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  1. I took the attached screen grab of the explanation of the lens configuration from the video as I wanted understand how that made and stitched the image together. I really liked the image and may try to emulate it for a ultra wide angle shot some day when I have 3 camera synced together. To me this had a great wrap around 180 video feel without the distortion of a 360/180 camera.
  2. Anything to eliminate the guesswork and potential for ruining an audio take, I am all for. The idea that you can set the level after the recording is made without penalty is pretty huge especially if you don’t have a dedicated audio person. Not that it would be as good, but the take itself will not be ruined by clipping or noise. If you use the single source dual channel high and low level recording technique on all sources, the F6 replaces the functionality of a 12-track recorder and eliminates the post work switching between tracks. All and all if the price is right I don’t see a down side and I see a lot of upside, especially for a one man show or those who are not audio experts.
  3. He said the sound quality would be the same for loud vs soft sounds, so you just have to turn it up in your DAW. I does not seem like this can function as a USB audio interface. Using it for a dual purpose - field and studio, would help offset the cost. Hopefully they will include that as an option. If it works as advertised, it will be super useful to not to have to worry about setting/riding levels to optimize signal to noise and to avoid peaks. One less thing to have to get perfect in the field under pressure - it is like shooting RAW for audio. This makes a strong case for running your lav mic with an XLR termination directly into the F6 as apposed to wireless, which I anticipate in many cases will have less dynamic range.
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    Davinci Resolve 16

    Running resolve 16 - it seems pretty stable, but you still want to save frequently after you have made some progress so you don't lose your edits. The auto color can be really useful when it gets it right. I would suggest adding a blank node after your color correction nodes and then hit the Auto correct button, sometimes it is horrible wronge and other times it can give the image that extra little bit especially when it comes to tweaking the white balance... The new audio limiter plug-in called "limiter" is very good. It has a button labeled soft on it, which I assume is for soft saturate as it pumps up the volume a little and gives a bit more density in a good way. Next I am going try the elastic audio function. As far as I can tell Resolve 15.3.1 has been replaced and the database updated.
  5. @KinightsFan - thanks for the explanation - I appreciate it!
  6. As it appear to have no electronic - a third party knock offer may follow for cheap... at least that's what happened to the GH5 battery grip. And the third party version with electronics for the GH5 works perfectly for $50...
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    Davinci Resolve 16

    Lookout Avid and Adobe and any other company who's name starts with "A" and that makes video editing software - Grant and Blackmagic have kicked you right in the subscription. The 2 other leading companies that don't have to rely on video editing subscription software sales model are Apple and Blackmagic and what do they have in common? They make a broad range for hardware products (including prosumer product - the Pocket 4k) so they can sell at volume and afford to sell their software for a one-time reasonable prices. Apple now sells media subscription services and may someday go the subscription route for their software as well. Potentially, that leaves Blackmagic in the future, as the only widely adopted professional video editing software company that is not forced to beg its customers for a subscription like the little kid nextdoor trying sell you magazine subscriptions to help fund school activities and when a prize in the process. Blackmagic has my respect for not begging for my subscription each year and for making a better product than their competition.
  8. Can some help me with the math and determine what 8k 10bit 4:2:0 therorically downsamples to? 4k 12 bit 4:4:4? 4k 12 bit 4:2:2? 4k 12 bit 4:2:0? 4k 10 bit 4:4:4? 4k 10 bit 4:2:2? 4k 10 bit 4:2:0? Thanks!
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    Davinci Resolve 16

    Hopefully Resolve 16 will not be subscription based. I bet it wouldn’t be when I switched over at Resolve 12 when I had to to choose what to do about my Adobe CS4 Master Collection software getting out of date and left behind. Thank goodness for a competitive marketplace where consumers vote with their pocketbooks. So I don’t have to eat my words, Blackmagic is one of the only companies I would consider subscribing to, but 16 would have to crush resolve 15.3.1 and be reasonably priced, which Blackmagic is known for. Then there is the question of if they will charge an upgrade fee and in this case I would purchase the Pocket 4K I have on backorder rather than pay an upgrade fee. Looks like Blackmagic wins either way, which is fine by as they have been putting out great affordable products year over year. Basically Blackmagic did what Red promised to do with Scarlet 3k for $3k. Sure, Red has had a good run, but in the long run Blackmagic ate their lunch.
  10. Thanks Ed! I think with this particular focal length and aperture the difference in price is not worth it, though there is a difference and I believe more money in the instance equals better flares / less flaring which I like better.
  11. Nice to see a decent zoom lens on the Pocket 4k in the Phil Bloom video. To me the shooting with a good zoom lens allows me to use more of the language of film. A couple of things that Phil could have mentioned, but it would have taken away from his pitch to sell multiples of each Fujinon zoom lens, is that you can get a m4/3 to E-mount adapter ring, though you would probably want to shoot no rails to make sure it is absolute stable. Also, there are adapters that will allow Phil to go from a B4 broadcast lens to 35mm for mirrorless cameras. They do eat a number of stops of light, but it can be done and is particularly useful if you are looking for a long parfocal zoom lens. For adapting B4 lens to the Pocket 4k the light loss is less and you could do it with an Abakus 132 and Olympus 1.4x m4/3 adapter for for slightly less that 2 stops of light loss, so your 1.8f B4 would be a 3.32f over probably 60% of the zoom range. So 20x B4 Zoom lens would be a 12x parfocal zoom lens with 3.32f constant aperture... but there is the is issue of the sensor glass thickness, which means it is not a idea optical solution, but still many may find it useful slightly stopped down.
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    Davinci Resolve 16

    Resolve 16 slogan is "the revolution in editing starts..." IMHO it started with Resolve 15.3 (now the audio editing is pretty much usable). But hey, if they took it up a notch - fantastic! At least now I can pretty much finish a project with audio and all in Resolve 15.3 - that is a revolution for my work flow. I would like see the something like what adobe has with a brainstorming clip based media organization tool that lets you output to timeline as well as the contextual erase functionality of after effects. Looks like I will be downloading 15.3.1 this weekend for hopefully more stability enhancements and bug fixes.
  13. I thought the Natural Rec709 vl LUT did a good job of making the Pocket 4k closer to the look of the Alexia Mini - that said there is a dynamic range difference that is apparent in day light and makes the Pocket 4k image harder and more contrasty looking to my eye. I actually thought the Pocket 4k competed nicely for the night shot, as either would do IMHO. I think Sage can get even closer once he makes his LUT available for the Pocket 4k. What I was most impressed with is that BRAW did not seem to show objectionable softness due to the (b)raw "processing", which is of course a contradiction of terms. All and all BRAW is not what is hold back the Pocket 4k image - it is the sensor's lower dynamic range. There is a m4/3 Fairchild sensor that would fit nicely in the Pocket 4k body, which offers an additional 1 and 1/2 stop of dynamic range (14.5 stop and dual 11 bit dacs), so hopefully there will be a new m4/3 camera Blackmagic Camera based on the Fairchild sensor in the (near?) future.
  14. Or you could get the Pocket 4k Cinema Camera and shoot windowed HD at 120 frames per second with a crop factor approximately 1.38% (so your lens would not seem as wide) and if you shot 4k you would cover approximately 2.7k at the wide end and depending on the lens as you zoom in, many zoom lens have a large image circle on the long end, so you could even shoot greater that 2.7k and in crop in post. The other interesting thing you could do is attached your lens to PL-EF adapter then to an Aputure DEC Vari-nd Wireless Lens adapter to m4/3 mount, then to the camera. That way you would have a high quality adjustable remote controllable ND filter, which would allow you to shoot the lens open or close to it. Further more you could try adding a 1.4x extender in between the the PL-EF adapter and the EF to m4/3 adapter. That should come close to covering the sensor and I assume will cover the send if your zoom into the image a bit. If you want 105% coverage, Tokin makes a 1.6x PL to PL extender so 12.52 mm x 7.42 mm becomes 20.032 x 11.72 and more than covers the Pocket 4k cinema camera sensor, but you lose more than a stop of light, though with the Pocket 4k this is less of an issue.
  15. B4 lens are optically designed to pass through a prism, which splits the light waves into Red, Blue and Green light waves, one for each of the 3 monochrome 2/3" CCD sensors of the B4 Camera. Each color light wave has a slightly different arrival time, which the B4 lens optics are designed to compensate for. Without a prism in the optical path of the B4 lens, they do not perform well wide open at the wide end and are too soft. If you are stopped down then they can look OK especially at the long end of of the lens without an optical adapter. B4 lens can be adapted with an optical lens adapter that is designed to correct the arrival times of the Red, Blue and Green light waves so that shooting it wide open and at the wide end the of lens performs well. Depending on the camera it is possible to shoot 4k with a B4 lens. For example the the USRA Mini Broadcast comes with a 4k B4 adapter standard and expands the image from 2/3" by ~1.5x to cover the 4K 1" sensor. The GH5 in EXT Mode (~1.4x crop) with an Abakus 132 (~1.32x crop) adapter should cover the 4k cropped sensor EXT mode depending on the lens. Blackmagic also sells a 1.1x B4 adapter for the USRA Mini Pro. If you have a 2x extender on your B4 lens you should be able cover about a m4/3rds sensor crop depending to the B4 lens, so if you shoot 4.6k, your resolution is about 3k with the B4 lens and 2x extender. There are other B4 lens adapter options as well, just don't get the B4 Magic by Fotodox - you have to stopped down or it is soft, so what it the point? It's not magic to say the least.
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