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    Bruno got a reaction from Ratguity in Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera for $495   
    Ordered :)

    Now what's the best way to use electronic aperture EF lenses with it?
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    Bruno got a reaction from Ratguity in Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera for $495   
    "Blackmagic Design today announced an exciting Summer Special discount for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera for the low price of US$495. With a normal recommended retail price of US$995, this Summer Special represents incredible value and is available for a limited time and will end on the 31st of August 2014...
     
    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/press/pressdetails?releaseID=61418
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    Bruno reacted to fuzzynormal in Gone Girl - Edited with Premiere Pro CC in 6k   
    There's not much less impressive than bragging about what editing system is used to cut a motion picture.

    It's editing, for goodness sake. Where you splice the cuts matter, not the razor that does it.
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    Bruno got a reaction from andy lee in $60 Pentax that's actually a $800 Zeiss with optics by designer of Stanley Kubrick's NASA glass   
    There's a few on eBay right now...
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    Bruno got a reaction from nathanleebush in New OK Go music video shot on Panasonic GH4   
    The raw looking camera moves actually didn't bother me as much as the pretentious gimmicky concept, or the lack of one. They used all kinds of visual tricks that have been done many times before but with no story line or main concept to guide them, it's all kind of random, trying to be Michel Gondry but lacking his genius, since his visual gimmicks always serve and fit a story or concept.

    But hey, it's got millions of views, so I guess it did the job!
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    Bruno reacted to Bruno in Gopro 4 coming when the summer is over?   
    I get that, but my point is you're using a wrong term. Dull is a negative comment in the sense that's the opposite of interesting, and it doesn't apply in this case. Michael Bay in the uninteresting one IMO, or dull.

    Moving the camera around doesn't necessarily make a shot dynamic, and choosing to shoot a lockoff doesn't mean the shot will be dull.

    A still photograph can be dynamic and have rhythm. There's so much more to a a dynamic or interesting shot than the motion of the camera.
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    Bruno got a reaction from pablogrollan in Gopro 4 coming when the summer is over?   
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    How is this shot dull? It's well lit, well graded, and well composed.
    Even though it's only an insert, there's variation and texture in BG to make it interesting and shallow depth of field to lead your eyes exactly where they want you to look.

    An interesting shot doesn't need to be a crazy MTV kind of shot.
    The Man Who Wasn't There is filled with extremely interesting shots and they're mostly lock offs.

    If Jeunet had shot that insert with flat lighting, texture and DOF, then yes, it could have been dull... this is anything but.
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    Bruno got a reaction from HurtinMinorKey in Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera for $495   
    The cameras they're selling for $495 are the same ones the stores were selling for $995 last week, they didn't ship new cameras specifically for this deal, so that doesn't make much sense.
     
    It's likely they won't restock before the sale ends though, which will make the promotion limited to while stocks last, as they stated.
     
    No idea if the price will ever go up, but at this price it's worth getting and keeping!
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    Bruno got a reaction from rndmtsk in New OK Go music video shot on Panasonic GH4   
    The raw looking camera moves actually didn't bother me as much as the pretentious gimmicky concept, or the lack of one. They used all kinds of visual tricks that have been done many times before but with no story line or main concept to guide them, it's all kind of random, trying to be Michel Gondry but lacking his genius, since his visual gimmicks always serve and fit a story or concept.

    But hey, it's got millions of views, so I guess it did the job!
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    Bruno got a reaction from reboot81 in Sony RX100: Getting the best video out of it...   
    I just bought a Sony DSC-RX100. After a couple years shooting my personal projects on a Canon 7D, I needed something more compact that I could carry with me at all times, and the Sony DSC-RX100 looked like it could be the one. The great reviews, the ability to shoot 1080p at 50fps with a fast Zeiss IS lens, full manual control in video mode, focus peaking and a 16mm sized sensor convinced me to go for it!
     
    My footage shot on the 7D improved quite a lot during the time I've been using it, knowing a camera's strong points and especially its limitations is very important to getting good images out of it, so the first thing I did with the Sony DSC-RX100 was to shoot some tests to help me decide which settings I'll be using when shooting video with it.
     
    Like most people around here I learn so much from online reviews and discussion forums, and those have been a great help deciding my gear purchases, so I'm sharing what I learned from my tests as a way to return the favor and give something back to the community. There's been some good reviews of the Sony DSC-RX100 online, and some useful info spread around the internet, but I think this post will cover a lot of useful information for whoever's interested in this camera for video, and much of this info will also apply for any other similar camera.
     
    I started by turning off all the automatic picture improvement options, as they usually degrade the quality of the image and make it less gradable, then I set the codec to AVCHD at 28mbits and 50p (PS).
     
    SHOOTING MODE
    For video shooting I'd recommend setting the top wheel to video mode and then selecting video-M for manual video shooting
    The RX100 does have a dedicated Movie Recording button, and can shoot video on any Stills mode, but you might get aspect ratio and exposure changes once you hit the Record button in these modes. In video-M mode you'll get what you see on screen.
     
    RECORD SETTINGS
     
    The Sony RX100 can shoot movies in two different formats, MP4 and AVCHD. All MP4 options are below 1080p resolution though, so I won't get into those. In AVCHD mode however, we get 3 different 1080 options:
     
    50i 24M (FX) (50i @ 24Mbps, Blu-Ray AVCHD disc compliant)
    50i 17M (FH) (50i @ 17Mbps, DVD AVCHD disc compliant)
    50p 28M (PS) (50p @ 28Mbps, Progressive Scan)
     
    So it seems like we get 50i at 17Mbps and 24Mbps, and we get 50p at 28Mbps, but not really…
    The 50i mode is actually capturing 25p images out of the sensor and encoding them as 50i footage, this means that we do end up with interlaced footage, but since it was captured progressively, de-interlacing it will produce a clean 25p image!
     
    So if we're looking for the best possible video out of the RX100, we should use 50i 24M for 25fps video and 50p 28M for 50fps video.
    In theory, shooting 50i 24M gives us the best bitrate per frame in this camera, almost twice as much as shooting 50p 28M.
    Shooting 50fps however would have neighboring frames changing less than when shooting 25fps, helping the encoder do a better job, but still the per frame bitrate is lower, and here's a comparison that shows is. If you look at the darker areas in the back where the window is, you'll see that the 50i version is slightly cleaner.
     

     
    Here's an example of something in motion shot at 50i and 50p, the 50i frame was de-interlaced and as you can see there's no interlacing artifacts at all.
     

     
    Considering all of the above, I think it's safe to say that the 50i 24M mode, which is in fact 25p @ 24Mbps, will give you best video quality out of this camera.
      CREATIVE STYLES
    Creative Styles is the RX100's designation for Color Profiles.
    My first test was to choose the flattest Creative Style the camera had to offer, so I shot some footage of all the different styles.
     

     
    After looking at all these different images, I decided to go with the Portrait Creative Style, as it seems to be the flattest of them all.
     
    EXPLORING THE PORTRAIT CREATIVE STYLE
    Each Creative Style has settings for Contrast, Saturation and Sharpness that can be set from -3 to 3, so I shot some more footage using the Portrait Creative Style in a number of different settings.
     

     
    Using the Portrait Creative Style at the minimum settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3) definitely (and obviously) seems to be the flattest style in this camera, but I had to check how well it graded and how it compares to using the default values (Contrast: 0, Saturation: 0, Sharpness: 0).
     

     
    On the top left you have a frame shot using the Portrait Creative Style, with all the settings set to 0, on top right you have a frame shot using the Portrait Creative Style in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3).
    On the bottom right frame I added some sharpness to the flat image, which responded quite well, and on the bottom left frame I added not only sharpness but also increased the Saturation and Contrast in order to match the top left frame (Contrast: 0, Saturation: 0, Sharpness: 0).
    The result is an image that matches in color saturation and contrast, but with a much nicer detail and less compression artifacts. It looks sharper and cleaner overall, which made me decide to use this Creative Style and these settings from now on.
     
    SHOOTING BLACK & WHITE
    The following test is something I've been wanting to do for a while, regardless of the camera. The thinking behind this test was:
     
    "If the camera is compressing B&W footage instead of color footage, maybe it can do a much better job at it since it doesn't have all the color information to process, so even using the same bit rate could give us better results."
     
    Of course I don't know the details on the cameras' inner workings, but assuming the B&W Creative Style is applied BEFORE the footage is compressed to AVCHD, then this should work. Maybe.
     

     
    So I shot some footage using the B&W Creative Style in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3), which you can see on top left, and then some more footage using my new favorite Portrait Creative Style, also in its flattest settings (Contrast: -3, Saturation: -3, Sharpness: -3).
     
    On the middle left frame, I increased the sharpness and the contrast on the image to make it less flat, and on the middle right frame I did the same, and also desaturated it. As you can see both images are different, since the B&W Creative Style's color conversion is not merely desaturating the image to create a B&W version, it's using a more clever process that also looks better, but anyway, the point here is to test the image compression and figure out which one gives cleaner results, so on the last test frames I increased the exposure by 2 stops to find out how well the images handled it.
    On the bottom left frame you can see how much cleaner the image shot with the B&W Creative Style is, compared with the one shot using the Portrait Creative Style, it's actually beautifully clean and overexposing it by 2 stops didn't show any ugly artifacts at all.
     
    So my conclusion on this one is, if you're shooting for black and white, and you're sure that's the look you'll want (since it's kind of hard to color B&W footage if you change your mind afterwards), then using the B&W Creative Style will give you far superior results!
     
    DYNAMIC RANGE OPTIMIZER
    The Dynamic Range Optimizer works when writing to compressed formats, such as JPG, MP4 or AVCHD. It has no effect when shooting RAW.
    Its purpose is to capture more detail in the areas that are more prone to get lost when using compressed formats, such as dark shadows. It works in the darker areas of the image, making them brighter and producing a flatter image, which makes it easier on the image compression to achieve better results.
    Here's a test scene shot using all the DRO levels available. There's also an Auto Mode, but I suspect it wouldn't give predictable results when shooting manual video.
     

     
    The result is quite clear on every mode. Personally I think 5 is too much and might be actually degrading the image more than it helps, but lower settings definitely look not just useable but very useful in achieving a flat and clean image. I'd say using the DRO in its modes 2 and 3 would definitely help achieving a better flat image. I'll probably leave it at 2 all the time and increase it to 3 in situations with more contrast.
     
    5DtoRGB
    I've used 5DtoRGB on Canon footage since the early beta versions, and I honestly don't understand how come it's not used by everyone. 5DtoRGB features one of the best YCbCr to RGB compression out there, and it's free!!!
    (the Pro version with batch capabilities costs $50 though)
     
    5DtoRGB does a great job improving aliasing and compression artifacts and transcoding to 10-bit Prores (can also transcode do DPX image sequences and DNxHD files), or at least it did with Canon DSLR footage, so I thought I'd try it with the RX100.
     

     
    The top frame is from the original AVCHD file and the bottom frame is from the Prores transcoded file out of 5DtoRGB.
    5DtoRGB automatically changed the Decoding Matrix setting to ITU-R BT.709, so I assume that's the one to use with the RX100 (Canon DSLRs like the 550D, 60D or 7D used the ITU-R BT.601 Decoding Matrix, the 5Dmk3 however used the ITU-R BT.709).
    Looking at it like this there's not much of a difference, so I went looking in the channels.
     

     
    The Red and Green channels looked quite clean in both versions, but looking closely at the Blue channel you can see how 5DtoRGB makes a pretty good job at smoothing out some of the compression blockiness, but mainly smoothing out the aliased lines you get on sharper edges.
    Using 5DtoRGB won't do any miracles, but when shooting to 8 bit compressed codecs, every little bit helps, and using it along with a flat Creative Style will definitely help you getting cleaner and better images.
     
    SHUTTER ANGLE / SHUTTER SPEED
    The Sony DSC-RX100 has the annoying feature of only shooting 50fps (or 60fps on NTSC markets).
    On one hand it's great to be able to shoot 50fps at 1080p, but on the other hand, shooting 25fps at the same bit rate would probably produce better results with less compression.
    One of the advantages of this could be that you'd always have the extra frames in case you needed the slow motion effect, but unfortunately that's not quite the case, since the ideal shutter speed for 25fps real time playback is different than the ideal shutter speed for 25fps slow motion playback.
    If you're planning on shooting for 25fps real time playback, then you should set your shutter to 1/50, but if you intend to shoot for slow motion playback at 25fps, then you should set your shutter speed to 1/100.
     

     
    Using a shutter speed of 1/100 for real time 25fps playback will not give you enough motion blur, and the motion playback will not be as smooth as it should. Also, playing back footage shot at 1/50 shutter speed at 25fps slow motion will have too much motion blur, making its motion look rather fuzzy.
     
     
    Here's a sample file you can download yourself.
    This was shot at AVCHD, 1080 50fps with a shutter speed of 1/50, meant to be used on a 25fps timeline, playing at real time:
    https://dl.dropbox.com/u/8569573/rx100review/RX100videoSample1.mov
     
     
    That's it for now, I really hope it helps some people out. I have some videos I can share later on if you're interested, and I also might update this review with tests of the different Steady Shot modes once I get to them.
    Keep in kind that these are only my findings and personal opinions, it would be great to hear from people with different opinions, or about settings you think would give better results.
     
    Enjoy!
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    Bruno got a reaction from nahua in Is Google trying to 'blackmail' small record labels with YouTube's new answer to Spotify?   
    It's all relative and there's also big name TV shows offering nothing for new bands' music, just promising exposure, which can turn out to be good, but it's still a terrible system.
     
    Record labels spent 10 years fighting the digital formats, now that they realized they should have embraced them instead, they're totally lost and have no clue what they're doing, the rules have completely changed, and no one knows exactly what the new rules are, because things are still rapidly evolving, and those guys are too slow to ever catch up.
     
    Big record labels are like the big Hollywood studios, they're just interested on large blockbusters, and the small independents have to make do with no money, and they do, because they're not money driven in the first place.
     
    This documentary shows how messed up things are with new media:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/generation-like/
     
    The song that was used in that video that went viral, showing couples kissing for the first time, sold 1 million copies on iTunes that week... there's loads of new roads for musicians (and artists in general) to explore, just forget about the past, it's not coming back.
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    Bruno got a reaction from tehgeek in Potential changes to the forum to prioritise good content, suggestions welcome...   
    One thing that needs to be said is that Andrew is often the one to lose it and resort to name calling and belittling people with different opinions. Whether justified or not, this behaviour opens precedents and passes the message that it's fine to act like that around here. You shouldn't put yourself out there like this backed by a forum and a "click to comment" button if you can't handle a few harsh critics.

    The "this is my blog I can do whatever I want" attitude needs to end for things to improve, or it will only snowball and get worse, that's actually why I've been here less and less, there's less and less relevant information amongst all the loud and uninformed crap talk.

    Many respected DPs run their own sites and forums themselves and I don't see this nonsense going on in there!
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    Bruno got a reaction from Julian in Potential changes to the forum to prioritise good content, suggestions welcome...   
    Get a voting system, something simple like "useful or garbage", after a few "garbage" votes the post gets hidden, or goes towards the end and useful replies would stay on top... do the same for forum threads and within threads.
     
    The downside to an "elitist" system is that new "members", no matter how serious or helpful, would be locked out, and if the ones included start losing interest, it might become a very lonely place.
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    Bruno got a reaction from andy lee in Blackmagic Studio Camera to be announced today   
    Actually, if you take a look at their product line-up, you'll realize these are the first BMD cameras that might please their user base! :)

    Their previous cameras were aimed at the DSLR video crowd, but that doesn't really represent their user base.
    I do agree they need to step up and finish those damn cameras properly. The original 4k camera is still the one I'm most interested in, but I'm not getting it until they finish that firmware properly.
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    Bruno got a reaction from Sean Cunningham in BlackMagic URSA   
    Lights.
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    Bruno reacted to Andrew Reid in NoFilmSchool Digital Bolex Review   
    Do people realise that blogs are an opinion and that an opinion is entitled to be in favour of something?
     
    It isn't always about being objective.
     
    Personal opinions matter a lot.
     
    Unless the skewing is for reasons other than just liking something.
     
    When people criticise Philip Bloom for example, for being skewed in favour of a camera, it's his opinion and he can be biased if he wants. It's his choice to use what he likes. We all have our personal reasons for using something in the end...
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    Bruno got a reaction from Sean Cunningham in 50P/60P Shutter Angle Question   
    Jesus... it's about time this forum gets an option to make markm's posts invisible, this was a perfectly informative and interesting thread until he came in.
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    Bruno got a reaction from Sean Cunningham in 35mm film vs 35mm full frame...confused   
    This assumption comes up too often, but as Sean was saying, it's completely wrong.
     
    Wide angles have been used with great results on probably all genres, it's a matter of choice. You say wide lenses are rarely used in serious films when actually comedy might be the genre where they are used the least!
     
    The Harry Potter films got more serious towards the end and most shots were 21mm or even 18mm, and there's tons of other examples out there, it's a stylistic choice, not something imposed by the genre. Not all horror films look the same, not all action films look the same, not all comedies or dramas look the same... the genre has very little to do with which lenses you should use, the same way the lenses you use will not define a style alone.
     
    And please... don't feed Mark.
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    Bruno got a reaction from andy lee in 35mm film vs 35mm full frame...confused   
    This assumption comes up too often, but as Sean was saying, it's completely wrong.
     
    Wide angles have been used with great results on probably all genres, it's a matter of choice. You say wide lenses are rarely used in serious films when actually comedy might be the genre where they are used the least!
     
    The Harry Potter films got more serious towards the end and most shots were 21mm or even 18mm, and there's tons of other examples out there, it's a stylistic choice, not something imposed by the genre. Not all horror films look the same, not all action films look the same, not all comedies or dramas look the same... the genre has very little to do with which lenses you should use, the same way the lenses you use will not define a style alone.
     
    And please... don't feed Mark.
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    Bruno reacted to Guest in Phil Blooms Digital Bolex review   
    markm's recent forum topic about Philip Bloom's Digital Bolex review seems very skewed in favour of bigotry when compared to more objective and rational responses. I'm beginning to wonder if his topics are neutral. What do others think?  ;)
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    Bruno got a reaction from Sean Cunningham in Digital 'film reel' for Super-8 Cameras   
    "Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge. Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 camera."
     
    http://hayesurban.com/current-projects/2012/3/14/digital-super-8.html
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    Bruno got a reaction from jgharding in Sony A7 and A7r promise improved full frame video   
    Sony unreleased camera specs, always so promising! :)
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    Bruno got a reaction from markm in Blackmagic 4k update?   
    Let me guess... the people who sell them?
    Never seen a good image coming out of a GoPro and its plastic lens. Great for holiday action videos yeah, serious filmmaking? Hell no.
     
    The 4k BMD has many advantages over the other BMD cameras, Global Shutter, APS-C sensor and 4k are well worth losing 1 or 2 stops dynamic range, at least to me. People do great work with H264 DSLRs, you just have to know your camera and how to compensate for its weaknesses, and at that price range it should be the most capable camera around.
     
    Personally, I will be thrilled to leave rolling shutter jello ridden cameras behind as soon as I can.
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    Bruno got a reaction from mtheory in Blackmagic 4k update?   
    Let me guess... the people who sell them?
    Never seen a good image coming out of a GoPro and its plastic lens. Great for holiday action videos yeah, serious filmmaking? Hell no.
     
    The 4k BMD has many advantages over the other BMD cameras, Global Shutter, APS-C sensor and 4k are well worth losing 1 or 2 stops dynamic range, at least to me. People do great work with H264 DSLRs, you just have to know your camera and how to compensate for its weaknesses, and at that price range it should be the most capable camera around.
     
    Personally, I will be thrilled to leave rolling shutter jello ridden cameras behind as soon as I can.
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    Bruno got a reaction from jgharding in Open letter to Japanese manufacturers on the enthusiast video market - improve or lose it   
    Regardless of how Canon cameras are lagging behind, let's not forget it was all the other makers who have been disappointing time after time since the video DSLR thing began. Canon had the 1st DSLR hit and they still have the best video DSLR around all these years later, we gotta give them that. How many cameras have Sony released in the meantime that seemed so promising and never failed to disappoint? Way too many... all of them actually. Up until Blackmagic Design cameras, Canon didn't really have to improve that much due to the poor competition, and even with Blackmagic Design, I'm not sure the numbers will be enough to be a threat. Remember that tourists and parents with babies still buy way more cameras than us indie filmmakers do, and they don't bitch about moire, they would bitch about having huge raw files that only work on a few memory cards though, that's for sure!
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