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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Best portable light option for DSLR video?   
    These days, the marginal benefit per dollar spent on a lighting set up easily exceeds what you get from incrementally better camera tech.  I like to light things with a three light kit.
     
    [url="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/527159-REG/Arri_571979W_650W_Fresnel_Compact_3_Light.html"]http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/527159-REG/Arri_571979W_650W_Fresnel_Compact_3_Light.html[/url]
     
    You can always find cheaper generic versions of these too.
     
    Most on camera lights these days are LED, and while they give you a nice soft light, they still don't have the best color.
     
    I like this for on-camera:
    [url="http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/185678-REG/Lowel_ID_02_ID_Light_100W_Focus_Flood.html"]http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/185678-REG/Lowel_ID_02_ID_Light_100W_Focus_Flood.html[/url]
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Canon C100 ProRes 422   
    [url="https://vimeo.com/54325017"]https://vimeo.com/54325017[/url]

    This footage looks better than anything I've seen from the FS700.

    But, BMC still kicking both their asses.
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to Jacek in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    [quote name='HurtinMinorKey' timestamp='1352923463' post='21648']
    Haven't people been editing 4K Redcode Raw for years on Mac? The top of the line iMac has only a 2GB (mobile) card. Even the outdated pro has only 1GB (deskop) cards.
    [/quote]

    Different software uses different hardware acceleration. DaVinci Resolve supports (pretty modern) CUDA hardware.
    Maybe it can be used without it (using CPU power instead.. but not sure..), but overall that support looks like big positive rather than negative thing. It's like DirectX for 3D in the past:
    - First there were 3D games using mainly CPU
    - Than showed up 3D games which needed GPU with Direct3D support and moved load from CPU to GPU. The improvement was amazing.

    Today DaVinci moves load from CPU to GPU in video editing - thay do whole rendering calculations in GPU instead of CPU.
    The modern hardware (CUDA) allows to build cheap powerfull workstations and go futher only by adding more graphic cards (which is widely supported today) rather than using whole CPU power (not to mention pricy multi CPU systems).

    (ATI alternative to CUDA is unfortunately weaker.)

    So please stop blaming DaVinci programmers that Mac's can't be customized and outdate so quickly.
    If you have old PC, you could just swap your graphic card (for 300$) and enjoy smooth real-time 4K raw editing.

    Now you know that you get iMacs stability and look(design) not for free.. You sacrifice customizability.


    I'm happy to see computer hardware progressing so fast. It wouldn't be so fast without customizability of PCs (which make progress easier).
    If 20 years ago there were only iMacs on the world (no PCs), you would be still playing 3D games using only CPU :). Because everybody would say: "That stupid NeedForSpeed Direct3D doesn't work on my almost new iMac with fastest CPU! Do they think I'll buy a new one just for 3D card? F...k them, let's play Saper!"


    PS: I do have MacBook and I like it. But for workstation/server I would prefer PC.
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to Andrew Reid in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    [quote name='HurtinMinorKey' timestamp='1352900067' post='21621']
    Images look stunning. Your review did a great job pointing out it's strengths. Using RAW makes it so much easier to get the exposure curve you want. Great stuff. I almost fell out of my chair looking at the shots of the ferris wheel. Couple questions about the hardware.

    1.) Why are you convinced the workflow bottlekneck is in the GPU, and not in the CPU or Cache?
    2.) Can you please provide the basic specs of your PC?
    [/quote]

    The CPU is a general purpose processor and raw needs a greater data throughput like 3D rendering does, or texture mapping in games. The GPU is purpose built for this kind of heavy number crunching so better suited to chewing through video than the CPU. But you need CUDA which adds a more programmable interface between the app and the GPU. ATI uses Open CL which is similar but not as well supported in Resolve.

    Basic specs are i7 3.4Ghz 2700k, GeForce GTX 560 Ti 1.5GB, 8GB RAM.

    Ideally you want to upgrade graphics to GeForce GTX 580 or 690 3GB and have 16GB RAM with an 480GB SSD boot drive.
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to Jacek in Blackmagic Cinema Camera Review - DSLR killer?   
    [quote name='HurtinMinorKey' timestamp='1352900067' post='21621']
    Images look stunning. Your review did a great job pointing out it's strengths. Using RAW makes it so much easier to get the exposure curve you want. Great stuff. I almost fell out of my chair looking at the shots of the ferris wheel. Couple questions about the hardware.

    1.) Why are you convinced the workflow bottlekneck is in the GPU, and not in the CPU or Cache?
    2.) Can you please provide the basic specs of your PC?
    [/quote]

    DaVinci Resolve uses actually 2 graphic cards:
    - first for interface (probably may be simple integrated card)
    - second with CUDA for rendering (using only CUDA cores, other graphic functions are useless)

    So if you want smooth/fast preview and rendering - CUDA card is most important.

    Of course you will need pretty good other component to not cripple your PC - fast CPU, HDD(SDD), lot of RAM.

    Good info you can find in: http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/media/4805318/Resolve_Win_Config_Guide_2012-08-30.pdf or on their forum.
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to zaz in Shipping thread - Blackmagic Cinema Camera   
    One River Media recently released a pretty good comparison video re 12 vs 8 bit color for grading with the bmcc.
    http://vimeo.con/52269416
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from Germy1979 in Adventures with the 5D Mark III and Canon 135mm F2L in Croatia   
    I really like the sequence of shots, color, and all the captured moments.

    But I f-ing hate the camera. I can't wait for you to start tearing it up with the BMC.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from markm in The Panasonic GH3 is here   
    [quote name='markm' timestamp='1347961787' post='18429']
    The footage still looks soft especially in lower light levels. I would think this could be on par with a canon mark3
    [/quote]

    Agreed. No detail on the faces in the crowd. Looks 5Dish to me.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Blackmagic Design CEO Grant Petty explains design process behind the cinema camera (higher frame rates MAY come later in firmware update)   
    [quote name='avrofilmvideo' timestamp='1346709723' post='17255']
    That's right..youngsters
    Off to School..
    TADA have to go now-time to make some $$
    [/quote]

    Doing what? Working in the call center for Sony? Have fun with that.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in 5D Mark III or Blackmagic Cinema Camera?   
    If you client cares about raw, then they probably arn't looking to hire someone who is just starting out. They'd probably be more scared if you tell them you are using a Black Magic Camera (they''ll think you are into Vodoo). :D

    I'm talking return on investment. For all the advantages raw offers in post, it also comes at the cost of workflow drag. Plus, being able to do stills really broadens your market.

    All that being said, if all I cared about was doing video, and getting work wasn't a problem, I'd get a BMC.
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to jgharding in Kineraw S35 priced to kill - 2K 12bit Raw (from 4K sensor) for $6K   
    I feel sensor size is an issue. Even if it's twice the BMDs price I'm sure Kineraw S35 is gonna help you capture the deep, movie feel more easily than the heavy crop of the BMD, with equivalent lighting etc. BMD has a lot less physical space gathering light than S35...

    I have the RX100 and it's a bit dead but it's useful. Try out a medium format stills camera with no AA filter and you're looking at creepily 3D pictures (if you light it well of course), a huge area gathering light. IT definitely makes a difference. Roll on medium format video! ;)
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    HurtinMinorKey reacted to tony wilson in Blackmagic Cinema Camera shipping delayed   
    many years ago some cotton pickin retrobate stole a foto off a manly website the foto was of me and my rubber ducky in are favorite tin metal bath.
    no problem with a foto but dis evil doer got a companie in china to copy my rubber ducky and sell an asian ducky witch looked like my rubber ducky.
    eyes was real mad sea i tells you.
    without imcramanating me myself der guy died scrreaming in panes and der china duck factory burnt down in a freek accident.
    it was very lucky these things happen as i was sueing the duck man copy cat true der patent orifices.
    eye had 2 patent infrangement clames
    eye beliefs cinema cameras have many more areas for legal clams
    dem patant infridgement clams can gets messy
    either ways my ducky exists he going for a swim tonight.

    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6_d22aMqZs[/media]
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from tony wilson in Blackmagic Cinema Camera shipping delayed   
    [quote name='kitchentable' timestamp='1345025929' post='15749']
    [size=4][font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][color=#000000][background=rgb(255, 255, 255)]"...cameras are now leaving the production facility and first deliveries would have commenced, however Blackmagic Design are currently waiting for a third party license to be issued before deliveries can legally start."[/background][/color][/font][/size]
    [/quote]

    If that's true, then that third party has quite a bit of bargaining power. My guess is that a team of lawyers from Canon and Sony showed up at the last second and said “here are 397 patents that you are infringing upon with the production of this product. Here’s our number, have a nice day!”
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from amband in Top sources say Sony developing full frame A99 as hybrid GH2-like DSLR targeting professional filmmakers   
    [quote name='amband' timestamp='1344771945' post='15386']
    the price is good, however, how many owners would graduate to cinema. 99% of owners will have their vid compressed on TV or youtube, defeating the purpose of uncompressed vid, although I've been told result isn't bad. Getting Da Vinci Licence is the deal maker for some
    [/quote]

    The purpose of the uncompressed vid is for the sake of editing, post, and the best aquisition possible. Once all that is done, a compressed interframe codec is always the way to go for output. Most Blu-Ray uses AVCHD and a bit rate that's significantly lower then what you get out of the 5D3, but there is a reason "No Country for Old Men" on blu-ray looks 100 times better than anything you'd ever see off a 5D using intra-frame compression. In other words, a better acquisition format will still look better once it's compressed intelligently.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    [quote name='PAVP' timestamp='1344369725' post='15078']
    I really think we're missing the point if we look at this footage and are critiquing the manner in which it was shot. It's a good thing that it wasn't a perfectly lit, steadycam'd, big production that accounted for every weakness the camera could have. What would we learn from that? With enough time and money you can make any camera look great and yet not know much about what the true character of the camera is. This is like a window into what the camera is really like minus all the trappings.
    [/quote]
    1. To some degree I agree with this, but there are certain technical things that even the most indie film maker should/could iron out.

    2. If the article had prefaced these shots with something like, "we wanted to show what the camera looked like, ungraded, and under poor shooting conditions so we...", I would have judged it [b]very[/b] differently.

    3. Clearly Mr. Brawley is an accomplished and talented filmmaker, and I doubt he gives two shites about what some meathead like me thinks about some of his unpolished work from an unreleased camera. All I did was criticize the footage that was shown to me without any context.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    [quote name='tabac' timestamp='1344367049' post='15069']
    The aesthetic they choose was probably down to one of two things. A) they like it like that, loose and informal, can be read as intimate. B)
    [/quote]

    There is a difference between informal and sloppy. What we saw was sloppy work, for all the reasons I listed above.

    [quote name='tabac' timestamp='1344367049' post='15069']
    You've seen next to nothing yet you demand something that doesn't have "terrible lighting". It's a daylight shoot with a 3 man crew!
    [/quote]

    Last time I checked, a three man crew was enough to use a glidecam while someone else holds a reflector.

    After going to John Brawley's website, and looking at his reel (and seeing how good it was), I'm even more disappointed with what we see here.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    [quote name='tabac' timestamp='1344363313' post='15065']
    Just signed up here just to say, where do you get the balls?
    [/quote]

    From a Y chromosome...duh.

    What part of my criticism do you disagree with?

    1. The handheld was shaky throughout, starting with the very first shot
    2. Sloppy focus at 0:15
    3. Guys face mostly in shadow, with a bright spot ocasionally hitting his forhead (1:45)
    4. Weird tracking shot swaying back and forth (2:40 ish)
    5. Guys face is too dark in the last scene

    Look, it's not terrible, it's not even bad, but it's not what I'd put out there to show off new tech just weeks from the suposed launch.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from nahua in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    Another Black Magic test that proves only one thing: They need to give the camera to someone else who knows what they are doing. I liked the pool footage better. This was shot with terrible lighting and bad camerawork. What's up with the huge sways durring the tracking shots?

    It's got a small sensor(relative to most of the competition) so i'm not surprised about the low light perfromance, but I want to know what this thing can do when lit properly.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from GrantEllis in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    [quote name='tabac' timestamp='1344363313' post='15065']
    Just signed up here just to say, where do you get the balls?
    [/quote]

    From a Y chromosome...duh.

    What part of my criticism do you disagree with?

    1. The handheld was shaky throughout, starting with the very first shot
    2. Sloppy focus at 0:15
    3. Guys face mostly in shadow, with a bright spot ocasionally hitting his forhead (1:45)
    4. Weird tracking shot swaying back and forth (2:40 ish)
    5. Guys face is too dark in the last scene

    Look, it's not terrible, it's not even bad, but it's not what I'd put out there to show off new tech just weeks from the suposed launch.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from tony wilson in Most significant clue so far about Blackmagic Cinema Camera performance   
    Another Black Magic test that proves only one thing: They need to give the camera to someone else who knows what they are doing. I liked the pool footage better. This was shot with terrible lighting and bad camerawork. What's up with the huge sways durring the tracking shots?

    It's got a small sensor(relative to most of the competition) so i'm not surprised about the low light perfromance, but I want to know what this thing can do when lit properly.
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    HurtinMinorKey got a reaction from Marcio Teriya R in Blackmagic Cinema Camera shipping delayed   
    At this point BMC is dammed if they do, dammed if they don't. We've seen so very few clips, that if they start selling them really soon, then one has to wonder what they are hiding: like a movie that doesn't get reviewed before its opening. The alternative is a longer delay before the general public gets their hands on it. I'm hoping for the latter.

    I like what I've seen so far, but I am still very very very very suspicious.
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