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    Musty got a reaction from Inazuma in A study on Panasonic colours and a LUT to balance them   
    Brillliant work! I for one have always agreed, no matter what you do to the GH4 in camera settings and in post, something was always wrong with the colour chemistry making it always look like 'video'. It might look that you've cracked it, although I'm seeing a bit more noise in the shadows with your LUT.
     
    I'll give these a go soon. Thanks for your hard work!
     
    Adrian
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    Musty reacted to Inazuma in A study on Panasonic colours and a LUT to balance them   
    I have been shooting with the Panasonic GX7 for the last 11 months . Having used a variety of mirrorless and DSLR cameras in this price range, I can say I've found the usability and video quality of this one to be superior in most respects.
     
    The colours and tonality felt like they popped, but there was always something about them that I felt was strange.  This didn't bother me really until about two months ago when I tested the camera against the Nikon d5300 and when I started looking at a lot of Blackmagic footage soon afterwards.
     
    What I've found is that the colours on the GX7 (and other Panasonic cameras) lack a certain harmony. It's as if each is vying for our attention. I believe this is what contributes to the "video" look that people keep going on about.
     
    Colours don't desaturate evenly when you dial the picture profiles flat. The main issue being that colourful objects in the midtones stay colourful whilst everything else goes comparatively grey. This applies particularly to greens, reds and oranges. The green of trees and plants don't quite have a natural hue to them in relation to other coloured objects in the scene. I still struggle to quantify why. The best I can do is to say they look somewhat neon. Reds often dip into orange territory. It's subtle but it's there and can be distracting to trained eyes. Yellow is probably the worst offender here. It becomes very prominent when you add LUTs.  
    I would not say these things are reasons not to get a Panasonic camera. They are just characteristics of the camera and don't necessarily equate to it being better or worse than others. You just need to understand and take the differences into account when shooting and grading. Every camera has its strengths and weaknesses.
     
    So having observed the differences, I took to Adobe SpeedGrade again to see what I could do. I called the resultant LUT, the "Balancer". Click the image below to enlarge it.
     

     
    Please note that the Sigma lens used on the d5300 is naturally less contrasty than the Olympus lens used on the GX7, which may account for why the girl's face is a more washed out there.
    As you can see, the changes might look rather subtle at first, but it makes a huge difference when applying other LUTs afterwards. The changes I made pretty much "fix" all the issues mentioned above.
     
    Skin tone connoisseurs might especially love this LUT as it pushes oranges more towards red territory and reduces the contrast there too. The download includes two LUTs. One is marked as "Less Red" meaning that it doesn't push skin tones into the red as much.

    Download Here
     
    More examples can be seen on the original blog post here: http://sebcastilho.com/journal/2014/10/19/a-study-on-panasonic-colours-and-a-lut-to-balance-them/
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    Musty reacted to dhessel in Sony A7S 120fps slow-mo at ISO 12,800   
    As these user names seemed familiar to me, and I felt I had seen useful and helpful post from these guys in the past I decided to see what kind of trouble the were causing.
     
    Of baltic's 8 posts I would consider 7 o them to be helpful normal discussions, this being the only exception.
     
    And of Nog's 13 posts I didn't find any that were looking to cause trouble, the were all offering opinions, help, or information. This was by far his most troublesome post.
     
    Baltic's fanboy comment was out of line and I don't agree with telling someone what kind of videos they should make, but is that single post ban worthy? As for Nog, unless you removed all of his troublesome posts so I was not able to find them he absolutely didn't deserve getting banned for that statement. Do you really feel that is trouble making?
     
    I am a huge fan of your site and the work that you do, I check in here almost daily since it is one of the best sources for information on anamorphics which is a large interest of mine. But I have to say that banning these individuals, especially Nog in this way is more damaging for the community than anything they did. Am I missing something here?
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    Musty reacted to JohnBarlow in Sony A7S is shipping   
    What about naked ladies?
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    Musty reacted to jcs in Sony A7S is shipping   
    Lol- there won't be any cats, ducks, buildings, matches, cigars, cigarettes, fireflies, smoked fish, day-for-night, skewed trains or test charts.
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    Musty got a reaction from Henry Gentles in My short Panasonic GH4 film   
    Hey everyone,
     
    I got my GH4 the first week of May here in the UK and so far I've been blown away by the image. I came from a 5D MKIII and I can't say that I feel like I'm missing much at the moment. Although I did shoot ML RAW on the 5D, I can't say I miss the workflow and the occasional camera crash... its so good to be shooting 4K without worrying that its going to crap out during a take.
     
    I think I will add a Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35mm next!
     
    Anyway, here is my first few days out with the GH4 around some famous London landmarks. Hope you are enjoying your GH4's!
     

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    Musty got a reaction from nahua in My short Panasonic GH4 film   
    Hey everyone,
     
    I got my GH4 the first week of May here in the UK and so far I've been blown away by the image. I came from a 5D MKIII and I can't say that I feel like I'm missing much at the moment. Although I did shoot ML RAW on the 5D, I can't say I miss the workflow and the occasional camera crash... its so good to be shooting 4K without worrying that its going to crap out during a take.
     
    I think I will add a Speedbooster and Sigma 18-35mm next!
     
    Anyway, here is my first few days out with the GH4 around some famous London landmarks. Hope you are enjoying your GH4's!
     

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    Musty reacted to Andrew Reid in GH4: List of quirks and problems   
    The sensor readout is much faster on the GH4, by 50%. But 400% more data coming off the sensor, that isn't enough to compensate. Audio issue is a non-issue as far as I'm concerned. Who shoots video with audio in stills mode? That's what the movie mode is for!
     
    AF is of no interest to me either.
     
    The soft video in VFR mode, well treat it as a creative bonus tool... You could pay $15k for a camera today, and not even get 60p! (C300)
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    Musty got a reaction from Julian in Panasonic GH4 to ship in Europe from 5th May   
    They've landed in the UK! Mine is shipping tomorrow for delivery on Friday :)
     

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    Musty reacted to Julian in Must See for GH4 owners - Recovering Super Whites   
    This might be obvious to some of you. It wasn't to me. By default the GH4 records in 16-255. So that's what I shot my video's in. Turns out, you have to do some stuff to recover the 'super whites', if you don't do it you end up with crushed highlights.
     
    This guy took some original footage from Vimeo (yes, I'm flattered by the compliments I got on my cat ;)) and made a tutorial about it.
     
    Awesome stuff, must see! The bad news, I have to re-edit all my videos and upload them again ;)
     

     
    Also check out his website: http://www.florisliesker.nl/
    This guy makes great stuff.
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    Musty reacted to Andrew Reid in EOSHD Moderating Team!   
    I am upgrading some members to moderator status. If they choose to exercise their newfound abilities, this upgrade comes with the ability to delete and lock posts as well as the all powerful, all conquering ability to ban members who misbehave!
     
    Thanks for their positive contributions to life here at EOSHD I am promoting RichG101, mtheory and jonpais to moderator status for the main forum and all sub-sections.
     
    It carries no extra work or obligations - exercising their privileges will be entirely at the discretion of the moderator. I'll continue as the main admin. But I think having extra eyes and ears plus a few more trusted people with the ability to clean up posts and ban members will help me a lot.
     
    Also since they expressed an interest, JohnBarlow will moderate the Anamorphic forum and Andy Lee will get his own sticky thread on lenses and lighting which may build into it's own forum section if it is successful.
     
    I'll create the moderator privileges later in the week. Any objections or any opt outs please have your say on this thread!
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    Musty reacted to Andrew Reid in Sony A7S rolling shutter test   
    There goes my dreams of ghost hunting with this camera. Going to be a lot of leaning Slimers in the frame.
     

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    Musty reacted to fuzzynormal in Sony A7S features external XLR audio connectivity, huge ISO sensitivity of 80,000   
    Hey Sony.  You're sweet and all.  I just think we're in different places right now.  
     
    I know you'll meet someone that'll love you for who you are, (*cough* high maintenance *cough*)  but I need a more down to earth camera to hang out with and accepts me for who am am and what I want.  I just need simple and easy 4K, you know?
     
    Don't worry though, lots of fish in the sea.   
     
    Call me again sometime.
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    Musty got a reaction from estarkey7 in Andrew Reid and Frank Sauer shoot with the Panasonic GH4 - Production Diary Day 1   
    A little bit of pee just came out...
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    Musty got a reaction from dafreaking in Andrew Reid and Frank Sauer shoot with the Panasonic GH4 - Production Diary Day 1   
    Hurrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyy!!! :D
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    Musty got a reaction from Andrew Reid in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    Some of the best looking GH4 footage I've seen yet... Seems to be fairly clean in low light with a 'filmic' grain to the footage in parts.
     

     
    Its worth downloading the 4K file too.
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    Musty got a reaction from Aussie Ash in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    Get one! :)
     
    The guy that shot the footage said it was ungraded so with some half decent grading or running it through FilmConvert, you can pull out a less video looking image. That is just for starters! You can also tweek the shadow and highlight curves in camera.
     
    I do shoot ML RAW, but as I said in another post, the image is truly amazing but it is still only a hack and you can't rely on it when doing any paid jobs. Plus it eats up so much card space and the post-production process is still a pretty long effort. If I could afford to keep both the 5D MKIII and a GH4 I would, but its not an option. I'm quite happy to sacrifice that lovely RAW image for something that still looks pretty amazing and is 100% stable and easier to work with in post.
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    Musty got a reaction from elkanah77 in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    Get one! :)
     
    The guy that shot the footage said it was ungraded so with some half decent grading or running it through FilmConvert, you can pull out a less video looking image. That is just for starters! You can also tweek the shadow and highlight curves in camera.
     
    I do shoot ML RAW, but as I said in another post, the image is truly amazing but it is still only a hack and you can't rely on it when doing any paid jobs. Plus it eats up so much card space and the post-production process is still a pretty long effort. If I could afford to keep both the 5D MKIII and a GH4 I would, but its not an option. I'm quite happy to sacrifice that lovely RAW image for something that still looks pretty amazing and is 100% stable and easier to work with in post.
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    Musty reacted to maxotics in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    I'd like to argue with you, but I have a BMPCC and every time I press the record button I mentally calculate how fat I'll get eating M&Ms waiting for the files to copy over and process :)
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    Musty got a reaction from maxotics in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    Get one! :)
     
    The guy that shot the footage said it was ungraded so with some half decent grading or running it through FilmConvert, you can pull out a less video looking image. That is just for starters! You can also tweek the shadow and highlight curves in camera.
     
    I do shoot ML RAW, but as I said in another post, the image is truly amazing but it is still only a hack and you can't rely on it when doing any paid jobs. Plus it eats up so much card space and the post-production process is still a pretty long effort. If I could afford to keep both the 5D MKIII and a GH4 I would, but its not an option. I'm quite happy to sacrifice that lovely RAW image for something that still looks pretty amazing and is 100% stable and easier to work with in post.
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    Musty got a reaction from nahua in Nice low-light Panasonic GH4 footage   
    Some of the best looking GH4 footage I've seen yet... Seems to be fairly clean in low light with a 'filmic' grain to the footage in parts.
     

     
    Its worth downloading the 4K file too.
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    Musty reacted to Jeff Orig in Sony AX100 4K video camera - how much rolling shutter is too much?   
    That's not rolling shutter.  Those trains are actually bending the space-time continuum.
     
    ;)
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    Musty got a reaction from nahua in Panasonic GH4 pricing official - $1698 body only, $1998 for the external 10bit / XLR box   
    Totally agree Cassius. The C100 only records 24Mbps AVCHD internally too! Such a crappy codec for 5K... what a joke.
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    Musty reacted to Cassius McGowan in Panasonic GH4 pricing official - $1698 body only, $1998 for the external 10bit / XLR box   
    I would love to get a C100 but I don't want to invest in a camera that's still overpriced and is three years old. While it has two more systems that has came after it and that are overpriced too. 5k for a system that doesn't even shoot 60fps. No Thanks. 
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    Musty got a reaction from Loma Graphics Oy in My first Panasonic GH4 impressions   
    So I played with the GH4 this afternoon at Jessops, Oxford Street, London. Although I spent around an hour with the camera, I was not allowed to record any footage to my SD card as the Panasonic rep said that the unit was a pre-production model without the release firmware. Being a nice chap, he did allow me to test many of the video functions and looked closely at the 2 Cinelike profiles the camera has, Cinelike D and Cinelike V.
     
    I've never held a GH series camera in my hand before, so I was very suprised by the light weight of it. I'm used to the weight of my 5D MKIII with lump of L glass, so it was lovely to hold a camera that felt so nice in my hand. The OLED screen was very sharp and clear and worked perfectly to pull focus. The EVF was bright and full of detail. The eye piece was ultra comfortable. Focus peaking worked an absolute treat. A quick word about the autofocusing, its very impressive and I noticed no 'hunting'. I think it will be pefect for shooting with the 96fps function when you want to track something that is moving at speed.
     
    The Cinelike profiles look interesting and I believe no footage we've seen so far has used these profiles to capture footage. Cinelike D is pretty much like a Technicolour style flat profile which is probably going to be the most used one on the GH4. Cinelike V seems to crush all the shadows into black and I found it hard to see what purpose this profile would serve.
     
    The DR of the GH4 looks really good. Even though we were inside near the back of the store, when shooting out towards the windows, plenty of detail was retained outside. I know on my 5D, lots of it would have been blown out, almost white!
     
    Unfortunately, I was not able to look for moire or aliasing as we could not connect the GH4 to a monitor and it was too hard to notice it on the OLED or EVF as they are too small.
     
    In all, its a great camera and I can't wait to see more footage from it in the coming weeks. I did get the Panasonic rep to watch my showreel and while winking at him said I've love to shoot something for them :)
     
    If you have any Q's please feel free to ask. Finally, some photos of the Cinelike profiles, this is the best I could do :(
     
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    Adrian
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