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  1. Hello Andrew, I've always appreciated these boards and your articles. I have not been active on here lately because I've been solely working on stills. But I've been checking your articles and I value your work. So much negativity online sometimes, we never think to simply say we appreciate things. Read your latest article and dropped by to say that you are the kind of qualified unbiased professional we need at those events. Hope you will be acknowledged next time.
  2. thanks D800 with 105mm f2.8G lens. I first graded in Lightroom then retouched in PS. The D800 is utterly amazing and I am still very happy with it. I strictly bought the crazy priced discounted NX1 because I wanted a light 4k video camera to have some fun with. So I haven't taken a single photograph with it yet. I can't inform you regarding the comparison.
  3. The popular youtube channel phlearn made a video about this ;-) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2DU0Sim_BJ4 Although I used premiere instead of photoshop but the technique is the same. There is also a dedicated app for this called Flixel if you are on a mac. I'm on pc didn't use it. Here is a retouched 4k screen grab, sharpness is set to minimum and yet feels a little over sharpened already (didn't sharpen on top in post): right click open image in new tab:
  4. thanks, those settings got mentioned a couple time in this thread I believe. I own the 20mm and the 50mm 1.8 (cheap plastic version). both small, lightweight and convenient. I am a nikon d800 shooter so those are the only 2 I used and cannot compare them with other brands. Happy with them though. Gifs were too heavy and the quality was too bad so I had do opt for a looping youtube video instead. I uploaded the cinemagraphs here: https://www.behance.net/gallery/36514809/Cinemagraphs-Flavie-Lea Would appreciate your support by clicking the blue like button if you like them! here is a hd vs 4k screen grab (retouched)
  5. I shot a couple of cinemagraphs with the NX1. Sadly gifs crush the quality of the files and it looks like behance compresses them even more. Any tips on that? Here is a retouched fullHD frame: DCI 4k vivid picture profile standard gamma sharpness minimum, black level maximum, contrast -5 nikon 20mm f2.8
  6. the camera's technical limitations aside, the shot is well done. Nicely framed, nicely edited, nicely lit and graded. good job all around.
  7. same here. it is simply because everybody is throwing the exact same LUT on every single piece of footage. Especially redundant on blackmagic cameras footage. Youtube and vimeo are over flooded with them. Since it's an easy go to "it looks cool" solution, it is often poorly done and people look like walking oranges. All these type of heavily stylized luts you can find online have done quite a disservice to many people imo. Sure it's easy and fast, but what happened is all videos now look the same. The grade should first and foremost support your story anyways, then be visually pleasing. read his book on color correction, very interesting. Now I need to put the knowledge into practice...
  8. thanks for taking the time to do this and upload. could you have possibly mislabeled the video sections? because the bottom one looks cleaner in the shadows to me and is labeled nx1
  9. if you could upload any short clips (5sec is enough) of a high contrast scene with shadow areas and some light fall off on wall, internal + BMVA so we could check the difference in macroblocking and banding in premiere would be awesome.
  10. thanks for taking the time to do this, much appreciated. And what a difference in the example you posted! very cool. If you have the time to post some more I would be very interested. I'm seriously considering the VA even strictly for monitoring and the added cleaner 1080p out of the nx1 is quite an interesting plus. I asked for a white wall next to a window because it would have been easy to spot differences in banding in the light gradient. I would assume there would be none, since the nx1 output is 8bit, but you never know. However your test does seem to demonstrate that the VA internal compression is significantly better than the one of the NX1 regarding macro blocking. It is easy to test as well, anything you record in the shadows with no detail and flat colors should introduce some.
  11. I've been thinking about adjusting the black and contrast levels on a per scene basis. That would make the most sense, no need to squeeze the DR when not needed, and the same numbers will not be ideal for different DR situations anyways. yes definitively. with a little noise and an 1080p delivery it is a non issue though. I personally plan to deliver everything in full HD with this cam anyways.
  12. I really like the dr though. But I will definitely do it and compare. Appreciate the advice
  13. It's graded. Here is the YouTube link, should be in uhd not sure I'm posting from my phone :https://youtu.be/a7CRyB_N5aE
  14. took the nx1 on a first test run this afternoon, not confortable with video grading yet and I noticed too much red and magenta in the skintones highlights so far. colors "feel very thin" to me already when grading so I will not lower the saturation in camera, happy with the DR and details. All available light, should receive some led panels soon that will make things more interesting. All the same lens, Nikon 20mm f 2.8D 4kdci, gamma C, maximum black level, minimum contrast, minimum sharpness. I will try to upload to youtube in 4k.
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