolved. Even if BMD was gaurded about the answers they gave on the NAB floor, I would rather have a company not make a promise they can’t keep then offer a 3-year warranty they won’t honor. The GH5 is treated like a consumer product by Panasonic. Blackmagic treats their customers as if they are professionals.
  2. 4 points
    IronFilm

    Wedding videography advice

    Sounds kinda spammy coming from @Video Gems Productions in the 3rd person??
  3. 3 points
    Andrew Reid

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    Still not following you I'm afraid. Are you saying that the image is noisier at ISO 4000 1/50 F4 than ISO 4000 1/50 F1.8? In that case your exposure is brighter by nearly 2 stops due to F1.8 vs F4 so you cannot be exposing both shots the same with both the 50mm and 24-70. A brighter exposure always shows less noise at high ISOs, no matter what the camera.
  4. 2 points
    Deadcode

    ProRes and H.265 Comparison

    With ridiculous amount of crop there is a difference in texture detail. "B" is ProRes (left) and "A" is h265. (right) Thanks for the test!
  5. 2 points
    Yeah smaller companies are often better. The huge companies just don't care because they don't have to. Not always the case obviously.
  6. 2 points
    Castorp

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    Sure, if I can’t open the aperture any further. Of course I will apply more gain when it is required. But my point was that same gain can look different depending on exposure.
  7. 1 point
    KnightsFan

    ProRes and H.265 Comparison

    I did a quick comparison between ProRes and H.265 encoding, and thought I'd share the results with everyone. I grabbed some of Blackmagic's 4.6k RAW samples and picked a 3 second clip. In Resolve, I applied a LUT and then exported as an uncompressed 1080p 10 bit RGB 444 file. This is my reference video. From this reference file, I encoded two clips. One clip is H.265, and the other is ProRes SQ, which I compared to each other and the reference video. The reference video (which I did not upload) was 570 MB. One of these files was created from the reference file using "ffmpeg -i Reference.mov -c:v libx265 -crf 20 -preset slower -pix_fmt yuv422p10le H265.mov". The file size is 7.81 MB (1.4% of the reference) The other file was created using "ffmpeg -i Reference.mov -c:v prores_ks -profile:v 2 ProRes.mov". The file size was 44 MB (7.7% of the reference, or ~5x the size of H.265) In order to keep the comparison blind, I then converted both the ProRes and H.265 files to uncompressed 10 bit 422. So you shouldn't be able to tell which is which from the metadata, file size, playback speed, etc. You can download these files (380 MB each) and do extreme color grades or whatever stress tests you wish, and compare the quality difference yourself. https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Z5iuNkVUCM9BgygGkYRXizzr6XnSXDK7 https://drive.google.com/open?id=1JHkmDKZU4qdS7qO_C0NwYH2xkey0uz7C I'd love to hear thoughts or if anyone would be interested in further tests. Keep in mind that there are different settings for H.265, so this test doesn't really have implications for camera quality. since we don't know what their encoder settings are. However, it could have implications for intermediate files or deliverables, especially to sites with file size limits.
  8. 1 point
    BTM_Pix

    My New Pocket4K Android App

    Pleased to announce that my Pocket4K app for Android is now complete and is with beta testers so barring any calamties will be available from the Play store on the 21st of December. Here is a screen shot with a quick run through of the features from top to bottom : Across the top we have the controls for Aperture, ISO and shutter angle. Next up we have the colour temperature and tint controls, the preset white balance selectors, the Auto White Balance button and, of course, the Record button. Beneath that we have the 8 snapshot memories which you can use to store and instantly recall 8 different custom settings of ISO, Aperture, Shutter Angle and White Balance. To store the preset you long press on the memory slot that you want to use and to recall it just short press. Haptic feedback is given to indicate that the preset has been written and the currently loaded preset is denoted in orange (M1 in the shot above). Presets are stored in non volatile memory so are always available in any session. Next is the focus controller, which is operated using the slider and/or the fine tune buttons. A long press of the button moves instantly to closest focus and infinity respectively. The AF button in ths row activates the single shot auto focus. To accompany the focus controls, you then have 6 memory slots (A to F) to store focus points and you can switch instantly between them by simply pressing the required one. In addition, next to these are the controls for A-B-A focus transition and the speed control. Again, all focus points are stored in non volatile memory for use in any session. Finally we have the controls for applicable MFT power zoom lenses with the same interface as the focus controls (including long press for instant minimum/maximum zoom) and 4 non volatile memory positions for later recall. There is another function that it can do that I'll let you know about closer to release date and I will put up a little demo video of it in action late next week.
  9. 1 point
    I tested the c300 mark ii with noise reduction and odyssey 7q raw recording vs the alexa. The results may shock you! Testing the Alexa Alexa Mini vs Canon C300 Mark II in terms of sharpness via the Odyssey RAW to Pro Res, with desharpen in post as well as in camera codec with noise reduction set to minus 1. This is a new feature in a firmware update. You have to go into other settings and turn on and to minus 1 - you can't just leave off. Graded with my chart2 lut - link to that and stills here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/u3qmjg7iysvxlsf/AABk1BLbSY1Yy9JoDSYjo1Qva?dl=0 also stills are there to see better please email me any questions or if you want the source files - I can get them to you on a sd card if you want.
  10. 1 point
    Hans Punk

    ProRes on Windows

    Blackmagic already have prores export functioning on the windows version of thier Fusion software...as of yesterday that was how I’d normally export ‘genuine’ Prores from my windows 7 workstation. Now with Adobe being granted prores export for windows (as long as you are on windows 10 that is) it makes life a lot easier. Blackmagic indeed need to implement prores export via Resolve - or at least a simple ‘send to Fusion’ dynamic link feature so as to make that software suite complete for windows users. DNxHD flavours are all well and good, but deliverables often need to be in a recognised prores flavour...mostly when passing video material to die hard Mac-based post people who assume nobody could possibly use PC’s for creative purposes. One can only assume that the only reason Blackmagic have not enabled Resolve prores export on PC yet is because of licence restraints, rather than any technical reasons. I really hope Adobe have not somehow snatched the rights away from Resolve having native Prores export features on a windows platform.
  11. 1 point
    BTM_Pix

    Lenses

    I've got drawers full of them! I suspect they animate at night like something out of Toy Story and mock me.
  12. 1 point
    Yeah 10-bit out option is greyed out in FHD.. which makes recording with my Ninja Star kinda useless.. Hopefully Canon unlocks this with a firmware update. it's a very silly limitation.
  13. 1 point
    JordanWright

    Lenses

    I had the same response after buying the sigma zooms. sold them for a Tokina 28-70 2.6 & Helios 58mm. Im much happier with the results of those lenses.
  14. 1 point
    I know of another unreleased project shot by an award-winning indie director that also used a bunch of A7S2's for principal photography. They also used a camera per lens approach which allowed to shoot in multicam in order to get more authentic dynamic/energy on scenes & save on budget. A7S2 was chosen as the film was shot only using natural light and contains many night scenes. In that aspect A7S2 is pretty unique with it's still incredible low-light performance. Overall i think they achieved what they wanted but the producer did share with me some horror stories of camera failures (they went through at least a dozen bodies). They eventually had to pickup FS5/7's to complete the film (and FWIW their next project will be shot with 'camera per lens' but on C200's). My feelings towards this topic is that yes, the latest hybrids are technically capable of giving beautiful big screen IQ and can even do tricks big cine cams can't, however the reliability, ergonomics, rigging etc of a lot of these consumer cams is still the biggest risk/limitation, especially for big productions or even pro events where failure isn't an option. The sub-$10K compact cine cams are imo where the real breakthrough has happened for pro video as they give ARRI/REDS/VARICAMS etc a run for their money. The latest mirrorless hybrids can be good B-cam solutions to those though, especially for drone/gimbal shots.
  15. 1 point
    C5d puts the alexa at 14 using their SNR = 2 measurement. I agree. But you cant blame z cam when everyone from sony to blackmagic exaggerate their dr. Only arri has the godlike status that allows them to be honest and still sell products.
  16. 1 point
    As in, I thought they would move to a larger sensor (Full Frame and larger) to accommodate the 8k resolution.
  17. 1 point
    DBounce

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    Well that's the thing. I think the Nikon might use a similar system for video as does the GH5S. Testing can confirm this. I'm going to look into it once i have time. It's good to know where the strengths and weaknesses are on a system.
  18. 1 point
    Dustin

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    Man all I know is I enjoyed both video clips @DBounce Looked great to me.
  19. 1 point
    IronFilm

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889683-REG/Canon_CN_E15_5_47mm_T2_8_L_S_SP.html https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/889684-REG/Canon_CN_E30_105mm_T2_8_L_S_SP.html Neither of them have the same useful range that the Fujinon 18-55 has! (although I suppose you could try to argue it isn't too far off? Perhaps) However, they're both much much much MUCH MORE EXPENSIVE!!! https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1246187-REG/canon_1714c002_cn_e_18_80mm_t4_4_compact_servo.html Waaaay slower! Over a stop slower. Not that it is a bad choice in a lens, it is very appealing for sure, but it won't cut it if a person wants T2.9 Same problem. Big difference for some people between T2.9 and F4
  20. 1 point
    IronFilm

    Which all in one mic/recorder?

    I think you're misunderstanding my point. It is not that they MUST stand far away, of course the guests on the red carpet can come as close as they wish. But I'm sure there are also guests who stand at a sub optimal position an extra foot or two too far off, or just don't stop and only give a throw away comment as they pass by. That is what I was meaning. Yes, I do agree with you under those conditions. But for your average joe they'll get a much better result with a reporter's mic in shot than trying to handheld a shotgun correctly just out of frame. Been there... done that! As I've done this for a laugh one friday night while drinking with a buddy.... we made this: (he did all the directing/editing, and ALL THE ACTING! Both of them! And I did sound/lighting/camera all by myself. And did twice the amount of drinking to make up for the lack of his drinking)
  21. 1 point
    IronFilm

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    I don't think so..... but if a person wants to remove that variable then just use a bodycap instead
  22. 1 point
    If you check on the left in your edit timeline, you can set for each track of video / audio if they will automatically move up when you delete something. I always directly deactivate that, I don't understand why it's on per default because I can't even count anymore how often I accidentally deleted video when I just wanted to delete the audio, etc.
  23. 1 point
    Snowbro

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    Alright phoenix, the lens point has been beat to death now lol
  24. 1 point
    Interesting finsd concerning video AF : The Z6 behaves differently when using adapted Sigma lens (I have to check if it is the same with an adapted Nikkor lens), native Z lens and when using the touchscreen AF. The transition is really smooth (I find it pleasing) when using the native lens, but faster with the Sigma. It's like the AF settings were ignored with the latter. When using tap focusing, the native becomes as fast as the Sigma.
  25. 1 point
    I had a similar experience as you. I am sure Panasonic has some great service in some places of the world. But I had a terrible experience and the after sales was absolute crap (including one in Adelaide and another in New Delhi).
  26. 1 point
    You just find can't find it possible to say anything positive about Z Cam??? First you say they'll have plenty in stock as it won't sell, then when told that is not at all true, you say the opposite "oh there is no interest in it thus stock is low" Just can't win with you....
  27. 1 point
    no_connection

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    Remember that noise is a linear thing, which is why bright objects are cleaner than shadows when viewed with normal display gamma. Also there is only so many photons around to begin with and that sets a base value for how little noise there can be (don't ask me how close to it we are tho). There might also be the camera compensating to match t stop and f stop between lenses. Meaning if one lens loose more light than another and that gets compensated for it will be noisier.
  28. 1 point
    Myth. No more than the major players. Ain't you the guy who had two Fuji units to come back to the warehouse? FYI BMD has the best service available you can find out there. E : -)
  29. 1 point
    leslie

    Lenses

    you guys know its nearly 2019 right ? time to upgrade, get a drone i say 😀
  30. 1 point
    frontfocus

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    There is the kipon baveyes EF to Fuji speedbooster. Optically not the best, but it's available. Stabilized zoom lenses? 10-24mm, 18-55mm, 18-135mm, 50-140mm, 55-200mm, 16-50mm, 15-45mm, 50-230mm, 100-400mm and the upcoming 16-80mm stabilized primes? 80mm, 200mm Yes, they are a young system and there are only something like 30 autofocusing lenses, but again, if the bmpcc4k is interesting, AF is probably not the highest priority. And we can always argue about what the competition has, Fuji has the outstanding MKX lenses if anybody is into video for real
  31. 1 point
    It's actually been in and out of stock a few times at B&H.
  32. 1 point
    For some reason your LUT doesn't work with footage I shot on my iPhone 3, could you check your settings and re-upload?
  33. 1 point
    Ed, this is on par with Spinal Tap and Best In Show. You have a great sense of humor combined with an awful lot of creative talent! These tests are fun and informative.
  34. 1 point
    Thanks Ed for the commentary over the camera test, black screen and still images. I felt like I was in the room ; ) It is inspiring to me that everything you do, touches on genius.
  35. 1 point
    liork

    Nikon Z6 Low Light

    It is a dual gain camera.
  36. 1 point
    Christof Haberle

    I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!

    I am mainly a lurker here - mainly - but I'll decloak and will say "yes, please" for that one. It'd be much more interesting, and useful, than the gear debates. But I also know that those topics cost a lot of time, and might go up in flames easily - so I'd be thankful, but also understanding if it doesn't happen :).
  37. 1 point
    anonim

    Panasonic GH5 - all is revealed!

    GH5 with Voigtlanders, done very fast but I hope it turns out sympa...
  38. 1 point
    Google, reddit, youtube, etc. I just started 2 days ago. Nodes is ok for color but I'm hating it for fusion right now. Take a small old project and remake it in Resolve if you want to learn all the basics. https://www.reddit.com/user/jayaretv https://www.reddit.com/r/colorists/comments/31k26f/where_to_begin_with_becoming_a_colourist/ https://taoofcolor.com/ https://www.learncolorgrading.com/
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