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  1. MaxAperture Films

    Shooting 5K on the Panasonic GH5 with the new 'Open Gate' mode

    Andrew, any chance you can inquire with Panasonic about implementing a full sensor width 10 bit time-lapse mode in HEVC? It doesn't seem like it would be a very heavy lift for them to add considering the hard work has already been done on the encoding side of things. It would also save a ton of storage space and time compared to shooting raw stills + image processing. Thanks.
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    Apple talk dramatic 2018 Mac Pro update amidst multiple controversies

    I'm running an RX 480 GPU at the moment. Regarding RAM, you can check out kit compatibility reported informally by some users here - http://rymem.vraith.com/basic/view_by_mobo . If you want to see the BIOS version they were running at the time just click the embedded CPU-Z report. My G.Skill DDR4 3000 is currently running at 2933 with the default XMP profile in Gigabyte BIOS (GA-AB350M-Gaming 3 Motherboard). You're right - it may not hold if I scale up to 4 DIMMs. Waiting to see how things shake out on the support side of things first. It's worth noting, on some motherboards with early BIOS you actually had to overclock the R7 1700 higher than base clock in order to get it to post above the default 2133 memory speed. I believe that issue has been resolved with the latest AMD microcode update. Regardless, you can easily overclock to 3.6 Ghz without even touching voltage. 3.7 Ghz requires only another 0.06V added to the offset (1.248 V-Core). At 3.8+ Ghz the stock cooler isn't really adequate for the resulting heat. 3.7 Ghz appears to be the sweet spot for price/performance with this chip.
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    Apple talk dramatic 2018 Mac Pro update amidst multiple controversies

    Most of my vid rendering work is with Vegas Pro14 these days. I'm only running 16GB of memory at the moment but 4K previews and timeline scrubs are effortless, even when fed by slow USB drives. Render times with the GPU are approximately 50% faster than what my i7 could pull off. Lightroom also seems much faster at importing and exporting files. I would recommend getting the cheapest 8 core chip (1700) and clocking it at 3.6 - 3.8 Ghz, above that the power consumption begins to become exponentially higher and delivers little tangible performance in trade. The stock RGB cooler can handle 3.6 or 3.7 at sustained workloads (Prime 95, long renders, etc.). Buying the 1700X or 1800X is a waste of money for a workstation build, IMO. Better to put that savings toward DDR4 3000 or 3200 memory and see additional performance gains (the so-called "infinity fabric" wakes up at higher clock speeds). Can't say enough good things about this $300 CPU... it is absolutely perfect for creators on a budget. I hope a down-clocked version shows up in laptops this year, at 2.8 Ghz it only consumes around 45W of power. It would be an incredibly responsive system for those of us who need to edit 4K while on the road.
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    Apple talk dramatic 2018 Mac Pro update amidst multiple controversies

    I just did the same thing but not quite as much RAM... R7 CPU + mATX board + V21 cube case + DDR4 memory + 600W P/S for under $600. I then paid off half the upgrade by eBaying my old 4790 and DDR3. Even at a meager 3.6Ghz this system completely eviscerates the Haswell it has replaced. Talk about a cheap performance boost!
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    New information regarding H.265 on the Panasonic GH5

    The chart is very confusing in how it groups the codecs to the frame rate. If this thing delivers 4K 48P @ 10 bit 4:2:2 after the update I'll be ecstatic. And if Matt confirmed that with Andrew already, I'm sure it's legit. He rarely gets tripped up on specs.
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    Thanks Luke! And huge props to Panasonic for going "all-in" with this cam and even encouraging more feature requests... they've earned my $$ for sure.
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    Hey Luke, any chance you can test out the 4K time lapse mode? I'm curious as to whether the video file can now be saved as 10 bit 4:2:2. That feature alone would save me a ton of work in post. Specifically the 2 fps speed in 4K creative mode/variable frame rate (conformed to 24P playback). Thanks.
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    A little chroma noise lurking in those shadows, but looks pretty solid considering it's still pre-production and only a 150 Mb/s 10 bit codec.
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    Clayton returns!! I had a feeling he was going places in the industry .
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    Haha, that would've been the greatest NAB trolling of all time. Seriously though, a sequel is well overdue... funniest damn parody I ever saw. Crowd-fund it and make it bigger than before.
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    Lumix GH5 Downloadable Footage

    Luke, I'd really like to see a GH5 shot through the Passion-Aggression chassis... I want to find out if the picture will look bigger through that mattebox. BTW, what ever happened to Terron and Clayton? Will they ever re-enter the market with a new product release? I really hope they didn't end up like the Duke Brothers. Also, I like that the GH5 is 10% bigger and heavier. Thanks.
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    EOSHD Pro Color for Panasonic (GH4, GX85, G85 + more)

    Same here, looking forward to playing around with Pro Color tonight. Filmconvert + GX85 in natural profile has been a winner for me for most situations. Still, there are times when I prefer a more vivid canon-esque grade to conservative film simulations.
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    EOSHD Pro Color for Panasonic (GH4, GX85, G85 + more)

    This is great... I was hoping you were working on something for Panasonic shooters. Do you know if the LUT portion of this process will work with the VisionColor LUT loader for Sony Vegas? http://www.vision-color.com/lutplugin/ "OFX compatible LUT loader for Sony Vegas by VisionColor. Highly accurate interpolation and multiple file format support for 3D and 1D Lookup Table." Apparently Vegas still doesn't natively support LUTs. Thanks.
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    GH5 10-bit 4:2:2 internal?

    In the past, Panasonic's cameras have always featured playback compatibility with their TVs. Their current HDR UHD TVs feature native H.265/HEVC and VP9 decoding at 10 bits. I am not aware of 10 bit H.264 decoding support in these TVs. So there's a good possibility this camera will actually record in HEVC and even have a built in HDR profile (HDR10?) in addition to Log profile for those of us who will grade the images offline. I could be wrong, but it just doesn't seem to make logical sense to shoot in a codec that won't be playback-compatible with their HDR capable TVs, especially considering product lifecycles can run as long as 3 years for a GH. Why hang on to H.264 for another 2-3 years?
  15. ‚ÄčIt just looks like an over-exposure issue on a couple clips, most show a huge DR improvement to my eyes. I can't say I'm surprised though, the sensor's raws have a ton of DR when pushed in LR and PS. The sensor is within 1 stop of Canon and Sony in the DR department but I prefer the color science I see coming out of the GH4. Skin tones look very pleasing and greens and blues are preferable to what I typically see in some Sony footage (occasional weird yellows in foliage and unnatural looking "blue" skies).