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  1. Beautiful grade on that footage, just needed a lav mic. Didn't see any blocking in the blacks, but it could just be the YouTube compression.
  2. I had a great / weird trip to Croatia last month. I was psyched to get out and film and capture some of the beautiful scenery there, but when I arrived I was kind of devoid of ideas and inspiration. I guess work, the bad kind of work, can do that to you. When I got back I had a bunch of footage, didn't really know what to do with it, how to tie it all together and decided (after watching a few Brandon Li videos on holiday with my girlfriend) to try and capture some of his energy that he creates so wonderfully with camera movement and sound design put together in post. And this arose. http://www.vimeo.com/138451703 I kind of like the finished result. It's not my favourite travel thing I've ever done though. Or, who knows. Probably now just need some distance. Any feedback is welcome as always. Oh, and Sony A7s + Cine 4 modified by Kholi (sorry Mr Reid) + 24-105mm L + a couple shots from my new Carl Zeiss Jena 50mm lens which for some reason I only used at night in slow motion. Wish i'd used it during the day.
  3. Nice colours, great sound. Great work. The night shots are especially beautiful.
  4. If you're using the Cine profiles you can pretty much just expose as usual, around 0,0 depending on your taste and the scene at hand. There are topics on dxuser about using Cine 4 and severely underexposing and bringing it up to push the dynamic range but I haven't tried it and I've gotten good results from the normal way of exposing. There's a good run down of profiles here: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?334121-a7s-Picture-Profile-Compilation-2015 Either way, you won't go too wrong with the default settings for Cine 4 and 2. Just drop the detail down to -5 or -7.
  5. Swell, they popped up and looked good. Thanks for the tip.
  6. I'm looking to spend a little of my training budget at work on brushing up my After Effects skills. I'm normally pretty happy with learning as I go, but I have a little cash to burn and would love to do a course in London sometime in November. Could anyone here recommend a training centre based in London at all? Ideally it would be either a full day course or something like 2-3 days.
  7. I have the Genustech Eclipse Variable ND and really, really rate it. Never really dealt with any sort of bad colour cast. http://www.genustech.tv/products/eclipse-nd-fader-77mm
  8. Just got back from holiday having taken video and manual focus stills with the A7s...and have to say I'm surprised at how much I like the stills. Feeling better not having that fabled 'all in one' solution that I thought the A7RII would be.
  9. Oh really? That's doubley bad news. I was hoping this would be something to replace the A7s and 5D so I have one body for stills and video but looking currently like this is a no go.
  10. Is there any 1080p footage out there to compare it against the A7s?
  11. Well this is one big hot mess. Perhaps this new rumoured A7sII form factor will help with the heat. Shame, as I, like many others, was looking out for a cam that could work for stills and video in one device.
  12. Because worst case scenario, I film interviews with 1080 and landscapes/b-roll with 4K.
  13. This is a major downer for doc work. Interviews often run up to and over 30 minutes. Has anyone here tested the LCD solution?
  14. I don't think crowd funding would work for this project. More likely to get funding through some organisations which is what I'll try to do.
  15. Why is HFR FF pixel binned on the Sony A7s and not normal frame rates like 24/25? I've found FF and APS-C basically the same in quality except for when it comes to low light. Any verdict on the 1080p that comes from the A7RII?
  16. Hey folks, this isn't a 'I want to upgrade my camera' topic, more of a 'what should I do with my gear to prepare for a big gig next year' and how do I fund myself topic. Next year I'll be in London filming my master thesis solo, a 30min documentary with a mix of interviews and rolling footage from across the city and amongst big crowds. Currently I own a Sony A7s, tripod, monopod, Rode Videomic Pro, Rode Smartphone Lav and a Tascam DR-05. Funding is very limited as I'm currently working and paying off student bills. I have a monthly wage coming in where I use the camera to shoot the odd corporate video with the rest covering the travel for the month or to I'll be working on the doc next year. My big conundrum at the moment is this. I have a 5D Mk. III sitting around that I have used once in the last year for stills. I've kept it for the stills but am starting to wonder whether I should sacrifice the stills and cash in on it to upgrade my equipment - get a proper rig, XLR sound perhaps some LED lights. What do you think? Has anyone ever filmed a doc solo and could recommend some bear essentials? i should also add, I'm happy with the A7s as an A cam.
  17. I'm a big fan of Kholi's SLOG2 profile settings, with the saturation dialed down just a touch.
  18. Found this on dvxuser and thought it was really interesting. Tells a lot of us what we kind already know but in a lot more depth. Article: http://www.inventome.com/Blog/2015/8/a7exposure/Sony-A7s---how-to-expose---cine-or-log? dvxuser: http://www.dvxuser.com/V6/showthread.php?339113-A7s-detailed-breakdown-of-the-gamma-curves-slog-or-cine Basically, SLOG2 is mostly great but overexposing correctly and bringing it down in post but will generally crush the blacks. Cine 1 is great for when you want to retain detail in the highlights. Cine 4 is when you'd like to keep detail in the shadows. I'm a big fan of Cine 1 for bright outdoor conditions so this makes sense to me, I know a lot of people are also Cine 4 fans. But recently I've been using SLOG2 more and more and the general aesthetics are beautiful.
  19. Did you end up picking one up? Any initial impressions? The tide seems to have gone from huge optimism, to rampant hype, dousing of said hype, to overheating-gate.
  20. It could move the A7sII much more into video camera realm, rather than stills. Which makes sense. The A7s wasnt/isnt great for stills. The A7RII, looks to have done both really well.
  21. Here's the latest and greatest travel video staff pick from Vimeo. I like it! But still missing that personal element. The camera movement is great though, reminds me a lot of Brandon Li's stuff. Off to Croatia next week and am going to give a travel video another go but try and add some more human stories in there. http://www.vimeo.com/134719869
  22. Great music video. How did you go about creating the VHS look? The first 15 or so seconds looks brilliant, especially.
  23. This is amazing, great tune. So 10bit, there's still banding, but it's not quite as visible. 16bit, there's still banding (?) but it's almost invisible.
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