Francisco Rios reacted to webrunner5 in The new Mac Pro + 6k monitor has landed - introducing the Cheese Graters
Kind of funny in almost the same year, 1981 as he did I paid $7000.00 Dollars for nearly the same system! So he might be right It could be a bargain. I made a Lot of money with mine.
Francisco Rios reacted to BTM_Pix in Zoom H3-VR 1st Impressions & Sample Files
First of all, this is not some big comprehensive review but just a brief look and some samples that I took on the first day that I took it out.
OK, with that disclaimer out of the way, lets have a look at it.
The H3-VR is an integrated ambisonic microphone array and recorder and you can find the full product information here
Basically, what it allows you to do is record the output from its 4 microphones either as a stereo binaural track or as a 4 channel ambisonics B format which you can then manipulate in post to effectively simulate changing the mic position after the fact.
If you want a bit of a primer on ambisonics then this link will sort you out
I've mentioned the H3-VR a few times in responses in various threads about field recording, particularly with regard to ambient tracks, so on my last trip I decided that it was time to put my money where my mouth was and actually buy one. Well, with the proviso that I found one cheap enough, which I did, so here we are.
First impressions are that it is much smaller than I had expected which is no bad thing and very, very light so its not going to be a problem to mount it on a camera.
Here it is on the very diminutive OG Pocket Cinema Camera which I was using for testing it with.
Incidentally, the foam shield is included in the box but I'd budget for a deadcat if you are using it outdoors and I'd probably also caution against mounting like it is here as it is very prone to handling noise even as transference from operating the camera controls.
It is very straightforward to use as it has a good menu system and you can record in an array of stereo and B format modes and it also has a headphone monitor which you can select to be stereo or binaural.
This option is also available on the line out so for the examples further down they are sent to the camera as a binaural mix but still recorded in B format in the recorder for later manipulation if necessary.
To make post sync easy, you have the option for it to send a tone burst to the camera at the start of each recording and the H3-VR also has an inbuilt gyro so that it knows which way is up as it where in terms of where the microphones were during the recording. This function is also used for shooting 360 videos as it allows the unit to be connected upside down under a 360 camera to keep it out of shot and also enables you to use it in end-fire mode.
Specs wise, it can record in various formats up to and including 24bit/96Khz so you can have a decent amount of headroom for your recordings but there is also a limiter and lo cut filters to give you a bit more security.
My interest in this system is partly for VR but primarily for general ambience recording to create a more immersive soundscape with the ability to do some manipulation of the sound targeting in post production.
Its worth bearing in mind that until very, very recently, having a B format microphone array and recording setup (let alone one that can fit in a large pocket and runs off two AA batteries) was a very specialist niche with a price tag to match so you'll have to manage your expectations about matching something like that but I've got to say that for me its going to be a very useful little item to supplement rather than replace other sound recording gear I've got.
For these examples, I chose two different scenarios (although they are only about 15 minutes walk away from each other in Tokyo!) to illustrate its use in capturing soundscapes with different densities and degrees of subtlety.
The audio on these is from the line out of the H3VR set to binaural stereo straight into the OG Pocket Cinema Camera whilst the H3-VR was recording them internally in the 4 channel B Format (Ambix in this case).
Make sure you put some decent headphones on to listen and you should be able to pick up some degree of height and rear positioning of sounds within the environment and as objects move around it.
If you want to experiment with manipulating the B format files, Zoom have a standalone player that enables you to do this
This is available free from
And I have put the original B format files from the H3VR from the videos above for you to download and use with it here
OK, thats it for now, as this is very much just an initial look at it and I'll return to flesh it out with more information as I use it a bit more but hope some of you can find some use in it.
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in Download my 4K HDR 10bit H.265 videos shot with the Panasonic S1 firmware V1.0
The 4K full frame S1 is on my desk at EOSHD HQ and for the first time it's the final released camera that is shipping to stores, with firmware version 1.0. I couldn't offer any original files from my shoot in Barcelona as the firmware back then was version 0.7. So now's your chance, if you're wondering how good the initial 10bit codec is at just 72Mbit or how well it grades, to download my files and have a look for yourself...
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Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in Back on the ball - a word about the lack of updates at EOSHD recently
I'm going to be back up to full throttle on EOSHD starting today. For those of you who are wondering where I've been and what I've been doing, here's a glance at what I've been working on...
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Francisco Rios reacted to Ian Edward Weir in Kowa Inflight 1.75x + Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95
Here is a video poem piece I did pairing the Kowa Inflight 1.75x with the Voigtlander Nokton 25mm f/0.95. Shot at f1.4 on GH5 and delivered in 5k. Really love this combo.
Slight coloring tweaks with Film Convert. Hope you guys like image. I took off HCDNA to avoid vignetting.
video > Make America Again
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in Available now - EOSHD Pro Audio
Drag and drop film sound design
EOSHD Pro Audio is a preset library for Adobe Premiere and Final Cut Pro X, allowing complete control over camera audio in post.
Developed with a professional studio engineer in Berlin, the concept of EOSHD Pro Audio is unique. It is designed to fix common audio issues with internal stereo mics on DSLR and mirrorless cameras in an innovative way, as well as offering cinematic moods for specific scenes and shots – like LUTs for audio.
Check it out - https://www.eoshd.com/pro-audio/
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in Just a quick thank you for supporting EOSHD over the years
Looking back I owe everyone a big thank-you for using the forum and taking an interest in the blog, it is amazing what it has turned into with so little effort on my part I think this place must be the only website on the entire internet without adverts. Long may it continue like that.
Got a GX9 arriving tomorrow... about time I did a review of something cheap with the big shift to high-end stuff. Let me know what you'd like to see in the review of it.
Francisco Rios reacted to Trek of Joy in Japan store advice
I was in Tokyo in April, went to Bic, Map and Yodobashi as mentioned earlier. Map is your best bet for used digital gear. If you're looking at vintage lenses, there are tons of shops all over, when you go to places like Shinjuku you will see lots of camera shops, just wander into them and start checking stuff out. There's so much camera wise in Tokyo - not surprising since its the largest metro area in the world and home to most of the worlds camera makers. Its so cool coming from the US where there are no camera shops in many cities.
All Sony stuff is Japanese market only, languages are locked and no warranty outside Japan. They won't even sell you a body if you don't speak Japanese. International versions are more expensive. I got a long demo from a Panasonic rep at Bic, the GH5 could be switched to English. Same for the Olympus and Fuji. If you buy anything in Japan, you can avoid paying tax. Though as mentioned, HK is much cheaper for new gear and all the models are international versions.
Bic is a gear slut's dream, every camera and lens on the market is on display - and you can try everything but the high end Leica and Phase One stuff out. I went there three times - each visit was a couple hours - just tinkering with everything from the PenF, to the FS5, to the Hasselblad Xd1. Also take your passport to Bic - you can buy a tourist metro card for unlimited travel on the Tokyo trains, it winds up being a really great deal and allows you to really explore Tokyo on the cheap. Google it, it winds up costing the same as just a few rides a day, we easily got out money's worth out of it. Also, Bic is more than just cameras, the one I was in had 8 floors of everything electronic, from phones to TV's to vacuums. Its total sensory overload. My wife even thought it was cool, and sh'e not into any gadgets.
Here are a few photos from our time in Japan: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.752566191617450.1073741852.558979244309480&type=1&l=ae03370d02
Francisco Rios reacted to Cinegain in Japan store advice
I was there back in 2010, thought I'd look around for some tech and camera gear... but what these guys, especially Oli, say. Price is only a bit cheaper if you buy a local market model (e.g. Kiss instead of Rebel or ___D), but they do not provide worldwide warranty, so... didn't pick up a single thing except for a tripod that time (long exposures in Tokyo is kinda cool). But they do have some cool stores to roam around... but you don't end up drooling more than you would over at a B&H... If you're into watches, I'd look at that instead, I've recently imported a Casio Pro Trek PRW-6000SC-7 and love it! They've got some cool stuff and nice prices there.
Francisco Rios reacted to OliKMIA in Japan store advice
The price won't be much different than in the US for brand new stuff but the warranty might be a pain to manage later on. Some camera are also only availablre with Japanese menu... You would find better deal in China and Hong Kong. However for used stuff there are a lot of gems and Japanese people are crazy with gears, you can find 40 years old lenses brand new with packaging!
The main stores are Map camera, Yodobashi Camera, and BIC in Shinjuku
Used stuff: http://photojpn.org/news/2016/02/used-camera-shops-in-tokyo/
Francisco Rios reacted to Piet Haag in GH5 v2.1 firmware
New firmware update, 10th October 2017:
Following bugs were found after updating the firmware to Ver.2.0 but now they have been fixed.
[Power Save LVF Shooting] was automatically set to [1 sec].
(This makes the camera go into sleep mode in 1 sec in a standby mode.)
* [Power Save LVF Shooting] will be set to [OFF] when the firmware Ver.2.0 is updated to Ver.2.1.
If you would like to enable [Power Save LVF Shooting], please set it on manually by selecting a designated time.
The parameters of picture quality adjustment in Photo Style were all set to -5 when setting the recording mode to [MP4 HEVC(AAC)]. This bug has been fixed.
* The parameters of picture quality adjustment in Photo Style will be reset to ±0 when the firmware Ver.2.0 is updated to Ver.2.1.
If you would like to adjust the picture quality in Photo Style, please adjust them manually.
There were cases where [V-LogL View Assist] did not work, This bug has been fixed.
There were cases where motion pictures recorded in [AVCHD] cannot be divided. This bug has been fixed.
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in My guide to buying a cheap Hasselblad medium format camera
Did you hear of the man who tried to clean every last spec of dust from his Hasselblad?
He’s dead now.
But he has a cautionary tale from beyond the grave…
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Francisco Rios reacted to Brian Caldwell in Panasonic GH5 Review and exclusive first look at Version 2.0 firmware
Agreed about the de-squeeze options. If I were writing the monitor firmware I'd allow a continuous variation between 1.00x and 2.00x (at least to 0.01x resolution), and then show the resulting output rectangle ranging from 4:3 to 2.66:1. "Special" values like 1.33x, 1.5x, 1.79x, and 2x could be made available in a separate dumbed-down menu I suppose. I think the problem is that anamorphic is confusing to many people, and Panasonic has made some lowest common denominator assumptions about their customer base.
Francisco Rios reacted to Cinegain in Panasonic GH5 Review and exclusive first look at Version 2.0 firmware
https://geizhals.eu/panasonic-dmw-sfu1-updateschluessel-a1567852.html -> https://www.cyberport.de/?DEEP=7116-1A7&APID=14 (online)
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in Blade Runner 2049 trailer and a first look at Roger Deakins' cinematography
For me this is the most anticipated film of the year. I have mixed feelings about the trailer but beyond any doubt is that Roger Deakins has done an incredible job.
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Francisco Rios reacted to Mattias Burling in Don't count Apple (FCPX) out yet .........
Switching from Premiere CC/Resolve to FCPX is the best decision I ever made. Over the last year I must have saved at least six months in editing and render times
(Btw, today I downloaded a 30 day trial of Capture One Pro 10. Took me about 20 minutes to realize that it's time to dump Lightroom as well. So, "Buy buy Adobe. Loved you from CS5 to CC but you have lost the mojo.")
Francisco Rios reacted to Andrew Reid in New EOSHD front-page template, faster loading and full width articles
I have upgraded the EOSHD front-end with a new theme
It should be much snappier than the old one in terms of load times
It now has 2 columns and a wider responsive layout (check it out - http://www.eoshd.com)
Blog posts will be full width with HUGE images and video content (example - http://www.eoshd.com/2016/11/now-available-eoshd-pro-color-for-sony-cameras-including-a7s-ii-a7r-ii-and-a6300/)
Hope you like it and let me know your feedback / bug reports below...