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Ivko Pivko

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  1. The problem I see is there's no other compact with mic-in jack, 4k, eye focus and a 180º screen. Sony can sit back which is bad for us. I also think like @IronFilm . They established as the best and can now react to whatever appears in the market. 

    Canon can't do 4k and phase detection and Panasonic has a m43 LX100 II but didn't change anything significant from the previous one.

    We can complain for more features but then they'll tell us to buy something else if we can find anything enticing.

  2. I agree with Reaper and Fusion, there are not much alternatives there, although, and depending on the level and if you're used to layers and comps don't discredit Hitfilm. I know is not as powerful as Fusion but I see it growing every year as a viable alternative just not for fast turnaround or high level stuff yet.

    And lightroom, for DAM it depends. On1 is really nice, the price is right and the tools are nice. I feel it's still a little bit clunky, not as polished as say Capture One but as with hitfilm, don't discard it because it looks it's developing quite well. It might be the age but I'm more willing to buy products from developers that listen and help them grow(and I include Blackmagic here). Or it might be my desire to find underdogs and Davids that can bring some fight to big Goliaths.

    For photoshop I rather use Affinity photo but in the open source world see the development of Krita more elegant than Gimp.

  3. I was naive and I though it was a creative choice to show how nobody would see anything in a night without moon and with dead fearless zombies attacking from the dark zone of torches that would render the night vision of people useless. It was HBO fucking compression and who knows what more. Dammit.

    I was lucky in my work nobody knows anything about photography or video and they ate my theory completely agreeing and all, thinking I was the expert. Better keep this quiet. ?

  4. 18 minutes ago, Avenger 2.0 said:

    If you want to switch from Adobe, here is my list.

    Lightroom -> On1 Photo Raw, Luminar, Capture One

    Photoshop -> Affinitiy Photo

    Premiere Pro -> Davinci Resolve

    Illustrator -> Affinity Designer

    InDesign -> Affinity Publisher (beta)

    That's my list too. I bought Luminar and it doesn't even generate the catalog on my i3 Mac mini 2018. Go to On1, or Capture one. They work.

  5. I loved the first season but I didn't know the second one was already airing. Unfortunately it looks it's not available here.

    Is it weekly or bingeable? If it's weekly maybe it will come to Europe once all the episodes have been aired.

  6. I'm sure they're not hurt by money but is nice to see the discount emails from Adobe. It satisfies so much to click the delete button.

    I guess they're reaching market saturation and alternatives are getting finally viable. On1, Affinity, Resolve, Fusion covers most of what I do and I don't have to pay the price of a small new computer every year to have the privilege of using buggy software.

  7. 2 minutes ago, BTM_Pix said:

    Hang on....that keyboard is going to be $995.

    I suppose if you consider that the software is free then that means its probably only about $495 overpriced !

    It will speed teams and editors process shaving minutes and seconds. I consider it more of a specialized tool. We will probably still be able to use gaming macro keyboards and editing jog wheels for less.

  8. On 3/29/2019 at 2:57 AM, Snowbro said:

    Sold the 1DX II; I will buy another Canon when they have..

    • IBIS
    • FF 4k
    • 10-bit internal
    • 120p 1080p
    • 4K 60p

    In a mirrorless body under $4,000

    That will be their next canon pro model. But if you use EF lenses then all deactivates. Drop the cash. 

  9. 16 hours ago, KnightsFan said:

    Same! Do you have any experience with ultra cheap wireless systems?

    I tried the Saramonic SR-WM4C but got a buzzing noise. They're 150€ here, so not that cheap and I returned them to save for the Rodelink. This makes much more sense for my small needs and interviews and hopefully it will be good enough!

    I've seen people hanging the nikon's wireless on their shirts and it was awful. The form factor and the idea that I can use a smartlav+ which I have lying around or rely on the on board mic for nervous people is great. Hopefully the on board will be isolated well enough against rubbing. 

  10. I think you don't raise the prices of a service that is unsuccessful. Maybe they're going to try to squeeze the available customers before Disney arrives.

    I have the feeling the system is going to be as the early days of studios, with big contracts to generate serials and films (Netflix-Millar) and we're still in early exploration periods. Do people prefer binging or week episodes? Maybe depends of the serial? Which genres attract more repeated customers? Do people leave after one serial and come back for season 2 or can we offer them something to stay?

    Netflix is doing all right and all the investment and crap they show now will help to fine tune their strategy and improve soon enough. I mean, Marvel is going to be huge and they're going to lose customers unless they have something in a similar tone and HBO, except three or four serials don't have enough production to keep me paying every month, at least where I am the price is around four coffees, which I can live without.

    In case of Apple, we already know that their production is going to be bland and without bite and I'm not sure they'll reach a big chunk of the market. And for Disney, it's going to be interesting if the budgets and serials they're going to offer plus their catalog will be enough to make people pay the fee, which I'm guessing is not going to be low.

    Budgets are crazy right now but the system is evolving, I'm sure they'll discover in the next years where's the limit. Maybe a tentpole a month or every trimester and then smaller, more throw to the wall to see what sticks productions. Sci Fi channel were pioneers ?

  11. On 12/24/2018 at 4:54 AM, webrunner5 said:

    I have hardly scratched the surface on this thing, but one thing I have noticed a reasonable amount in the limited time I have used it, is a lot of Wonky looking lens flair in video and photo mode in sunny conditions. I Ain't liking that too much I can tell you that. I have seen the same thing in other people's videos so it isn't just my copy of phone doing it. That could be a bummer. There has been precious few moments of sunlight in the last week to check it out more. Time will tell I guess. Might be the first damn camera that needs a lens hood LoL. I hope not. Sure doesn't appear to be something you could fix in a Firmware update?

    The new Filmic pro LOG2 changes the design of the flair. I don't even know how is that possible.


    6 hours ago, IronFilm said:

    That was the HWD-F900, an extremely old camera by today's standards. 
    And also way back then at the start of the digital era, then there was waaaaaaay less expertise in how to handle digital (from start through to post production) than we have today. 

    I'm not dissing the film. I saw it in the cinema. I think it was 2002 when it arrived to Spain. I knew it was the beginning and I exited the cinema thinking that yes, it was the future but it still had shortcomings. Sixteen years later we have finally profiles that look better than the F900. Just going through the mobile film fest 2018 show that we're still not there but soon is going to be another viable tool for some productions (stealth shooting, shy people or scared of big cameras) without compromising image quality.

    Filmconvert has announced profiles for the  iphones with filmic pro too. I'm just happy I can take less weight and size with Ryanair reducing more and more the stuff we can carry. 

  12. 50 minutes ago, Kisaha said:

    Do not know what "Brawley us" mean. 


    Don't worry about it. Peace.


    51 minutes ago, Kisaha said:

    Ergonomics/battery consumption/various video features/high iso performance and so many others, are hot topics for years, and suddenly a sensor smaller than my finger nail, on a device slimmer than my finger are enough for pro's to earn their bread?


    All of what you say it's still very important but we're entering again on the slippery subject of what a pro is. Nobody's going to make a Marvel film on an iPhone, but maybe the next low budget ball buster, record breaker will.

    I just was pointing out that camera-form-factor jumpshipping could be a trend for '19. Other than that, I'm interested in seeing if that forces manufacturers to stop giving us half featured packages and finally sell fully useful products in different form factors. I'd love an RX100VII with either a mic input or a hot shoe adapter. A GH6 with dual phase AF or similar or a Sony with a tilty swively screen. Maybe even Canon can do something about shooting 60p on the R for all the users that still have EF lenses like me (has it been fixed already?).

    All in all '19 is looking like a wait, see and save year. 

  13. 6 minutes ago, KnightsFan said:


    How good is the security on your coffee machine? Making coffee one day, being leveraged to attack Twitter tomorrow, and providing a backdoor into your home network the day after. It's worth being wary of cheap, internet-enabled devices with little to no security.


    That is actually scary and wasn't aware of.

    And speaking on the mobile thing. I found the trailer for Session 9. I remember going to the cinema because I wanted to see the digital revolution happening and got shocked of how bad it was sometimes in compare with film. That was Cinealta guys. It looks like "natural" profile on the iphone in some of the shots now.


  14. 37 minutes ago, Kisaha said:


    C'mon @Kisaha , don't Brawley us. A shift in the industry marks either a point were manufacturers enter in high gear and make our tools better to avoid the bleeding or abandon ship. It's going to be interesting at least.

    And remember, mobile market has reach saturation, they can grow on some aspects like video now, that lights the fire under traditional camera manufacturers (Sony fails at mobile by now outside of sensors) at their low-mid end cameras as they did previously with point and shoots. Bloggers, instagramers and influencers (hate that word) could very well soon skip 1" sensor cameras and mirrorless to stay mobile.

    On the other side, when you got horrendous quality first films or serials "shot on mobile" (as I remember with digital in cinealta's Session 9) suddenly you find the quality good enough for some productions. 

  15. 11 hours ago, sanveer said:

    And failed miserably with the Hydrogen. 


    I didn't wanted to say it. I'm sure once they have the supply chain in control they'll try a second time, improving the mistakes and maybe getting rid of the holographic screen to reduce the price.


    11 hours ago, sanveer said:

    The FilmicPro V2 had shown that this type of sensor (with a completely open API, something Samsung is not famous for), can easily bypass 12 stops under the right algorithms. This hints that with the next generation sensors (and may be 10-bit 4-2-0 video), smartphone can easily reach 13 stops of video dynamic range.


    The new update with the XR is simply unbelievable. I wish I had it for the video I recorded for my work.


    11 hours ago, sanveer said:

    I am also planning to sell the last of my filmmaking gear and move to smartphones. Hopefully 2019 has great news for filmmakers.  


    We're three now getting rid of our big heavy stuff counting with @webrunner5 , 2019 trend???


    11 hours ago, sanveer said:

    I wouldn't use AI to do things. Smart IoT profucts are best avoided. 


    Just coffee with my dripping coffee machine, on-off after five minutes and some lights that change the temperature and dim to let know my children that it's time to relax and get ready to go to bed. No smart speakers eavesdropping all conversations, appart from Siri in the mobile of course, but that now is unavoidable.

  16. 20 minutes ago, sanveer said:

    If a smartphones gets good photos (dynamic range, low light and zoom), and video (Log Profile, good dynamic range and high bitrates even if it's video a paid App, and preferably 10-bit or 10-bit in an 8-bit wrapper) I would like yo pick up one. 


    Red has tried and somebody else will get it right. It's bound to happen and camera makers should react. When a phone can get 4k 50p, a mic input, streaming capabilities, LOG, editable depth of field and some kind of interchangeable lens system for less than an RX10IV or RX100VI it's hard to justify the expense at an amateur level.

    Edited: Especially when you get a fantastic everyday tool that can literally make coffee (Siri makes me coffee with my cheapo machine and a connected socket) 10 minutes more of sleeping every morning!

  17. I'm not getting paid at the moment to make videos, so when I decided to upgrade I got disappointed that Canon R is fragile, not very interesting and expensive lenses, the Sonys are still lacking 50p 4k and a tilty swively screen and the Panas, DPAF. At the end I decided to get an iPhone XR and some moment lenses to try the DOP effect and damn if it's not surprising how versatile is.

    I made a video for the work with a Zhiyun gimbal and everybody enjoyed the content, nobody cared how it was shot or the depth of field. Also I've been taking portraits for my colleagues for Iinkedin and social media and the computational thing with an app like focos is good enough. Phones are already there and the only way I see myself now buying a 1" sensor camera is if they include a mic input and some depth sensor in it. The software on the computer side needs to start using this information too.

    I'm going to wait and see for a year how this develops but I got lazy after this upgrade and every time I see the Nikons and Canons being pushed on youtube I want to buy less and less a big camera.

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