Posts posted by elubes
So I'm about to edit my friend's thesis he directed a while ago and still hasn't finished.
He shot on RED with 2x anamorphic PL glass. Anyway, I saw the footage, and it's a shame the DP didn't align the anamorphic correctly in any of the shots. It's consistently skewed throughout all reels. I think they were monitoring a squeezed image with no desqueezed monitor and couldn't tell.
I looked in the forums, but couldn't find anything about how to correct this. My intuition is that it's a lost cause to correctly align the image back in post. Is this true? Or is there some crude plug-in or work about? The only thing I can think of is rotating the image, and punching in to maintain the picture and aspect ratio.
I honestly think it's almost unwatchable because the story and acting are pretty good, but people just look like they're in a mirror circus funhouse.
just wait. ive had plenty of communication problems with him too but hes come through. i think i even gotten a drunk email from him once that worried me to be honest. he never sent me tracking info either. bad customer service but got my lenses nice and remodded and happy with the quality. i think itll be rare to lose it so just wait.
sorry but correct me if im wrong.
no country was not shot with anamorphic lenses.
its just cropped to 2.35.
deakins never shoots anamorphic any more as i know.
its not true anamorphic, instead it's just spherical cropped to cinemascope
Yes ken but specifically looking for BH. Thanks.
Need Bell Howell 2x. The small one.
I made the mistake of selling mine and would consider buying one again.
Looking for private seller, not eBay. Looking for a specific type.
Any offers please PM me.
Shot this for fun while on vacation in the Florida Keys. This is the scene right before this woman goes to kill her violent husband.
BMPC RAW/SLRmagic anamorphot
GoPro in the water
Would've liked to use my Iscorama but was a little worried about leaving it unattended and in a hot car for days and/or dropping it in the water by accident...
Oh got it. Cool.
I think it's worthwhile.
Aside from the solid metal housing, VD regreased and I think they also recalibrated mine. I remember before rehousing, I couldn't get super sharp focus. The focus throw after VD is pretty long. I don't have any complaints about it and think it increases the resale value especially if your focus ring is stiff. The only problem is they take ridiculously long to rehouse, at least for mine. It took like 5 months. Every month I'd check in with Christopher Smith and he said it'd be done next week and (never was really). I read for some other user it took only 3 weeks. VD is reliable and great with craftsmanship, just not on their turnaround times.
Usual taking lenses for me are 58mm helios on the 5diii, and 25mm voigtlander on the pocket cam.
loved that cinematography Ben.
would def want to see the other iscorama shots.
i had mine rehoused...it was stiff but now is very useable.
were those kowa's 2x? were you a little concerned about mixing the 1.5x with the 2x if they were?
did you have to use diopters for any of those shots?
anyway nice work!! nice bokeh!!!
i have the slr magic anamorphot. even tho its single focus,
anamorphic in general is
possible but not friendly for run n gun.
unless focus is deep, focus is critical.
diopters for closeup work takes time to change
sometimes your alignment goes off.
if your operating w the squeezed image, you always need to check alignment every once in a while.
theres a near/normal adjustment on the slrmagic which is something else u have to worry abt.
add screw on nd filters in front which could screw up your alignment or mattebox filters which take time to change.
all can be done. just very tedious in my opinion as a one man crew. maybe w an AC its ok.
Andrew is right.
Sorry i forgot it was alignment rotation for me that was stuck.
def tell Andrew. My first one was exactly like that. It was unuseable, the near/normal ring was so stiff. I sent it back. Make sure you get a functional copy. The copy I have now grinds. But should be easy enough to move without screwing up alignment.
Taking lens is SLRmagic 35mm T1.4 shot @ T2.8
i used a shoulder mount with two grips - it's really the best. i was also using the kinotehnik, so at least four points of contact. gunstock-style are okay, but on long shoots, you're really spending time continually contracting your back muscle, and you're going to introduce shake with them. so i think two-handed shoulder mounts are best.
Lee - had a variable ND on there. even though i like the variable, putting the ND on and taking it off with the diopters was a hassle because it kept screwing up my alignment. going to use a mattebox next time. shot at 2.8 the entire time just adjusting iso (800 and under) and the fader. exposed to the right.
tony- cool, will try that when i can get my hands on one of those.
Here's my video to share.
Had some trouble nailing focus shooting T2.8 on some crap BMPC LCD screen, but here you go!
I enjoyed using this. This is a final production prototype that I am testing. What makes it great is that the setup was really light, pretty well-built, and the learning curve is pretty easy. It can resolve sharp images, especially with the achromats. On the small LCD of the pocket camera though, getting focus can be a crapshoot. Focus peaking does not always work and I had to guess a lot. I did have to tell Ying to slow down a couple times because there was no way I could pull focus, especially on a fairly fast aperture of T2.8 and pretty much 100mm equivalent lens. Really should have a large monitor. But then it's not really a run and gun lens like I was using here though. I don't feel like anamorphic in general is normally for documentary style work. Neither is the pocket camera. Hope this helps you.
Okay so I answered my own question.
Basically it's in preferences within the VLC application now. NOT in the .plist or Preferences folder as above.
Click preferences>show all>video>video auto scaling/custom aspect ratios.
this might become a stupid question
but i can't find the org.videolan.vlc file in my Library/Preferences directory.
I just got a new macbook (mavericks) and want to paste the new aspect ratios in. I know I did it once on my old one, and open/ran the VLC app like Caleb said but I still can't find it. I tried searching for it, but no luck.
Can anyone help out?
i have the mod and yes its expensive but im glad i got it.
besides the metal housing protecting the lens, it makes it much stronger, so im not so worried about the plastic shrinking, deforming when focusing. i think it can take much more abuse.
you will need lens support. it does get heavy enough that i think itd rip out a m4/3 mount, and stress out an ef mount.
close focus at 3'7" rocks. you still need a diopter to achieve the nice bokeh i feel, but now ive got so much more flexibility.
i do think the weight and increased throw makes it become less of a one man crew lens when using it. and if youre using a follow focus, you need to use use a thick gear and a speed crank to take care of the long throw. metal focus gear on metal focus gear will make noise. (im looking for a rubber focus gear on my follow focus.) the front element extends long enough you can probably forget using a mattebox. but this is all how i feel about the 54 anyway. both a rehoused 36 and 54 are amazing lenses but in my opinion they still produce different results.
i also agree w tferradans in that i wouldnt have rented out the plastic version just because i dont think its robust enough. (i havent rented mine out yet and dont expect to until i figure out how to protect my investment in case someone says "it's lost").
and yes i think the resale value goes up. unless van diemen can crank out the mod in a week, youre not only reselling the lens, youre reselling the amount of time it took to get the mod in the first place which is a few months and seems like some people need/want the iscorama urgently enough to pay for it.
i say if you seriously get use out of your 36, shoot a lot, and you have friends/crew that can AC for you, then get it. i absolutely love mine, its on my camera 95% of the time.
if youre iscorama is nice and greased up, youre only shooting tests and youre a one man crew and really not using it that much, i dont think think the mod is worth that money.
yeah my anamorphic/iscorama (with the close focus mod) extends pretty far forward from infinity down to 4'. so the reduction rings don't work.
that sliding mattebox is pretty cool.
not sure if the nuns knickers will though b/c the throw is so large on my lens that it'll just get twisted up from front element rotation.
thanks for the leads.
Anyone have ideas on how they're using matteboxes with rotating front element anamorphics? Especially when pulling focus? Sometimes I'm not looking for flares and just want a clean image.
Flexible donuts get twisted up and clamp ons obviously dont work. Also, reduction rings don't really work when the front element of the lens moves forward (not the rotational aspect but on the z axis) because they limit movement.
I can't think of any way to solve this...
well, it's been 1 day and already 10k out of 30k raised. and yes i am a backer.
not sure if anyone mentioned it before, but smallhd has a shared googledoc for their customers abt anamorphic settings for their custom scale.
this is what i got from dave from smallhd a few months ago.
"Update for Case #SC29836 - "anamorphic custom scales"
Its still a work in process but here is the spreadsheet we have made so far
Take a look and see if it makes sense
i have a true 36 with the large backing. just don't know which.
are there any markings or anything to tell if it's multicoated or not besides the mc designation? i know some are not mc designated and still multicoated.
this makes my lens swapping pretty fast. still gotta unscrew it but i like this lanparte thing a lot.
Realigning misaligned anamorphic footage
Thanks everyone for the replies. Will give it a shot when I get all the footage.
not sure I can leave it as is, Rich, the director didn't really mind how skewed it is, but to me, it's pretty off. almost like 15-20 deg skewed.
griplimited - yeah I see the elongated face on that ariana video. attached a screenshot. it's pretty slight, to me it looks like it wasn't desqueezed all the way...unless that was an aesthetic choice to make her look svelte?