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    kirk reacted to PatrickV in GH 2 & SLR Magic 12mm - Video is not sharp?   
    Kirk, you made my day! Thanks man!
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    kirk reacted to hoodlum in Panasonic GH3 real-world test (pre-production firmware)   
    One of the better quality GH3 videos so far. Review coming soon.


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    kirk reacted to galenb in Blackmagic Cinema Camera production issues resolved   
    [quote name='kitchentable' timestamp='1353021183' post='21717']
    Under the circumstances (basically the myth that there would be a 4-5 month advantage to sticking with the EF mount) , I'd very much like to see Blackmagic offer the option to switch an order to MFT without joining the back of that particular queue.
    [/quote]

    They seem like reasonable people. You should bring this up with them.

    To be honest, I almost pre-ordered when they announced the MFT mount. And I go through this every few weeks now, "Should I order one? No, I should't order one." Aside from it being a finical hardship at the moment, I decided to wait for them to get all the kinks ironed out. I also have a feeling that the "passive" MFT mount is just a phase. I really think they will release an active one. I mean, think of all those Panasonic lenses that are focus by wire. You simply will not be able to use those due to the focus mechanism requiring power. I'd rather wait for that for an active mount if that's in the cards.
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    kirk got a reaction from Germy1979 in Blackmagic Cinema Camera production issues resolved   
    I'm sure BM didn't plan to have this delay, having to deal with all these impatient customers, like Toyota didn't plan to recall 7.4 million cars B)

    And waiting a bit for such a milestone treat at an unbelievably low price shouldn't be that hard...
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    kirk reacted to riogrande100 in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    Andrew great review on the camera, but your OS review is extremely poor!!!! Windows PCs are far better then people give them credit for. There is a reason many enterprises use Windows OS, and not OSX!
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    kirk reacted to AaronChicago in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    [quote name='noa' timestamp='1352939523' post='21661']




    Another thing Andrew, it's ok to have an opinion about something but I think you should be careful about saying windows has always been shit because you actually are starting a windows/mac trash debate with such generalizing remarks. I don't care what system I work with as long as it does the job. All I can say that since I started using windows 7 pro I never had a system crash and never had to "fiddle" with anything so I don't share the same experience you seem to have had, my editing system runs 16 hours a day, 6 days a week and combined with Edius I never had that go down either. So for me at least it works very well and very stable and that at a fraction of the cost I would have paid for a Mac pro.

    With that said, will be looking forward to any new info/tests you can share, I only have to convince my wife why I need the camera, that will be the biggest challenge :D
    [/quote]

    I agree. Windows 7 has been virtually flawless for me.
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    kirk reacted to noa in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    Nice review Andrew, well written and informative. I have been an event and wedding shooter for years now. Since those are fast paced, with often just one chance to get it right my equipment has been a mixture of regular videocamera's and dslr's. It's a combination that works well for me and my clients seem to be happy to. :)

    The BMC camera would actually be useless for the kind of work I do, the workflow is just be too cumbersome and yet, I really want one, not for events or weddings but just for my own personal projects. Where I can do the opposite of what I"m making a living from, going back to basics, take my time to plan my shots and think about what I will be shooting without the time pressure I have when doing my event work. I just want to capture beautiful images with as less sacrifices as possible and without having to break the bank. From what I have seen so far the BMC camera can deliver that for me.

    I will be reading up some more months on this camera before I buy it, especially about workflow on a windows pc since the BMC seems to be designed with a Mac in mind so that might be a challenge.

    Another thing Andrew, it's ok to have an opinion about something but I think you should be careful about saying windows has always been shit because you actually are starting a windows/mac trash debate with such generalizing remarks. I don't care what system I work with as long as it does the job. All I can say that since I started using windows 7 pro I never had a system crash and never had to "fiddle" with anything so I don't share the same experience you seem to have had, my editing system runs 16 hours a day, 6 days a week and combined with Edius I never had that go down either. So for me at least it works very well and very stable and that at a fraction of the cost I would have paid for a Mac pro.

    With that said, will be looking forward to any new info/tests you can share, I only have to convince my wife why I need the camera, that will be the biggest challenge :D
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    kirk reacted to septemberdawn in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    [quote]They seem to love it. Not hard to see why! [/quote]

    I hope Apple don't have any aspirations of buying BMD - that would be a disaster for end-users, both on the hardware and software front...you'd probably need to connect to iTunes before pressing the record button.

    Don't underestimate a custom built Windows PC. I took some joy throwing my last remaining Mac into the trash the other day. It looked good, but that was about the only postive thing I could say about it when comparing its performance to even an average Windows PC, let alone the inferior quality of all the internal components and the absurd price tag, availability of parts and iTunes strangulation........screw Apple!

    Thanks for the review Andrew, no surprises there regarding the BMCC, but confirmation is appreciated.
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    kirk reacted to Mirrorkisser in New Message from gh2, can't record video..   
    jimjeff, are you craig buckley? might just be some coincidende that craig buckley stopped posting the same day "you" did. also the posting pattern is the same. would be a semi-smart idea to ask your hundreds of questions with 2 accounts....

    maybe i just watch too much hitchcock ^^
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    kirk got a reaction from andy lee in Panasonic GF3 as crash cam   
    I have no experience with the GF3 but have a hacked GF2 with slightly increased bitrate. Not comparable to a GH2, but very usable as a B-cam. And I got a house for next to nothing... red and all ;o)
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    kirk reacted to TJB in Panasonic GH3 real-world test (pre-production firmware)   
    Hey Nahua,

    It's a joke. Ok - not a terribly clever joke but a joke none-the-less. Curtain patterns can sometimes cause moire. It was a play on words.

    I'm looking forward to the GH3 as well and I'm pretty sure moire won't be such a big problem.

    For the style of work I do - I would not even consider using a Canon DSLR for video now because for me the GH2 and 3 viewfinder and flip screen are so much more user friendly than Z-finder etc. I don't use the hacks - the GH2 is just great straight out of the box and I have the 50i (PAL countries) option for broadcast work when it's requested by a client.

    Wish I lived in Hawaii. Germany is wet and cold.
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    kirk reacted to andy lee in GH2 Focusing...   
    or... get one of these off ebay cheap and easy to use
    I use these alot on hand held shots as I can pull focus easily with it run and gun style

    [url="http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310430040229?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649"]http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310430040229?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649[/url]
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    kirk reacted to Axel in New MFT camcorder from Panasonic, rebuilt from scratch!   
    [quote name='EOSHD' timestamp='1352150210' post='21082']
    This camera doesn't seem built from scratch rather a very mild update, hence it is not an AF200.
    [/quote]

    I wanted to create a headline in FilmMan's style. [i]Old Panasonic MFT camcorder - hastily overhauled![/i] would have sounded lame ;)

    But seriously: My friend is a freelancer using the 5D and an EX-3. He had the opportunity to shoot with the AF101, and he was as well impressed with the handling as with the quality of the video. Perhaps this article is something to consider:
    [url="http://marvelsfilm.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/af100-af101-why-is-everyone-moaning/"]http://marvelsfilm.w...eryone-moaning/[/url]
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    kirk got a reaction from galenb in JAMES BOND SKYFALL SONY 4K PROJECTION IN THE UK   
    [quote name='jgharding' timestamp='1351618918' post='20639']
    I've just started daydreaming because of this... I love cinemas and theaters... what city are you in, if you don't mind me asking?
    [/quote]

    I live in a small town in southern Sweden called Näsum... I'm an artist painter, my wife a musician. We wanted a place to arrange concerts and exhibit paintings, and found this closed down 110 seats theatre/cinema with adjoining house, built around 1900, for next to nothing... it is quite a special feeling to watch movies in your own cinema, with the dog snoring on a rug...
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    kirk got a reaction from KarimNassar in JAMES BOND SKYFALL SONY 4K PROJECTION IN THE UK   
    [quote name='jgharding' timestamp='1351618918' post='20639']
    I've just started daydreaming because of this... I love cinemas and theaters... what city are you in, if you don't mind me asking?
    [/quote]

    I live in a small town in southern Sweden called Näsum... I'm an artist painter, my wife a musician. We wanted a place to arrange concerts and exhibit paintings, and found this closed down 110 seats theatre/cinema with adjoining house, built around 1900, for next to nothing... it is quite a special feeling to watch movies in your own cinema, with the dog snoring on a rug...
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    kirk got a reaction from andy lee in JAMES BOND SKYFALL SONY 4K PROJECTION IN THE UK   
    I'm lucky enough to own and live in an old cinema (with a beautiful Bauer 35 mm projector with Möller Cinemascope and all..), and have often projected my GH2 videos in full HD to the 6 meters wide sceen. from our Optoma projector.. looks wonderful I can assure you! No need to upscale.
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    kirk got a reaction from andy lee in JAMES BOND SKYFALL SONY 4K PROJECTION IN THE UK   
    [quote name='jgharding' timestamp='1351618918' post='20639']
    I've just started daydreaming because of this... I love cinemas and theaters... what city are you in, if you don't mind me asking?
    [/quote]

    I live in a small town in southern Sweden called Näsum... I'm an artist painter, my wife a musician. We wanted a place to arrange concerts and exhibit paintings, and found this closed down 110 seats theatre/cinema with adjoining house, built around 1900, for next to nothing... it is quite a special feeling to watch movies in your own cinema, with the dog snoring on a rug...
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    kirk reacted to galenb in Please please please help, need help so bad.   
    Perhaps we need a "Beginners" forum?
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    kirk reacted to Germy1979 in To all of you (whiners ;))   
    By the way. It's a forum.. Not everything posted here is supposed to be "constructive"... Sometimes people just like to talk shop, or talk shit about camera manufacturers. whether that progresses into a lucritive picture deal with Paramount is irrelevant.. So your point of view is just that... Your point of view. The buck doesn't stop there man.
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    kirk reacted to ike007 in Johnnie Behiri shoots professional work on Sony A99 - sample videos and review   
    One example on how an A99 should be used.
    [url="https://vimeo.com/52031763"]https://vimeo.com/52031763[/url]
    Although we could always look for ways of generating moire and aliasing if we like spend our time doing that, but that is just an exercise that will not put bread on the table, unless we run one of those cameras testing sites, of course. ;)
    cheers every one.
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    kirk reacted to Axel in Hissing sound with my microphone?   
    Craig, you don't listen. The adapter works for mini-jack to cinch, for example the headphone output of your iPod to a stereo amplifier, but the other way is just horror. You've got a good mike, why don't you make up your mind and buy either a Juicedlink or Beachtek or a Tascam? Or you could go from XLR to mini-jack directly, with a short cable (wired in the right way, a friend of mine built such an adapter for himself, works) no problem. And then, your mixer is probably AC-bound, how practical is that?

    I understand, you have not much money. Then take your time with your limited equipment and concentrate on the imagery. Don't try to buy [i]everything[/i] for 500 $. There are good shorts without any dialogue. Be patient. Do something now. Wait for the occasions to buy more and better (or the right) things. As an amateur (or beginner, if you find [i]amateur[/i] insulting), you will never be able to have exactly the equipment you are dreaming of. The enemy of art is the absence of limitations.
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    kirk got a reaction from galenb in do tripods really matter?   
    Axel, I agree about the sound and lens stuff... but don't forget that the GH2 is made in China :-) The rest of the world's businesses are happily exploiting the chinese ability to produce large amounts of very cheap products, and then we complain about how badly made they are... The chinese can make very cheap knockoffs themselves, but if you pay well, you can get really sofisticated products there too... It is very arrogant to assume that the chinese are incapable of producing original, highly sophisticated products... and there are produced a hell of a lot of shitty products in the US and Europe as well!
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    kirk got a reaction from craigbuckley in do tripods really matter?   
    Yep... a fluid head is needed if you pan or tilt... the Slik has a three way head for photography.
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    kirk reacted to galenb in do tripods really matter?   
    Well, I happen to disagree. Craig, you are just starting out, you don't need to buy a $500 tripod. The one you picked out on ebay looks fine for what you are trying to do. I've always preferred the aluminum tube, crutch legs over the telescoping legs design. Most of the tripods I've used in studios have been this type. But whatever, thats a matter of taste I think. There are a bunch of similar ones on Amazon for about $120-150. Just look up Fluid head video tripod.

    http://www.amazon.com/Ravelli-AVTP-Professional-Camera-Tripod/dp/B00139W0XM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1349936949&sr=8-2&keywords=fluid+head+tripod+for+video

    http://www.amazon.com/Professional-Heavy-Video-Camcorder-Tripod/dp/B003UOMWOK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1349936983&sr=8-3&keywords=fluid+head+tripod+for+video

    My personal pick:

    http://www.amazon.com/Fancierstudio-Professional-Camera-Tripod-FC-270/dp/B004XMW4SW/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1349937009&sr=8-7&keywords=fluid+head+tripod+for+video

    By the way, if you are concerned about your tripod blowing over, try using a sandbag. Sheesh guys.
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    kirk reacted to Axel in Film Convert   
    Yes, I have. These presets are just combinations of parameters every color correction software has built-in. And the 'look' is just applied as an effect, there is nothing genuine to it. When will we finally be freed from the urge to make such awful mock-ups?

    You want a sophisticated look? Create it. Save combinations of filters you experimented with to your own, unprejudiced liking. Do it for a reason. Enhance the emotional impact of a scene. If you want it to taste special, never use spice blends!
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