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  1. Hi Andrew,

    This is an awesome idea!!

    I have a musician for you, his name is Khaled Hamdy. We are both based out of Dubai and he left his engineering job last year and started a one man operation for audio production. He is also my jaming buddy and a jack of all trades when it comes to music: anything from heavy metal, to jazz, to epic orchestral music....not to mention middle eastern music. I used his original music before on some of my promo videos for aerial cinematography and he's great to work with.


    Check out http://www.khaledhamdy.net/music/




  2. Very interesting review. I notice the GM1 still ends up higher on your ranking for the month list? I presume the difference is, if you have the tripod/stabalisation sorted then the GM1 is preferable. If it's the run and gun and you need the stabalisation then EM1 can give a better image due to it not being shaken to pieces?


    Anyways, the confusing bit was when you said


    "Select ProRes 444 in your Premiere timeline settings and don't edit in native H.264"


    Now I understand the export in Prores bit, that makes sense, but the edit in prores bit confuses me.

    Premiere does not really edit in H.264. It reads the 264 into its own 32bit colour space and "codec" which is superior to pretty much everything. The final render uses the original source files and not the timeline codec unless you also select the "use rendered files" or similar option which I can't see how that would benefit either as that just adds another level of re-compression.


    That's the theory from Laser Pacific but I haven't sat down and tried it.


    Edit: http://guruv.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/why-edit-canon-5d-7d-footage-in-premiere-pro/

    Sorry to dwell on this topic again but I too am confused about the reason for using Prores in the timeline settings. The only way I found it possible to select prores in the timeline setting is for the video previews if the editing mode is set to custom, preview file format is set to quicktime(at least on Mac) then the preview codec can be set to whatever. Are we saying here that in order to really dial in things like grain during the edit process and be able to judge them correctly the recommendation is to set the preview codec to ProRes rather than h264? The only way these settings would affect export is if the "use previews" option is selected in the export window. Is my understanding correct?

  3. Hello Everybody,

    I thought I'd share my little weekend project with the BMPCC...after 4 months of waiting!!


    Shot handheld with the Lumix 20mm(which is a bit glitchy with my particular camera apparently)...but it got the job done. Edited in Premiere Pro and graded with Film Convert. Nothing special but I hope you like it :)







  4. Hi,

    I just received my second BMPCC from Adorama since my first one was sent to B&H due to a bad MFT mount. The Camera was ordered on the 8th of October and I was told it was a one week old batch(and therefore must have been one of the new cameras with the calibrated sensors). However when I connected the Camera to computer it was not on the latest firmware(unlike the first one I received from B&H). I decided to do a test for sensor blooming or the "orbs" effect and I'm not really sure how to properly do this test. I took some screen shots from footage under the brightest light source I have(2K tungsten) and some additional night shots but I'm not sure if this is good or if I'm having problems?


    Here's the Drop Box Link


  5. while I can't speak from experience I don't think this is true...if a lens is designed to cover a specific senor format it doesn't matter what FL it has...unfortunatly it seems like most of the ones designed for 1"/S16 are 8mm or higher...at least that's  the widest I could find that covers 1"(I believe it was a Canon PL zoom lens...very expensive).

    Is it true that you will get a black circle around the image for C-mount lenses that have a focal length less than around 25mm? I was eyeing some Fujinon TV zoom lenses (such as the 10.5mm-147mm) particularly for the wider end. Would these give a full picture?

  6. I completely understand that...but then how come the crop factor is less than what it should be(which is 2.9)? the only way I could think of is moving the lens closer to the sensor thus reducing the projected image size on the surface(i.e. mounting the lens at a point that's closer than the flange focal distance of the MFT which is 19.25mm, the depth of the BMPCC is 38mm according to the site)...I guess this would mean that the lens will achieve infinity focus before the infinity mark on the lens and wouldn't be able to achieve the minimum focus distance...but the projection size would be smaller fitting more of the image on the lens surface and therefore reducing the crop from 2.9 to 2.6

    I'm not saying this is what they did or if the above would actually work...just a thought





    That wouldn't work unless you had another lens in there somewhere, which is kind of what the speed booster does.


    BMD did nothing to change the FOV crop, the numbers in that image were the relationship between the Pocket camera sensor and a normal Micro 4/3 sensor, whereas usually the crop is determined against a full frame sensor.


    It's a very misleading chart, but then again so is comparing sensors to full frame, since the cinema standard should be Super35.

  7. I'm not sure but if somehow you change the distance between the lens and the sensor wouldn't you be able to project the same image on a smaller or larger surface and therefore changing the FOV crop? obviously the focal marks wouldn't work and the lens may not be able to attain infinity focus at the infinity point on the lens but that's why most of the lenses I own go a little bit beyond infinity...I guess that's what BMD must be doing in order to reduce the crop factor slightly.

  8. Here's the response I received from BMD support


    "The camera has just been announced therefore we do not have the full in-depth spec, however to the best of my knowledge the crop factor is 1.3 in relation to a MFT lens and a 2.6 in relation to a 35mm lens."


    so it's a little better than S16 crop but defintely super wide angles will be a problem if you don't want to pay a lot of money.

  9. That's what I thought as well but the guy says otherwise in the video....he says they "improved the crop factor over the previous camera"  and like I said the shot with what apears to be the 14mm lens at about 00:50 of the video seems pretty wide considering how close the camera on the table apears to be to the camera....anyway sorry again I don't mean to go way off topic here. I'll try and email BMD

  10. Sorry everyone I know this is a bit off topic but did anyone see this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gg0VZWRy1NI


    apparently the S16 sensor on the BMPCC has a crop factor of 1.3-1.4 not 3 like I thought...I bring this up here because for me the only reason I would consider buying C-mount lenses(other than the price of course) is the fact that the widest native MFT lense that doesn't have severe barel distortion is what I thought would have the equivalent FOV of a 21mm lens on 35mm sensors(that's the Panasonic Lumix 7-14)...anyone has a clue what's going on?

  11. I guess this particular lens would cover the S16 frame because it's designed to project over a 1" sensor which is a little larger. I was looking at the exact same lens as well...

    Very illustrative, Julian! And I'm waiting for those pics, Andy, I wanna see how the bokeh looks on the Pentax.

    Here here's another lens that isn't on the list but could perhaps be a good addition to the list?

    Pentax 12.5mm f1.4



    If it performs as well as the Cosmicar then I'm getting one!


  12. Thanks so much for your and all the other nice comments. As a GH2 user I advised our director/writer/DOP to use the smooth with -3 on all settings to get the flatest possible image to make grading a little easier and I believe that's what he did. I know I used these settings for the aerial shots.

    I liked it much better than Genesis.. Really great work. Curious what photo style and custom settings did you use?

  13. Hello Everybody,


    I know Andrew is getting ready to publish his review on the GH3 so I thought I'd share with you small project I worked on with a group of friends. We basically were asked by Panasonic Middle East to create a short film to showcase the capabilities of the camera under various conditions. We even mounted the camera on my RC drone to show how a camera with this size and weight can be literally used anywhere!   I hope you like it :)







    Ihab Ali


  14. Hi,
    I just bought Andrew's book on anamorphic shooting hoping to find some information on other Kowa anamorphic lens alternatives. Unfortunately I found nothing on the Kowa 16-S on the web or in the book, it seems all Kowa lenses are the same though. Anybody know what the difference is between the Kowa B&H/16-H vs the 16-S?

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