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  1. It's all good Matt. I get what you're saying. I started off getting my own back up prematurely and didn't exactly respond like I wanted to help the discourse go in a more positive direction. My intent was to just chat about the methods some here use to get their creative juices going, and ended up getting some really good responses as a result. It's likely I shouldn't have tacked on the Neatvideo tech question that wasn't inline with my main post, but I was trying to be efficient and not add a whole other thread. Anyway, there are some great ideas here that I hadn't considered before
  2. It depends on what you want to do with it and your budget. I have the D5300, am happy with it and would buy it again if I were purchasing again today. I was looking for a camera that 1. could use my existing Nikon lenses with (including my still photography strobes/accessories etc.) 2. Was well under $1000 3. Had very good low light performance 4. Could double nicely as a high-res backup still camera in a Nikon system 5. Was lightweight and could yield a decent image without having to rely on expensive/cumbersome rigs, time-consuming raw workflows, needing a faster computer and massive sto
  3. Well, I'm actually glad I posted this now. Some very good suggestions and info on Neatvideo. I vaguely remember something about a thread related to non-technical stuff, but I don't regard that topic so "daft" or "silly" to be honest. It's far too easy to get so obsessed with the technical that it's all you think about. It's good to be reminded every now and then, beyond a catch-all sticky post, what the real goals beyond all the technical stuff are. Yes, that's stating the obvious, but for some it's necessary to be prodded out of the tech-geek obsession mode, and into the creative mode. I'm po
  4. Other than the question about whether Neatvideo is worth the money... I wish I could delete this thread I started. I only wanted to discuss different methods of getting ideas with other folks. Don't want to fight or argue with anyone. Push come to shove, I'll find my inspiration and have a go at it. Just trying to make conversation with others that I assume share my passion. So. Nevermind. I'll google some reviews of Neatvideo and be done with it.
  5. I've already done that. Just haven't posted any of it. Was thinking today that I might just let a friend tell me a story, shoot that, and at least I'll have something potentially narratively interesting to play with.
  6. I guess my post wasn't clear enough for you. That's exactly what I'm saying... I'm tired and finished with the "techno babble" as you say, and the testing... figured out mostly what I was trying to figure out and now looking for inspiration of something cool to shoot that's not the typical test footage. That's what I was really asking, ie. where do folks go and do for cinematic inspiration? But thank you very much for your flippant reply/"advice". Many get perpetually stuck in the tech stuff and never actually get out and make something. That's what I'd like to try and avoid, and getting
  7. I think I've got pretty much everything all in-line for heading off to backpack in Mexico where I'll hopefully come up with something interesting to shoot. Have narrowed down what I'm taking, and got at least a clue how to shoot to increase my odds of getting something acceptable. Only problem at the moment is that I had all these ideas before I launched into camera-shopping-obsession-mode... and now that I have all the stuff I wanted... no freakin' ideas of something decent to shoot. I want to test some more, but don't want to shoot anymore shots at the park, or bowls of fruit, or xmas li
  8. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    I can get it right nearly every time, even by the LCD, if I'm using one of the profiles I've tweaked a little (Standard and Neutral). It's the flat picture profiles that are difficult to expose by the LCD. However, getting my exposure by the meter or by LCD while in Standard/Neutral, then switching back to a flat profile, works decent too. My evolution has been that I got pretty good images right out of the box without doing anything. Then, I started monkeying around with different profiles, grading, LUTs, etc. and learned there's A LOT of variation you can get if you want to experiment. S
  9. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    Yes, I discovered that yesterday and cranked up the sharpening to both the profile you provided and the Flaat 11. I've kept both of those installed for scenes where I want maximum DR, but also have sharpening cranked up so that I can more easily verify focus on the LCD. What I haven't quite figured out though... is the best way to know I've got perfect exposure when using either Flaat 11 or your picture profile. Yours retains a significant amount more in the highlights than the Flaat 11 one does. Haven't tried tweaking gamma on either though. Thanks for the link, looks very informative.
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    Nikon & LUTs

    This is just a guess, but I think what's happening is that because what you're seeing on your viewfinder is so flat, it's difficult to judge if you've got proper exposure, so you tend to end up unintentionally underexposed more often. I noticed that when I'm using the Flaat 11 picture profile and my exposure looks good on the LCD (overall balanced with information throughout), then shoot the exact same shot with one of the default picture profiles like Standard for example, the shot will look waaay underexposed. So, when you go to adjust/CC/grade... you're working with an image that's a good 3
  11. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    I've sort of backtracked on this approach quite a bit. Although, shooting with your excellent color profile or the Flaat 11 one, I can get a great deal of grading flexibility for sure... especially for not being raw. The problem is, I can't tell for sure what I'm getting in the field. Then there's all the extra time spent trying to get the grade right. All these extra steps and not knowing what I'm getting, sort of defeats the whole reason I got the D5300 to begin with, ie. to be able to get a decent image right out of the camera without having to deal with all the extra grading hoops, ex
  12. It appears there are ways to work with roundtrip audio from FCPX to Reaper using an app called Vordio. And Reaper also gives you a video preview so you can see what you're doing while working on the audio tracks. What I haven't figured out is.. when I simply import a video file into Reaper, then cut some audio out altogether, Reaper cuts the video segment out too. Can't find a way to split the audio cuts and preserve picture. Anyone know? I'm thinking, if I really need anything more than than FCPX offers for audio editing, I'll likely be better off just getting Logic Pro X since it im
  13. Ah! So it was actually an anamorphic 50mm. That's why it looked like a wider 40mm masked to wide screen. I thought it looked a bit soft too, as it mentioned in the article. The compression likely didn't help that much either. Curious, excuse my ignorance, but why do you and others insist on referring to T-stops instead of F-stops? Even the article you reference cites f-stops instead of t-stops. I vaguely remember the difference from film school, but wonder why some use one or the other in film conversation. Ok, back to the Digital Bolex ;) One thing they told me at SXSW was that the
  14. You're right. I haven't watched enough of it to make critical comment. But, I did watch about 20 minutes of it... jumping around. Are you sure that's a 50mm? Looks like a 40mm to me. I think I was also looking for focus pulling errors, since there's always a few on even the best productions and I saw none. That could be, as you say, that they did such a herculean job that it looked easy and made the technique completely invisible. Will have another look at the edited version, as the song got a little monotonous after about 20 minutes of it. ;)
  15. I get what you're saying, and that's a cool video... but it's hardly a litmus test for follow focus. It's a wide angle lens with what looks like mostly fixed focus at about 12 feet. Camera stays about that distance way from the subject at all times, so not much focus following/pulling going on. Just the operator"following focus" by keeping the right distance away from the subject at all times. ;)
  16. When I chatted with them at SXSW, they said they were working on some way to use the side crank as a follow focus mechanism.
  17. Also.. with regard to the spots that don't look so smooth... just realized I had VR activated on the lens and also auto-stabilized in FCP X. That was all likely over-kill and I'm sure effected the smoothness of the slide and introduced some software stuttering as well. I think I just need more practice with the sliding/pushing. Seemed to get a little better with each try. ​I'm tempted to just delete these "tests" but I figured others might benefit and learn from my mistakes. :) Here's the vimeo upload:
  18. Don't laugh... trying to get up to speed quickly with several totally unscientific tests at once. Testing, practicing, several things in this series of clips. The first of each 2, is using the Flaat 11 profile, then playing with grading and using various LUTs. Mostly the 3strip one. The second of each 2 is using a modified Standard picture profile with saturation +1 and contrast -3. Same playing with grading and LUTs. I just got a budget Kamerar slider and haven't got the hang of it yet, but you have to start somewhere with the practicing. ;) Anyone know if it's ok to put something slick li
  19. Looks good! & Spiritualized is a personal fav :)
  20. I recently got the D5300 and love it so far... but for your needs of getting the shot on the move with quickly changing situations and foul weather, etc. I think I'd look seriously at the Sony RX10 you mentioned
  21. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    Hey, I used your picture style on some quick tests, then played with grading. Compared yours to the Flaat 10, 11, and a tweaked Standard. Yours produced an image that gave me the absolute most room to play with the image. The Flaat 11 was better than the 10. Now I'm torn as to how to handle my shooting on the road. If I use either your profile or the Flaat 11, they'll require much more grading work, but the LUTs and effects, etc. are easier to start with. If I just continue to tweak my Standard profile to where I get very close to where I want to be straight out of the camera, it doesn't l
  22. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    Cool. Thanks! Will give it a shot. Will look for the Melara LUTs. Have you tried any of the commercial LUT bundles with your Nikon?
  23. skiphunt

    Nikon & LUTs

    Hi, Experimenting with the D5300 before I take it on a little trip to Mexico. Trying to get something close to a decent look before I leave, and with minimal gear. Have decided that the 18-200mm VR lens, while not perfect, is close enough to my manual glass to sacrifice some shallow DOF for the benefits of the VR stabilization. The trade-offs are worth having a wide range, macro, AF for stills, VR for handheld, etc. So, now I'm trying to get the in camera settings where I want them to be for grading in FCP X. I've been playing with the LUT Utility with test footage I shot using
  24. Yes, I knew that from the D5200. That's also another reason I was hoping to make do with only the 18-200VR for travel. Great for stills, and so-so for video. I'm still in experimenting mode though. If the 18-140VR kit lens significantly outperforms the 18-200VR then that might be a good option for me during travel. While at home, I don't mind having a set of lenses for video, and another set for stills. So far, I'm thinking I'll take the 18-200VR and my manual 35-105 f3.5. That could give me a good walking around, stills lens with macro. And, a manual 35-105 f3.5 w/macro for more organic
  25. I've already got the 50mm f1.8D. Just did some tests with the 35mm 1.8G which is also very sharp and easy to focus.
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