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  1. Hey there, I'm trying to edit GH5 HLG/HVEV video in FCPX 10.4.8 on OSX Catalina 10.15.5. This is a new computer and I could have sworn that I was able to see and edit that codec in my old Mac. Also, when I export prores 422 with other footage, for some reason I can't playback that output in Quicktime. I tried seeing if I had the proapps codecs installed and googled a bit last night, but couldn't find what I had done wrong... Any ideas?
  2. Thanks everyone for the comments and suggestions, I'm putting together the proposal now, so this helps me get my thoughts together, especially for the "risks/expectations" section.
  3. Yes, the client gets this - it is far from for cinema release (ha, ha). I will also be doing most of the key events and interviews, and they've worked with me before so they know what to expect. I will be editing it, so yeah I guess praying that what I get back from the remote parties is OK. I'm going to have them upload the video as they complete sessions and events so I can give feedback and if needed, pivot... Thanks for the response, it is appreciated!
  4. I've been asked to work on a documentary project, and due to the various events being geographically distributed and budget restrictions one of the suggestions was to use crowd-sourced mobile video. In this case I would video the key events and interviews for the narrative, but would need to rely on amateur mobile video for b-roll and possibly event video/audio. Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for tackling this? I'm going to put together a document and video of simple "top tips" for recording better video and audio and perhaps including in the budget a mobile phone tripod/gimbal and an inexpensive hand audio recorder to get close to any speakers or for local the local teams to use. Any other thoughts would be appreciated.
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    Fuji X-T4

    Oops, I didn't see this limitation? I was using my E-M5iii in the pouring rain/mud last week with a lens-hood and not a problem with it and the 12-100/4 lens. For the stuff I shoot in the UK weather, sealing is a must.
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    Fuji X-T4

    Also can the fujis do a 1.6x or 2x digital zoom at full 4k resolution like the GH5 and Olympus cameras?
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    Fuji X-T4

    Yeah, I noticed the same thing - some weird wobbles and shudders in the corners. In comparison the latest Olympus with IBIS and sync-IS lenses + Electronic Image Stabilisation (slight crop) is almost as good as a handheld gimbal.
  8. That looks cool, but very $$$. I found an open-box Afidus ATL-200 which I'm going to test now. I've got one, but not had great day-to-night or night-to-day weather to try it with. Might attempt through a window.
  9. Thanks for the information @ted1000. I've been looking at the cam-do solutions with the GoPros. I think that they are the best "budget" solution, but even so your setup there costs around $1500. There is also the Afidus ATL-200 camera that I think I will give a shot. You can't get at the still images, but it does 1080p and has a motion sensor which could be cool for nature. I'm working on a long-term environmental development documentation of outcomes project and part of it is building new sand environments for the sand martins to hopefully nest. Another project is restoration work of a historical phone booth and also some massive willow head mounted in a tree (as the nature/seasons pass).
  10. That is a real cool function, but seems to use computational photography with different composite exposures. Real neat innovation though:
  11. Another good example that reminds me of that: I am switching back to Olympus after abandoning them when the Panasonic GX80 was released with Panasonic's first IBIS and much better video. I eventually upgraded to the GH5, but found it to be too big and really more camera than I need for what I do. I was going to get a Em1ii after they recently updated the firmware, but decided on the E-M5iii as it has all the same stuff, is a bit smaller, and has the 120fps slow-mo. The IBIS + 12-100/4 IS lens is a mind-blowing combination for hand-held video stability. Very gimbal like when you add the EIS (slight crop) and no weird wobble. Olympus could be a killer with the leading IBIS, weather proofing, small size, great lenses, excellent PDAF C-AF, great colour. They just need better codecs outside of Cine4k, 4k60fps, and 10-bit internal. If they added a real internal ND they would have the best vloging/travel/event video camera.
  12. Anyone have experience with long-term, unattended, weatherproof time-lapse solutions? I've been looking at this quite a bit for a project where I need to leave some cameras unattended in the wild but only want to do field maintenance every couple of weeks. I also don't want to have the solution too big or expensive (as people might find/steal them). Here is what I've looked at so far: 1) Go pros and go-pro clones. Pros: can be externally USB powered, small, weatherproof, good image quality. Cons: they are constantly "running" so drain even large USB battery packs quickly. The shot interval is too short (too many unnecessary frames). There is a commercial solution by https://cam-do.com/ that provides an timed power on/off switch for go-pros, but on the internal batter still only will last about 3 days and cost about $300. So far this is my best plan. 2) Brinno (£180) has some good stuff, but you can't get the jpeg still images and it only makes a series of 720p AVIs. It is waterproof and small and lasts forever. You can get larger (17cm x 17cm), more expensive (£600) "construction" time-lapse kits from Brinno that do 1080p, but still no still images to process on your own, AVI output. 3) Wildlife trigger cams (many different types on Amazon). Work for a long time on AA batteries, not that expensive, waterproof, you can get still images to make your own time-lapse, not too big. Unfortunately poor image quality - might be good enough depending on what you need to do. 4) TimeLapse Pro mobile App (iOS and Android): This is a great, customisable time-lapse app. I tried this on old Motorola G Android and iPhone 6 devices. I think that this is one of the best solutions as you have the screen to frame and they are quite small. Unfortunately I found the app slightly unreliable (more on the Motorola) with crashes causing me not to want to trust it for long-term. 5) I'm now trying my old GX80s in a waterproof casing with dummy USB-powered battery to see how long it can last with e-shutter and sleep modes. I'm not sure that this will give me enough time to swap out the USB battery and I'd hate to have the cameras stolen even though they would be cheap on e-bay these days. I also need to find an inexpensive micro-43 lens too as don't want to use my good ones. 6) I'm looking at building my own time-lapse device using a Raspberry Pi Zero, and a hat that controls the power-up / power down of the device (as Raspberry Pis aren't really "low powered"). There are pretty decent 4k cameras available now for taking the still images. The only problem is finding a small waterproof case where I can pack in the zero, the hat, and the camera. Does anyone have any experience with this type of long-term time-lapse video project on a budget?
  13. I am selling my GH5+PL12-60, it is actually a little large/heavy and probably too much camera for my needs. I bought an Em5iii when it came out, (it is much better value after the price just dropped to $999). I just shot some outdoor activities in the pouring UK rain and mud with the Em5iii an Rode videomicro. The interviews were done with two little waterproof Instamics. The IBIS with the Olympus 12-100/4 dual-IS is incredible. You can do much larger movements and walk with smoother results than with the GH5+PL12-60 dual-IS combo. With the x2 teleconverter I can get stabilised 4k from 24-400/f4 FF equivalent. I don't really need my Osmo Pocket anymore, except if I want to do boom-type shots with a selfie stick. The PDAF autofocus works great, especially with the face detect in interview situations. I'm getting a little lazy relying on it as it also works great for reveal "slider" shots and touch rack-focusing. The C-AF was the only reason I got the Em5iii over the Em10iii, but I could have got two for less than the price of the Em5iii! I like the Oly image, but still tweaking a bit to get the best out-of-camera colours (just using natural, -2 sharpening) and exposure without having to do much grading in post. No zebras, so relying on the histogram which is much nicer than on the Panasonics (stretches across the bottom). The EVF isn't as good as the GH5, and the mic input gets in the way of the flippy screen. The GH5 4k 10-bit picture looks better, but youtube and social media where I do my local/community event films have crappy quality, so it doesn't really matter. I do wish the Em5iii had the constant face-detection box during recording like with the newer Em1iii - just to give 100% confidence that the C-AF is doing it's thing. The only missing thing to make the Olympus the perfect camera for me would be built-in NDs. F4 and ISO 200 and no ND at 1/48 shutter is OK in the UK winter, but I use fixed NDs for the sunny weather (tired of fixing vari-ND colour messes in post). I carry the camera around much more than I did with the GH5 so have more opportunity to shoot stuff. I'm also really downsizing my overall kit as I only do small local events and documentary paid jobs on the side. My Voightlander 17mm and 42mm are going too to raise some cash. I'm keeping my GX80s for time-lapse cameras as they aren't worth much on the used market (working on a long-term time-lapse waterproof setup). When I see stuff like this, I know it's me lacking as a filmmaker, and not the camera that I'm using:
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    Fuji X-T4

    I loved the original LX100. Other than the non-tilt screen, weak viewfinder, only so-so stabilisation, and some weird colours sometime (like lips and other reds), the LX-100 original was a fantastic pocketable video and photo camera. Still one of my favourites along with the original OMD E-M5. They fixed a lot of the LX100 problems above with the GX80, however the IBIS and viewfinder on the GX80 are still not the best. I travelled through Malaysia last spring with a GX80 and the Panasonic 15mm + 45-175 zoom, and after I wished I would have brought my GH5 with me. Especially for the zoom work, too much wobble. I have used the 100-400 on my GH5 to film sailing from shore and snowboarding at the olympics and it was magic-stable. I'm not a pro, so I would sell a lot of my M43 gear for GH5 features in an LX100iii. Sorry for the Panasonic diversion. I've always been a bit curious of Fuji cameras so looking forward to what comes with the X-T4. Probably a larger camera than I want to carry though. Can't wait until you guys get your hands on it.
  15. Hi there, I've recently decided to try the new Olympus OMD E-M5 iii after switching from the original E-M5 to Panasonic GX80 4 years ago (and more recently added a GH5). I've decided to try Olympus again now that they have good 4k video codec and great PDAF auto-focus. I've also enjoyed the Olympus colours, the better viewfinder and IBIS (especially compared to the GX80) and the much smaller size/weight compared the GH5 (which I only used for paid jobs, and never carried around or travel with). Is anyone shooting with the E-M1ii, EM1x, or the E-M5iii and can share tips, especially to get the best out of the PDAF C-AF system or other video tricks/tips? From the little testing that I've done the EM-5iii works pretty good. Hopefully it will help me follow focus with the fast moving kids/events that I video, I need to do some more testing. The touchscreen focus also works really smoothly too. Some things I already miss on the Panasonics (like zebras) although I find the Olympus histogram is much more useful with the overall histogram and the focus point overlay. I really do like how Olympus has managed to put all the custom function buttons and levers on such a small camera, which really helps change things quickly like 2x crop, peaking on/off, ISO, etc. However I don't like how stills and photo settings like ISO carry over when changing modes, and I couldn't find a way to put a custom movie mode on the "C" dial. Instead I had to put my stills Aperture mode settings on "C" and use the video mode for video. Luckily is is really fast to change settings (like from 4k for 120fps HD) from the super control panel. I do also miss the focus point joystick on the GH5 though, and find that the Panasonic auto-exposure is better with face detection than the Olympus which seems to overexpose for some reason.
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