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    Parker got a reaction from BenEricson in How much do you make   
    My advice: try to get repeat clients to go on contract for a monthly retainer. My freelance work was up and down and very unreliable for years, but once I got my first client on a retainer, things have gone much more smoothly for me, the consistent monthly paychecks have been awesome while still being able to enjoy the flexibility of freelance. 
    One tip for negotiating these kinds of deals with clients is to look through job listings for full-time video work in your area, contacting the companies in question and pitching a freelance retainer solution instead, which they might be happy to do since it will save them a lot of money in the long-run, so it's a win-win. 
    Best of luck! It's a lot more fun doing what you love. 
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    Parker reacted to Sage in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    Within the week; I'm finishing the last details and trying to figure out email. Email is a logistical nightmare
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    Parker got a reaction from Geoff CB in aputure 300d mark ii . !!!   
    Per Ted Sims on the 300Dii, via Facebook: 
    "Release date in the next two months! Yes, that is an all-in-one controller box. No more noisy ballast. The new design is all built together with zero fans, all passive cooling. 20% brighter. DMX added. Powerable from a single battery. Quick release super clamp mounting point on the controller box. 360 degree reinforced yoke. Built-in Effects and Wireless Control via APP."
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    Parker reacted to Andrew Reid in How to receive a BAFTA as ungraciously as possible   
    I don't think many white men feel the so called privilege.
    Which is why we end up with protest votes at election time.
    The whole political correct thing doesn't connect with ordinary people.
    Politics is obsessed with skin colour, not the gaffer on a film set who just happens to be born in a country where white people are a majority.
    Why should he feel ashamed just for being part of an industry?
    I don't think anybody who works in the film industry should be shamed into believing they are part of an institutionally racist conspiracy.
    Some of the most incredible countries in the world are monocultural. Japan is about as close to a monocultural society as it gets and where is no shame in it. In fact Japan is arguably all the more unique and special for it. Are we suggesting Japan should now be reduced to 40% to 50% native Japanese people, in order to represent a greater number of skin colours and cultures? No.
    Discrimination against majorities is as wrong as discrimination against minorities.
    This constant shaming of talented hard working creative people for being white males has gotta stop.
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    Parker reacted to Sage in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    The 1080p mode on the GH5 is really quite good; if like me, you are happy with a dense 2K image, then 1080p offers the most bitrate saturated options in the camera (no affect on color)
    Cine-D has a slight bit depth density edge over VLog, while VLog has a slight extreme gamut edge. With 8 bit, Cine-D is decidedly better
    Great work Parker and Benjamin! Alas, I've got to get the next update out..
    Just finished writing one last tool that I believe will be critical for automating camera support, to do the Exp Pres (it is the fourth 'sub-section' of the ECE)
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    Parker got a reaction from Sage in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    I'm just finishing up a project right now, shot on the S1 and GH5, using GHAlex, turned out quite nice. (These are just low res grabs from frame.io) 

     




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    Parker got a reaction from Sage in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    @mercer The thing I always notice about GHAlex compared to other luts is how it just adds a nice sort of clear separation to the skin tones, in both color and b&w. It just adds a midtone pop that I really like. 
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    Parker got a reaction from mercer in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    @mercer The thing I always notice about GHAlex compared to other luts is how it just adds a nice sort of clear separation to the skin tones, in both color and b&w. It just adds a midtone pop that I really like. 
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    Parker reacted to Sage in Pocket 4K to Alexa Conversion   
    XT3 is in the plans, indeed. At this moment, its down to documenting the process of adding a camera to the server, and then streamlining the Pdf writing process as best I can (later today). This will make a camera cycle as efficient as possible.
    From the LogC alone, V4 isn't that different from V3 for the average image. When saturation becomes more extreme, V4 is quite a bit better (much, much more accurate to Alexa). And when using V4 on unintended formats (i.e. Rec709 footage), V4 holds up, while V3 doesn't. Here is a comparison with one of the more saturated images I've got (most notable shift), using Soft (most equivalent variation between 3 & 4):
    V3

    V4

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    Parker got a reaction from mercer in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    I'm just finishing up a project right now, shot on the S1 and GH5, using GHAlex, turned out quite nice. (These are just low res grabs from frame.io) 

     




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    Parker reacted to BTM_Pix in Hey Nikon - Where's the Z6 ProRes RAW Update?   
    I know who my money's on to come up with a way to beat them both though

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    Parker reacted to Sage in GH5 to Alexa Conversion   
    Its almost certain to be the case. Efficiency is vital. I have been deep in the code bunker this week, writing a special segment for the EC engine. This will greatly accelerate supporting new cameras, as it minimizes the amount of intervention necessary to conform data (with superior results). As of today, I have a new luma conform tool that is completely free of either hue or saturation distortion, and I am thrilled with it right now (not even Resolve's luma tools work this way). Now, I have to finish the second piece of the puzzle, and (accelerated) camera support will commence.
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    Parker got a reaction from newfoundmass in Foot support for full day of shooting   
    I was on the same hunt for some comfortable, all-day-shooting footwear last year. I was initially looking at ultraboosts as well, but decided instead  on a pair of New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz, half the price and lots easier to find, their fresh foam soles are very similar to the boosts. I also added powerstepper orthotic insoles and I have literally been around the world in these shoes, fantastic. 
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    Parker got a reaction from Rinad Amir in Z-CAM E2-F6 (Full frame 6K) goes head to head with Panasonic S1H (test by Flannel Ninja)   
    The Z-cam looks really interesting, but it's already $1k more than the S1h, not to mention the necessary cost of still needing to add a monitor, and of course the lack of ibis and need for rigging to make it more suitably ergonomic, all of which the S1H can do out of the box, which is still a fantastic hybrid for still-use to boot. 
    That being said, I'd love to see how much of an IQ and potentially DR-edge the Z-cam raw files give it over the Panasonic though. If it blows it out of the water, hopefully that can spur Panny in to giving us some raw-love as well. Gotta love competition! 
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    Parker got a reaction from Adam Kuźniar in Z-CAM E2-F6 (Full frame 6K) goes head to head with Panasonic S1H (test by Flannel Ninja)   
    The Z-cam looks really interesting, but it's already $1k more than the S1h, not to mention the necessary cost of still needing to add a monitor, and of course the lack of ibis and need for rigging to make it more suitably ergonomic, all of which the S1H can do out of the box, which is still a fantastic hybrid for still-use to boot. 
    That being said, I'd love to see how much of an IQ and potentially DR-edge the Z-cam raw files give it over the Panasonic though. If it blows it out of the water, hopefully that can spur Panny in to giving us some raw-love as well. Gotta love competition! 
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    Parker got a reaction from deezid in Z-CAM E2-F6 (Full frame 6K) goes head to head with Panasonic S1H (test by Flannel Ninja)   
    The Z-cam looks really interesting, but it's already $1k more than the S1h, not to mention the necessary cost of still needing to add a monitor, and of course the lack of ibis and need for rigging to make it more suitably ergonomic, all of which the S1H can do out of the box, which is still a fantastic hybrid for still-use to boot. 
    That being said, I'd love to see how much of an IQ and potentially DR-edge the Z-cam raw files give it over the Panasonic though. If it blows it out of the water, hopefully that can spur Panny in to giving us some raw-love as well. Gotta love competition! 
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    Parker reacted to barefoot_dp in Best aerial footage   
    I love Dan Proud's work. I think what attracts me to it is that he's a photographer primarily, so light and composition are at the forefront of his images. The motion of the drone comes second to add an extra punch to an already amazing image, unlike a lot of 'drone guys' where the wow factor only comes from how small a gap they can fly through or how close to they can get to the action.

    https://vimeo.com/281383321
     
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    Parker got a reaction from deezid in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    @Mike Mgee At least for the regular S1, on the latest firmware 1.2, the ugly blue-clipping in VLOG is definitely still a problem which has yet to be fixed, I just finished shooting a project tonight in which it is very apparent in several scenes. 
    Edit: I now see that firmware update 1.3 for the S1 will be out on November 19th, and help with the blue-clipping issue, along with several other fixes like ghosting, and last-but-not-least including the ability to set manual exposure in high framerates!! Very nice to see that Panasonic is listening to user feedback. 
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    Parker reacted to Cinegain in speaking of which... gadgets.   
    Ainol. Didn't they go out of business years ago? ? I remember the days of their 7" tablets like the Ainol Novo7 Aurora, Fire, etc. When there was no such thing as OTA and you were messing around with root, recovery, flashing and the sorts. Glad that's behind us. Speaking of gadgets and in particular tablets... I hadn't used a tablets in years anymore due to the fact they were pretty much larger smartphones... when smartphones themselves gotten bigger over the years as well. I just didn't see much added value unless you can make it productive or use it for multimedia, but that meant a keyboard... origami folding cover and that made the whole thing to cumbersome to take with...
    ... but that all changed when I bought the Lenovo Yoga Tab 3 Pro (apparently availlable still at the Lenovo US store; significantly discounted (499.99 > $224.99). The kickstand changes the game, I'll tell you. JBL Dolby Atmos speakers are marvelous as well. And it has a built-in projector! Been a couple of years and updates were never Lenovo's strong suit, but now there's a new one in town at last! It was launched at IFA Berlin 2019 earlier last month, doesn't seem to be availlable in the US, but is already shipping in the EU. I have fallen in love with tablets again thanks to the Yoga Tab-series and it's currently perhaps the no.1 gadget that adds value to my life (eBook/eMag reading, Netflix/streaming/YouTube/video, browsing, etc). Again, the kickstand is underrated! In certain aircraft you can even flip it out 180 degrees and put it in the magazine pouch of the seat in front of you (like so) so that you have your own in-flight entertainment system at eye-height.
    Regarding the notepadthingie. I actually have one of those. Believe I got it from Banggood.com , they're a cool site. They've got one that's $9.99 opposed to $18. Of course don't forget to look on AliExpress which pretty much is your one-stop-spot for anything these days (don't forget to check eBay... and Amazon either). You'll find big brands (e.g. Aputure) have their own stores over at AliExpress.
    Sticking to the topic of notepadthingies... I have this reMarkable eReader that gives you the look and feel of actual paper. Read, write, doodle! Cool schtuff.
    Won't go on about tablets/readers anymore! But let me think of more things adding true value to my life... what wouldn't I want to give up?
    My BOSE QC35 II headphones. Back in the day I was mesmerized by the effectiveness of the QuietComfort 15 and had to have it. I then briefly had switched it up next round with the Philips Fidelio NC1 where the audio and comfort were better, but the noicecancelling qualities were a bit behind and it didn't work properly anymore at all after a while. Now happily rocking the QC35 II although I've been hearing good things about that Sony WH-1000XM3. I'm in planes and trains a lot and noise cancellation and something to enjoy multimedia with is definitely a must!
    Wired IEM? I really like the in-ears from Alpha & Delta (through http://www.lendmeurears.com ). The AD D2 are a great bargain with a sound signature that I find to be 'just right'. For wireless audio, my go-tos are the Anker Soundcore Liberty Air. Not actually that cheap, but the fit and sound here as well I find to be just right.
    Where you gonna play that music offa? Smartphone? Laptop? Well, sure. But I really like this portable Hi-Res player by Hidizs, the AP80 (as seen on Kickstarter).
    You gotta charge all your gadgets! So I can't go without my ROCK chargers. They're on AliExpress with their own store: https://rock.aliexpress.com. This is a definite must for anyone: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32848029671.html! Universal global travel charger: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32971342589.html. Powerbank: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32960165417.html.
    Got ya charging covered? How about some cables? These are amongst the best in the game: https://gadgetao.aliexpress.com/store/1996286/search?origin=n&SortType=bestmatch_sort&SearchText=100W / https://www.aliexpress.com/item/33057601215.html. Got some gear that still rocks microUSB and some that's USB-C already? Still use a single cable with i.e. these AIFFECT 2-in-1 cables. I've organized my desk speaker system cables with their little cable clamps. More brands with this kind of stuff on AliExpress (and Amazon sometimes even): Anker, UGreen, Tronsmart, Blitzwolf, ORICO, Vinsic, USAMS, Floveme, McDodo, Dodocool, etc.
    Need a cardreader that connects to most of your devices? This Vention one is rather convincing. I'm also a big fan of the Meenova stuff (readers/cables), availlable through: https://gadgetao.aliexpress.com.
    Need to fight the rain? Don't get your gear wet, get this Teflon-coated umbrella from Tiohoh.
    Getting more into the photography side of things then... ?
    Kent & Faith Concept (K&F Concept) has their own AliExpress store, I'll be trying their vND soon: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000067824200.html. Bags? Love some of the Caden ones: https://cadencameraacces.aliexpress.com (tempted to upgrade my old shoulderbag for this one: https://www.aliexpress.com/item/4000019173719.html). For DJI OSMO Pocket accessories it's hard to beat Behorse: https://behorse-1990.aliexpress.com/store/237708 (similar store: https://www.aliexpress.com/store/3239087 ). All things mainly GoPro related? Telesin! C-mount lenses? Pixco/Rocks Photography. How about spare batteries? If you're in the EU you definitely need to have a look over at https://pts-trading.de , home of Patona. Great brand, great batteries. Need to keep in-touch on set/on location and will cheap walkietalkies do the trick for ya? Look no further then this little set of 2pcs Baofeng walkietalkies.
    Mmmkai. Getting a little carried away though, that should do for now. ? Will just leave you with 3 China store search engines that might be helpful and then just start browsing away... http://chinaprices.us / https://www.wholecheap.com / https://en.pandacheck.com.
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    Parker reacted to crevice in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    They are different. The Micro nails a filmic look that none of these modern cameras achieve out the box. Its gritty, raw, and has a very organic feel to it. But, it doesn't have IBIS, does not shoot photos, shoot 4k, etc. The S1H has a very nice cinematic look to it as well, but it's not as "filmic" and gritty like the micro. Colors of the S1H still amazing though and I prefer the colors of the S1H more than the Pocket 4k/6k new color science (I owned both).
    With all that said, the S1H has so much going for it that my micro will only get used for certain situations and most likely not run and gun anymore. I have to use the micro on a ronin-s as there are way too many micro jitters hand held. Coming from Blackmagic and Sony cameras, I can't stress enough how unbelievable the IBIS of the S1H is, especially dual IS with their 24-105. There is no need for a gimbal unless you need slider like shots or walking shots. For stationary, short walks, pans, etc., there is no absolutely no need for a gimbal/monopod/shoulder rig, that's how steady it is. The footage looks incredible, especially if you know what you are doing and how to properly expose vlog and convert it rec. 709 with the proper varicam LUTs.
    More importantly for my decision to make this my main camera is that I take photos as well and the one thing I was pleasantly surprised about with this camera is how good the autofocus for photos is considering all the complaints. The autofocus for video is horrible, but I manual focus for video. But for photos, it was MUCH better than I thought after listening to everyone complain. Eye auto focus works great as well. Not as good as my A7R3, but still really good. Another thing I haven't heard anyone talk about is how fast it can switch between custom modes, for example I have a video mode on the dial and a photo mode that I switch between. Video mode has vlog, 180 degree shutter, different settings etc that I keep static and photo mode has none of that. When I switch between them it is seamless, no loading, no screen blackout, none of that. It is instant and quick and I can switch back and forth instantly. 
    To me, I look at the cost of $4000 different than most. Unlike when I shot with a pocket 4/6k or even the micro - I don't need to carry a gimbal or shoulder rig, I don't need to mount a heavy v-mount battery on the back, I don't need an external monitor if I want to tilt or rotate it (I still do for the large screen, but its not necessary), and I don't need to bring a second body and lenses if I want to take photos. On top of all that - I prefer the video image over the blackmagic pocket 4k and 6k. It has a nicer highlight roll off, seems like better dynamic range, and I prefer the colors. All this without shooting RAW yet. I know that was way more info than you needed, but we are so lucky to have all these tools as filmmakers now days and this is the first camera in a very very long time that has me excited like this. I have owned or shot with the Canon C200, URSA Mini Pro 4.6k, Micro Cinema Camera, Pocket 4k/6k, Red Raven, A7R3, A7S2, A73. This is the first camera out of all of those where I can simply pack the camera and a lens and have what I need for a day of video and photos without a bag full of stabilization gear and photo gear mixed with video gear. 
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    Parker reacted to IronFilm in Jinni.Tech vs. RED Part 4 (1hr long)   
    Jesus himself could come down from Heaven waving a banner saying "RED LIED" and folks on reduser would still not believe. 
     

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    Parker reacted to crevice in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    The camera was just released in the US today, so you really need to give it some time. Pocket 4k had garbage promo videos and took a long time to start getting good well thought pieces, so you need to at least wait more than 24 hours from release. I did think kepler was fantastic though and so was the bowling one. That wobble has to be in software warp stabilizer, none of the footage I have seen online has that happening. I received mine this morning and will put it though its paces. I had a pocket 4k and a pocket 6k. So I will be comparing to those as I still have their original files/clips on my computer. I will be doing all handheld shots with adapted lenses Contax Zeiss lenses. I will report my honest feedback and if the camera does not impress, it will go back.
    I have no horse in this race as I only use adapted lenses anyways, so I am not defending this camera blindly. But I will say the footage you linked is pretty much all wide shots, set at infinity, with not much of a grade happening. Most cameras with that won't look impressive. I just think it has not been in enough hands yet to expect great footage yet - especially since good projects take weeks/months. A lot of the folks posting clips up seem to have no idea what they are doing, as they dont even have the proper shutter speed. Give it some time. 
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    Parker got a reaction from iamoui in When is Slo-mo Cheating?   
    I always shoot all my b-roll at 60p, especially for corporate projects, just makes everything easier and feel a bit more glossy. I think most clips running at 40% speed are actually very subtle most of the time, it looks and feels better in the edit but most ordinary viewers would be hard pressed to call it out as actual "slow motion," especially when it's just office-style b-roll of workers typing, using the phone, their computers, etc. 
    That being said I rarely use 120p or higher, unless the shot really calls for it, and I want it to be noticeable, like obviously stylized speed ramping on movement, fountains, sparks, etc. 
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    Parker got a reaction from leeys in Martin Scorsese and Christopher Nolan campaign launches "Filmmaker Mode" TV settings on upcoming LG and Panasonic sets   
    Thank goodness! I've been waging a one-man war against that nauseating soap opera "smooth motion" fake image interpolation-look on various family, friends', hotel's and even the occasional restaurant's TV sets for years. The saddest thing is when people claim they can't tell the difference. I can't stand it.
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    Parker got a reaction from lucabutera in Speedbooster for BMPC6K   
    Luca is forum member here on the site, he created custom speedboosters for the NX1 a couple years ago (I bought one from him, and still use it all the time) and he has since created very similar focal reducers for the Ursa mini/pro. He can absolutely be trusted, he's a good dude. 
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