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    Emanuel reacted to kye in 24p is outdated   
    Your arguments are all technically correct, however they fail to understand one critical thing: how it actually appears to humans.  
    There are exceptions of course, but a casual glance through the thread will tell you one thing overwhelmingly clearly - 60p looks awful.
    Considering that the entire purpose of cinema and TV is to be viewed by humans, this is game over.
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    Emanuel reacted to fuzzynormal in 24p is outdated   
    Dang.  Now that I read it on the internet it must be true.
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    Emanuel reacted to fuzzynormal in 24p is outdated   
    Maybe they're just being polite? 🙂
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    Emanuel reacted to kye in 24p is outdated   
    Agreed, but I'd go one step further.  
    To be perfectly honest, I read/watch half the online stuff about film-making and just shake my head - it's like vast sections of the people discussing this online have forgotten what cinema actually looks like.....   if they'd ever even been!
    Almost any YT search for a camera or lens-related phrase will instantly deliver an endless stream of videos that were shot with kit lists that rival the price of a new car, and yet somehow look more like home videos than my actual home videos.  Of course, the biggest issue is that almost no-one in the whole online film-making community actually make films, they're mostly professional or amateur videographers and have clients that want a high-end video look.
    As a dad that makes home videos, if I think your stuff looks awful then you're in real trouble, and that's how I think most stuff looks these days - until I see something from actual film-makers!
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    Emanuel reacted to JulioD in 24p is outdated   
    Fascinating. 
     
    Super wealthy hobbyists who make fancy home movies think 24p doesn’t look like cinema having never actually made anything with actors or working with a crew and using their family as their evidence of audience approval.  
    Little to no understanding of the difference between acquisition frame rate and distribution or display refresh rate in multiple environments or global territories but still drawing conclusions. 
     
    So many experts one one place. How lucky we all are. 
     
     
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    Emanuel reacted to FHDcrew in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    Good year!
     
    Gear: I snagged an older Nikon 17-35 2.8 F-Mount lens for $350.  Works very well, stabilization and autofocus both work surprisingly well for its age, and it has been a welcome addition to my kit.  I also bought an Amaran 60d and snagged a Neewer RGB light for 1/3 its retail price from an auction.  No new camera upgrades; 2024 is the beginning of my 3rd year with my Nikon Z6.
     
    Work: Started to get some good pay opportunities and get some nice consistent work.  Started working for a nonprofit with a great working environment, producing a lot of promotional material.  Enjoying this experience.  Second-half of 2023 I focused a lot more on broadcast than on cinematography.  Crewed some D2 College Football games and even did a basketball game recently.  Also tried to learn my way around a 4 M/E switcher.  I built a custom video switcher solution using OBS, Central Control, a Newtek Tricaster Control Surface, and a bunch of plugins.  I use a cheap Blackmagic Decklink Quad in the mix and it works great given how little I spent on the whole thing.
     
    Skills: I feel that my style as a cinematographer became more established; when running and gunning I began to figure out what types of camera moves and whatnot I enjoyed the most and observed a level of consistency with my work which is always nice to see.  That being said, I need to push myself more.  I don't feel that I grew exponentially especially within the past 6-months.
     
    My favorite work of 2023:
     
    This one is a Baptism Recap Video I made, shot on my Z6 with the Tamron 45mm 1.8 and Nikon 17-35.  All 10 bit prores to my Atomos Ninja Star.  Graded in Resolve.  I feel that this was the one I pushed myself the most in recently, both in terms of effects but also in learning to get better at sound design.
     
    A worship night hype video I made.  Funny story: was planning to use my Ninja Star and shoot 10 bit.  Accidentally formatted the CFAST Card in the Ninja Star (the ninja star itself formatted the card).  I had a lot of files on this card as its 256gb.  So refused to use it for the shoot because I had hoped to recover the data from it.  In addition, the memory from my XQD Card was almost full, and it was a lot of files I needed to hang onto (dumb me didn't transfer them yet) so I had to resort to 8-bit 1080p 28mbps from my Z6.  Video turned out fine, but I don't love the 1080p from my Z6.  Does not grade as well as even the 8-bit 4k, let alone the external 10 bit.  I will say I was happy with the final output.
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    Emanuel reacted to MrSMW in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    It went OK…
    I ended up doing 21 jobs instead of the previous years 33, but the 2022 year workload was insane and a necessity after 2 terrible Covid ‘work’ years (ha, 6 jobs in 2 years).
    2024 I have revised it down slightly even further to 15-20 and I already have 4 jobs locked in for 2025.
    Volume-wise, I have no concerns.
    Client-wise, as in the type, ditto. I have always been quite picky because otherwise…
    Kit-wise, struggled again all year long. As a solo, multi-day, hybrid destination wedding shooter, I have some very specific needs.
    It’s been an evolving process over many years based on the available tech each year combined with my ever-evolving approach and needs.
    By the close of my 2023 season, I finally cracked it regarding kit with the final conclusion that a 2, 3 or 4 body kit could work equally as well, but glass was the key.
    L Mount does not give me it so it has been a case of either ditch it totally, or split my photo and video needs into 2 different systems.
    For 2024, I decided to do just that and then we will see how that goes.
    My ‘perfect’ set up is with Canon, based around a pair of R3’s, IMO, the ultimate current hybrid body, but I can’t afford so…
    L Mount for video and Nikon/adapted Tamron for stills:
    Static video = S1H + battery grip + 70-200mm f4
    Roaming video = S5ii + Sigma 28-70mm f2.8
    Candid photo = Nikon Zf + 40mm f2
    All other photo = Nikon ‘X’ + Tamron 20-40mm f2.8 plus Tamron 70-180mm f2.8
    The ‘X’ being either; Z8, Z9, new Z6iii if it is available in time, or even another Zf. 
    Other than that final piece of kit, I’m sorted and happy with all my set up, cameras, lenses, lights, audio etc and I’m well set up also with my motorhome/RV as a home away from home and mobile office.
    Bring it on ‘24!
     
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    Emanuel reacted to herein2020 in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    2024 is upon us and I have decided to look back before looking forward. How did everyone else's year turn out?
     
    Work
    2023 has been the busiest year I have ever had, I have shot an even wider variety of events than before as well as small projects such as photoshoots, social media content for clients, etc. This year even logging into this site was a luxury I rarely had. Next year looks like it will be the same as I continue to build a repeat client base across a wider spectrum of project types.
    Gear
    Each year my goal is to buy nothing and of course it did not work out that way for me. My biggest purchase this year was to build a new editing workstation. I was having real problems editing the H.265 10bit 422 footage that the R7 and R5 produce and time is money as they say; with so many jobs my workstation became the limiting factor. I ended up building a custom workstation with a Core i9 CPU, 24 cores, 128GB of memory, NVME drives, and RTX 4080 GPU. Most importantly I made sure that the CPU I selected supported QuickSync which can hardware accelerate H.265 10bit 422 footage. This setup with Davinci Resolve finally fixed my Fusion and footage lags once and for all.
    I also now have access to AV1 with the new CPU which produces almost lossless footage quality. I thought it was going to be a great new codec to use; until I found out Vimeo does not support it even though they say they do (my first AV1 upload to Vimeo stuttered horribly and was unwatchable), and on YouTube the user has to specifically enable it in their profile to enable AV1 playback. I will still probably always upload to my personal YT channel using AV1 but for clients I will need to stick with H.265 or H.264.
    As many of you already know, my setup is now 100% Canon; R7 (Photo/Video), R5 (Photos), C70(Video) and I use them in that order from a frequency standpoint. The R7 has exceeded my expectations in every way (battery life, Image Quality, reliability, photos, video, rigging options). The R5 is a bit of a disappointment, 95% photos, sometimes a B cam for the R7, or a C cam for the R7 and C70. I probably would be better off with two R7's and the C70 but it is too late now.
    C70 
    The C70 is great when locked down on a tripod and especially for long form with XLR audio as an A cam. I am far from a pixel peeper, but for me when looking at the footage after a shoot, its always a bit of a disappointment. I can't quite put my finger on it, but it always seems flatter and duller than the R7 or R5 even though they are all set to CLOG3.  I personally think it is a combination of the Canon speedbooster and the Canon EF 24-105 F4 lens that lives on it as well as the fact that I have little or no control over the lighting for most of the events that I shoot. The 24-105mm is underwhelming in all areas, but I just can't seem to find a better lens for the C70; something like the Tamron 35-150mm F2-2.8 I think would be a better lens for the C70 but that's not an option in EF mount.
    I think the 24-105mm combined with the speedbooster does something to the contrast and saturation that is hard to recover in post. Also, the slightest bit of direct light and the image washes out very quickly due to the speedbooster; and when I say direct light I don't mean direct sunlight, I'm talking even shooting concerts and music videos the image washes out terribly from DJ or music video lights. Needless to say, my setup is not doing the C70 any favors, but as a OMB my setup times are already long as it is. I am thinking about switching to a native RF lens for the C70 but that would be an expensive endeavor. The Canon RF 24-105mm F2.8 is $3K....insanity, it would probably greatly improve the C70's IQ but do nothing for its reach.
    R5
    The 30min recording limit pretty much kills it for anything long form which eliminates it as ever being an A cam even if overheating weren't a concern (which it still is to me). I do shoot b roll clips in a pinch with it or go with the C70 and R7 locked down and shoot the R5 handheld but its rare that I need all 3. The EVF has so much latency that I still miss my 5D4 for photography action shots. Other than the EVF lag, it is great for photography.
    R7
    I've said enough praises about it, but I do find myself thinking a lot about FF equivalency these days when picking up the R7 (more on that in a moment). To my eyes; the IQ out of the R7 and R5 are identical until the R5's second native ISO kicks in, but if the ISO needs to be that high I am in trouble anyway. These days I use an F7 panel light and pretty much never have to go above ISO800 with the R7 combined with the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 EF-S lens.
    Stability
    I shoot almost exclusively handheld now. Many projects I don't even bring the gimbal and the few times that I do, I hate everything about it and either don't use it or only use it for one or two shots (long form speedramps mostly). The R7's IS is great, and I no longer try to emulate fancy YT camera movements, I let the action do the moving and just slightly follow it with the camera work. For very short walks (backwards or forwards) I am stable enough combined with IS and sometimes DR warp stabilization that I can pull it off, but needing to walk really isn't as common as you would think for the projects that I shoot.
    vND Meike Adapter
    My favorite accessory of all time for the R7 and pretty much any camera I have ever owned has become the vND Meike adapter. No more fiddling with lens ND filters, it is nothing short of amazing. It does add a slight green cast to the footage but it is an even cast, no dreaded X pattern or variable cast. In post I just add 20 to the magenta slider in Davinci Resolve and its fixed. Sometimes the green is complimentary, and IMO gives it a higher end look so depending on the situation I will leave it. 
    My only complaint with the filter is it does not go to zero stops of ND so if you are running back and forth from inside to outside for an event you have to accommodate the 2 stops when you are indoors by raising the ISO. It is also very easy to bump the little wheel and there are no numbers or steps on it to set it precisely to where it was before.
    FF Equivalency
    Over the course of this past year I have spent more time than I would like thinking about FF equivalency but not in the way most people do. I personally think the FF "look" is a myth, I have no clue when looking at a shot if it was a FF sensor or not.
    When I personally think about FF equivalency it is from a lighting perspective. Before arriving at a new venue for a project I always worry that there won't be enough light available and all of my F2.8 FF lenses are no longer F2.8 on the R7 and the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 usually isn't long enough for back of the room type of long form content (dance recitals, corporate events, holiday shows, etc.) so I usually use the RF 70-200mm F2.8 on the R7 for B cam work. The R7 also does not have a second native ISO so it gets noisy pretty quickly after 1600ISO.
    Those situations and the fact that 60FPS is line skipped (in both the R7 and the R5) sometimes makes me wonder if the R6 II would be as good of a fit for me as the R7. So far the R7 has delivered on every project and my concerns about lighting were overblown, but I feel like its the one thing that adds stress to my day when arriving at a new venue for a new project where I have no control over the lighting.
    2024 Demo Reel
    I also created a new Demo Reel for 2024. This was shot across many years, projects, and camera eco systems. No matter how busy you are, you still need to keep those new customers coming in so I decided to start off the year with a demo reel.
    Below are all of the cameras that I think I used for the footage in this video. I also uploaded this video using AV1 to YT.
    Cameras - Canon R7, R5, C70, S5, GH5, C200, R6, GoPro 8
    Drones: DJI P4, Mavic Pro, Autel EVO II
     
     
     
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    Emanuel reacted to kye in 2023 In Review - How Did Your Year Go?   
    Good idea to reflect on the year!
    My highlights of the year:
    Bought a Thunderbolt hub and radically changed my home setup
    I use my MBP laptop for everything, and now have the following setup.  When I dock it at home I plug in a USB-C hub which connects it to power, my speaker system, the Resolve dongle, and a few peripherals.  When I want to use it "normally" I plug in a Thunderbolt-to-mini-DisplayPort cable that goes to my UHD panel, and the MBP switches to using the UHD panel as the main UI.  I can run Resolve in this mode, but it's not the best setup.  If I want to run Resolve properly I remove the cable for the display and plug in my new Thunderbolt hub.  The TB hub then connects a second 1080p panel I have on my right as the UI and connects the BM UltraStudio Monitor 3G, which is connected to the HDMI input of my UHD panel.  When I run Resolve in this setup the UI is to my left, and the UHD panel will be a pure monitor feed set to the correct resolution and frame rate (up to 1080p, which is my timeline resolution).
      My big purchase was that I did a course on using alternative colour spaces in Resolve with Hector Berrebi
    It was pretty niche, but really solidified a bunch of concepts that I'd seen in passing or had some familiarity with.
    There's another course from him coming up in Feb to do with skintones and beauty grading and retouching that I'm really curious about.
      I bought zero cameras and zero lenses
      I did two post-pandemic trips, one to Melbourne and the other to South Korea
    The best investment in my film-making is putting interesting things in front of the camera, and this was definitely that.
      Discovered how to grade iPhone and GX85 footage to match with GH5
    In preparation for the Melbourne trip I did a comparison between the iPhone, GX85 and GH5.  It was mostly to rule out the iPhone as a serious camera option.  I proved myself wrong and discovered the iPhone is actually incredibly good and useful in post.  I worked out a power grade to convert it to Davinci Intermediate and was able to colour grade it just as easily as LOG or RAW.
    I also discovered that the GX85 is practically as malleable as the GH5 when it comes to small adjustments.  
      Really nailed down my understanding of Colour Management in Resolve
    This is what enabled me to grade the iPhone and GX85 so well.  If you're not using Colour Management then you're basically fumbling around in the dark with boxing gloves on, you've got no hope of doing anything except accidentally discovering a few tricks that seem to work.  
      Discovered I prefer the GX85 over the GH5
    The GX85 suits my shooting more than the GH5 because it's smaller, the tilt screen is so much faster/easier to use in busy public places than the flippy screen, and now that I can grade the files just as easily the image is just as good unless I hit the limits of the image (e.g. DR)
      Switched from MF primes to an AF zoom
    This was a revolution.  I used to shoot with fast manual primes, but in Korea I discovered that the 14mm F2.5 was fast enough for having a natural amount of DoF and had good low-light, and the speed of the AF-S was a real upgrade to my shooting.  I have since switched to the 12-35/2.8 and will see how that goes on future trips.
      Learned a bunch of things about editing
    I have a huge backlog of previous trips that I haven't edited yet.  In fact, the small percentage that have a "final" video edit, I am still quite unhappy with.  Overall I have felt like I didn't know what I was doing in the editing, or the colour grade.  This feeling isn't completely gone, but I have had a number of realisations about various editing challenges and I feel like I'm almost knowledgeable enough to edit something in a passable way. If I had to sum up, I feel like I'm almost good enough at editing and colour grading to understand what I'm doing in post, and I almost understand enough about post to know what equipment I need in prod.
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    Emanuel reacted to fuzzynormal in 24p is outdated   
    24PEE
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    Emanuel got a reaction from PannySVHS in RAW Video on a Smartphone   
    @PannySVHS yet... As soon as I will have other Android devices in hands I will test the app with, for sure ; )
    Those LG (the V50 model for example) you've mentioned look to fulfill the cup on budget though, as for instance in this sample:
     
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    Emanuel got a reaction from kye in RAW Video on a Smartphone   
    @PannySVHS yet... As soon as I will have other Android devices in hands I will test the app with, for sure ; )
    Those LG (the V50 model for example) you've mentioned look to fulfill the cup on budget though, as for instance in this sample:
     
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    Emanuel got a reaction from kye in World's smallest DSLM that shoots 4k?   
    Left my thanks-like above but had no time yet to address a comment I think fully justifies also because he is one of the most valuable contributors in this community and I think it's worthy of it too, so here is now : )
    When I've watched this project of Carl Dreyer (here's some meeting with film students to only those who understand Danish though), some former film critic and older fellow from same alma mater/filmschool, programmer from a mainstream network/state TV and responsible for a TV program dedicated to short film on-air for decades (I proudly designed) told me he didn't like it because the Danish filmmaker had repeated shots on this short film paid by the local road safety authorities where seems Dreyer simply made the apology of speed instead for many of the viewers if not all... I stayed with my doubts and still keeping that typical feeling of a masterpiece anyway ; )
    Came to my mind now 'cause the use of those cycling sunset shots by @kye towards the refuge staring there in the coast before the upcoming night as epilogue. Why this is film?
    You play with the one outside beyond the pictures, not only but no less, the time to come*... That's cinema!
    - EAG
     
    * from the material previously organised by the filmmaker there in the film, that's why kye is misleading us ; ) LOL to add some fabrication on it, art is real but also fake and true at same time, the truth of cinema : X this is film, after all ;- )
     
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    Emanuel got a reaction from John Matthews in World's smallest DSLM that shoots 4k?   
    Left my thanks-like above but had no time yet to address a comment I think fully justifies also because he is one of the most valuable contributors in this community and I think it's worthy of it too, so here is now : )
    When I've watched this project of Carl Dreyer (here's some meeting with film students to only those who understand Danish though), some former film critic and older fellow from same alma mater/filmschool, programmer from a mainstream network/state TV and responsible for a TV program dedicated to short film on-air for decades (I proudly designed) told me he didn't like it because the Danish filmmaker had repeated shots on this short film paid by the local road safety authorities where seems Dreyer simply made the apology of speed instead for many of the viewers if not all... I stayed with my doubts and still keeping that typical feeling of a masterpiece anyway ; )
    Came to my mind now 'cause the use of those cycling sunset shots by @kye towards the refuge staring there in the coast before the upcoming night as epilogue. Why this is film?
    You play with the one outside beyond the pictures, not only but no less, the time to come*... That's cinema!
    - EAG
     
    * from the material previously organised by the filmmaker there in the film, that's why kye is misleading us ; ) LOL to add some fabrication on it, art is real but also fake and true at same time, the truth of cinema : X this is film, after all ;- )
     
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    Emanuel reacted to Fatalfury in 24p is outdated   
    Yeah, it doesn't look right at 24fps, probably converted from 120p to 24p has something to do with as the shutter speed isn't 180 degrees.
    ?
    Your 60p video got a like on youtube and that's why hfr is better than 24p?
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    Emanuel reacted to PPNS in 24p is outdated   
    goddamn it looks bad in 24fps, but it looks truly dogshit in 60
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    Emanuel reacted to kye in World's smallest DSLM that shoots 4k?   
    This was tonights project.  Just for fun...  
     
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    Emanuel reacted to BTM_Pix in uncompressed external recorder?   
    Make sure you get one that can record non-compressed up to 84958p as you wouldn't want to be tied to any outdated format.
    Also ensure it adds LOL to the metadata at the end of each recording.
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    Emanuel reacted to PannySVHS in uncompressed external recorder?   
    Use your nano flash. It was used on one of the best martial arts films of the last decade. AF100 at its best. AF 100 spits out 8bit 422 only afaik, AF100A supposely 9bit. CineD would  already be tuned to sensors max dynamic range. That camera has mojo for sure. Friend of mine is doing some magical stuff with it. That coming from a nerds perspective of course. Established camera pros in the narrative field don't talk this kinda talk, as they don't have time or interest in debating 8bit niche cameras of the past. But I always love to. Internal Cinealta F3 might smoke external AF100 though in tech specs and quality but AF certainly has its own mojo beyond that.
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    Emanuel reacted to PannySVHS in uncompressed external recorder?   
    Talking about the AF100 is fun though. @webrunner5 still has one. But he might get worried about the latest hot trend of interactions on our beloved forum, whereas interaction would be a bit of an euphemistic term.:) Nanoflash on the F3 has brought 8bit 150mbps to the table but no real world benefit over internal regarding several accounts. At least AF100 and external recording with nano flash was tested and approved by the makers of The Raid and I don't have my own experience to question their decision over internal AVCHD. Would love to rewatch it on Bluray.
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    Emanuel reacted to PannySVHS in uncompressed external recorder?   
    I love the AF100 body. To me it's one of the coolest looking camera bodies. Gigantic eye piece iirc. I bought my F3 partially because i found the body design appealing. Internal 8bit 420 in Slog on the F3 has a lot of mojo. Hard to believe how well it grades.
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    Emanuel reacted to PannySVHS in uncompressed external recorder?   
    For nerds they are gems. This is a forum providing plenty space for nerdom.:) Put the mft Voigtlaender 17mm on the AF100 and it sings.
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    Emanuel reacted to kye in 24p is outdated   
    Yes.  30p and 60p completely ruin the viewing experience for me - like if someone peed in my drink.  It doesn't matter what else the drink had in it, I'm not drinking it with pee in it.
    You're not convincing anyone to like what you like, we're not convincing you to like what we like. 
    Time to stop posting.
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    Emanuel reacted to mercer in 24p is outdated   
    This may be one of two downvotes I have ever done. I hate doing it but if you think that looks fine, then this discussion should just be closed because there is literally nothing more to discuss... or are you really just trolling?
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