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    good lavalier for gh5 interview

    Wired is ultimately better, but the convenience of wireless trumps it if you are shooting and recording yourself. Mic up the talent, stick the transmitter in his/her pocket, and get on with the million and one other things you have to take care of. Just do everybody a favour and take off the headphones if they pop to the loo!!! Can see the merits of wired too though. It's a close call.
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    good lavalier for gh5 interview

    That's not been my experience at all (and I am very much an amateur when it comes to sound!). There's not much in it, but the directional nature of the mic vs the omnidirectional nature of the lav creates better separation of the subject from any background noise. True the lav gets closer to the source, but I still hear the shotgun mic delivering better precision. Also, clothing adds an unpredictable element to the recording with lavs if you want to hide them. I can usually get good sound in the end but have to EQ back in the higher frequencies. I boom over the top (slightly forward) of my interviewee, using a Rycote suspension mount. No basket. I'm aware of the phase cancellation problem with using shotgun mics indoors, but honestly, I've gotten perfectly fine results with it so far, and never noticed any degradation of the audio. It's true that something I'm not noticing might be going on, but the point is - I'm happy with the results. That said I have it in mind to upgrade my audio equipment, which lags far, far behind my camera and lighting (and editing) equipment, which shouldn't be the case at all really.
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    good lavalier for gh5 interview

    This, basically. You haven't yet got the budget for a decent wireless system. It's not worth getting a cheapo one. I use the Rodelink, which has worked very well for me. If you are using a camera mounted recorder for interviews, just about any kind of alternative is going to make a noticeable improvement. Getting the mic closer to the subject (as detailed above) is the winning strategy. I now use a boom buddy and an NTG2 (which I kind of want to upgrade, but is certainly reasonable - and close to your price range, btw), with the Rodelink relegated to backup most of the time.
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    I might get the C200

    Is there a RAW out to external workflow that gives you reasonable files? Can the Atomos recorders covert RAW to 10 bit video on the fly?
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    I might get the C200

    Everyone says that, but this is clearly a RAW camera for people who want top notch cinema images at low cost (by the crazy standards of this industry!). If they had also included mid-level codecs, who would then buy a C300? They would have destroyed their own highly-successful line of cameras.
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    Shoot in the dark or fake it?

    Atmosphere (fog or haze) is very often used to give torch lights those volumetric beams, btw. One more point - the most important aspect of these kinds of lighting setups is the modifiers. Particularly you will need quite a range of flags to control where your highlights end up, and to protect the rest of the set from stray light. If you can't get hold of professional ones, you can improvise these with bits of thick cloth or cardboard. But *IMPORTANT* be aware of fire safety using these materials alongside hot lights.
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    Shoot in the dark or fake it?

    Wait. Shooting a dark scene does not necessarily mean crazy high ISO. You really need to think about what you are exposing for. Do you want to see beams of light, with body shapes looming out of the shadows? Or is it important to see the actors faces, even when they are in the dark parts of the set? Darkness is suggested by high contrast, not just by making everything dark. So the trick is to get some specks of bright light hitting just the things you want the audience to see. Also, it's common for dark scenes to be lit slightly higher than intended and then 'crushed' somewhat in post (the shadow values taken down). This allows you to preserve a bit of detail in the shadows without the crazy ISOs you are correctly trying to avoid. The problem you will have with this last method is that, as I mentioned before, the real trick is to preserve high contrast, and if you raise the shadows, you also have to raise everything else - in other words, your flashlight and accent lights will then have to be pretty powerful. Spot metering is your friend. Do some tests. Grade the tests. A monitoring LUT might help on set if you are doing a kind of 'day for night' job.
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    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

    Paul Leeming (DP and LUT creator) has been enjoying his first outings (well, tests) with the camera. This from Facebook:
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    Big is better!

    He's a good thinker. He's inspired me to want to try shifting the battery from the rig to a hip (belt bag) mount, which was something else I noticed him do in the past.
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    Any recommendations to properly learn correction/grading?

    Which is the Ripple tutorial referred to? Googling suggests a few different options.
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    Panasonic announcing a full frame camera on Sept. 25???

    Any way of speculating whether the Panasonic lenses for this system will be focus-by-wire only?
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    GH4 color profiles

    Just for a bit of variety - I happen to think that Cinelike V is really nice for a quick-turnaround profile. The image looks really nice out of the camera, although it might be a bit contrasty for some tastes. I use - Cinelike V: -4, -5, -3, -1, 0
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    GH5s or A7III? No way to decide

    Not such a big problem. You either buy one really good camera, or the other really good camera. Happy days.
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    Panasonic S1R To Shoot Raw

    Dunno about obsolete. Most established professionals would pay a big premium for a fully-equipped cinema camera over a luxury hybrid, even if the jump in image-quality was tiny or non-existent. Not the same for entryists and monied enthusiasts of course. While the EVA1 might be a bit dented (or even seriously so), Varicam would be untroubled I'd imagine. For a piece of the expensive but mass-market FF mirror-less sector, that maths might possibly add up for Panasonic.
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    Panasonic announcing a full frame camera on Sept. 25???

    Are there likely to be advantages for video of the S1 over the S1R, or the other way round, would people think?
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