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  1. EVA1 price dropped today - now $6495 US list price.
  2. I prefer intermediate codec to proxy workflow myself. Never had any problems using CineForm. Of course transcode is the pain in that workflow, but done and dusted at the start of the process, and surely less extra procedures than proxy anyway? Of course proxy has its advantages, I just prefer inters.
  3. I edit in Cineform rather than h.264, which I think really helps performance. Media Encoder is also very good, I find. Some other notes: Dynamic link (Premiere <--> After Effects) is quite a system resource hog. I tend to only use it if it's going to really benefit the project workflow. For quick stuff I just use the old-fashioned render-out method, which is rock solid. In addition to the above, I have had some render issues with complex projects. I have had to mitigate this on occasion by rendering out in high-quality chunks (or layers), recombining on a timeline and then re-rendering. So that's another big minus point - but that's only been occasional, when working with massive files on particularly complex timelines.
  4. I have had a pretty crash-free and bug-free experience with creative cloud personally. After Effects is completely stable as far as I'm concerned. I've had some minor niggles with premiere, and one serious problem - occasional hangs on using 'save as', which is annoying but can be mitigated with a workaround. Audition roundtrip works a treat. Photoshop and illustrator integration and stability are great. All in all is a fantastic suite, though whether the pricing is fair, I'm not sure. Certainly as a professional the price is easily worth paying.
  5. Ah, interesting. I remember ProRes fondly from back in the day, but maybe I'll do a comparison with CineForm before making a decision. Thanks for the heads-up.
  6. I highly doubt that any professional shooters simultaneously operate a monopod and a shotgun mic on a boom. If they do, and do it well, I hope they get paid a grand an hour.
  7. I imagine that will depend on whether you are shooting all-I or not.
  8. Great stuff. I will likely switch over from CineForm for my intermediate workflow. Just upgraded to GH5 so will have to figure a good 10-bit workflow also. BTW - how's stability these days? I'm still on a ver 9.2 build!!! ?
  9. With respect, I really wouldn't recommend that approach. With your brain trying to simultaneously balance two objects, and monitor both picture and sound, and meaningfully engage with another human being - trust me - something's gonna give! P.s - I retract 1 or 2 mins. Lav mics often take a little longer than that to get set up right.
  10. There really isn't a solution for this. Camera mounted mic won't work for interviews. It just won't. Boom Buddy won't work if you are hopping around a location hoping to interview people on the fly. You're ruling out lavaliers, but I think they're the only real option in this case. Radio-mic to a recorder setup alongside or underneath the camera. Will take a minute or two to set up the mic, with a bit of practise. This type of work really requires two people.
  11. No. Forget about it. It was a mistake of mine to mention it.
  12. There's a kind of compression called interlace (as an alternative to the more common progressive scan). It's highly likely that you are not using it, and it would have probably been better if I hadn't mentioned it - just passed through my head briefly. Probably best to forget about (or research it at another time if you're curious). I added a vid link to my comment btw.
  13. You're likely to get stuttering with your 30fps footage on a 24fps timeline. In future you should shoot 24p for this. If you are stuck with 30p and 60p footage (I'm assuming progressive scan?) then you should probably export for 30p I would have thought. Here's a basic vid on the topic:
  14. That's an unusual workflow, and one which I can't see any advantage to. It's customary to edit on a timeline that matches your output file, so in your case you would use a 24p timeline. Shooting at higher frame rates for sports action will give you either slow mo (which you seem to be achieving fine with your 60p footage) or smoother playback. But this last option only works if your output remains high frame rate. You basically have a choice - shooting at 24p for a 24p timeline, which will give you that nice filmic quality, or shooting 30p for a 30p timeline (and output render) which will give you a smooth video-like quality that might help to portray the sports movement more accurately. The choice is an aesthetic one. Shooting 30p then rendering 24p doesn't seem to make any sense to me. You don't get any significant slow mo, and you throw away all the frame that would have made the motion feel smoother. Unless I'm missing some technique here.
  15. Are you mastering to 30fps on the timeline because you prefer a smoother playback, rather than a film-look 24p? Or are you shooting 30fps to put on a 24p timeline (which seems pointless as far as I can figure)? 60fps --> 24p timeline should work fine (for slow-mo). Perhaps you are having playback issues on your edit machine. Try rendering the timeline.
  16. It really doesn't matter. You could even crop the UHD if you prefer the 1.9:1 aspect ratio, for a small drop in resolution.
  17. Too vague. Nobody's going to be able to give you meaningful advice because all of the cameras you have listed are brilliant cameras. Give us some more clues about what you value most in a system (useability? absolute pic quality? collect-ability? value for money? etc.). I'll pick up one one thing - you use the word 'fun' no less than 5 times in your post. I'd suggest the BMPC4K is likely to have the best fun-per-buck ratio out of any of those systems. You can buy a reasonable stills camera with the price difference to some of those other systems (possibly - total cost of ownership might inhibit this).
  18. I'm going to do some tests on this at some point. I'll post them up here.
  19. So, since the advice on this thread I've been using the Sigma 18-35 with a Metabones smart adaptor on my Gh4 with decent results. I've recently upgraded to the Gh5S, and had yet another idea for this challenge! As a reminder - I'm after a general range zoom (somewhere within 20 - 100 equivalent range) that allows for some degree of shallow DoF options for medium shots. The kind of thing that full frame users can enjoy with a f/2.8 or f/4 lens. So I already own a Metabones S adaptor (basically the same as the Ultra), and now also the non-speedboosting smart adaptor. My thought is whether the Ultra might help me realise my general zoom aim? I'm working on the understanding that it is not actually sensor size that increases DoF for a given composition, but the change in either camera distance to subject, or focal length required. So I'm wondering whether having the XL paired with something like a full frame 24 - 70 would make enough of a difference to be worthwhile? It would make me feel a bit queasy splashing out for yet another Metabones adaptor. But, bearing in mind that I'm seriously considering buying a new camera body just to deal with this issue, it might actually work out more cost effective!
  20. Here's a worthwhile look at the physical aspects of the camera (unfinalised), in comparison to the existing line-up: https://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/learn/expert-advice/panasonic-lumix-s1r-size-and-layout-comparison-gallery
  21. Latest whispering is of a miniature L-mount cinema camera: https://www.l-rumors.com/l2-first-rumors-about-l-mount-cinema-camera-from-panasonic/
  22. The key phrase is 'worked with' ?. I'm often a one man band, so wireless takes a welcome bit of hassle off my hands if I'm rigging lights, operating camera, and talent wrangling at the same time. Of course it can potentially introduce hassles of its own, but I've been very lucky with that so far. No drop outs or interference, save for one instance where me and another crew discovered we were running the same frequencies.
  23. What have you specifically enjoyed as a result of the change? Better audio? reliability? features?
  24. 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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