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  1. What was it about the camera / footage that you didn't like?
  2. The XC10 - the bane of my introduction to colour grading. I could never get the footage to look good, and now I finally realise why. Long story short, it's a cinema camera with a slow zoom lens, so you have to use it fully-manual, and I didn't. What that means is that if you put a scene in front of it that is within a few stops of correct exposure then it will look fine, but if not then it will either drown the image in ISO noise, or will hit its fastest shutter-speed (which being a cine camera isn't that fast) and will then stop down the lens, which was slow to begin with, and introd
  3. I've gone through and reviewed the shots I pulled from my back catalog and got some interesting results. Let's start with the GH5 in UHD 24p, on a 1080p timeline. (In order to sharpen you have to have something to work with, so I'll be talking about how good the codec is, you'll see why later on...) Take a shot like this, SOOC: Apply a CST and maybe some level adjustments if it needs it, and we get: and this is what the analysis looks like: This looks very similar to what we saw from the streamed reference images. The stubble but softened ligh
  4. kye

    Resolve Training

    I didn't realise there were PDFs - that might be worth a look. I've commented before elsewhere that it's tricky once you know half a program because you probably won't get the overall structure / rationale of it from continuing to learn bit-by-bit but that watching videos that are mostly filled with things you already know is almost unbearably tedious. PDFs however, might be useful as you can scroll and go at your own pace. As an aside, I didn't realise until recently how useful the speed controls are in YouTube - watching something you're broadly familiar with in 1.5x or 2x speed can b
  5. kye

    Resolve Training

    I've watched some of their videos in the past and found them very good. They're quite slow, considering they cover everything and don't assume prior knowledge, but are very thorough. What is especially valuable, and you almost can't get anywhere else, is that they give you hints of how they designed Resolve to work and the architecture of it all. If you have the time and patience then watching the videos might be good value. Not sure what value certification would give you unless you're a pro looking for work though, and you're likely to have to re-certify every new version.
  6. I've gradually worked my way "up" from cameras that applied too much sharpening to less and less. Typically they applied too much and so I got a bit familiar with blurring the image to soften it to get it to a good look. Now I own cameras that shoot in 1080p RAW and look completely silly without sharpening, and I realise I know very little about how to do that. Interestingly, there aren't many tutorials around going through how to do it, even the basics aren't covered well. Unlike topics such as how to apply a LUT, but I digress. So, this thread is about me learning to apply sha
  7. I used to be into hifi and buying exotic valves and one of the stores that sold old valves started selling jewellery as well. Lots of hifi guys aren't the type to really understand women so maybe wouldn't know where to start and (maybe out of guilt / obligation) would just shop there as it was easy and they were already signed up etc. I have no idea how much they sold, but they still have a section of the site dedicated to it and their selection seems to have expanded! Maybe combine things? "There's a shortage of food, therefore prices have gone right up, that's why your car
  8. I've found that normally the best display for someone to judge something on is the one they're used to the most. The best display in the world won't be a good reference if it's different to what you're used to. The argument that no-one is viewing things using a calibrated display is very common, but is ultimately a very strange idea. Chefs know that food tastes different to everyone, but they don't go around saying that there's no point making the food taste good to them because people eat their food with uncalibrated mouths. Musicians don't go around saying that there's no point pract
  9. Interesting survey, although hardly surprising results coming from a site with "economics" in the name. I've been doing an interesting survey for more than two decades where I ask senior management about talent and the overall state of the workforce. The result? Every leader that ever commented to me said they have very serious difficulty hiring people with leadership ability. A decent percentage volunteered that they've had to change their approach to organising, even restructuring, to work with the leadership pool they have. I've detected no change in this over the years. In bu
  10. I'd be curious to hear how many people commenting in this thread have calibrated displays and are viewing in controlled lighting conditions. When comparing images with no reference (except pure aesthetic reaction and visual memory) these things factor in hugely.
  11. That sounds like it! Anyone who has recorded sports in 120p (or more) and then had to review the footage in post will know that slow-motion is no joke... for every second of 120p you watch at 24p, you get 4 seconds further behind!
  12. I'm having deja-vu as I swear someone has asked this question before, and it made no sense then or now. What are you trying to achieve? and how is this not achieved by shooting 24p with a short shutter speed?
  13. @EphraimP I definitely prefer A as it's warmer and colours have more clarity and fullness. B is cooler and so the neutral tones in the background and lack of saturation in the skin tones make it look more hollow and like the guy is in poor health. If it's meant to be in neutral lighting and the guy in good health then B looks like someone has used the wrong colour space transform. Having said that, you haven't said what the film is about, and "nice" doesn't work well for horror or action or many other genres, so the aesthetic should dictate the look...
  14. OT, but I thought this was an interesting video on the supply chain issues: TL;DR: by optimising supply chains for the lowest costs you concentrate demand onto fewer and fewer suppliers and supply chains, which also happens when factories to make highly specialised items like semiconductors cost so much to setup, but unfortunately that means that that approach introduces many single-points-of-failure in the production of many goods. There are also issues with unbalanced supply chains causing shortages of things like shipping containers etc and any temporary situations (like loc
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