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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from gethin in Help with underexposed footage   
    Neat Video.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from kaylee in Lighting on set for fire VFX   
    My guess:
    Paint out light sources.
    Track the background.
    Add smoke elements (normal transfer mode I’m guessing), adjust levels/blur/etc. 
    Position/add fire elements, change to screen or add transfer mode. Adjust levels/blur.
    Roto foreground.
    Add embers/sparks.
    Maybe add haze, foreground smoke, etc.
    Color correct to add orange tint.
    (And of course track the camera motion so the elements follow it. Or that whole thing could be a still with shake added in post.)
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from kaylee in Lighting on set for fire VFX   
    I think those will work if they're bright enough.
    The only thing the gaffer said that I think is worth considering is you might also want a constant (non-flickering) dim orange source that's very soft/ambient or else it will look too high contrast and fake and also try to make sure the flickering feels a little random/offset. But that depends on the lights you're using. If it looks good as is it's fine. And fog/haze is good but consider adding it in post in addition or instead or else the bright areas will clump around the light sources. And be careful of front lighting smoke, can wash out the frame.
    Shoot some tests maybe but I think you'll make it work. Also maybe download a high quality iPhone app and then add in compression artifacts etc. in post for the vfx shots imo.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from mercer in Lighting on set for fire VFX   
    I’ve used this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKEv02ALtNY
    A gaffer I worked with recommends mixing the magic gadgets with a light that’s always turned on (once the "fire" starts) but dimmed way down. If it’s just the magic gadget it will look too obviously like a single pulsing source. You can add a few magic gadgets at different strengths and different speeds or with orange/yellow gels of different color/intensity.
    Fire is somewhere around 1800K-2500K I think. Tungsten lights are closer to 2900K so you can use orange gels to get it more orange. Or dimmed down tungsten bulbs are more orange already. But gels are most flexible in my experience. You can use a regular dimmer or one like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Yescom-Variable-Controller-Settings-Hydroponics/dp/B00U3LD1WA/ref=asc_df_B00U3LD1WA/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198107334619&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8937789165355064762&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001876&hvtargid=pla-351845451838&psc=1
    Or use a few of these mixed with one tungsten source with a gel or tungsten balanced LED with a gel, and have that source be soft (the "ambience" from the fire) or even bounced:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1437657-REG/luxli_orc_viola_m2_5_rgbaw_led_light.html/%3Fkw%3DLUORCVIOLAM2%26BI%3D225%26ap%3Dy%26smp%3Dy%26lsft%3DBI:514
    On a bigger budget, the magic gadget is a better choice imo. But not too different.
    Of course you have to plan and time it all up. Coordinate the effect on set with what's going on in post (in your head and then in post). A heat haze effect helps, too. Video Copilot has a pretty good one and it's cheap.
    I'd be wary mixing real flames and fake. Difficult to match the levels or control them. And you're working with real flames. But if you can pull it off, that might provide the most realistic effect. In my experience, if flames are the light source, they're really going to blow out so sometimes it's easier just to add them all in post even if it doesn't look 100% real. The flames are going to be a lot brighter than the rest of the scene, which will be underexposed, and that's tricky to expose correctly but if you add all the flames in post and use power windows on faces and whatnot it's not so bad imo.
    Fog elements help, too.
    Use screen or add transfer mode for the flames imo. That reference vid is comped pretty well imo and the elements look good from that vendor.
    Shoot and comp tests if you're unsure.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from kaylee in Lighting on set for fire VFX   
    I’ve used this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gKEv02ALtNY
    A gaffer I worked with recommends mixing the magic gadgets with a light that’s always turned on (once the "fire" starts) but dimmed way down. If it’s just the magic gadget it will look too obviously like a single pulsing source. You can add a few magic gadgets at different strengths and different speeds or with orange/yellow gels of different color/intensity.
    Fire is somewhere around 1800K-2500K I think. Tungsten lights are closer to 2900K so you can use orange gels to get it more orange. Or dimmed down tungsten bulbs are more orange already. But gels are most flexible in my experience. You can use a regular dimmer or one like this:
    https://www.amazon.com/Yescom-Variable-Controller-Settings-Hydroponics/dp/B00U3LD1WA/ref=asc_df_B00U3LD1WA/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=198107334619&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=8937789165355064762&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9001876&hvtargid=pla-351845451838&psc=1
    Or use a few of these mixed with one tungsten source with a gel or tungsten balanced LED with a gel, and have that source be soft (the "ambience" from the fire) or even bounced:
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1437657-REG/luxli_orc_viola_m2_5_rgbaw_led_light.html/%3Fkw%3DLUORCVIOLAM2%26BI%3D225%26ap%3Dy%26smp%3Dy%26lsft%3DBI:514
    On a bigger budget, the magic gadget is a better choice imo. But not too different.
    Of course you have to plan and time it all up. Coordinate the effect on set with what's going on in post (in your head and then in post). A heat haze effect helps, too. Video Copilot has a pretty good one and it's cheap.
    I'd be wary mixing real flames and fake. Difficult to match the levels or control them. And you're working with real flames. But if you can pull it off, that might provide the most realistic effect. In my experience, if flames are the light source, they're really going to blow out so sometimes it's easier just to add them all in post even if it doesn't look 100% real. The flames are going to be a lot brighter than the rest of the scene, which will be underexposed, and that's tricky to expose correctly but if you add all the flames in post and use power windows on faces and whatnot it's not so bad imo.
    Fog elements help, too.
    Use screen or add transfer mode for the flames imo. That reference vid is comped pretty well imo and the elements look good from that vendor.
    Shoot and comp tests if you're unsure.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from IronFilm in Sony 6K Full Frame PXW-FX9/FX6 Leak   
    I've liked Canon and Panasonic in the past but if this has A9 AF and Venice color it's game over.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from Geoff CB in Sony 6K Full Frame PXW-FX9/FX6 Leak   
    I've liked Canon and Panasonic in the past but if this has A9 AF and Venice color it's game over.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to kaylee in How Can I Be A Young Director?   
    mentally ill = funny
    name a hilarious comedian who is 100% sane...?
    zach, im crazy too, believe me. its not easy. but im also funny af and u gotta think thats part of it, u kno?
    dont worry man, youre in GREAT company...!
     
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic S1H review / hands-on - a true 6K full frame cinema camera   
    4000 very clean, barely any noise at all.
    12,800 is fine. Better than the A7S II
    25,600 is ok.
    If all camera reviews had to wait for the A7S III, you would not be getting any reviews at all.
     
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from kaylee in How would you pitch a faux-"reality" comedy show to Netflix? literally   
    I'm the same way and I get into terrible creative partnerships as a result, but it sounds like you're in a good one!
    It could have just been someone with the same name, I never sent the suitcase back. But I did google the address and the house there is worth >$4 million and it's in the right part of town so maybe... 😕 
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from kaylee in How would you pitch a faux-"reality" comedy show to Netflix? literally   
    I think this is good advice.
    I'm not one to ask personally, but in every case I can think of where someone I know "made it," they made something and through a combination of people they know irl and/or online platforms (major festivals, YouTube, even small local or online festivals but run by people with industry clout) or even just saying to their boss "hey I wrote this will you read it" they got what they needed to get a meeting or representation and took it from there. But the content always came first and it seems there was always an intermediate step. I think...
    Anyway, getting into a major festival can get you representation pretty easily.
    You can try hiring a press agent, too, or getting someone you know to pull strings. Or hiring someone to handle festival entries.
    Just my opinion of course. 
    This sounds great. I thought your last short was more interesting than a lot of Netflix content and I love King of Comedy so I would watch it. But I would worry about the short/pilot before worrying about the series. (Also, record good sound.)
    It sounds like it might be a good fit at one of the production companies Adult Swim hires out, and I think those companies work with Netflix and others, too. I submitted a short to one of them about a decade ago, worked with people at another, and flunked a job interview at a third lol. But they all seem fun.
    Generally, I think Netflix is going to production companies rather than to individuals so I'd focus on the journey rather than the destination. Of course, if I actually knew how to succeed at this I probably wouldn't be posting here. Or maybe not.
    If you're in LA that does make it easier. I met a showrunner in Trader Joe's and now he has an HBO show in development but I didn't have anything to show him. 😕 I also bought a suitcase at Hollywood goodwill and it had the home address of an A-list showrunner and instructions to return it to him, I think. Maybe I should have... with a pilot script. (This actually happened.)
    Another tip someone told me: people like to be appreciated (but it's nice when it's in good faith and not just fawning). You can generally hunt down anyone's email address, and if you can't you aren't trying hard enough. Look for someone you genuinely would like to work for, and try to work for them. Then show them your stuff. This is harder if you want to do everything entirely on your own, which is sort of my deal and it sounds like you might be that way, too, in which case festivals seem like a better bet.
    Channel 101 used to be a really good scene, but it seems like the well has run dry even though their current content is still fun. It feels a little like an imitation of itself to me, but I really like some of the current shows anyway.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Kisaha in How Does This Production Company Name Sound?   
    Yeah, why not. Do whatever you'd like, on a complicated world a little simplicity can be beneficial for all!
    If you can work around a bit to your original idea maybe you have something.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to webrunner5 in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Pretty hard to shoot a Redhead though. Been there done that. My first wife was Irish as Patty's pig. I have a weak spot for them.
    I am not going to vote. Loaded question lol. I like both to be honest, but Really liking the new Panny S1 CS. Great compromise. It might be the best one out there overall, at least to me .
    I really like I said hate the new Canon CS. I would Never consider buying the C100 mk II even though it is a Ton better camera overall, just because of the new CS. It does not look Anything like the CS I grew up with using Canon products. Sure to the younger people on here the newer stuff is what You grew up with. To each their own.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Geoff CB in Which colour science do you like the most?   
    Are you kidding me?

    The Canon image has her face in shadow and uses one source of indirect lighting from the left, sun seems to be on the right illuminating her hair. It's also at an angle that is flattering to her face. 
    The Sony image has sun sources directly  in front of her face, with a green bounce coming off the grass from in front of her.  It's shot straight on.

    If anyone on this site besides you put up that original post they would have gotten raked over hot coals for it. Probably by you.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from DBounce in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    I think that's what these arguments ultimately come down to, personal preference. 
    I think the PB grades look hideous, but that's just my personal preference. I think the grades themselves are very well done, much better than most YouTube channels. I just don't like the style with lifted blacks, sort of a monochromatic faded wash, etc. My favorite film stocks are generally Ektar and Velvia type stuff, so very saturated and higher contrast. Just a difference of opinion. I think he has a good eye and is technically adept, just not my favorite style.
    And I do like his reviews, he's charismatic. But it feels like an instagram filter over everything (to me). Then again.... look how popular instagram is.
    But that's 100% personal opinion. And why I think arguing over color is a bit worthless once you've made up your mind about what you like. I strongly suspect we all see color very differently from each other.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from liork in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    I think I heard that from a friend (a working DP whose A cam is a C300 Mk II). He didn't like the the A7S, really liked the A7R III I believe.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from heart0less in Sony A7R IV / A7S III / A9 II to feature 8K video, as new 60MP and 36MP full frame sensor specs leak   
    I think that's what these arguments ultimately come down to, personal preference. 
    I think the PB grades look hideous, but that's just my personal preference. I think the grades themselves are very well done, much better than most YouTube channels. I just don't like the style with lifted blacks, sort of a monochromatic faded wash, etc. My favorite film stocks are generally Ektar and Velvia type stuff, so very saturated and higher contrast. Just a difference of opinion. I think he has a good eye and is technically adept, just not my favorite style.
    And I do like his reviews, he's charismatic. But it feels like an instagram filter over everything (to me). Then again.... look how popular instagram is.
    But that's 100% personal opinion. And why I think arguing over color is a bit worthless once you've made up your mind about what you like. I strongly suspect we all see color very differently from each other.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic S1R Pixel Shift beats Fuji GFX 100   
    DPReview say the GFX 100 is giving the best image they've ever tested...
    I'd say the S1R does even better in Pixel Shift mode
    https://www.dpreview.com/news/6009498706/fujifilm-gfx100-sets-new-benchmark-in-our-studio-scene
    Impressive stuff from Panasonic to better the resolving power of 100 megapixel medium format.

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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Mako Sports in Canon DPAF vs ARRI Alexa Mini with Focus Puller   
    The dancer was sick but this was kinda of a silly test. The better AC was like neck and neck with the DPAF. I think if you put in a 10+ year AC vet or a Pro Sports Camera man they would exceed any autofocus system.
    It really comes down to the skill of the AC, not to mention most legit video lenses don't have AF motors.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Andrew Reid in Panasonic FF L-mount Cine camera coming   
    Viewing distances + screen size, not just the size.
    I notice nearly every pixel of a 1080p image on a laptop, sat close to it, and same image at cinema sat way back looks like an 8K film scan
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from webrunner5 in How sketchy a vendor is 6ave?   
    At that point it’s a harder choice. For me at least. At $3k or $4k it’s an easy choice.
    I think most people would prefer the C200 to the EVA1. I think the C200 is a technically superior camera and far more feature-rich. The NDs and DPAF are great. The dynamic range and low light actually seem better to me than anything else under $10k for “cinema” but just by a hair. Dynamic range is just outstanding. Great build quality, best NDs I've used by far (this matters a lot more to me than to most people), DPAF with tap to focus via Wifi or the included monitor, etc.
    But what’s missing–10 bit intermediate codec, proper timecode sync, good shoulder mounting options–is frustrating. It's not like Panasonic is amazing in that regard: you get 10 bit h264 instead of ProRes, timecode sync that I've read has a tendency to drift (but even the F5 was frustrating for me in this regard, so whatever), and you need a Z finder because Panasonic and Canon both charge $6k for their entry-level EVFs. It's pretty terrible too, but it's something. 
    Personally, I think I prefer the colors on the Panasonic, but that’s largely nostalgia for the dvx100. C200 has more modern color, more neutral imo. The kids would prefer it, but I'm getting old. My favorite cinematography is Kaminski's stuff from around fifteen or twenty years ago. I also associate the "dvx look" with that era subconsciously so it might just be nostalgia.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from webrunner5 in How sketchy a vendor is 6ave?   
    Thanks, and yeah it is a great camera in most ways. I guess I just started putting Alexa and EVA1 footage from jobs I was on into the same Resolve timeline and throwing on way too many LUTs and noticing the C200 footage fell apart sooner, despite being raw and being flatter. It looks amazing if you don't mess with it too much, but if you do it gets chunky. I totally agree with keeping it simple, though, that might be the best solution. 
    The C200 definitely has more highlight detail than the EVA1, even if only by less than half a stop. It's noticeable. 
    Never tried the SDI out. I don't like external recorders. But that would solve the problem I'm having with raw being too slow to edit. That's really the biggest problem.
    A big part of this was just the price tag. If I could get an EVA1 for $3000 I could sell the C200 and still come out ahead. But now I'm less sure.
    Overall I totally agree with keeping it simple.
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to CaptainHook in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    It reconstructs data in clipped channels from non-clipped channels. i.e Will do nothing if all channels are clipped. And the reconstructed data is generally absent of colour information since it's not known what was missing in the clipped data, and just heads to the white point.
    I'm not sure what's available with the C200 rawlite files as I'm not in the Resolve team so my "inside" knowledge only surrounds our cameras and what we provide to the Resolve team (Blackmagic RAW is developed in the camera team).

    I do know for instance though the C300 mk2 raw output over SDI has white balance information "baked in", which means all 3 channels are clipped (to avoid non-white highlights) so highlight recovery would not be possible on such data.
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    HockeyFan12 got a reaction from Emanuel in 1080p delivery looks like better than 4K?   
    http://yedlin.net/ResDemo/#
    I actually prefer the look of the 2k images in that demo to the 6k images. 
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    HockeyFan12 reacted to Kisaha in JVC is back with a new cinema camera!!   
    There is a whole subforum for anamorphic, you can take the conversation there. 
    I do not believe anamorphic is a big deal for most people, it can be helpful for some but these type of cameras are bread bringers, mostly just tools.
    LS300 sold quite well here for weddings, in schools/institutions and the such. It was an advanced camcorder with some great innovation thrown in.
    @KnightsFan I found the body not convinient for anything really. XC15 or C100mkII are my favorite. Imagine an XC15 body and grip with almost any small prime in front and the variable zoom prime function. Masterpiece!
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