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Everything posted by andrgl

  1. VFX industry is wholly subsidized by tax credits, you'll be crossing lots of borders chasing work. Your employment is also measured in months. Save your tuition for airfare and the lean days. It's a lot of fun if you're nomadic. If you want to work in the camera department, I'd suggest interning at a rental house / production services. You can earn a wage, learn the basics and get noticed. Eventually, if you're good and bust your ass, someone will remember your name and give you a call when they are short.
  2. The patent system in the US is broken. Amazon was granted a patent for photographing objects on a white seamless backdrop. Seriously. The cost of a patent trial is several millions of dollars. So a company like Red, with deep pockets, can bully the shit out of smaller companies. Like this. They can also force large companies to settle. Is it worth the risk of going to court to try and invalidate a bullshit patent? What if you lose? Sony settled with Red out of court in July 2013. Cheaper and safer to license and pass the cost off the the customer. Good for them. Can’t blame Red for a broken patent, legal and economic system. They’re simply trying to run a business. And now they have the honour of being on the receiving end of getting fucked by a company with infinitely greater resources. No sympathy.
  3. I preordered too, rep told me they get stock Oct 27.
  4. Please, please, please; Sony better not have some bullshit archaic licensing scheme for this. Im going to scour the net tonight to see if anyone interviewed Grant or some rep confirmed any future cameras getting added to the supported list. The new 7” VA is the only thing I seriously want to buy this year. I’d still keep my 7Q for slomo, but BRAW is just some much easier to handle than CDNG.
  5. Wow, fingers crossed for Sony cameras to get BRAW.
  6. @mercer You can generate a LUT from Lightroom grades with this program: https://generator.iwltbap.com/ Kinda convoluted. You make a HALD file, apply you Lightroom preset, save it, then use the program to export a CUBE file. The LUT only affects color, so no texture, clarity, denoise, etc.
  7. andrgl

    RED Mini-Mag Exposed

    Nvidia lied about much more than vram.
  8. andrgl

    RED Mini-Mag Exposed

    I'm recording RAW to an Odyssey 7Q and fortunately CD has been releasing firmware updates to support newer SSDs. But my fear is that they drop support without releasing one final firmware to unlock all SSDs.
  9. @kaylee Yeah, my competition makes low quality videos. So the idea was to make cinematic content. And yeah, it’s hard enough to get people to leave YouTube to visit a website so I skip on ads to up my chances. I also agree with you. If you make videos that people will visit for years to come, you’ll get a steady trickle of money from Adsense. Product reviews have a limited shelf life. I may start to enable ads on my older content at some point. I think a cool idea to make affiliate money income could be done with film making tutorials / BTS stuff. Basically: use a gimmick to get a cool shot (special light, specific lens, brushless gimbal, drone, smoke machine, whatever.) Play the finished video at the beginning, show how you achieved it and then give a link to a website showing more photos, a write up, and a product list of the stuff you used. add affiliate links to the products.
  10. Last year my main channel made about 60k USD. No YouTube ads, strictly affiliate pay from having viewers click a link to my site and then from there visit a merchant like Amazon, Walmart, etc. Here’s my deepdive answer: I make product reviews in low competition niches. The videos have ridiculously high production value and tend to outrank any competitors for ~2-3 years on search and autoplay list. So on average I make about 4K a month, but that doubles or more around November and December. This year revenue is down as my older videos lose rank and I’ve been slowing down on producing more content. I could wind up making half of what I did last year if I don’t start uploading more videos. Today I build sets and furnish them using free stuff I get from kijiji or craiglist. I made modular flats with double sided walls (tile one side, wallpaper other side) and can build a room with windows and a door. I have props for a kitchen, bathroom, office and workbench. I can also kinda make a living room. I currently use an FS5.2 and A6500 with Sigma 18-35 and 50-100 glass. I use a 5-axis Kessler Crane Second Shooter for camera control. Lighting is mostly from Aputure: C120Ds, LS1Ss. I also have a number of Quasar tubes with Kino housings. I shoot 4K raw at either 30 or 120fps and upload 4K30. Edit using DaVinci. Motion graphics are done on After Effects. Sound and VOs are captured on a Blue Yeti with me covering myself with a heavy blanket while sitting on a super thick carpet. Voiceovers are heavily processed in Audition. I wrote all the code for the website myself. The only expense is paying for the domain name. Each niche subdomain is hosted on a Google App Engine project which reduces my overall traffic and allows me to squeak by on the fee tier. YouTube is used for the video hosting. The web scrapping is done on a free tier Google Compute Engine project. I use Sikuli to grab prices from websites I don’t have API access to and google search cache as a backup. Google Sheets is used as a GUI for the database, which a python script accesses to generate a flatfile DB and then is uploaded to the appropriate GAE project every 24 hours. Long story short, I don’t use Wordpress with plugins. I use Google servers with custom code to have a lighting fast website, so people are more likely to use the website and click my affiliate links. WAY TOO MUCH INFO RIGHT? But more importantly: Is this a viable route for you to make money on YouTube? Sure, I guess. At this point 7ish years in, I’m bored of making these videos. It took probably 4 years to turn a profit with my most recent gear purchases. I’ve spent a lot on equipment to keep my interest. Lately it’s way too much fucking work. It was nice proving this could work but I work a full time job that pays me way more money. There’s no way for me to replace myself and earn a revenue as whoever I teach will inevitably just strike it out on their own. I tried to help my last GF to make her own content: makeup, handbags, etc... big mistake. I don’t recommend mixing work with friends.
  11. Also the 240fps uses lineskipping. Lots of aliasing. Basically useless for deep focus. Their cameras are not without their issues but offer great value for money. I'm glad they are embracing positive lock lens mounts. If they add SDI next generation, their cameras will end up on a lot of productions.
  12. Exactly, who cares about quality or ripoff products? I mean, is it worth the difference knowing you paid the creators instead a Chinese company that simply stole the design? It’s not like the guy who designed the optics that were copied even posts in this forum. Everything should be as cheap as possible, especially the work you do, you should strive to deliver at lower costs. @Brian Caldwell
  13. Seinfeld was shot on film and looks awesome remastered. FUN FACT: If you're watching a 16:9 HD version, you're actually seeing parts of the frame that were originally matted out! NSFW example.
  14. It's shocking how shit my old FHD footage looks upscaled on a 43" UHD panel. Even on YouTube the difference is obvious.
  15. andrgl

    Davinci Resolve 16

    Yes it does. Windows is missing the codec, you can get it free from Microsoft here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hevc-video-extensions-from-device-manufacturer/9n4wgh0z6vhq?SilentAuth=1&wa=wsignin1.0&activetab=pivot:overviewtab
  16. Wow the node process difference between Sony and Canon is nuts. Doesn't Canon have patents for BSI? Have they build any sensors with it?
  17. You should join the unofficial group on Facebook. You’ll see production shots of their cameras. These aren’t being used by hobbiest. The Kinefinity has pro features: modules, SDI, swappable mounts, proper SSD support, wireless lens and video streaming, more RAW and ProRes codec options. The Zcam lacks these features and is priced accordingly. Kinefinity has never priced their cameras for the low-end market. You also have to piece together all the things to build your camera whereas Kinefinity has packages ready to go.
  18. $54,500 for the MONSTRO 8K VV and $5,995 for the Z CAM E2-F8. This thing is going to wind up as a B, C and crash cam for so many productions...
  19. $600 vs $830 (who knows how much for the II) makes sense... but the AC power supply for this thing is INSANE!
  20. andrgl

    Race to the bottom

    Competing on price is a terrible business. Anyone and everyone can be the cheapest. Customers that prioritize a lower price over quality aren’t worth working for. Think about any service. The cheaper the rate, the lower the talent. Why would a professional accept less for creating a better product?
  21. They’re planning to release 5 cameras in 2019: E2 C E2 GS E2 S35 6K E2 FF 6K E2 FF 8K Canon and Sony are slow, old, behemoths. Literally dumpster fires of money. They need to sell 10,000x units to make a penny. Being a tiny company in China you could stay afloat selling 500 cameras a year. Their government basically subsidizes industry with cheap loans and no cost shipping.
  22. Only interested in 4K. Trying to get a hold of a rental unit at the moment.
  23. Wowee, these lenses seem perfect for cine use. 35mm f/1.2 50mm f/1.2 85mm f/1.2 Manual focus, crazy fast, full frame, identical 86mm fronts, even looks like focus gear placement could be uniform. Anyone using these lenses to shoot video?
  24. Anyone try using a Blackmagic URSA Broadcast with S16 lenses? Super 16 aperture: 12.52 mm x 7.42 mm Broadcast sensor: 13.056 mm x 7.344 mm 4K, 60 FPS, 12-ish stops of DR, internal NDs, SSD recording, SDI out, real PL mount... very tempting.
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