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    Damphousse reacted to Nick Hughes in Fisticuffs end new "Top Gear" series - how the BBC risked biggest franchise over catering fracas   
    I find that people who complain about politcal correctness are usually the ones who want free reign to be racist, sexist or derogatory with no repercussions. Whenever I see someone bemoaning our PC world on Facebook, it's usually right after they've been called out for saying something along the lines of 'let's bomb the whole middle east.' 
    If you need to put down others for the sake of 'comedy,' you're probably not a very inventive comedian. You can be still be edgy and controversial without being an asshole. 
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    Damphousse reacted to andy lee in EOSHD’s top 5 cameras of the year 2014   
    the best camera of 2014 is the one that earnt you some money ......now go and buy some lenses , thats where the 'look' is really created
    I think some of you are forgetting this is Andrew's list and if he wants a Canon at no1 then so be it , it is his forum after all........
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    Damphousse reacted to dahlfors in Nokia Lumia 1520 gets 4k with firmware update   
    Damn it. This means my mom has 4k before I do
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    Damphousse reacted to Promit Roy in I told you CANON would come again   
    Canon's made it clear that they don't consider DSLR video to be a serious thing. And for those who do consider it to be a serious thing, they can go buy or rent an EOS Cine series product. And by all accounts, they're quite happy with how this has worked out. Hoping for anything else from them is simply irrational given their statements to date.
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    Damphousse reacted to jax_rox in I told you CANON would come again   
    No, that wouldn't make any sense - they would then be cannibalising C100mkII sales. Most people who shoot on C-series cameras are people who have come from SLR shooting. They may have certain features about C-cameras that they like, but if someone's looking to make a camera purchase, and they can buy a 5DmkIV with the same image quality as the C100mkII for $2k less, they're going to go for the 5D.
    There's nowhere Canon can go in terms of major improvements for video in the sub $5k market that won't cannabalise their C-series lineup.
    I would expect incremental video updates, and much more substantial updates on the photography side, at least for the <$5k market.
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    Damphousse reacted to leafcutter in Is 4K Not as Important as We Think It Is? 3 World-Class DPs Weigh In   
    Going back to the op and the title of the post - I think 4k will be important to you if it's going to bring you a benefit.
    These guys are all working in specific genres and within that they work within specific constraints.  Stuff like maybe having big budgets, lots of crew, loads of experience, expensive and powerful talent etc etc.  The reasons they gave about not wanting or needing 4k don't necessarily apply to somebody else (e.g. me and the stuff I shoot).  
    I can see that 4k might be very useful to me - especially things like being able to crop an HD frame out of a 4k frame and simulate pans and zooms etc.  Working with a very small crew (mostly just me) being able to introduce those elements into shots without needing to handle the camera during the shoot could be a huge positive.  For those guys they maybe don't see the benefit of that as they can just say 'get an extra camera crew in and shoot the pan for real'.  
    Maybe 4k is initially going to be another creative tool that low budget shooters can get the most out of.
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    Damphousse reacted to Andrew Reid in 10 questions I'll be asking Canon and Nikon at Photokina - join me and present yours   
    Here's the manner in which I'm going to be presenting my questions:
    First of all congratulations for being a sales leader in the DSLR market and for the successful launch of Cinema EOS. I do however have some concerns that I feel my readers would like addressing.
    Canon’s strong sales are based on having that price-performance ratio just right and about leading in performance at a price which is attractive to the customer. Looking at a lot of the recent output of the company in terms of DSLRs I feel that performance advantage is now actually a shortfall to the competition especially in two regards - video and image sensors.
    Panasonic and Sony are offering 4K video on their consumer stills cameras and Canon are not. Moreoever Sony’s image sensors are ahead on all the key performance metrics - resolution (36MP), low light (12MP full frame), dynamic range (even the cheap A7 is 2 stops better than the 1D X) and video (full pixel readout on the A7S).
    In terms of price Sony have a more aggressive price point for the A7 vs the Canon 6D on full format, cheaper still when it comes to enthusiast APS-C models.
    Also it is clear the C300 is outdated relative to the Sony FS7 just announced at IBC, which does 4K recording internally for $8k and 180fps slow-mo with a 10bit 4:2:2 XAVC codec and more importantly filmmakers who I have known to have embraced the C300 as owners are saying to Sony “well done on the ergonomics”, an area of great strength traditionally for Canon and a great selling point of the C300.
    Additionally it’s now possible for Canon users to take their hefty investment in Canon lenses to other systems, notably to Sony and Panasonic mirrorless cameras. Speaking as a user myself of a huge range of EF lenses, the only reason I haven’t sold my 5D Mark III yet is because of auto-focus. I am shooting stills and video on the A7S.
    How would you address the concerns I’ve highlighted here today?
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    Damphousse reacted to Pascal Garnier in Market for DSLRs shrinking dramatically and why Canon / Nikon are to blame   
    I'm sorry, but it's only natural that sales drop over time.
    Three major reasons why :
    - normal people don't buy a new camera every single year, most people who buy a DSLR will use it for 3-5 years minimum before buying a new model.  Not all of us use them professionally or need to have the newest equipment the moment it comes out.
    - the moment people replace their camera, their DSLR is being sold second hand.  The second hand camera market follows the new product market with a delay of 3-5 years.  Which means that the new DSLR's from 5 years ago are now changing hands.   To new owners who are NOT buying a new DSLR.  But will probably use their second hand camera for minimum 2 years.
    - there's an economical crisis that affects the camera market too.
    This is not exclusive to DSLR's.
    New car sales in the Netherlands for example have dropped to the lowest level in 45 years.
    And then to specifically blame Canon and Nikon for this doesn't make any sense.
    Percentages don't tell a story here.  Considering that Olympus isn't shipping the numbers that Canon and Nikon are doing, absolute numbers would tell a more accurate story.  Also, people switch brands, so a decline in sales for Canon will automatically benefit other brands.  The point is, you need much more accurate data before jumping to these wild conclusions.
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    Damphousse reacted to Guest in Canon 5d mkIII or BlackMagic Pocket for shooting RAW video   
    Yup. I bought a Pocket myself after the price cut!  ;)
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    Damphousse reacted to letchhausen in Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera for $495   
    At $495 let 'em come out with a new one. I'd want to let a new one simmer and season for a year to get the bugs out before I jump on that bandwagon. Also if they announce in September god knows when you'll see it. BM aren't exactly known for delivering on announced dates. I'm just hoping I get the back-ordered one I ordered from B&H.
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    Damphousse reacted to GMaximus in BMPCC or GH4?   
    More on topic
    Skin tones, DR etc.

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    Damphousse reacted to leeys in 4K for $899 with the Panasonic FZ1000 - but beware the quirks!   
    I'm astounded. How can you absolutely know for sure? I've been using cameras for 20 years, and reviewing them for the past few, and I'd *never* make assumptions like these until I actually have spent some time with either the camera, or a substantial number of sample files.
    Also, don't be surprised if the sensors are the same.
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    Damphousse reacted to theSUBVERSIVE in 4K for $899 with the Panasonic FZ1000 - but beware the quirks!   
    I think nobody mentioned it but this camera can also do 720p @240fps - and 640x480 @360fps.
    So this turns the camera even more interesting, 240fps in 720p is not bad at all.
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    Damphousse reacted to fuzzynormal in Check out the First Short Film Shot on the 4K Panasonic GH4: Does high resolution = video-ish image   
    This played in my town a few weeks back. The thing I find ironic about the film is that Wiseau made a movie that'll be more popular and memorable than anything most people with actual talent will ever do.

    Even when I own the magic GH4, I'll most likely never achieve his level of success.
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    Damphousse reacted to andy lee in Handheld or tripod? How do I decide?!   
    I depends on what you are shooting and what lenses you are using.
    what style of filming you are doing
    Dirctors like Paul Greengrass , Kathryn Bigelow shoot their films mostly hand held (Bourne, Captain Philips, Hurtlocker Zero Dark Thirty etc)
    and it has a look and feel that is very real documently style , you are in there  with the Actors.
    Directors like David Fincher and the great Alfred Hitchcock always shoot locked off on tripods (legs) and they have a more formal approch to film making and you can see that style in House of Cards (Netflix) Girl With the Dragon Tattoo , The Game , Fight Club etc
    Vertigo , North by Northwest etc etc The camera does not move much and the action is framed alot of the time around a 'standard lens'
    if you are shooting hand held get a shoulder mount rig to stabalise out your shots as actually holding the camera in you hand induces rolling shutter skew as your hand gitters about , so I awlays shoot on a shoulder rig for my hand held shots. (even with IS lenses)
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    Damphousse reacted to HurtinMinorKey in Handheld or tripod? How do I decide?!   
    Use handheld only when you have a very good reason to.  And don't compare handheld shots to static, compare them to slides, pans, tilts, ..etc.
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    Damphousse reacted to JHines in Canon 4K refresh - C200 and C400 coming at NAB?   
    The only thing we can expect from the Canon Cinema line is a price way above what the specs are worth.  C200 - 8 grand, C400 - 15 grand. Awesome. Cannot wait to not buy any of these. 
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    Damphousse reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic GH4 pricing official - $1698 body only, $1998 for the external 10bit / XLR box   
    Adorama have just given me official pricing for the GH4. The prices are due to go live at 12.01am March 10th (Monday).

    Pre-order now to be one of the first to receive the camera in the United States. Shipping date is May.

    Panasonic GH4 body only (black) with 4K video recording - $1698

    Panasonic YAGH interface unit (for 10bit 4K, HD-SDI and XLR audio) - $1998

    Panasonic GH4 with YAGH interface unit bundle - $3298

     Read the full article here
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    Damphousse reacted to Andrew Reid in Hands-on preview of the powerful 4K shooting Panasonic GH4!   
    The external add-on isn't a "4K add-on" it is a HD-SDI and XLR add-on, you don't need the external add-on or a external recorder for 4K on the GH4 it does it internally. You know that right?! Surely you do. So are you just trying to make things look worse than they actually are with your list? If so I think that's a bit unfair.
    Hopefully available by the end of the year? Try April at the latest (TBC)!
    As for form factor, clunky is not a word I'd use to describe the GH4. Incidentally the Blackmagic is a lot heavier, the wrong shape, has no articulated screen, and a very cut down feature set in comparison. Still love Blackmagic but you've gotta state the facts!
    My view of it is as follows...
    BMPC 4K
    1.5x crop Super 35mm sensor (1.0x crop in cinematography terms)
    EF mount (good if you have lots of nice Canon EF lenses, not so good if you have Micro Four Thirds or lenses requiring a mirrorless mount)
    Global shutter - nice - but comes at expense of dynamic range and low light
    10bit ProRes - very nice
    Raw - great for heavy grading and VFX work
    2.17x crop in 4096x2160 mode, 1.7x crop with Speed Booster in 4K mode (1.2x crop in cinematography terms)
    Mirrorless mount
    Better low light performance (goes up to ISO 6400 in 4K mode)
    8bit 4:2:0 internal recording may lead to some artefacts and won't grade as well as ProRes, but it will still look stunning
    Better audio support and quality, with optional XLR box
    Articulated screen
    16MP stills
    Built in EVF
    10bit 4:2:2 available to external recorder
    Larger feature set
    The Blackmagic Production Camera has enough unique features to be considered for certain jobs. The GH4 is the better all rounder.
    If you need global shutter, EF mount, 10bit ProRes internal and raw, but don't mind the very basic feature set overall, basic ergonomics, heavier weight overall, need for external battery and poor low light performance go Blackmagic.
    If you need mirrorless mount, better ergonomics, likely better 1080p especially via HDMI, better audio, more features, smaller form factor and internal battery go GH4.
    Dynamic range probably quite similar on the pair.
    And on price, the GH4 is a lot cheaper. You don't NEED the external box. You can shoot with it like you can the GH3. The Blackmagic puts more demands on storage space and processing power, and needs an external battery plus SSDs.
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    Damphousse reacted to Brian Brown in Grant Petty reveals origins of Blackmagic cameras (concept was offered to major manufacturers)   
    I'm going to have to take a contrarian view, here. I believe that Mr. Petty would be much better-off if he focused on his own cameras' quality control, firmware, and supply issues and less on bad-mouthing the big players in the camera and lens markets. It makes perfectly logical sense to me that those manufacturers turned-down his camera ideas precisely because they didn't think that they could make money manufacturing them. And I think that they were RIGHT.
    As passionate as a lot of us here may be with these high-dynamic range, raw workflow bodies that BM is making, the lion's share of professional cinematographers will gravitate towards RED, Alexa, and the EOS Cinema line of cameras. Those cameras are low-volume, high-margin products. The stills-centric, DSLR market is conversely high-volume and low-margin. BM (and similar) “bootstrap†digital cinema cameras are arguably low-margin and low-volume... which won't ever attract the major players.
    Meanwhile Mr. Petty can sit on his high horse and complain about these money-grubbing big boys that scoffed him and his ideas. But at the end of the day, he still needs to employ HIS tiny workforce of 350 people, by choosing at least SOME products that can make money... such as his excellent high-volume, low-margin post-production equipment that put BlackMagic on the map.
    While I admire altruism and passion, unless Mr. Petty has deep pockets like Jim Jannard, he needs to focus on business. And making that evil money... by giving people the products they want, at the price that they're willing to pay, and at the quantities that can support BM's bottom line.
    I'm sorry to be a stick-in-the-mud, but that's how I see it.
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    Damphousse reacted to Andrew Reid in Its not always about latest and greatest   
    The video in the OP is lovely looking. But they went to a lot of effort with the locations, crew, rigging, camera movement, light, makeup, costumes, props, organisation, logistics, ideas, direction, cinematography, distribution...
    Yet shot it in crap-o-vision with a 60D. It doesn't make any sense.
    I must say they played to the strengths of the camera very well and avoided any nastiness and the low-fi grade does help but imagine the extra impact those frankly amazing visuals would have had with a better camera.
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    Damphousse reacted in BMPCC raw inferior to 5DMiii   
    @enny: This video compares the BMCC with 5D3 H.264 - not the Pocket with 5D3 RAW.
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    Damphousse reacted to Oliver Daniel in Dear Nikon...   
    I don't understand this post.

    DSLRs are for photographers. They are made for stills and not video. It's just so happens that we have adopted it as a filmmaking tool.

    If you are a serious filmmaker, Canon want you to buy the Cinema EOS Line. Nikon aren't interested. Fuji, erm... No need to bother. Panasonic...they have plans and want you to buy into their M43 system. They get punters in with the GH line, to then offer video based models later. ;)

    So what if Nikon haven't bothered with a video feature in this camera, who cares?

    Technically, hobbyists don't need professional features. Professionals need professional features and therefore buy professional cameras.

    Blackmagic cameras are for pros and lack many pro features. Canon etc, I expect, don't care. It's very niche.

    I'm not sure why ML RAW comes into this in any way at all. The effect this has on the market is literally nothing. It's a hack. It's not a feature of the camera. ML RAW is a discovery, it's not a market leading feature.

    The annoying fact for most is that if you want a camera with better features, you need to get shooting and earn some money. If it's just a hobby, then why would the camera manufacturers screw their business models by giving top features to people who just want to point and shoot? It doesn't make any sense.

    There is a feeling that manufacturers (Canon especially) are not putting in the juice they could even into their pro cameras. This is true, and it happens because they are a business who want to make a profit.

    I don't think the camera companies are out of touch. This forum is out of touch. The camera companies believe they are catering for you, and as we are all buying their cameras, they are. ;)
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    Damphousse reacted to Julian in It's wrong to blame market conditions for poor DSLR sales   
    How big is the percentage of people that actually realise a Canon 550D is basically the same as a 700D? I think it's very small.
    That doesn't necessarily mean the economy is to blame, although it does make sense. People have less trust in the economy and that stops them from buying stuff, that's a fact.
    Also market saturation could play a big role. Average Joe who buys a dslr isn't going to upgrade anytime soon. You could blame this on lack of innovation, maybe if things really got better people would be tempted to buy, but then again.. the economy really doesn't help. It's not just the camera manufacturers that notice this, even the shops around the corner do.
    Thinking a 5D3 Mark III hack makes a big impact on sales is also naive... sorry.
    Yes, some people will buy it now because of it. The world isn't full of enthusiasts / indie filmmakers. On the grand scheme that really isn't going to make a big difference.
    Not defending the manufacturers here, but we're talking mass market here. 8 million camera's. The percentage of nerds like us is just a small part of that.
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    Damphousse reacted to OzNimbus in Are anamorphic's days numbered?   
    Used hook's lut in resolve, then a little FC after. I directed the color stuff, a buddy directed the zombie shots. I specifically shot mostly close up & intimate with the band to take advantage of that anamorphic space. Lots going on in the de-focused z axis :)
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