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  1. I think the main issue with these Canon cameras is still the post work flow. There is still no Cinema Gamut to REC.709 LUT. The conversion LUT from Log2 to Wide DR doesn't even match the baked in Wide DR profile. (I've tried. They don't match.) The Komodo for example, looks MUCH better right out of the gate with the standard RED provided LUT applied. There are 4 different LUTs with 4 different roll off curves for you to choose. You can preview whatever contrast level you want in camera, then apply the correct LUT in your NLE. It looks exactly like it does in camera. The LT raw footage played back pretty well for me. The other codecs work smoother though. I'm on an older Mac Pro. I don't really notice a difference in the footage though.
  2. Prime, okay boomer opportunity. I do think that Covid made VR, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, do damn tired. The last thing I want to do is stare at another screen or “hop on a zoom call.”
  3. I find that the Clog 3 / BT.709 profile is easier to color grade from scratch. That being said, I think Log2 is a better curve. I really liked log2 bt.709 tho. It looks a bit closer to Red or Arri Log footage. This was only available on the C300 Mkii. Maybe the c500ii? Not sure.
  4. Vimeo is still the go to pro portfolio site. YouTube can’t cut it with ads / related videos you get. I can’t have someone watching an ad before a video. on top of that, the quality is just better. YouTube goes to mush. Especially fine details in film, grain, noise, etc. Even you know that is an exaggerated statement. I guess we can all agree that YouTube is camera reviews and covid conspiracies. 🙂
  5. Yeah, it’s crazy. I brought 10 rolls of 250d right when BH stocked it. (I have the notifications on.) They emailed me the next day saying they could only send me 4. I agree with you on the 250d. 50d is almost too clean but has its place for sure. 250d is just so nice.
  6. Black Magic Pocket for sure. Komodo feels good. Canon cinema cameras have a ton of noise reduction and lack the texture of those two cameras for sure. Film is the absolute best though. No contest. The amount of life even a static shot has when shooting 16mm is unbelievable. The perfect amount of grain, detail, and color.
  7. Make sure your output is set to VF-LCD-HDMI/SDI. Default is LCD/VF.
  8. Agreed. They nailed it with that camera. The electronic EF mount works really well. I really really wish it did internal ProRes. I wouldn’t have sold mine.
  9. The C70 is a great image. In the right setting, it definitely looks great. Arri beat it in skin texture, color detail in the shadows, over exposure, color separation, etc. I’ve shot very consistently with the Canon C300 Mk2 for the last 5 years. The C70 is such a close image. I’m sure the OG C300ii would feel very close to the Alexa as well. The DGO sensor is great and all, but the C300 Mk3 / C70 is also 5 years newer than the C300 Mk2. I’m honestly a bit underwhelmed if anything. It’s just so similar. Cleaner... but again, it’s 5 years newer. Things like false color, better auto focus, long GOP, cleaner C-Log2, 4K/60p are all things that impress me more than the DGO sensor. I’ve shot projects where I used the C70 and C300ii next to each other for interviews. For better or for worse, I very much doubt anyone could tell the difference, even when looking at the raw source material. The highlights are great on the C70, but anything pointed into the sun sucks. You get the clipping blob in really bright sources or the sun. Once you see it, you know what to look for and it is always there. Pocket 6K probably does it worse. Komodo a little better. Film handles it by far the best. Ive said this before... but the Long GOP 4k codec on the C70 is so great. You get a cleaner, sharper image than the older generation Canon cameras and it looks really great. The files are also almost 3x as small. I’m interested to see what effect the CRL files will have on the image. If the files are even a little sharper and just a bit noisier / textured, that would be great.
  10. Maybe it has to do with the high resolution / noise reduction / skin softening. I just get iPhone vibes with the whole color pallet and texture.
  11. It actually is only 640mbps vs 410mbps. (I think that's the rate spec.) Pretty hopeful it'll do okay on the M1 laptops.
  12. I completely agree. I can tell the difference by the way shots settle on the Komodo or Film. It just looks different. The sway is different. I'm just saying, the jello goes beyond the average "motion cadence" discussion. This was an artifact I have never seen on the bigger Canon Cinema cameras. This was either due to the weight, or the Long GOP compression... Or maybe both. Reminded me of the t2i. It would be fun to shoot a high motion scene on both cameras and look at the differences. Maybe I will do that sometime.
  13. Pretty positive this is due to noise reduction. If raw has "more noise," then there will certainly be more texture and gradation. The Komodo can be REALLY noisy if exposed poorly, but it also has more detail and color. The benefit of the Canon is that it is basically dummy proof. It looks good in 95 percent of situations. You certainly don't need any post noise reduction. I'm not completely sure what this means. Maybe this is a way to get the noise reduction fully removed from the camera. Record in the raw and just use the 10 bit files without the NR? Exactly. Or 1DC.
  14. Agreed. The global shutter kills it. I've seen some crazy jello in 60fps on the C70. I think this might be partially due to Long GOP compression only... Interesting... I think the C70 suffers most in the highlights. The "sun blob" on most digital cameras is very much there. Remember though, there will be added noise in the shadows due to the raw codec. No grading needed. Wide DR is still a profile that needs some grading. Those profiles also look really nice in lowlight settings, (ISO 5000 etc.) There is really no need to save the detail in the blacks or the highlights. It reduces the noise and time in post. The REC.709 non Wide DR on the Canon C70 is really really bad in my experience. Wide DR is great. I just think for baked in profiles, those will be clutch for some jobs.
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