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  1. On 6/13/2019 at 3:25 PM, mercer said:

    I read the description of the Laforet video and I’m glad to hear that BM fixed the highlight rolloff issue that a lot of people complained about in the earlier models. 

    Was there an official update that addressed highlight roll off? I hadn’t seen that. I’ve been waiting all this time for @Sage to help me with that. 😜

  2. 12 hours ago, kaylee said:

    ok so in the spirit of eoshd togetherness I have decided to share this video to see what u guys think. maybe it will inspire zach ☺️

    let me explain:

    i made this short at the end of last year, but I never completed the edit/fx/etc 100%. Got busy with other stuff, and I was working up my gumption to come back to it with a fresh eye.

    then my iMac broke, and I have a new ‘puter on the way, but I’m anticipating the nightmare of opening resolve and Siri saying ERROR: NO MEDIA FOUND, because my files, ALTHOUGH BACKED UP, are super disorganized, there might be a few things missing, but at the very least it’ll be a big pain in the ass to relink everything to get going on this again

    aannnyyyway I always feel bad for posting literally zero videos but numerous dog pics and I was like Screw it, its not perfect, but here ya go.

    this is not the best file, its the one I had in icloud, there could be a better render, etc etc, and its getting murdered by youtube compression, but my first reaction watching it after not messing with it for a few months was…. …Hey~! Its not too bad! ☺️ not bad for a first film i made all by myself! imagine if I had a crew, a budget… 🙄

    so, if youd like to see, pls check it out, and if you have any helpful feedback that involves changing/adding things, that’s great, but I do NOT have access to the actors/locations any more and there is almost no chance of me shooting additional footage, so as long as suggestions don’t involve me spending any more money on this project, I’m all in 😂

    at best, I think this is a cool example of what one person can do with a 5d3 in 2019 with no budget, crew, or resources whatsoever... as indie as it gets lolol


    Downtown SD baby!!!

    Kaylee. Tons of inspirational stuff for me. Thank you for sharing.

    Much kudos for your excellent locations and sets. Great locations and sets can make your life easy.

  3. 50 minutes ago, Newway12 said:

    Question. I’ve never activated my copy of resolve 15 what’s going to happen to it now that 16 is out?

    Download and register Resolve 16 Studio. Use whichever product serial number you were originally given.

    Install Resolve 16 Studio and use your Resolve 15 activation key.

    Done son.

  4. I think many will relate to this, as they probably had to do the same. But I made an entire feature film with the 7D. In the desert. We did not have monitors in those days. No zebras. No focus peaking. No IBIS. No autofocus. The worlds worst codec. I knew the shortcomings. Accepted them. And just did it. I honestly didn't even know better. Many times my head would be down in the hot sand trying to frame a shot looking through the little screen. You know what? I was thrilled. Before that the biggest sensor I had was 1/3". We are spoiled.

    Clearly the P4K has shortcomings, but it is pretty awesome. You can focus on what it doesn't have, or you can accept the shortcomings and go create content. Or you can choose a different camera altogether.

    For me it's either the P4K or the GH5. I'm loving what I see from the S1. But it will be quite a while before/if I go to that system. For now my camera is the P4K. I look at it as an amazing camera with false color and focus peaking and an amazing codec that has horrible battery life and that also happens to have a screen that I can choose to utilize, or not. I'll probably work on a power solution at some point and get one of these upcoming evf's. 

    It's good to point out shortcomings because it helps us make decisions. But there isn't that one camera. Never will be. You pick your horse. Accept the shortcomings. And go create content. 

  5. 2 hours ago, Anaconda_ said:

    As for the organisation of projects, I just let DaVinci use it's database while I"m working on it, and then when it's finished, you can go to the little Home icon in bottom left, right click on a thumbnail and go 'Export Project' This gives you a .dpr file that you can save next to all your media for archiving. 

    Yes, but if you're going back and forth on different machines this is a pain.

  6. You know what?....

    I just had a vision. I'm pretty sure BM is going to address this issue of database organization with the version they announce on Monday. It's gonna be sweet. 

    1 hour ago, currensheldon said:

    True. I've only ever played around with Resolve, but I want my in-project file structure to look EXACTLY like it does on my drive. Not possible to this on Resolve?


  7. For me the absolute biggest problem with resolve hits me right at startup, it's their database method of file organization. This absolutely kills me. My mind just does not think in those terms and I like to create folders that contain my project files and assets and organize them in such a way and so on.

    Is there anyone else like me who is used to the premiere or old school Final Cut Pro way of project file organization who has found a workaround for this with resolve? In other words I like to have a hard drive for every project. On that hard drive I have a folder for project files, one for assets, one for exports, and so on. I love the system because I can take that hard drive from one computer to the next and open the project like I never left it. Resolve puts me in a box to have all my project files on one hard drive and I really just don't think that way. I know you can export a database or something when you're all done with the project but again that's not how I work. I take the project from machine to machine that are not all connected to some big server or whatever.

    Again, is there anyone who does organizes their projects like I do that has found a workaround?

  8. Its the way the complaints are communicated that is driving me nuts. And maybe not yours, honestly I have not been keeping track. But for camera that cost $1,300 that produces the images it does to be criticize with words like sharpening halos and mojo, well, I just can't abide that. 

    My point is that, instead of pointing out flaws as though I'm going to receive an award for finding them, to bring them up in terms of how can we solve this or mitigated or, is there another tool I can use in situations where this particular drawback is not an issue. Negativity creates doubt and hold us back. Problem solving inspires us to move forward. This is a great forum when all our minds are solving these issues and creating workarounds for the ones we can't solve. Otherwise we end up pixel peeping and making no progress in the storytelling we all want to do.

  9. I've just discovered the secret to success in this industry -- be very critical of the image made by any camera other than Alexa, and you are instantly a top notch dp in the class of Roger Deakins.

    Here is a list of terms to help your complaints sound more legit:

    • Lacks DR (dynamic range)
    • Poor highlight roll off
    • Contrasty
    • Not contrasty
    • Bad motion cadence
    • Too digital
    • Too flat
    • Plasticy
    • Too noisy
    • Too clean
    • Poor focus roll off
    • Macro blocking
    • Micro jitters
    • Sucky suck suck

    Now, if those alone aren't getting you the status you deserve, try these ones. They almost sound made up, but no one will ever question you and will repeat them until they become an actual thing.

    • Sharpening halos
    • Pixel fringing
    • Quasar vignette 
    • Noise population ratio
    • Telecentric converters

    And if you find you need to take it even further, take a screenshot of footage that you put zero production value in, like a chair in a poorly lit office, magnify 300 percent, and then... wait for it......... wait for it......... draw a friggin arrow to the pixel in question.

    I'll have plenty more suggestions in my upcoming mzed class...


    Seriously, there is a clear world of difference between being a negative Nelly and simply recognizing a camera's pros and cons. ALL CAMERAS have pros and cons. Looking at them in those terms is about making decisions and problem solving , not complaining. 

  10. 6 hours ago, anonim said:

    Thanks for posting... But, frankly, I expected that difference seen on laptop monitor with HD resolution will be less noticeable (i.e. I assumed that comparative qualities of Arri are becoming very noticeable visible just at big screen reproduction)... At least for my eyes, P4K looks waaay harsher in comparison, especially in (second) example in front of the fence where they are at closest matching (in first example Arri was not even properly focused).

    Not sure what I'm missing but after the grade they're almost identical. Like sure, I can tell, but I'll take the $59,000 savings with the P4k any day. 

  11. On 3/29/2019 at 6:53 PM, ade towell said:

    Yes funny how the S1`is the only camera that ticks all of the boxes from the OP and yet folk then feel the need to move the goalposts and ignore it. I think the S1 is by far the most compelling of all the recent mirrorless 'full frame' cameras, and the image is looking lovely to my eyes. Here's another little short, love the colours


    Man. That was beautiful in more than one way. I think the colors are fabulous. 

    1 hour ago, PrometheusDM said:

    For stills, DPAF, Sony, Nikon all use phase detection that cause banding issues under certain lighting environment or raise the shadow.

    This may or may not matter for video, but it's a concern for me since I primarily shoot stills. I've seen in various group and forum that show those artifacts make it unusable. This happens in EOS R, Sony A7/R, Nikon Z series camera. Sony A9 is the only one that doesn't exhibit this with the fast read out. It's rare occurrence but it does happens.

    The easy way is to follow the pack and adopt PDAF at the expense of image quality. They won't ridicule on the net anymore.

    I actually think it's bold of them to adopt a non compromise approach to image quality and go against standard practice. They are constantly attack for their choice in sticking with DFD. Despite all these ridicule, I found the latest version 1 FW AF to be usable. There is no pulsating and it's fast. It focus really fast in low light and track well enough for non sport activity. If you are using it for photo, it's a non issue while have no banding issues.

    Sure the AF may not be the best, but it's more than usable since it's combination of features is the closest to being a perfect camera for me. It's also one camera I've been the most excited for. I've been a Canon users only for 10 years that was interested in Sony A7III, A7RIII, A9 etc. All those camera has compromises in some way that goes beyond features.

    Panasonic S1:

    • Class leading EVF 5.76 million dot 120 hz
    • Dual IS (class leading IBIS FF 6 stops)
    • Dual card slot (first dual XQD/CFE & SD card slot combo)
    • 4K 60 30 cropped (1st FF to offer it) | unlimited 4K 30p
    • EyeAF and animal tracking
    • Ergonomic and weather sealing with button logically lay out
    • Fully touch screen LCD
    • Back lit buttons
    • Focus bracketing 
    • High resolution mode 96 mpx and 187 mpx for 47 mpx sensor. 
    • Timelapse
    • Fully touch screen LCD 
    • Dynamic range beat Fuji medium format, Z6, A7III, A7RIII at low ISO with clean ISO 12,800.

    For a $2500 S1 camera with free battery and grip, Panasonic offer a lot of class leading features. I can forgive it for not having the best AF. I'm sure they are working on FW to get it even better. 

    This is their first FF mirrror less camera and it shows they really tried. I have no problem supporting a camera company that gave me such a bang for my money. There is no perfect camera, but what you are willing to compromise on. This come the closest perfect camera for me.

    Good grief where have I been hiding. My goodness I may have my sights set on this cam. 

  12. 3 hours ago, mercer said:

    Thanks a lot, I appreciate that! The funny thing is, this is probably the least amount of work I’ve put into a grade in a while... no LUTs or CST... just saturation and curves.

    Does that tell you anything? ;)

  13. Took my new P4K to the zoo today. Footage looked great. Got some great shots of the animals. But for some reason when I got to the zebra display they were acting funny and I couldn't really get any good shots. Great shots of the elephants and giraffes, but not so much the zebras. Bummer.

    Happy April 2 everyone.

  14. @Sage, how certain are you that you will be creating your lut for the P4K? The colors for the gh5 are so good that I am constantly tempted to keep it instead of the p4k. 

    I don't know how you'd feel about this, but since I have both I wonder if I could shoot with both cams to create a temporary fake gha lut until yours comes out.

  15. So if you haven't heard, Apple is officially announcing it's streaming service on March 25th. I'm predicting something similar to Sling, a la cart subscriptions. However, perhaps Apple is able to muscle up some sweet subscription packages as well. Regardless, I'm hoping for a more centralized viewing experience, that simultaneously allows small filmmakers like myself to put my content where the masses' patterns of behavior already are. Will be months before it's actually launched, and months to years before it catches... if it does. 

    It's cool that Roku seems to be a part of it, so non proprietary. I hope Apple gets it right.


  16. 10 minutes ago, kye said:

    In Resolve I had this issue with my sunset time lapses and I found that the Hue vs Hue curve really helped.

    Obviously fixing it in-camera is better, but fixing it in post isn't that hard.

    Are you referring to the red clipping?

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