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  1. Sweet! I wasn't aware you could create your own plugins in Motion. I've got the latest Motion but haven't played with it much. To be honest, I don't think I've used Motion since way back at version 2 I think.
  2. Thanks! From playing so far, it looks like it's easier to dial back an aggressive LUT.
  3. Awesome. Thanks! I've actually already watched all the Color Central tutorials. Watched them back in December but likely need a reminder. I bought his LUT utility as well. I dove in yesterday and much of it came back quickly, but will need a refresher. What I wasn't clear on if if mixing LUTs and color correcting is redundant? Destructive? etc. But, I think for me getting good looking general footage first, then tweaking the "style" by mixing in LUT emulators seem to be a good combo. Gets confusing if I first start with a LUT, then start tweaking levels, etc. The other way around, ie
  4. I was really surprised that I didn't get any replies to this... until I looked at the subject lines of ALL the threads. This really is a gear-porn-only site and not so much with indie-filmaking as it's ultimate theme. That's in no way a criticism, but I think I've finally got the picture and it's all making sense now. So, with that in mind... since there are several here who are making short films, travel pieces, art films, music videos, etc. is there another site that's got a good community like this one, but is focussed more on the creative, production, editing, grading, audio design, e
  5. I'm going to answer my own question. I have no idea if this is the "right" way to do this or not, but so far I'm really liking what I'm getting. My D5300 footage is looking awesome! Don't have anything I'm proud enough of to post yet, but this is what I've been doing so far: Adjust the source clip's highs, mids, shadows. Balance color. Add a wee bit of saturation and tiny bit of film grain, along with about a +2 of sharpness. When I have it looking as generally accurate and pleasant as I can using the builtin coloring tools in FCPX, I then add a LUT for style and dial it down to taste. So
  6. Personally moving on from camera discussions and now focussing on how to get the best grade from what I have. I know that it's preferable to start with a raw source, or at least flatly shot source if you don't have raw capability... but what I don't get completely, has to do with film emulating LUTs vs just doing all the adjustment/grading yourself from scratch. Have done several tutorials and can get a pretty decent final image with just using the color tools in FCPX. But, then I drop various LUTs on top of that and it often looks even better! Logically, it seems it'd be best to
  7. Actually, can't speak for Matt... but I doubt he's left the Panny camp at all. Before I decided on getting my D5300, he made a very good argument for the G6 speed booster combo. I almost went that route based on his points. And, for video alone... I would have possibly preferred that option. But, my needs... unlike Matt's, are heavily influenced by stills usability. So, the Nikon won for that reason in my case. That being said, with the few annoyances in handling aside... it really is capable of a nice look that more often than not... has an organic feel to it. The review of the D5300 on
  8. It does seem to matter somewhat. If you start with a high contrast, saturated, camera processed image... you don't have as much wiggle room when grading. You obviously don't have as much as with raw, but with flat you can certainly have room to play somewhat. Think I'm going to move on to figuring out how to grade and such. For me, this camera is a good tool for the money and will serve my needs for a while. When I'm ready to move on to something else, it'll still serve well as a backup still camera. Take care all, and thanks for all the great info! Cheers :)
  9. Yes, it's not that big a deal to change settings... but here's how it went for me: Out walking the street with all my settings for stills just the way I like them so that the still is nearly where I want it without having to spend a bunch of time in photoshop, etc. I don't fool with raw files like most. Only on commercial shoots do I bother with raw at all. So, I've got everything where I want it for stills, ie. iso, Aperture priority, saturation bumped a bit, contrast where I want it, etc. Then, I see something I want to get video of... have to quickly change to flat profile, switch to manual
  10. I hope it didn't come across that I was implying Andrew is some sort of shill. Wasn't saying that at all. The point was, if I may clarify, is that I value the findings of other users who don't review all the time. Those who're looking for a camera to do the same things I want it to do and have similar criteria as me. The conversations like the ones I had back and forth with Matt before we each decided that based on our experience with the D5200, the D5300 would meet our needs. I'll add that I first got the D5200 based on what Andrew wrote about it, and the work that Brandon Li was doing w
  11. LOL! Sorry!!! No, haven't forgotten your name Matt, was just replying about Andrew's opinion piece on the D5300 and slipped. When in stills mode, I didn't use live view. I'm used to framing from the viewfinder, so I only used the live view when I needed to hold the camera at a very low level, or raising up above a fence to get a shot. Most of the time I used the optical viewfinder. Mostly just used the LCD to make sure I got the shot or for video obviously. Auto focus for stills was really fast and accurate. Several still images I got were grabbed so quickly, I know there's no way I could
  12. Thanks Andrew. I didn't have any audio to drop on it, and since I'm using YouTube... couldn't just add some good music. I recorded some ambient plaza music, but that didn't work out so well. So, that narrative is all I had handy and wanted to put something up to show what the nearly untouched stuff looked like. I really didn't like using one camera for video and stills. It might just be that I've been a still photographer too long and it's too difficult to switch back and forth. I have shot plenty of motion in the past, but for some reason... it's difficult to jump back and forth. At
  13. Yeah, I didn't either... until he offered that "revised review" that seemed rather petty. At the end of the day though... doesn't really matter to me. Everyone's got an opinion. Some of his I agree with, others... I don't at all. Still, I'm curious if Andrew is just buying all of this gear on his own to test for fun, or if he has some arrangement with a shop or some of the manufacturers? Maybe that's explained somewhere on the site? It's nice to know the perspective someone is coming from and their motivations. Originally, I just thought Andrew was someone into indie filmmaking and h
  14. Hey Andrew, awesome! You're making that baby-mode work quite well for yourself. ;)
  15. Thanks! It's not really a finished thing. None of the clips are adjusted/graded at all, and it's just sort of a quick collection using some random audio recordings. Not sure what I'll do with the footage, but it was mostly just to test the camera to see if I could get decent/cinematic video images from a hand-held consumer-level camera. I decided, for the money and all around usefulness for stills as well, it's definitely a keeper for me. I don't get what appears to be pure hatred of this camera by Andrew. I'd said "with due respect to Andrew" before, but after a couple of his posts rega
  16. Yucatan Mexico Nikon D5300 Video Samples Only have a free vimeo account and this is 12mins... so too big to post on vimeo. This was shot in Jan-Feb 2014 in the Yucatan/Campeche regions of Mexico. The purpose of this footage was to see if this consumer-grade Nikon D5300 could produce acceptable video images for possible use on future film projects. All of the footage was shot flat, and the footage is not graded. Only auto-color balance and auto-stabilization with a little sharpening in FinalCutPro were used. The footage is all hand-held and a Nikon 18-200DX f3.5-5.6 VR lens w
  17. Ahh... wait a minute... I get it.... Just like with motorcycles and other toys people obsess over. There are those who're are really into specs, tread patterns, new kinds of braking systems, synthetic vs non-synthetic oils, reading all the data, comparing speed tests, etc. And there are those who are really just interested in riding. Those two conversations obviously have crossover, but really aren't the same thing. Nothing wrong with either interest of course, ie. gear enthusiasts vs cinema enthusiasts... But conversations about imaging gear details often get confused with conversations a
  18. Oh geez... seriously, this thread is getting comically absurd. Doesn't anyone have something they wanna go shoot? ;)
  19. With all due respect to Andrew... why the heck do so many here care what he likes and doesn't like? Everyones got different taste, needs, priorities, and budgets. Mine are specific to my own needs, so what meets someone else's criteria isn't necessarily the same as mine. Is the D5300 a great filmmaking tool with excellent ergonomics and a contender against cameras costing thousands of dollars more? No, of course not. Does it have a sweet low-light sensor that in the right hands can render cinematic results on par with the better filmmaking tools out there costing much more, and deliv
  20. Pretty much knew the D5300 wasn't Andrew's cup of tea before buying my own. So, none of his review is surprising. Some of it I agree with. Just got back from using the D5300 for a month in Mexico. Awesome stills camera for the money. Excellent video results as well. Handling was very awkward, especially going from stills shooting, to video, then back to stills. Had to just settle for a middle of the road Standard setting, but managed to find a few work arounds for shooting on the go. For the money, being able to use my Nikon lenses, the articulating screen, the great low light perfor
  21. Just watched it at 2k on my tb display... can't find much fault with it at all. Might be slightly videoish, but if they're getting this kind of image out of an all-in-one $2k camcorder... the GH4k ought to be awesome.
  22. I dunno... looks pretty dang good to me. Glad I went with the budget D5300 to tide me over for HD until the 4k smoke clears and the dust settles.. then Nikon will still be a nice stills backup cam. :) That new Sony action cam looks like a GoPro killer too.
  23. Oh yeah, I forgot about that. Will likely take that route at some point unless something else comes out that's better. Haven't seen any tests comparing the output from the camera to the clean HDMI to verify it's much better though. Could be it is, but I just haven't seen proof yet. From the reviews I've seen, the 70D has the D5300 beat for handling and I've always liked the way Canon's generally handle skin tone. But for me, the Nikon look is preferred. The option thrown out to go the D5300 AND G6 route with Metabones, would be a great combo for the times you want ease of use or low l
  24. I wouldn't want to put anyone off the D5300. I'm completely happy with mine based on the criteria I listed above. It's just without histogram, or focus peaking, touch screen, etc. some of those other options seem like friendlier video choices.
  25. I think it was a 35mm DX lens at f1.8, but I could be mistaken. Already deleted. Just shot ISO6400 as a test to see how usable it was. Just a test, wasn't really trying to get any particular shot. It might have been at 60p as well. No need for advice on how to shoot it though. I was just messing around seeing how far I could push what I have in case I need ISO6400 at some point.
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