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  1. Hi guys,

    After 10 hours of editing I'm in panic mode right now because I can't find my old projects of Davinci!!

    I downloaded the latest version of Davinci 14 (to try out the Raw files of the Canon C200). I already had Resolve 14, where I had all the projects I have worked with since 12.5. I intalled the latest version and when it opens I get the option to upgrade the database, but they recommend to backup the existing database first. So I haven't done nothing yet. I'm afraid of srewing up here!! Loads of projects, some unfinished. I never had this problem going from 12.5 to 14! Where can I find the files?? Can I still open them? I've being looking around google and BM forums, and I don't know if it's because I'm in panic mode, but I just can't find it (on windows 8.1). 

    Has anyone else gone through this? Could you point me in the right direction...

    Where can I find the files??

    Can I still open them? (with any other version of Davinci)


    Thank you for your time!!

  2. 9 hours ago, HJD said:

    To those of you who have received the PixaPro LED 100 Mark II, how loud is the fan? Supposedly it's very quiet. Would it be possible to get up really close to your subject with a big softbox and not have the fan affect the audio in a really quiet interview situation? :grin:

    You can definitely hear it, I would say It's as loud as a Macbook Pro. If you get in a less than a meter range, a condenser mic could pick it up. Out of that range you should be fine.

  3. 23 hours ago, squig said:

    I'm not sure it is more powerful than the 60w Chinese fresnel. Sure it draws more power, but there's other factors besides power draw that contribute to illuminance. We'll know for sure as soon as it arrives. There's a 100w version of that Chinese fresnel with a 24v input; if the 60w is close to the brightness of the Pixapro, I'm thinking of getting one and powering it with a 24v LiPo ebike battery. Works out a lot cheaper than v-mounts and should power the light for a few hours.

    It looks like the Nanguang CN-60F is a knock off of the LightPro DN-60F (or just rebranded)...

    Could be a similar case to the AXRTEC AXR-A-1040DV and the Excelvan 1040LED (best bang for buck on the market IMHO), aside from some small cosmetic changes, they both seem identical. Axrtec is running for 749$ on BH, and the Excelvan is 200€ on Amazon.

    Anyway, just to share the info with anyone that's interested... in the video he measures the light @ 1m with the fresnel on, and it's just under 5000lux on flood, and under 11000 on spot. Not bad at all, but less powerful than the Pixapro (18000lux with fresnel on spot). CRI rating looks better on the DN-60F.

  4. 3 hours ago, AaronChicago said:

    For anyone looking to buy a softbox for the LS1, this one is amazing. It collapses into an 8" circle (similar to the big round reflectors). Takes about 30 seconds to unzip, open, snap the magnetic frame, and velcro to the light.


    Looks good, and I think they would work great on my Excelvcan 1040s. Only 2 cons... only grey imports available in EU, and the grid is overpriced (30$).


    9 hours ago, squig said:

    I'm not sure it is more powerful than the 60w Chinese fresnel. Sure it draws more power, but there's other factors besides power draw that contribute to illuminance. We'll know for sure as soon as it arrives. There's a 100w version of that Chinese fresnel with a 24v input; if the 60w is close to the brightness of the Pixapro, I'm thinking of getting one and powering it with a 24v LiPo ebike battery. Works out a lot cheaper than v-mounts and should power the light for a few hours.

    Sending it back is a hassle but it's just not that great as a hard light (which is what I really need it for), with a fresnel lens it's hard but the beam is very narrow. With the reflector it casts wonky shadows. I think that might be due to change from a rough to a smooth reflector surface on the rim of the reflector.

    Dunno, maybe the power difference could be due to the fan of the Pixapro.

    I do like it as a hard light, but I use it without the reflector because it blurs the shadow edges. I might get a cheap reflector and paint it black inside.

  5. 1 hour @ full power, 2,5 hours @ 50%. Not bad, given that 30 to 40% (with softbox, grid and double diffusion on) is the sweet spot when I shoot 800 iso with the BMMCC + Speedbooster. And if I need extra power, for exteriors mainly,  I can get up to  3 hours...

    2 hours ago, squig said:

    I think I'm gonna return mine. I've ordered one of those 60w fresnels from China.

    I was tempted to do the same thing, but I do think the extra power can be handy. And I must say that I'm pleased to avoid customs (in Spain it's a nightmare) and all the hassle/cost of sending it back to UK.

  6. Just wanted to let you guys know that I contacted Pixapro (essentialphoto), and I told them my problem using the Kayo Maxtar batteries on the 100D. They were quite supportive and they gave me the option to buy their 130Wh batteries at the bundle price (135£), so I got a few, plus a double charger (also with a small discount). Not a bad deal given the £ to € rate. So yes, I spent a small fortune, but I'm keeping the light (which I like a lot), and it's huge but great 120" EasyOpen softbox.

    So if you have the same problem and/or need batteries... contact them.

  7. 10 hours ago, squig said:

    There's another Chinese LED fresnel contender http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Focusable-and-Dimmable-LED-Fresnel-Spotlight-60W-for-Broadcast-and-Interview/32595094675.html?ws_ab_test=searchweb201556_10,searchweb201602_4_10017_10040,searchweb201603_10&btsid=e090920e-4c96-468c-9905-efe28aea3239&smToken=1383bb2caa75405f8d462134e1cf35a5&smSign=dAHarG7gPYLgQqyHTLMjfw%3D%3D It's rated at 60w but if the photometrics are for real it's in between the 120t and 100D for brightness; has no fan, comes with fresnel lens and barn doors, should run with lower powered v-mount batteries, and is cheaper. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfPsGPY2YtU

    There's a 100w version too, but it's twice as expensive and runs on 24v DC, so you can't power it with a single v-mount.

    It looks like an interesting option, only problem is that buying from China and it going through customs can bring the price up a fair bit.

  8. 2 hours ago, squig said:

    My 190wh Comer battery does power the 100D but it runs flat in around 20min. The 190wh Comer powers my 72w 1200 LED panel for over 2hrs...

    Only 20min? I'm a bit lost with all this... In the review of the 100D done by McGregor, he says that a Pixapro BP130Wh LED V-Lock Battery (supplied with the light) can last around 1 hour at full power. Hasn't a 190Wh battery got a higher capacity? Does it depend on the power it can output?

    Just for the record.... a 177Wh Kayo Maxtar gives me just over 3 hours on my 1040LED Excelvcans @ max power.

  9. I just got my Pixapro 100D MKII+ and a 120" softbox... All seems nicely built (I really like the softbox), but surprise! My 177Wh Kayo Maxtar batteries don't work with it. That means I can't use my 700€  investment in batteries with this light :confused:. The Maxtar's work perfectly with my 1040 LED panels, so I suppose the problem has to do with the power input of the 100D, but I can't find any clear info on this. I'll send them a e-mail to see what they got to say.

    So BEWARE! If you already got V-lock batteries, make sure they work with it beforehand.

  10. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Aaron. After some research I'm going to get the Pixapro MKII+, mainly because I prefer daylight for powerful lights and I like having a narrower beam angle (45 instead of 120) without having to use any modifiers. With the code of this video you get a 5% off, so a light & 120" Easy-setup softbox with grid goes for around 550€ (including shipping cost to EU). The only major drawback is that it's remote control is sold separately, so the price goes up to 580€ if you want one. I would love to use my Aputure remotes (best design IMHO) for all my lights. 

    The 120t still looks like a great neat option for interiors, I might give it a try once it's available directly from European retailers.

  11. 24 minutes ago, mercer said:

    The noise is so very organic. It almost seems pointless to add grain in FilmConvert.

    I really dig the noise of the Micro, and every day I like this cam a bit more. I was decided on the 4.6K Mini, and was just holding back because of the magenta issues... but I must say I'm in no hurry right now. And if I don't see something that trueIy blows me away from the Mini soon, I think I'm getting a 2nd Micro/speedbooster instead.

  12. 10 hours ago, Jonesy Jones said:

    Is Heat an action, if so then I love that too. Matrix (the original) is the only other action film that I'd really watch.

    I would say it is, blended with other genres (a crime thriller/ drama), and with some good character development (similar to "The professional")... muscle & brains mix well. 

    And if it isn't action, I would say it's got one of the best action scenes ever filmed.

    I agree Jonesy, Matrix is right up there too... and it's also a mix.

  13. 2 hours ago, mercer said:

    @John Emery nice finds! Those little USB chargers look excellent. How many batteries can you charge with portable charger fully charged?

    I don't really know, but today I charged around 9 LP-E6s (don't know if they were all completely empty), and it's still got 1/4 of it's charge left. So it's more than enough as a backup.

  14. 4 hours ago, mercer said:

    My monitor takes the same batteries as the camera, but I'd rather not shell out the 60 bucks for the official Canon batteries. So I was wondering what aftermarket batteries everyone is using with the Micro? I saw a decent deal on Amazon for the Wasabi batteries but I have read some mixed reviews over the years about their quality control. 

    It's hard to find aftermarket batteries without mixed reviews. But I've got 6 "Chillipower" bats and they all work fine...


    When it comes to chargers I love these little guys, small and quite fast...


    You can buy a cheap external battery and charge your LP-E6s anywhere...


  15. 3 hours ago, mercer said:

    So, since I started this topic, I have been researching the BMMCC, BMPCC images, and rigging options and I have come to the conclusion that there is no camera in this price range that even remotely comes close to the IQ and DR that these little beasts are capable of.

    I am more interested in the BMMCC due to the 60p slow motion. So I started thinking about ways to rig this camera to keep it at the smallest footprint possible. For me, that requires a small rig, void of large monitors, or articulating arms. I want something I can put on a small cage with a 3.5" or 5" monitor that is mounted directly behind, and in line with, the camera. I think I have a couple solutions, but I have a few more questions before I make the purchase. 

    1. Do these monitors eat batteries quickly? I know every one is different, but your individual experiences will be appreciated. Right now it looks like I can get a deal on a "New Other" Ikan VL5e 5" monitor. Does anyone have any experience with this specific model? 

    I know with the pocket, there were some HDMI out issues with the plug... Is this also the case with the micro? Should I be looking for a cage with cable clamps on it?

    2. Is the audio levels, when using an external mic, adjustable in camera?

    3. I see there is a video mode and a film mode... Is their also individual adjustments like saturation and contrast, etc..., especially when shooting ProRes?

    4. How many minutes of ProRes HQ can I expect to get on a 64gb SDXC card?

    5. Sorry, I know a lot of these questions can be figured out from the manual, but I can't seem to find it in the website... Does anyone have a link to the owner's manual?

    Thanks for your help. 

    1. Two lp-e6 batteries give me around 2 hours on my 7" Must HD.

    2. Yes, there's audio levels, but you have to get in to menu to change settings (a BIG pain). I use a Sennheiser MKE 400 (on high gain), and set the levels of the BMMCC to auto if I want some usable audio.

    3. Nope, but ProRes has loads of Info baked in, so you can change it after. Just make sure you get the WB right.

    4. Dunno exactly, because I tend to mix 60p and 24p all the time (on a 128Gb card). But around 45-50' I suppose.

    5. Dunno.


  16. On 14/5/2016 at 10:03 AM, gsenroc said:

    Thanks for the link.

    The VS-2 is working fine for me so far. False color seems ok and consistant. However histogram is somewhat strange and different than what the Pocket shows, hight light info seems capped and not complete. I haven't tried the histogram with the Micro yet.

    Some bad things:

    The color of this monitor is bad, it's way too green by default and I couldn't calibrate it to a point that I'm satisfied. I shoot Raw so it still seems ok to me.

    Furthermore, for some reason, the shadow/highlight in the monitor is kind of mushy, hardly any detail there. I guess it has something to do with the dynamic range of the monitor or the signal procressing is quirky.

    My feeling about this monitor is that it's good for focusing and exposure, the rest is bad. For the price it's quite ok though. They promised for firmware upgrade but the link never works...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    14 hours ago, squig said:

    The 5D mk3 raw has a nicer image and more usable dynamic range. 60p and 13ms rolling shutter are the reasons why I haven't sold my micro yet. The form factor does make it handy to have in my bag as a b-cam, but I'm thinking about just buying a 2nd 5D mk3 instead.

    Dunno Squig, I'm coming from 5D mk3 raw too and IMHO I don't think the image is better or worst, they just different... but both are nice and filmic and have enough DR to look so. I would ad Prores to 60p and 13ms RS as a major reason I would choose BMMCC over the 5D. But the truth is that I'm happy using both.

  17. 2 hours ago, gsenroc said:

    I'm doing exactly the same with a VS-2 FineHD. It's very nice to use it this way. Your HDMI cable looks nice, where can I find one?

    I'm thinking of upgrading to a VS-2 for false color mainly. Any flaws so far? 

    The HDMI is this...


    5 hours ago, mercer said:

    That's a nice set up... Using the monitor mount as a handle is ingenious... Like a DIY steadicam. I'll probably get the Lilliput 5" monitor and then sell that once the Ikan VL35 3.5" monitor is released. I have a design in my head that will mimic a tilt LCD screen on mirrorless cameras by basically attaching a hinge to the top of the monitor and the other side to the top of the cage so it can swivel up and down 90 degrees directly behind the camera. I want to keep it as small as possible... Especially since a lot of the buttons are a little hard to access... Or so I hear?

    Sounds interesting...

    Playing around with the buttons can get a little tricky (mainly because of the size), but I'm sure we'll get used to it.

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