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    Nick Hughes reacted to Mattias Burling in Panasonic GH4 firmware update brings 24p Anamorphic, V-LOG coming in later update / watch footage   
    Jordan Drake tweeted,
    "Just got word from Panasonic, they will officially announce the GH4 V-Log L delivery date on Sept. 1! Stay tuned... #TCSTV "
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Jimmy in Canon's new $30,000 video camera does only 1080p   
    I imagine NASA and Co will have their eye on this too.
    Very much a niche camera... Hope we are not in for another day of "Canon, lolz, no 4k in 2015 on a $30k lmao”
    Good on any company that takes a risk on ultra niche products.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Oliver Daniel in I have £25k to spend on gear   
    You can rotate it and flip it down so it's right in front of your eyes in a shoulder configuration. You can also tilt it back if you're doing low shots. Not sure how easy it is to change the whole configuration, though.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Liam in It looks like "video"   
    Look into the work of Dogme 95, some of the early pioneers of digital filmmaking. Lars Von Trier's The Idiots was one of the first films to be shot entirely on digital. It doesn't look like film, and it's certainly not clean like digital today, but it has a distinct flavor of rawness that works really well for these films. Lars Von Trier now shoots on Alexa and other high-end systems, but I still see filmmakers using old-school digital and tape cameras to get this look. 
     
     
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Volker Schmidt in It looks like "video"   
    @Nick Hughes - Dogme95
    I agree. It works fine for this Film! Also "Festen" from Thomas Vinterberg! 
    But I am glad, that not too many films done with this technique:).
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from mercer in It looks like "video"   
    Look into the work of Dogme 95, some of the early pioneers of digital filmmaking. Lars Von Trier's The Idiots was one of the first films to be shot entirely on digital. It doesn't look like film, and it's certainly not clean like digital today, but it has a distinct flavor of rawness that works really well for these films. Lars Von Trier now shoots on Alexa and other high-end systems, but I still see filmmakers using old-school digital and tape cameras to get this look. 
     
     
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Mark Guim in Hands on with the new Metabones Speed Booster Ultra - fast AF with Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds   
    So happy to find out about this. It also added autofocus to existing adapters. Here it is on my Speed Booster S (Canon to Micro four thirds). Canon 17-55mm F/2.8 on a Panasonic GH4. 
     
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from johnnymossville in Hands on with the new Metabones Speed Booster Ultra - fast AF with Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds   
    Speedbooster S took the update well. Works fine on the Sigma 18-35 and Canon 24-105 on the GH4 and the GX7. Not lightning fast and sometimes it misses the mark completely, but it's one step closer to being able to comfortably ditch my Canon body for stills.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Brian Caldwell in Metabones Speed Booster ULTRA M43 with AF for Panasonic   
    Hi Julian:
    The 0.71x SB ULTRA is intended as a true general-purpose Speed Booster for m43.  The 0.64x XL is a more specialized item tailored for the GH4 and a few other cameras, particularly for the higher crop factor in 4k.  The ULTRA has incredible optical performance all the way across the field, as you can see from the MTF curves.
    BTW, the Speed Booster XL and all other m43 Speed Boosters for the Canon-EF lens mount can be upgraded to autofocus by means of a firmware download.  So if you like the XL and want autofocus you can have it.
    Brian
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Ed_David in The Corporate Censorship of Gawker and Why Its Bad for Filmmakers   
    So Gawker melted down - I followed it - the biggest thing that was really behind it wasn't what was on the surface - that poor story about the conde nast exec - it was corporate management taking over editorial - and well it was secretly really about this article - http://gawker.com/brands-are-not-your-friend-1684232182 - why brands aren't your friends.

    In their meeting they talked about firing the author -Sam Briddle - as Gawker starts to care more about making money. Some say growing up - but there is nothing wrong with this article - it's not offensive to a person, it doesn't destroy someone - it's purely truth to power.

    And they wanted to fire the writer - and that's not good to admit publically.

    But why should we care - we are filmmakers?  Because all film is politcal.  We are a wing of journalism even if you are a VFX artist on Michael Bay films -that's political - it's your choice to support this modern blockbuster world - and you are making something seen by many.

    You can't escape the politics.

    And part of why I got banned from 2 other forums is because I started to show the truth behind the corporate control of those sites - almost the same reason they wanted to fire Sam - and I thought that corporate control of a forum to advance the discussion and science of filmmaking was harmful to the online principle.  It was so nice of the admin to create this site.

    But see this is the thing - I work for advertising and I love them and the people I work for - they are all great people - we all are good people - we just know that corporations exist except for b corporations to solely make money.  Everything else is secondary.  So I have no ethical quandry being a counter to some of these measures especially since I believe in environmental and economic sustainability, just like the Pope, and that puts us in conflict.  This doesn't mean I don't like working on commercials - I actually love it because it gives me the free time to do my own work to try to help the world out - I couldn't do that if I was working for little to no pay on a doc that would take 70 hours of my week away.  I love advertisers - but there has to be boundaries.  Or soceity will continue to fade more and more into environmental and social decay.

    There is a reason the press exists - it's a fundemental part of freedom and democracy.  When the press starts to cowtow to corporate interests anymore than it already has, it gets weak.  And then the bad will continue, more and more.  And this isn't fun to watch.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from enny in Jail time for drone violations   
    For anyone wondering, this is fake. The video is posted by "BranitFX and LucaMax Pictures".
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Daniel Acuña in ARRI Alexa 65 in new trailer!   
    Finally we can get a glimpse of some footage shot on the Alexa 65 and it looks amazing, Lubezki and a 65mm digital cinema camera is like the perfect combo for a new oscar! 
    Can't wait to watch this movie! The cinematography looks amazing, you can really see it's lubezki behind the camera (wide angle and a lot of steady cam reminded me of Children of men and Tree of Life)!
     
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from sanveer in GX8 Images and specs   
    ​Currently, it looks like only electronic stabilization is available during 1080 video. Not much more useful than adding it in post, with the downside of having stabilizer artifacts baked into your footage.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Cinegain in Feedback on food video   
    Agreed. And a bit more dynamic shots in there couldn't hurt either.
    Recently on another forum we discussed some food videos we liked. Maybe it's good inspiration for you:
    Make a cocktail with Absolut Vodka! Notice the sound effects! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmUQ2vJjiGtR4FLhpUqjUyQ/videos
    Very visual ad for friggin' sandwich spread pulled off in a great way! Great shots. Love the snappy edit.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Oliver Daniel in The Dawning of the Golden Age   
    ​The issue with using 4k to simulate camera movement is that there is no effect of parallax. I do find it effective as a subtle dolly though. 
    Just recently, I shot a video in 1080p with absolutely no consideration for resolution. I "destroyed" the image by cropping in to stupidly low resolutions, made the grade fuzzy and pixelated, blended images over images over images, used "crappy" old lenses to make sure the image wasn't sharp and had loads of flaws...the list goes on. I did this because the project required this style over the full duration of 4mins30secs. If i made it all "perfect" looking... it would of cheapened the video. Yes that's right...it would of cheapened it. This video would of looked like garbage in pristine 4k and 14 stops of dynamic range. 
    Next weekend, I'm shooting a high end music video funded by a beer brand on the Sony FS7 at the highest quality the camera can record in. It's got to look classy, modern and sharp. A massive difference to the other project. It would also look like garbage if I did the same principle then above. 
    It's awesome that we have these options these days. As with anything, you have got to have your reasons for using the technology - but never let the camera specs dictate your creative output or you have already lost.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Axel in switching from fcpx to adobe premiere/after effects.   
    ​You are right. 

    BTW: I made a mistake in the short workflow description. It's : deliver (tab, with FCPXML setting and handles), render, save, then goto edit tab and export XML. This is to save BrorSvensson some headaches.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to Cinegain in Advice on portable light kits?   
    These are looking to be pretty cool:
     
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Sekhar in Subforum idea - User Reviews   
    I don't think it's necessary to change anything. People post their own reviews on the main forum from time to time. If it's a well-writen and thought-out, it gets plenty of good attention.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Jonesy Jones in Best Dynamic Range?   
    Wow, my bad. I see enough shitty footage on here that sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing it on purpose and who doesn't know any better. Now that I know you're in the former group, I'll be sure to leave you to your own devices from now on.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Daniel Acuña in Best Dynamic Range?   
    Wow, my bad. I see enough shitty footage on here that sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing it on purpose and who doesn't know any better. Now that I know you're in the former group, I'll be sure to leave you to your own devices from now on.
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    Nick Hughes reacted to agolex in Does NX1 lose focus on zoom?   
    If you're talking video, maybe the Canons weren't sharp enough to notice?
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Marco Tecno in Best Dynamic Range?   
    Wow, my bad. I see enough shitty footage on here that sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing it on purpose and who doesn't know any better. Now that I know you're in the former group, I'll be sure to leave you to your own devices from now on.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from Marco Tecno in Best Dynamic Range?   
    Your grade is creating really strong halos. Does not look natural- look at the edges of the treelines or mountains. Also, your footage is way too shaky for shows of nature. Sorry, I know you didn't ask for a critique, but I'd recommend working on those things before moving to a different camera.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from jonpais in Best Dynamic Range?   
    Wow, my bad. I see enough shitty footage on here that sometimes it's hard to tell who's doing it on purpose and who doesn't know any better. Now that I know you're in the former group, I'll be sure to leave you to your own devices from now on.
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    Nick Hughes got a reaction from andrgl in Best Dynamic Range?   
    ​Another step up in price is FS700 + 7Q for RAW. Supposedly 15 stops, but I doubt it amounts to that in practice. FS7 does RAW as well, but I don't know of anyone shooting it in RAW. Maybe Oliver has?
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