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Everything posted by austinchimp

  1. Comparing Sony S-Log or Rec709 profiles to Canon WDR or C-Log : My experience is that Sony profiles retain more overall dynamic range, but Canon looks better due to excellent highlight roll off, and nice desaturation of the highlights. It's like it's already graded. Where as Sony tends to need work, assuming both cameras are exposed more or less correctly.
  2. How have you found the audio? It's one of the areas I'm a little apprehensive about, and one I haven't had time to dig into properly.
  3. This is fantastic work
  4. In my experience (I haven't had much time to really stress test the camera) there are problems with horizontal pattern noise in the shadows, and underexposing is a recipe for trouble. The dynamic range is definitely not as much as the Ursa Mini 4.6k which I used to use. Still a nice image though if you expose it correctly. The high frame rates above 120fps also suffer from pretty bad aliasing. However the weird warping and flickering in that video is certainly something done to it in post, or else his camera should be returned as faulty.
  5. Just watched this and I agree I'm seeing lots of weird artefacts. In my view there's something strange going on in the compression somewhere. I own a Z-cam e2 and while the image certainly isn't perfect, I haven't seen anything like this in the footage so far. Maybe he's applied some stabilisation in post? It also looks to me like it's exported at a very low bit rate.
  6. Yes I think so, as long as Google can read the video. It converts it to a playable stream in the same way as Youtube, so when you watch a shared GDrive video in the player, you're watching a compressed stream rather than the original file. You can download the file to watch the original. One limitation is that videos shared on Google Drive can only play back at 1080P online. If you need to watch a file at 4k for example, the person receiving the file will need to download it to view at full resolution. Another good point of Google Drive is the control over sharing options. I don't know Dropbox very well so can't compare, but with Google you can decide whether a file link is viewable only in your organisation, or to specific people, or to anyone with the link. Very handy when you're sending out a link to somebody specific but don't want it to get out into the wider world. If somebody else gets hold of the link and wants to view it, you'll receive a notification asking if you want to grant access.
  7. The big advantage for me with Google Drive is that when you send a video link to somebody it loads up in a Youtube-like player, and it's easy and fast to watch on any device. I use it every day for a large quantity of content and edits and I haven't found anything better yet. You'll probably want to pay for a good amount of storage though.
  8. There has always been something seriously wrong with colour from the Sony A7s sensor, both generations. Id say it's probably what's responsible for the generally bad view on Sony colour science. The other's aren't half as bad, although their default picture profiles are all pretty dire.
  9. Missed the vote, but I liked E, G, I
  10. Looks great. You've exposed it perfectly in my view. A lot of people tend to overexpose these days I find, which doesn't work well with this lut. That lens looks very tasty - I'm sure you've been asked this before but what is it? I'm also interested in your views on the Simmod VND. It had a bit of hype a while ago, but after I researched it all the positive views seemed to be coming from youtube vloggers who'd been given it for free (and I've learned to take youtuber reviews with a large pich of salt). There are hardly any reviews or perspectives from real users. Is it good? Any colour casts, black crosses?
  11. Not too sure about the storage, just wanted to say I’ve been using one of these exclusively lately as a test with a loaner from Apple, and I’m very impressed. Been using it with a black magic egpu unit, and I can’t see any slow down from the upspecced 2013 Mac Pro I was using before. These Mac mini’s are mini beasts with the right spec. I prefer the design to the black trashcan.
  12. I agree with that, except that for me and many working professionals a mouse and keyboard is essential to the way we work. im also aware that this is perhaps old fashioned already, and in 10 year sales time younger editors might be doing their work with swipes and finger gestures because they will have grown up with iPads since birth. I’m excited to see where it goes, as everything changes and no workflow lasts for very long these days. as someone in my late 30s I’m young enough to move with the changes for now, but I’m also certain that this new technology is going to radically alter video production very soon, probably with the vloggers and youtubers first, with that filtering it’s way up over a short amount of years.
  13. All true, but that doesn’t change the fact that the iPad isn’t a straight laptop replacement for most video or photo professionals yet in my opinion. It needs a proper file system first and foremost, and the secondary concerns are proper external monitor support, and better mouse and keyboard input. once you’ve added a keyboard, mouse, and got all the necessary dongles, cables and drives hanging off it, you really might as well get a laptop! of course if you’re a casual user who just wants to consume media, or even do some less demanding productivity tasks, then the iPad is beautiful machine.
  14. I recently got an iPad pro with hopes of being able to use it for Lightroom editing, 360 editing with the Insta 360 One X as well as potentially some basic video editing. I've downloaded the new iPadOS beta and so far I don't think it's there yet. I'm using an older iPad Pro 10.5 inch so it still has a lightning connector and not USB-C, but connectivity has been patchy with drives, I've only managed to get it working with HFS formatted drives and not exFAT drives, which most of mine are. Using an iPad for productivity still feels like a hack to be honest. Maybe I'm so used to traditional operating systems and form factors but nothing about it feels easy right now. The screen is small, it feels weird to hold it and do detailed work, using a touchscreen feels slower and less precise than a mouse, and the file system and file management is horrible. Even with the new iPadOS it feels like it's been bolted on. You still don't have true access to a proper file system, which makes professional work very hard, especially under time constraints. For amateur, fun work, I can see it can be pleasant, but my idea of hell is being forced to do all my work on an iPad instead of Mac Pro with dual screens and with a mouse and keyboard. It's an interesting experience, and I'm sure in a few years it could be different, but right now I think iPads are just not ready for pro video and photo use, certainly not when you regularly have to copy, rename, organise, transcode, export, reversion etc large amounts of big files. Even if you can do it, you can't do it as fast and as directly as you can on a proper OS. Added to that, the apps available are very dumbed down right now, even something like Lightroom, which I was impressed by. Dongles and trying to connect everything to get files on and off the iPad? Don't even go there. I think I'll keep it, but probably just as a toy now. I'm also seeing if it can replace a paper note pad for my scribbles in the office.
  15. This. I got my E2 earlier this week and it's fantastic. Still working out the rig and monitor situation though and haven't tried the audio yet but it has XLR in. No internal NDs or IBIS, but then as others have said, these aren't common on 'cinema cameras'
  16. One thing I've discovered - and this might help some people - is that the rendering settings in Premiere can create extreme banding and blotches in your h256 footage once you apply a lut. I had terrible problems with this on my Mac, before I realised I'd accidentally created a sequence with the Metal hardware acceleration setting selected under Project settings. When I changed it to OpenCL, the banding went away completely. Might be something worth playing with. I usually find Software rendering to be the most reliable for quality, albeit by far the slowest.
  17. I'm using the Fringer with my Canon lenses. Yes the AF is a bit dodgy but the main benefit is being able to use IS. To cover the wide angle problem I'm planning to get the 10-24mm. I have the Canon 10-22 APSC which works well, but doesn't have IS, and even at those wide angles you still need IS in my opinion.
  18. If it would have had an optical zoom I would have been more interested. I've learned the hard way that gadgets like this aren't really right for me. There's the initial excitement and the feeling that 'this is going to change the way I work!' then I use it a few times and realise that in most cases I prefer a more conventional image from a bigger camera. And then I never use it again, maybe for a special job very occasionally. It could be a useful tool in very specific circumstances, and I bet we'll see loads of videos from it on YouTube for the next couple of weeks, but in 3 months everyone will have moved onto the next thing. Similar to the Gopro 7 hyperlapse, and the Insta 360 which came out lately. Don't mean to sound jaded but I've been burned out by the endless stream of consumerism lately with each new toy being sold as a transformational creative tool, when really they're playing to our desire for shiny new things, and that illusive special gadget that's going to make me into the next Casey Neistat or Martin Scorsese.
  19. I would say that straight out of the camera the Fuji colour looks very nice, but not necessarily like film. You probably wouldn't mistake it for film, that's for sure. The BMPCC4k, from what I've seen, looks a little more filmic with vintage lenses, but both of these cameras are going to require some work in production and post production if you're trying to lose the video look entirely. I think there's also a bias in the kind of footage we've seen from both cameras. The Pocket seems to have been bought by more indie filmmaker types, while the Fuji seems to be in the hands of more photographers from what I can tell by going on YT and Vimeo. So I think the Pocket footage is appealing if you match that profile. A lot of the Fuji footage is badly shot, exposed and graded. The Fujifilm can also shoot stills, so it kind of depends if you need a hybrid or not. It also has good autofocus. Do a search for H1 footage, and you'll see more Fuji footage with a filmic treatment. https://vimeo.com/265565687
  20. This is why I returned the Viltrox and bought the Fringer too. So far the Fringer has worked great, with very good lens compatibility.
  21. Yeah that looks great. Ideally I don't want to use anything large though. I'm not asking for any particular job. Obviously if a project requires stabilisation I use it. I'm only asking because it's something that's been on my mind for a while. I do find that most electronic gimbals look very in-organic and steadicams do look more cinematic to me, like in your example. I really like a little organic wobble in the movement, like a cinema verite thing. That's what I'm trying to recreate with a small camera. I just hate micro-jitter and shake that reminds me of 5dmkii videos from 2009.
  22. I find that one of the main differentiators in feel between small mirrorless or DSLRs and larger cameras like the Alexa is the movement of the camera itself when it's handheld. Small cameras have that horrible jittery shaky distracting motion while larger cameras can feel 'cinematic' even while they're being carried while running for example, and using unstabilised lenses. Like in this clip at 1'35. The obvious factor is rolling shutter, but assuming that my camera has low rolling shutter, how best to replicate this look and feel with - say - a X-T3? Two things I want to avoid are shoulder mounting, and making a big rig. I've thought about actually weighing the camera down somehow, or perhaps using a handle mounted on the top to avoid the usual mirrorless shooting position of holding it out in front of you. Any ideas??
  23. The Fringer is working with all my lens's I.S. now. After updating the firmware on the adaptor it seems to work better than the Viltrox. Annoying really as I'm going to have to keep it and send back the Viltrox, and the Viltrox is half the price! AF-C fails under some circumstances, but I'm hoping I'll get some usable results. Getting IS on my EF lenses was my main concern and that seems to be working so far.
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