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  1. Does anyone know if it's possible to create a good "recipe" for converting BMCC raw video to something similar to what the BMCC camera would create when it outputs Film Log ProRes - preferably using Adobe Camera Raw and After Effects? (I'll be using Resolve at some point, but I'm waiting for the new MacPro's to upgrade, and my 2012 Pre-Retina MacBook Pro can't handle Resolve).   To be more clear: I'd like to shoot RAW, but immediately batch convert to something that closely resembles what I would get if I had shot ProRes422 Film Log.     Is there such a recipe?  Or does the BMCC apply something more like a changeable algorithm to create it's ProRes Log?   So... what kind of curve, saturation, highlight control, shadow control, sharpening, noise reduction, etc... would you be best to use if you were willing to do a batch convert and then grade the ProRes afterward?  There may not be a "one-click" solution but my current workflow is brutally slow.   Thanks for any help anyone can be,   -Aaron      
  2. Thanks Axel, When I first started using my GH2, I did have some freezes on good class 10 cards - I started using Extreme Pro 95mpbs cards and have been using those, or Lexor Pro cards if I run low on media on a long shoot.  So, that's not the issue for sure. I did more testing today - more Clipwrap crashes.  I feel like the only option now is to either buy a new body (and that seems insane given my experience with this one) or buy an FS-100, which is probably what i am going to do. Unhacked, or returned to the original settings, camera seems to be fine.  And when I first hacked it - the only consistent problem i had was that I couldn't play back files.  These problems didn't show up until the 4th project I used the camera on - and after a lot of testing. I know so many people have had such huge successes with this camera and the hack - I don't know why mine has been such a problem.  Suggestions are of course very welcome. -A-
  3. Hi Andrew and Company, I feel like I've been a bit of a buzz-kill around here lately, and I certainly don't mean to be.  I just want to share information, as befits a great forum like this, and I have great respect for Andrew's work, and Vataliy's. So this is going to sound like a litany of problems - but this is not a bash on the camera, or the people on the forum.  I just figure people want to know about these things, and I would love some advice and help as well. Problems: Corrupt Band Corrupt Files / AVCHD Conversion Failure Problems returning to original firmware after patching Abort during recording Massive Frequency Banding on Floro lighting... For the record: I'm a doco shooter for the major international tv networks for the last 13 years, shooting in all conditions across 50 countries, on all kinds of gear.  I'm totally committed to the aesthetic, but for me, in the range of conditions I work in, reliability actually comes first.  At the moment, the Sony EX1 and EX3 get huge points in my book for reliability, and lose out hands down to the DSLR world for image. Here a video that shows the most obvious problem I've had lately... https://vimeo.com/38991736 I've also had 1/10 files come out so corrupted that FCP 7.03 or CLIPWRAP 2 could convert them.  The programs lock or quit, and the file is junk.  The best results I've had are importing to Premiere Pro, which doesn't seem to abort, but the files come out like this... (keep watching for the almost "tape-like" dropouts) This interview was shot very quickly - an impromptu office shoot with no lighting changes possible and ungraded. https://vimeo.com/38995735 I've also had problems updating the firmware, or returning to the original firmware - the only workaround I've found for that is using PTOOLS to progressively raise the version number for the camera to accept it. (So, right now my version number is 15) I've also had the camera abort recording unexpectedly on a number of occasions. And horrid problems with flureoscents - which only shooting at 1/40 seems to help.  Anything higher and the flicker just gets worse.  https://vimeo.com/38996346 This problem is far more serious than on any other unit I've used above a totally consumer model. I have re-installed the firmware, and tried both the Unified 88 and Vanilla 44 patches.  Still same problems. I know that this could be a bad unit, or a sensor problem, but my gut feeling is that it's not.  Because the behavior of the camera changes so much with the patching.  And the stills mode seems unaffected by any corruption issues. If anyone has any suggestions for anyone of this, please let me know.  I will also continue testing the camera and report any findings or fixes. Cheers All, -A-
  4. Apologies - I am using 1.1 not 1.01 --- So yes, this is on the latest firmware and the latest patches that I've been having the problem.  It could certainly be hardware failure - but the gear is relatively new and hasn't been abused in any way.  It was working unhacked, on the original firmware. Any suggestions what might be the problem? Thanks very much.  This forum is invalueable.
  5. Is anyone having serious problems with corrupted files and "drop-frame-like-banding" on the bottom of their clips? I love the GH2, and am invested in a whole kit of great lenses, but unless I can figure this out, I'm going to have to move over to the 5D3.  I'm getting the same problems with both the 44mbps and 88mbps patches.  1/10 files is unreadable, and another 1/10 has a thick band of unusable video on the bottom of the frame.  I'm shooting mostly HBR PAL - on this project at least. I would really appreciate suggestions on a potential fix - as well as a good program for recovery of MTS files (Panasonic Restorer doesn't seem to work for GH2). Thanks for any help, -A-
  6. Hey everyone - I've been getting a concerning number of corrupt files coming out of the new 88mbps patch on EOSHD (when it works, it's absolutely lovely, and thanks Andrew for putting it together - I just want to share any tech problems I'm having for everyone's benefit). On HBR PAL mode, my maximum file limit is 12 minutes, at almost a gig per minute converted in FCP at Apple ProRes 422 - and I'm having lots of corrupted files that cause FCP 7.03's Log and Transfer to force quit. Anyone else having the same issue - and is there a fix I don't know about? Thanks -A-
  7. I would be a little cautious on using it for events without really investing in lenses.  I love the GH2 - but I am a documentary shooter, and I'm on an extended gig right now.  I'm finding that I absolutely need the Zuico 14-35 f2.0 - and that's a 2K+ investment.  I just don't have the time to be switching prime lenses constantly - I miss key moments -  and I am almost always shooting wide open, or 1 stop higher if sharpness is an issue.  An 5.6 zoom lens on the GH2 is just way too slow to be useable for me at least. I have the Olympus 12mm/f2.0 and the Voightlander 25mm F/0.9 and I love them for work where there is time for setup, but for event style shooting, I'm finding the constant switching is prohibitive. For event work, I'm actually going to switch over to a 5D Mark iii as soon as I can, provided the specs hold up, for the whole reason of needing fast zooms and low light performance.  I won't give up my GH2, I like it too much, and it will always be a smaller more versatile camera in its own way. That's all just my opinion of course. -A-
  8. I'm a documentary shooter who has been using a Sony EX1 for years, and love it - but now would really like to intercut footage from my GH2 into professional broadcasts.  I shoot mostly PAL footage despite living in New York in an NTSC region.  I have a few questions for anyone who has advice: I'm happily shooting at 720 25p on the EX1 (best trade of quality to low light performance at 1/50 shutter speed).  But I want to start shooting as much as possible on my GH2.  The EX1 will stay in the mix as long as there is no great pro-servo lens that could be rigged to the GH2.  I need the low light servo lens for fast unpredictable environments. I want to intercut my hacked NTSC region GH2 with the footage - and sound sync is a critical issue.  My GH2 is shooting hacked 720P at 35mpbs, with low i-frame settings.  I am finding at 720 50p at 1/100s conformed down to 720 25p in FCP7, the final footage jutters too much, especially on walking hand held work. My confusion is this: does shooting at 720 50P @ 1/100 and downconverting to 25P result in 720 25P @1/50 or 720 25P @ 1/100. Also - crucially - with the new GH2 hack with the HBR setting, do the old hack "PAL/NTSC" toggle settings work?  What I mean is - if I use the new hack, and set my "video out" setting on the GH2 to "Pal Region" - does the HBR then switch over to PAL mode?  And therefore is HBR then 25P? For slow motion work, I would shoot at the higher shutter speed, which looks great.  But the majority of the footage will be in PAL 25fps. Finally - does anyone have a lot of experience converting 24P to 25P with sync-sound?  I am recording with a Tascam DR-100 Mii and syncing in post.  There are a lot of interviews, which can go on as long as 4 minutes in a clip, and sound drift would be a disaster. I know that's a lot of questions - and I appreciate any advice anyone has.  It's exciting what DSLR's can do - but on professional projects in a fast turnaround environment, there is very little room for error, especially with sound.  So help is greatly appreciated. Cheers, -LF-
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