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    andrew_dotdot reacted to steeped-prod in Ronin S and X-T3 Settings   
    I just velcro a USB C PD battery pack to mine. Then I don’t have to worry about anything and isn’t really much of an inconvenience to me. I would worried on those 10-12 hour filming days that I would draw too much power from my ronin-s anyway. I love that I never have to worry about taking a second battery for my ronin s as long as it is fully charged before we film.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to leslie in How to get Canon-like skin tones?   
    why not just buy a canon. there's like 5 different models with three different tiers, surely you could find something to suit your budget ?
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to kye in A Pocket 4K, X-T3, 5DMk3 ML raw odyssey   
    I think people can get a bit precious when talking about bit depths for colour, when I think that above 10-bit it's the compression and codec that is much more important.
    If someone reading this disagrees then I'd highly encourage them to get your hands on some 14-bit RAW files and export them to a 10-bit, 12-bit and 14-bit uncompressed files and then compare those files in post.
    There's lots of debate about if 8-bit is enough or if 10-bit is required, but there's no huge emotions in talking about 10 and up.
    I shot a bunch of RAW test clips with ML at different bit depths and decided that 10-bit was all I needed, and coming from that footage to the 10-bit files from my GH5 I don't miss anything in terms of colour grading ability. 
    What I do miss is the RAW image quality and how analogue it is in comparison to h264 and even h265.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Mattias Burling in A Pocket 4K, X-T3, 5DMk3 ML raw odyssey   
    In s35 mode on the EOS-R I don't think you could get five out of five on a blind test next to the C100mkii.
    I did some side by side with my BMMCC as well and the R has more detail and almost identical DR to the BMDs Prores HQ.
    Personally I use it in full frame HD for mini docs all the time. It's either going online for social media or projected on big movie screens. So no need for anymore detail. I always have my BMD on standby but so far I just keep using the R. 
     
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Attila Bakos in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    The headroom is smaller, the X-T3 can't write this card at full speed. It's somewhere between 60-70 MB/s, but it's still enough. It all depends on the actual body, afaik the GH5 can't even write at 50 MB/s to this card.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to The ghost of squig in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Yeah it's the 95MB/s write card. Interestingly, Sandisk lowered the specified write speed on the 170MB/s read cards to 90MB/s write. 400Mbits/s write is only 50/MB/s so both cards have plenty of headroom. The faster read speed will be welcome ?
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to androidlad in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Overall I do prefer HLG, but in this case I was mainly testing the GHalex LUT and it works better with F-log material in terms of skintone.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to androidlad in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    More datarate per group of frame to minimise F-log blocking/banding.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to androidlad in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Shot a water sports festival with X-T3, hugely empowered by the enhanced face detection in the latest firmware, face select also came in handy when switching subject.
    F-log, HEVC 400Mbps LongGOP, sharpness and NR -4,  custom WB.
    Graded with GHalex LUT, simple contrast/saturation adjustments
    A couple observations:
    1. Face detection does not work at all with sunglasses, would be great if it could.
    2. To get the purest colours from X-T3, custom WB is the way to go! Use a proper white/neutral grey card to set a custom WB to the key light.



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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Mattias Burling in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    For me Canon lenses AF on Fuji for stills stretches from mediocre to usable. Compared to as advertised on a Canon body (both mirror and DPAF).
    For video on a Fuji the Canon lenses AF stretches from bad to absolutely unusable. Compared to really really good on a Canon body with DPAF.
    I've tried 28/1.8, 50/1.8 STM, 85mm f1.8, 200/2.8L and a bunch of zooms.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Anaconda_ in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    I'm not sure why this keeps being said. I set BOTH clips (h265 AND ProRes) to FULL LEVELS and they matched in 16b3.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to newfoundmass in Budget Stereo Microphone Options?   
    Yeah, that's not an issue in sports venues that have people in spandex throwing each other around and fans hooting and hollering?
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from newfoundmass in Budget Stereo Microphone Options?   
    I had a TM-2X that I  bought to use with a Tascam DR-60D mk2 -- I turned on the plug-in power and was set to go, but the noise floor was not good. I do understand that the preamp for input 3/4 on the DR-60D is not the best, but I returned the TM-2X immediately. That said, might be just the thing for a wrestling film.  "Noise floor? What? I can't hear you!"
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from webrunner5 in Budget Stereo Microphone Options?   
    I had a TM-2X that I  bought to use with a Tascam DR-60D mk2 -- I turned on the plug-in power and was set to go, but the noise floor was not good. I do understand that the preamp for input 3/4 on the DR-60D is not the best, but I returned the TM-2X immediately. That said, might be just the thing for a wrestling film.  "Noise floor? What? I can't hear you!"
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Attila Bakos in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    I can only do it sometime tomorrow.
    It's easy to test though. Shoot a color chart or something with reds, export a frame from Resolve, and do another export with ffmpeg like this:
    ffmpeg -i input.mov -vframes 1 output.tif
    Then compare output.tif with the frame coming from Resolve. If they look identical, the issue is fixed.
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from thephoenix in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Resolve 16 Beta 3 -- I posted this in the thread about Resolve 16, but the Fuji fans are here: Does anyone know what this snippet from the change log specifically is talking about?
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to KnightsFan in Sony vs Canon vs Fujifilm   
    I'm not the op. I'd also like to know what @Tomda goes for in the end, and how well it works out!
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from kye in The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread   
    Wow! I made a rather halfarsed attempt to do this one time and failed. I will definiera give this another try. Thank you!
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to kye in The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread   
    You can!
    Step 1: apply the plugin

    Step 2: select the "Show Mask" box under Skin Mask

    Step 3: connect another node like this, then apply adjustments in the second node:

    As you can see it's not perfect, but this is probably a bad example and I didn't try at all to refine it, and there are lots of mask refinement adjustments in the Face Refinement plugin.
    Bonus Tip: you can do this with any node that has a "show mask" feature.  I've done it with the EdgeDetect plugin, for example to soften only particularly harsh edges, etc.  Lots of potential using this method to get highly stylised effects that no single plugin can do by itself.
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from KnightsFan in Sony vs Canon vs Fujifilm   
    I use both ML on a 5D3 and a Fujifilm X-T3 at the moment. I haven't used Sony mirrorless. Here are some observations. 
    As far as ML on the 5D3 is concerned, I capture 1920x1080 25fps 12-bit raw with lossless compression, which is 40Mb/s (more on this later*). This bit rate is significantly lower than the uncompressed formats, and in my experience this has significantly improved the reliability of the camera when writing to the CF cards. In a recent project I have captured 200GB of interview footage over a couple of days with zero errors. I rotate on four 64BG cards and one 128GB card, which me gives ample time to empty them as we go. And as earlier commented, "oh, that image." Never moiré or stair-stepping. Note: no continuous autofocus on the 5D3.
    I got the X-T3 to replace my Canon 70D, which has great auto-focus, but has a really pronounced moiré and stair stepping problem. I recorded 1280x720 raw with ML, and it was a bit of a problem child. Nothing like my experience the comparatively-reliable 5D3 on ML. Don't go for Canon mirrorless for these reasons, but do go for a used 5D3 if one presents itself!
    The X-T3 is my first mirrorless camera. I like it, but the continuous autofocus isn't as good as Canon's DPAF. At 4k and highest data rate, it's pushing 4:2:0 10-bit footage at 50Mb/s onto an SD card. It requires a good card, but not necessarily a UHS-2. A Sandisk Extreme UHS-1 card also works. I have one of each, both 128GB. *That 50Mb/s is a higher data rate than the 5D3 raw, but it's actually the 10-bit color, which is kind of the big deal for this camera. If you capture at 4k and downsize to HD (which is what I do) the potential advantage of capturing 4:2:2 externally is diminished. Some have written that if you downsample 10-bit 4k 4:2:0 footage into FHD, you wind up with 10-bit 4:2:2. I don't know if this is 100% true, but I can tell you that whereas grading 8-bit 4:2:0 is way harder than 8-bit 4:2:2 (like internal 8-bit 4:2:0 versus an external 4:2:2 recorder) Grading the X-T3's 10-bit 4:2:0 has been pretty rewarding, and the detail is good. It's a lot of data to work with. Note: 30-minute recording limit on the X-T3.
    The X-T3 is better as regards moiré and stair-stepping than the 70D, for example. It has better rolling shutter performance than the full-frame 5D3. OTOH, the 5D3's low-light performance is far superior to the X-T3. Also note that if you shoot in F-Log (I find it to be very good) you have a minimum ISO of 640, so be prepared with ND filters if you want to shoot wide open outdoors.
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    andrew_dotdot got a reaction from webrunner5 in Sony vs Canon vs Fujifilm   
    I use both ML on a 5D3 and a Fujifilm X-T3 at the moment. I haven't used Sony mirrorless. Here are some observations. 
    As far as ML on the 5D3 is concerned, I capture 1920x1080 25fps 12-bit raw with lossless compression, which is 40Mb/s (more on this later*). This bit rate is significantly lower than the uncompressed formats, and in my experience this has significantly improved the reliability of the camera when writing to the CF cards. In a recent project I have captured 200GB of interview footage over a couple of days with zero errors. I rotate on four 64BG cards and one 128GB card, which me gives ample time to empty them as we go. And as earlier commented, "oh, that image." Never moiré or stair-stepping. Note: no continuous autofocus on the 5D3.
    I got the X-T3 to replace my Canon 70D, which has great auto-focus, but has a really pronounced moiré and stair stepping problem. I recorded 1280x720 raw with ML, and it was a bit of a problem child. Nothing like my experience the comparatively-reliable 5D3 on ML. Don't go for Canon mirrorless for these reasons, but do go for a used 5D3 if one presents itself!
    The X-T3 is my first mirrorless camera. I like it, but the continuous autofocus isn't as good as Canon's DPAF. At 4k and highest data rate, it's pushing 4:2:0 10-bit footage at 50Mb/s onto an SD card. It requires a good card, but not necessarily a UHS-2. A Sandisk Extreme UHS-1 card also works. I have one of each, both 128GB. *That 50Mb/s is a higher data rate than the 5D3 raw, but it's actually the 10-bit color, which is kind of the big deal for this camera. If you capture at 4k and downsize to HD (which is what I do) the potential advantage of capturing 4:2:2 externally is diminished. Some have written that if you downsample 10-bit 4k 4:2:0 footage into FHD, you wind up with 10-bit 4:2:2. I don't know if this is 100% true, but I can tell you that whereas grading 8-bit 4:2:0 is way harder than 8-bit 4:2:2 (like internal 8-bit 4:2:0 versus an external 4:2:2 recorder) Grading the X-T3's 10-bit 4:2:0 has been pretty rewarding, and the detail is good. It's a lot of data to work with. Note: 30-minute recording limit on the X-T3.
    The X-T3 is better as regards moiré and stair-stepping than the 70D, for example. It has better rolling shutter performance than the full-frame 5D3. OTOH, the 5D3's low-light performance is far superior to the X-T3. Also note that if you shoot in F-Log (I find it to be very good) you have a minimum ISO of 640, so be prepared with ND filters if you want to shoot wide open outdoors.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to Geoff_L in Made In China vs Made In Japan - Perception Of Quality   
    Fallacious arguments and bias party !

    Someone here appropriated too much Schopenhauer's  "Art of being right"...


    Mixing up facts and opinions, putting forward the "free thinking" and "independent thought" argument, bringing on the "fear" and political correctness that one bravely overcomes to tell the truth, and wish more "sheeps" could access this level of "awareness"...

    Congrats. Flat earthers and trendy conspiracy theorists use exactly the same mechanism...
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to kye in Made In China vs Made In Japan - Perception Of Quality   
    There is a component of economic development involved with manufacturing, I can't find what it's called (I'm sure it'll have a name) but it goes basically like this:
    Country decides it needs foreign investment to contribute to economic development It creates a policy (potentially linked to a limited geographic area) that provides incentives for foreign investment, often waiving things like taxes, regulations or minimum wage restrictions, and potentially guaranteeing investments Foreign investment starts and due to the cheap labor force, low cost manufacturing plants are created These plants produce relatively low quality goods, through a combination of low-levels of initial investment in the quality of the machinery, low cost low quality raw materials, low quality workmanship due to a largely uneducated workforce Over time the workforce builds a skill base and quality improves Investment results in economic development and benefits to the host country Over time another country sees this economic development benefit and starts it's own process, special waivers may lapse, workers may unionise, etc Assuming there is profit being made then the level of quality is raised such that they differentiate their products from the new competition If they don't want to raise the quality level of production then they move the operation to the new competitor country and start over again Japan was once the poor-quality cheaper competitor to the US, but caught up, China came after Japan, which is what this thread is about, but has long since caught up, many other asian countries came after that, and over the coming decades you will start to hear about African nations getting in on this act as well.
    This is an interesting list: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_technology_centers
    In terms of the premise of your original multiple choice question, here's a question of my own:
    The question is inherently racially biased and there is no way to answer it without accepting the premise and is therefore "a trap" The question is inherently logically skewed and there is no way to answer it without accepting the premise and is therefore "a trap" Pick one.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to androidlad in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    A tip for quick access to format SD cards function very few people know of:
    Press delete button for 3 seconds, hold, then press rear command dial, card selection for formatting pops up.
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    andrew_dotdot reacted to currensheldon in I WILL be getting a Fuji X-T3!   
    Have any photos of that? I always want to use a lens hood but haven't found a variable ND that allows me to do so. 
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