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Jonesy Jones

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  1. This looks great. The only problem for me is I don't like the top mount. Perhaps with a cage I could mount it on the left, but would it block the HDMI port? 😕
  2. So my client decided to go over and above and buy the 256GB sandisk sd's instead of the 128 ones that I recommended. Thoughts or experience with the 256 cards? Think there will be stability issues? Should we return them and just go with the 128 ones? @Jim Giberti @Emanuel @xzobinx
  3. 1) Take twice as many as half of the batteries @fuzzynormal recommends. 2) Have a sense of humor. Taking yourself seriously is for amateurs. C) Real artists ship.
  4. Are you using the 95MB/s ones? And you're shooting HQ? 422 or LT would be just fine then right?
  5. Looks like Apple is breaking their pattern. Roku in talks with Apple about AirPlay 2 support.
  6. If you haven't been paying attention, Apple, for the last year or two, has been stealing entertainment execs and producers. It is widely known that they are producing original content for a soon to be released TV streaming service. Here's an article about the known content under production. With names like Spielberg and Oprah, they are definitely all in. To know why this is such a big deal for us, the smaller filmmaker, you must be aware of 3 things. The Netflix model is unsustainable for producers of original content, maybe even Netflix. Subscription conglomerates are the end of the line for content, not the beginning. By the time your content begins streaming it hopefully has already been profitable. If Netflix is not the content graveyard, it is at least the retirement home. I would even dare say that Netflix itself is struggling to profit from their own content, thus the upcoming subscription increase. Sure, there are interesting alternate options available like Amazon Prime and Viimeo OTT, and there are certainly some filmmakers who have done well using the streaming universe to release their films, but these are exceptions not the rule. Currently, the streaming model is a crap shot, and it's difficult to build a business plan on one. Consumers are creatures of habit. If you expect consumers to alter their patterns of behavior to buy/rent/subscribe/watch your content, you better have an Ace up your sleeve. Otherwise, prepare to be disappointed. I will confidently claim that consumers consume long form content in these ways -- theaters, broadcast, Redbox, streaming (Netflix). For the smaller filmmaker, the first 3 are not really available to us since cost of entry is so high and there are so many gatekeepers. And the 4th is unsustainable (see #1). Thus, there is an obvious problem for filmmakers. Even if you succeed in producing absolutely amazing content, there is likely no sustainable channel to market it on. Consumers will not likely pay to consume. This is not entirely true. Consumers still buy movie tickets. Some still have cable or satellite subscriptions. They still rent from Redbox. But see #2 regarding cost of entry. Ironically, in an age where the demand for video content is at an all time high, no one is buying it. When was the last time you bought or rented a movie? I ask people this all time. Answers range from years to months. Regardless, this is not sustainable. The reasons for this is complex. But I propose that a significant component is cognitive dissonance. Unlike the bygone days of VHS and then DVD, there is currently no standard. What do I buy, physical or digital? If physical, which? Blu Ray? UHD? HDR? 8K? If digital, where? Apple? Amazon? Youtube? etc. Digital rentals don't quite have the same obstacles, but most often you are still expecting a consumer to alter their pattern of behavior to rent your film/episode. Again, see #2. Bottomline, amazing content does not equal sales. So how will Apple change this? I believe Apple's entry into content creation is going to change the way most consumers consume content. As people gravitate to Apple's content, they will naturally be using it's products. This is going to create a shift. Its possible that soonish we'll all be watching content from a centralized ecosystem of Apple devices and services. Love or hate Apple, when they move, so does the industry. Here's another short article about Apple's entry into the entertainment market. But this is one of many articles. There are plenty more. IF Apple successfully creates a platform with an enormous market share of subscribers/viewers/renters/buyers, then convincing John and Jane Consumer to buy or rent or subscribe will be far easier. Why? There will be a standard again. Cognitive dissonance will be gone. Even physical sales -- whichever format -- can include a digital Apple code. Buyers don't have to worry about holding on to their current physical media or worrying that it will eventually become obsolete. Apple is actually very generous and offers future versions/formats of your purchased media at no additional charge. I'm not expecting a massive shift in sales vs subscriptions, but selling, if that's your thing, will be far easier. Apple will have done half the work since we'll all be watching via Apple already. All of that is already available via iTunes or Apple TV, what will be different? I think Apple will alter consumers habits. I believe this is actually the most significant point. Currently, consumers do consume via Apple devices or services, but I do not think it is a very significant market share. If they effectively change large amounts of consumers to alter their patterns of behavior from Netflix and broadcast, then your and my content can live right next to the big blockbuster films and TV shows. How does this make the streaming model sustainable? Well, it simply makes it possible. Currently we have virtually no sustainable ways to distribute our content for the reasons described above. If Apple succeeds in shaking up the industry, as I believe they will, you can focus on creating amazing content and marketing it where consumers already consume. It guarantees nothing but an opportunity.
  7. I can speak for only the US, but they are delivering in less than a month for sure. I've purchased 3, multiple vendors. There are thousands in circulation for certain. The post above from Finland is a real bummer. But here in the US you can get one if you just order and wait a couple weeks.
  8. .braw will be invaluable because it gives RAW flexibility at prores file sizes. It also seems to create more organic detail than RAW, perhaps close to prores? I "want" it. Same guy shot this one. I'd seen this and really enjoyed it. I think the newer one has a more Kodak grade which I love. They're both great. I'm also a massive fan of the Southwest and desert. I'd shoot every single frame there if I had my way.
  9. And to think, .braw is still to come.
  10. In the past the law if pareto stated that 80% of results come from 20% of causes. I've seen this ring true so many times and with tech its more like 90:10. Now with the Alexa vs P4K we have a cost difference that's more like 98:2. So is the P4K 98% the camera at 2% the cost? Seems like it could be. Also considering that the P4K beats the Alex's in other specs like size, low light, media and peripheral costs, and of course price, the argument could be made the P4K is the better camera. Pair it with the right lens and then definitely. The 18-35 continues to impress. I'm out of town but my P4K is waiting for me at home. Can't wait to verify all the hype.
  11. Statistics are like bikinis, they don't show everything.
  12. Is there a solution for attaching it to the P4K other than velcro or zip ties? Also, has anyone tried powering the camera from a monitor yet like the SmallHD focus (or any one of the cheaper knock offs)? I wonder how much time you'd get out of a Sony NP powering the monitor and camera. Is a couple hours conceivable?
  13. Keep in mind that the "Hybrid" aspect is entirely irrelevant. It is a little to not used feature for narrative cinema/shows. I guess I could imagine some rare uses for stills, but you get the point. Now as a freelancer/traveler/hobbyist that's a different story.
  14. @Sage, I have very little free time of lately and therefore little time to post, but your V3 is so nice I am astonished. In fact, I am so impressed that I was, for a short time, considering not trading the GH5 for P4K since the look you created there is amazing. But... ...this means you will be creating your conversion for the P4K? Because, YES!!! If so, your conversion plus .braw will be so potent that I can't see needing much in an upgraded camera for some time. I am still so busy that I can wait for both .braw and your conversion. Please please please keep us posted on the P4K progress. Btw, I think this is a brilliant decision for you. Both the Gh5 and especially the P4k will be purchased by scores and scores of filmmakers. Your consumer base will be yuge. Thanks again man. Great work.
  15. So I know no one has them in stock, but is there a dealer in the states that we know/guess will get the P4K sooner than later?
  16. Not sure if you guys have seen this one yet. It's long. Skip here and there through it if you like. I've personally shot a LOT in the desert. This is what it's supposed to look like. I shot with multiple different cameras including the BMPCC and it looked very similar. Personally I think this camera is all it's cracked up to be, the physical quirks aside which will eventually get remedied.
  17. Good lord. Are we talking about cameras or camera companies? Or members of this forum? Regardless none resemble a dictatorship in any way shape or form. Do the definition of words even matter any more?
  18. Would love to hear your thoughts about my power solution. As you'll see my solution is dependent on being able to power from an external source while also having an internal battery in the camera that charges while connected to an external source. I don't know if this is supported yet, if we need that coming soon cable solution first, but regardless I believe it'll be supported at some point. Also, I have become accustomed to leaving my camera on all day during production. I love this. For some reason it is a constant source of purpose and inspiration. Whether I'm holding the camera or it's on a tripod, I like the camera being on. Therefore the internal batteries alone are not an option. So first, while on a tripod I'll just keep it plugged into mains. However, this is not ideal if out in the field or if moving the tripod a lot. In which case I plan to attach a large v-mount to the tripod, which I can connect to the camera while on the tripod. From one of the videos I've seen these 150 batteries can last 7 hours or more which could basically do the trick. I plan to have a second 150 battery that I keep clipped onto my belt. I want to have a scrunchy coiled cable that I use to connect that to the camera when I go handheld. This should keep my rig light and give me the freedom to move around freely, and give me 7+ hours of power going handheld. Both batteries become a backup to the other depending on the style of shooting that is happening. I will easily have power for a full day. If for some reason I need to be completely cable free, which will probably be rare, the internal battery is fully charged and I should have at least 30 minutes. Clearly, the last scenario is the bottleneck. If you're on a gimbal a lot that wouldn't work. For me that probably won't be often. I plan on using the old school steadicam/glidecam rigs. Perhaps the newer 3 axis gimbals will allow to also power the camera while attached. My setup could also work if you like to shoot shoulder mounted. Putting a battery on the back of the camera eliminates the nice ui of the camera itself. But I guess the battery also makes a good counter balance.
  19. With the addition of USB C, does that mean we can finally connect to a camera? There were at least two images during the presentation of the iPad Pro connected to a DSLR. The P4K has USB-C. Can they talk to each other? Even if the Pro can't be a live monitor, it'd be awesome to be able to view .braw file dailies from the P4K on an iPad in the field, especially if you are somewhat remote. Thoughts?
  20. Did you touch either, or is that straight ooc? The bottom looks like the darks have been pulled up.
  21. So ignore the following because I'm inclined to trust you on account that you're smarter.... but.... I would say the audience sees none of those things. They're wrapped in the story. We do need more testing though, on the P4K. I can't wait until you get a P4K in your hands, especially one with .braw. Also, according to a certain DP who has been on this forum but not so much lately, Alexa ProRes is purely budgetary. When you have 3-6 cams shooting RAW, the storage difference compared to prores is not negligible. We're they similar (or less like .braw will be) date rates, you can bet they'd shoot RAW.
  22. Yes. In my opinion this is why the P4K comes out way on top when we're speaking only of image. When .braw hits the P4K, good night everyone. Now of course image isn't everything. But 2 things people seem to overlook often on the P4K is the user interface and false color. Not saying those make up for IBIS, AF, battery life, etc. But they aren't forgettable either, although a lot of people do.
  23. What about a 15mm rod/rail that literally is a battery? So like, you have a cage with a handle and rod that a couple accessories attach to. But the rod itself is a battery. Maybe the handle too. Maybe this is a dumb idea that's already been mentioned. But it just came to me.
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