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  1. Cine D and V are in fact a Flat Image that most people are finding good to grade, the reason LOG is needed is the fact that Panasonic is making it, so it will be the best way to get the most of of the sensor for sure. Just look at SLog vs going Flat in the camera, if you know what your doing Slog can be amazing compared to flat, and no im not saying flat is bad.
  2. Just watch it, I have found up-scaling from a good HD video looks fine when inter-cut the right ways. I just use RedGaint Instant HD to do my up-scaling if needed.
  3. Really excited about this and I feel like it will come out right when the Shogun launches. Log is amazing but most people who dont know how to color have no need for it, also like others have said it will be best when doing 10bit. The cool thing is that we have a small camera that can do 10bit and might now have a Log Curve, making it a whole new beast.
  4. A7s will be an amazing camera for sure, but hard not to like the GH4 at this point, having slow mo and 4K in the camera is amazing. The shogun will be the part that makes this camera a beast, So I would say this, Get the GH4, grab a Shogun and a Speedbooster. If that doesnt work for you then rent when needed.
  5. We are stuck, thinking of going the Lumix way since they have DFD and OIS but the Olyumpus look so much better made and I really like the idea of the 40-150 2.8 they are doing and the 300 F4 will be amazing for surf work.
  6. Relax about what? Alot of people I know have been waiting and waiting and waiting for something like this come along. Its a hard product to make and we understand that but times about up and the need to move on to new things is here. I have chosen to just buy native M43 lens for our GH4 system. It seems like the smartest choice at the moment.
  7. I dont know about using them on the GH4 but I will never buy them again. I bought 6 of the Micro SD Cards for some in car cameras for the Baja 1000 that our company was hired to help with for a team. They failed about an hour into filming, sad but good for us the team didnt make it much farther then that so it wasnt as bad as it could have been.
  8. Sucks to hear, I have a feeling we wont see what ever this is a for awhile. I think we all know its the metabones EF to MFT but sucks to hear we wont see it.
  9. Im finding the GH4 is quite good in Low Light but talking with a buddy who has the BMCC Speedbooster, he says that small device has really opened up his camera to many things saying it makes it a whole new image.
  10. Oh in video mode, ya i think there is problem with mine as well, hope this is fixed in a firmware, but in photos its super fast.
  11. I shoot action sports and for us the GH4 AF system is really really fast, both in photos and video mode while tracking.
  12. I agree, i have been using mine at 4K and it looks nothing like that, That was just the look he wanted mabye. The cool thing about the GH4 is how you can make it your own...So you can a basic one with a basic lens, or you can have one with a speedbooster and shooting 10 bit and have an amazing image.
  13. That was funny, very well done.
  14. Looking good man, we are super happy with our camera as well.
  15. How can you say that is expensive at all, that is dirt cheap for what they are asking.
  16. If they really have this up their sleeves and didnt show it off at NAB, that was just dumb. Why would not want to show your new 4K camera off to all the pros who will buy a few of them.
  17. What were the settings on this footage? Looks like something right off the camera. Was there a Cine D look or anything. Post grading to the footage? It looks good to me like some have said its better then 5d3 1080 or most 1080 cameras out there. Mabye with HDMI it will improve it a bit more??
  18. I can say that without a doubt the new GH4 is a great camera, I got my hands on one at NAB and the auto focus is up there with the best of them. The 5D for video is so-so. I had one and sold it. Moved to the GH3 at the time and learned what an amazing camera it was. It lacked in AF for me at action sport photos but other then that it was great. The GH4 is faster, not a lot but it can hold on to a subject better. I would wait till the end of the month to see reviews on the new camera then go from there.
  19. I got to try the 96fps at NAB, it wasnt bad but not as sharp as the HD. The normal HD is crazy sharp with loads of detail. Cant wait to see 4K on this thing. I think with the right setting the 96fps can look just fine once color and sharpen is done. Its got a good slow mo effect and most people will no notice the softness if the subject is good.
  20. The LCD I found was amazing as well, colors look great. I didnt really have to many issues with GH3 but this is a huge step up of a camera in ever mode and the build.
  21. I thought the Same, I didnt fully understand the CFast move on their part but we will find out soon I guess. I also agree with 4K over 1080 but as an action sports filmer we do use the High Frame Rate and the EX Tele mode to film stuff as well. The Shogun to me is cheap, $2000 and its doing 4K plus it has a great screen and XLR input. Way better then the Panasonic Box thing they are trying to sell.
  22. No, its a 1080p 10 bit 422 ProRes Recorder for $300. Cant beat it really.
  23. Thought I would share my thoughts on NAB this year and some of the things that I saw and tested. If you have questions feel free to ask, I will do my best to get back to them and whatnot. For those who dont know, I shoot action sports and own Darktide Media. A company based out of San Diego Ca. One thing that we did this year was said a few weeks before NAB, we are going to NAB to find our 4K camera system. What will fit us and what can we use day in day out for production in the dirt and rain if needed. We are not a huge company by any means but growing. We punish our gear to no end so that is a big part of what system that we want to invest in. Lets Begin...... To start things off I will just come out and say this, we are happy that we pre-ordered the GH4 camera, we have chosen this as our camera of choice for the fact of it works and it does some really really amazing things for what you are paying. I will explain this more in a bit. BlackMagic Design - I have never used or really seen a BM camera in person before this show, all I know is BM is great in everything they do except cameras. The BMCC was great the 4K was a joke from many people I have talked to. The lack of firmware is also a joke. They need to fix that and get it out. One this I have to say is that the URSA is a real camera, a pro cinema camera and this is what everyone wanted I believe. The main drawback to me is the weight and that just cant do for our company at this point. The way its layout is and the big 10 inch fold out screen may look weird but in person its amazing, pulling focus off that with focus peaking is so easy. The two touch screens are great as well. I dont understand the CFast Card over SSD but we will see soon. The other huge thing is 60p at 4K. This is amazing at this price point no doubt. I talked with some of the BM people and they had a lot to say to me. I have no doubt that this camera will be out in July. They dont want to mess up. They know what people want and firmwares are coming to fix alot of issues. The whole sensor thing is just great as well, now we know what we are buying will not be out of date. There is some talk of 120fps at 4K as well....so we shall see. AJA Cion - Not much to say about this camera except this is amazing. The footage is amazing, the layout is amazing. They really though this one though from every angle of shooter. Cant wait to see more footage from this camera in the hands of film makers. If you are looking for a great 4K camera in this style of layout but dont like the BM and dont have the budget for RED, take a good hard look at this system. RED Once again not much to say. The new things they came out with are great for those who own REDs or are looking at adding the RED camera to your company's productions. I will continue to rent these cameras when the project calls for it for the sole fact of it hurts my wallet. The Dragon is king. It is the most amazing camera I have every seen. It has soo much power I don't understand how they did for this price and in this size and weight. They were pulling 6K frame grabs, exporting to photoshop for some basic editing and then to print in huge prints that were amazing. They looked better then most DSLR I have ever seen. Lucky I was also one of the 600 to get my hands on the RED 2014 book, that alone should cost around 50 bucks. It is amazing the detail they put into it. Canon - Sorry not much going on at this booth for my company needs. I had Canon at one point but they are way behind if you ask me. 3 Axis Gimbals - These were everywhere, just every way you look there was a company that had one and somehow it was the best. My thought was that FreeFly really does make the best. The M5 is just one hell of a tool, made to withstand small and large productions. Defy was right behind. I dont really understand the G2 gimbals to be honest. Its good but if you want Defy save a bit and go G5 its great as well. The one gimbal that stole me away thought was the new Silk gimbal from X Heli Pro. Its made for the GH4 and Pocket Camera. Its very light weight and cheap for what it is. The battery is amazing as well. If you want a G2 look at this first if you have a big dslr look at the G5 or M5. My thoughts though as well that the kits online will save you money if you dont mind building you own. This is one path i may end up taking to just save some money. Atomos - As a buyer of the new GH4 I had to stop by once I heard about the Shogun Recorder. This is be amazing, I was a big bummed that we didnt see a HyperDeck Shuttle from BM but this is way better. Cant wait to see more and get hands on with it. The other one to me that I will buy for sure is the Ninja Star. They were really talking about this with GoPros and all that and I for sure think that will be a major use but I will have this on my GH4 as soon as I can. Something this small that will give me 10 bit off the GH4 is amazing. If anyone knows please let me know but will the Star do HD at 60p? I would hope since the Hero 3 is doing it and the GH4 is doing it and so are the Sony Cameras. So I know this isnt much but there is so much at this show its just crazy. These things are the ones that I really thought were good and stood out to me. With so many cameras and new toys we had to ask our selfs what camera and really the choice was easy, the GH4 will be our go to camera for sure in 2014. Let me start by saying this is no camera like the GH4 right now. Its small, cheap, and easy to use. It also is very unique in the fact that out of the box it shines but also is very basic. To us at Darktide, this is a huge selling point. We can pull it out and shoot no problem, or we can go crazy and put PL glass, a full rig, a 10 bit recorder and more and make this camera shine. Then take that huge set up and strip it down and put an AF lens like the 12-35 on it and put the camera on a gimbal and record some great footage and then take it off there and put it on a heli. Get those shots then throw it in an underwater case and go swimming with it. Then when back home we can pull the 4K frame grabs as well for some of the photos we might need. If you have a 10 bit recorder on this and are shooting 4K then the frame grabs are that much better as well. No its not a RED or a RAW shooting camera. We dont need that on most stuff, most people dont. The GH4 is amazing that its such an open system. Also at this price point we can have a few of the cameras for new angles by the end of this year. We will have a full review of the camera our site as soon as we get it our hands as we start to shoot our new film. Thanks for reading, there may be mistakes. I just fly back from NAB. hope this helps a bit and free to ask me on here or message about things we saw.
  24. Just got back from NAB and got to spend some good time with the GH4, the EVF is way better then the GH3. It has great sharpness.
  25. Did Day 5 post just stop now that some company had a new 4K camera to show off? Its been 2 days now, time to see it.
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