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    drm got a reaction from Thpriest in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I have heard of that issue when some people are using SD cards that get over 1/2 full. I bet it has to do with the speed of the cards and their write speeds as the card gets full. 
    I have never had that happen on any of my 3 P4Ks or the P6K. *BUT* I use 1TB Samsung T5s, exclusively. I have filled up T5 drives completely several times and never had a dropped frame.
    I have only had two issues with any of the P4Ks or the P6K, despite using them on many jobs for extended periods of time. Problem 1: one of my P4Ks had a defective touch screen. BM replaced the cam and I haven't had an issue since. Problem 2: one of my cameras was draining the internal battery and shutting off, despite a Sony NP battery being attached via a battery sled through the 12V port. I swapped the sled and have never had that issue again. I know that some people have had problems with their cams, but I have had so few problems with my 4 that it never even enters my mind during a shoot.
    Best of luck!
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    drm reacted to kye in The Resolve / Colour Grading resource thread   
    I think it's the old problem that the people who really know what they're doing are off doing it, rather than hanging around talking about it (or making videos, which takes way more time than even posting on forums).
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    drm reacted to CaptainHook in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K   
    The Blackmagic RAW highlight and shadow rolloff sliders affect the roll off of the "S" contrast curve you create with the custom gamma controls. If you add no contrast, they will do nothing as there's nothing to roll off. Increase (or lower) contrast and they will start to take affect. Choose "Extended Video" from the gamma selection in the Blackmagic RAW panel and you will see it's actually just a custom S curve with saturation preset via the custom gamma controls - you can start to modify it to your taste and the "gamma" automatically changes from "Extended Video" to "Custom". Or you can start from scratch with "Blackmagic Film".

    If you want the highlight/shadows sliders that were in DNG panel, those are not RAW specific controls and are still available in the 2nd tab of the primaries (same algorithm as found in DNG tab and same exact effect on Blackmagic RAW clips as DNG).

    If transforming to another log curve or colour space helps you get what you want faster, great! Different log curves like ARRI/Red or using highlight roll off sliders/presets don't give you anything you can't do yourself by using the curves tool etc, but not everyone is experienced with that stuff. Our log curves preserve the full sensor dynamic range though so the highlight roll off is completely in your hands, or you can start with another log curve if it suits.

    Something I tend to do a bit is expose for the native ISO in camera, then later in the RAW tab I switch to the highest ISO possible and compensate middle grey with the exposure slider which will lower contrast and have the most highlight roll off we offer in our log curves for a particular camera. I start with Extended Video from the gamma drop down and tweak the contrast/sat and highlight/roll off sliders for the shot. Adjust white balance/tint and that gets me 90-95% there with most footage.
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    drm got a reaction from Emanuel in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I agree with you. The camera can work well in most environments with some accessories.
    I work a lot of live events where I only get one shot and there are no retakes. I frequently use the P4K/P6K cameras on a shoulder rig, with a big battery and a follow focus. In that environment, they work well. I am still sorting the straight out of camera colors for our live broadcasts, but I am fairly happy with this setup.
    I am not really happy with the camera when I have to use the camera handheld in a rapidly changing environment. I guess it just comes down to the effort needed to get great footage. Sometimes grabbing an S1H, GH5, or an A7III is going to give you more usable footage. Different cameras for different jobs
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    drm got a reaction from tonysss in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I agree with you. The camera can work well in most environments with some accessories.
    I work a lot of live events where I only get one shot and there are no retakes. I frequently use the P4K/P6K cameras on a shoulder rig, with a big battery and a follow focus. In that environment, they work well. I am still sorting the straight out of camera colors for our live broadcasts, but I am fairly happy with this setup.
    I am not really happy with the camera when I have to use the camera handheld in a rapidly changing environment. I guess it just comes down to the effort needed to get great footage. Sometimes grabbing an S1H, GH5, or an A7III is going to give you more usable footage. Different cameras for different jobs
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    drm got a reaction from tonysss in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    While the P4K/P6K *could* be used in the situations they show in those ads, I am not sure that I would chose the P4K/P6K cameras for those settings. As I have said many times, I love the P4K & P6K cameras and the options they provide. But, in a rapidly moving run/gun situation, I have found them challenging to work with. The one-touch AF is slow (at best) and the battery life is poor (unless you use an external NP or v-mount). Perhaps your @BTM_Pix AF solution will help in this area. If I have time to set up and can use sticks, give me the P4K/P6K every time. If I have to go handheld or move fast, I generally take something else (GH5/GH5s, etc.).
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    drm got a reaction from thebrothersthre3 in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Be careful with the E2-C. Make sure that you check out the reviews before buying it. I believe that it has terrible rolling shutter and very limited dynamic range. The E2 might be ok, but the E2-C is not in the same league. 
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    drm got a reaction from kye in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Be careful with the E2-C. Make sure that you check out the reviews before buying it. I believe that it has terrible rolling shutter and very limited dynamic range. The E2 might be ok, but the E2-C is not in the same league. 
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    drm got a reaction from leslie in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K   
    I have used my P6K (along with my P4Ks) for many hours on three or four shoots per week since I purchased it on release day. I have not had the camera randomly turn off or stop recording, not even a single time. 
    I have a Sony NP970 battery plate on the cage and I use the 1TB T5 drives. I am not using original Canon batteries. I will sometimes also use V-mount batteries. I also generally don't fill up the entire drive, so I may be unintentionally keeping the drives below 50%.
    In my usage, the P6K has been just as reliable as my 3 P4Ks. 
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    drm got a reaction from kye in Panasonic GH5 - all is revealed!   
    Even a couple of years after launch, the GH5 is a heck of a video camera. Yes, it is noisy above ISO1600, but the video quality, stabilization, etc. make it a great choice for a lot of projects.
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    drm got a reaction from wyrlyn in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    We don't have AF on the P4K or P6K anyway.... ?
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    drm got a reaction from Kisaha in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I snapped these quick shots at 12mm, 18mm, & 25mm. I will do one of the "brick wall" tests at some point.
    I had no idea that the GH5 & GH5s were correcting things that much. Check out the curve in the crown moulding.
    Three shots are the Oly 12-100 on the P4K, the 4 are the Oly 12-100 on a GH5. 
    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-P4K

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#1-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#2-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-P4K
    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-P4K

     
    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-GH5

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    drm got a reaction from kye in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I snapped these quick shots at 12mm, 18mm, & 25mm. I will do one of the "brick wall" tests at some point.
    I had no idea that the GH5 & GH5s were correcting things that much. Check out the curve in the crown moulding.
    Three shots are the Oly 12-100 on the P4K, the 4 are the Oly 12-100 on a GH5. 
    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-P4K

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#1-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#2-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-P4K
    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-P4K

     
    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-GH5

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    drm got a reaction from Anaconda_ in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I snapped these quick shots at 12mm, 18mm, & 25mm. I will do one of the "brick wall" tests at some point.
    I had no idea that the GH5 & GH5s were correcting things that much. Check out the curve in the crown moulding.
    Three shots are the Oly 12-100 on the P4K, the 4 are the Oly 12-100 on a GH5. 
    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-P4K

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#1-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-12mm-#2-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-P4K
    Olympus-12-100-at-18mm-GH5

    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-P4K

     
    Olympus-12-100-at-25mm-GH5

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    drm got a reaction from Cinegain in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I frequently use the Oly 12-100 on my GH5s, where I use it most of the time and really like this combo. I put it on one of my P4Ks with a shoulder rig today and was surprised at the difference. The Oly 12-100 shows visible distortion on straight lines (think door frames) both in the middle and on the edges of the lens. I will have to use this combo more to decide for sure, but at the moment, I am leaning toward saying this is not a good combination. 
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    drm got a reaction from Kisaha in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I frequently use the Oly 12-100 on my GH5s, where I use it most of the time and really like this combo. I put it on one of my P4Ks with a shoulder rig today and was surprised at the difference. The Oly 12-100 shows visible distortion on straight lines (think door frames) both in the middle and on the edges of the lens. I will have to use this combo more to decide for sure, but at the moment, I am leaning toward saying this is not a good combination. 
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    drm got a reaction from Kisaha in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    The Olympus 12-100 is a very versatile lens for photo and video work. I don't know the exact focus throw, but it seems to be around 90 degrees. The Rokinon Cine DS line of lenses are reasonably priced and have about a 150 degree focus throw. 
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    drm got a reaction from kye in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K   
    I have used my P6K (along with my P4Ks) for many hours on three or four shoots per week since I purchased it on release day. I have not had the camera randomly turn off or stop recording, not even a single time. 
    I have a Sony NP970 battery plate on the cage and I use the 1TB T5 drives. I am not using original Canon batteries. I will sometimes also use V-mount batteries. I also generally don't fill up the entire drive, so I may be unintentionally keeping the drives below 50%.
    In my usage, the P6K has been just as reliable as my 3 P4Ks. 
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    drm got a reaction from majoraxis in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K   
    I have used my P6K (along with my P4Ks) for many hours on three or four shoots per week since I purchased it on release day. I have not had the camera randomly turn off or stop recording, not even a single time. 
    I have a Sony NP970 battery plate on the cage and I use the 1TB T5 drives. I am not using original Canon batteries. I will sometimes also use V-mount batteries. I also generally don't fill up the entire drive, so I may be unintentionally keeping the drives below 50%.
    In my usage, the P6K has been just as reliable as my 3 P4Ks. 
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    drm got a reaction from Snowbro in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K   
    I have used my P6K (along with my P4Ks) for many hours on three or four shoots per week since I purchased it on release day. I have not had the camera randomly turn off or stop recording, not even a single time. 
    I have a Sony NP970 battery plate on the cage and I use the 1TB T5 drives. I am not using original Canon batteries. I will sometimes also use V-mount batteries. I also generally don't fill up the entire drive, so I may be unintentionally keeping the drives below 50%.
    In my usage, the P6K has been just as reliable as my 3 P4Ks. 
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    drm got a reaction from dslnc in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Raw is for amateurs that can't get the shot right in 8 bit.... ?
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    drm got a reaction from tonysss in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    Raw is for amateurs that can't get the shot right in 8 bit.... ?
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    drm got a reaction from Cinegain in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    So, this is a much harder to answer question than you might think. The files straight out of camera are great on the GH5/GH5s. So, if you have a project that requires a quick turn around and doesn't have a budget for much post processing, I think that the GH5/GH5s is a better option than the P4K/P6K. In my opinion, the GH5/GH5s is also better for run/gun situations (better battery life, better ergonomics, better AF, etc.).
    The BRAW files on the P4K & P6K are excellent, but they require post processing. I don't care for the files if you just use them straight out of camera, like by baking in a LUT. I have tried the Blackmagic LUT, the Leeming LUT,  the Buttery Films LUT, and others, but I don't like the way the files look unless I pull them into Davinci and process them. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I broadcast events live several times per week. I need to be able to apply a LUT to the live feed and have a great look to broadcast. So far, I haven't perfected that process. I am still not happy with the image straight from the camera. I am working on LUTs for this on a regular basis. We just finished a commercial shot entirely on the P4Ks and it turned out great, but we had time to process the footage.
    So for fast turnaround projects, pick the GH5/GH5s. If you have time to work with the footage, pick the P4K/P6K. If I can get a nice display LUT, then I will use the P4K/P6K much more often and could probably replace the Panasonic cameras all together. For me and the work that I do, the S1H is darn near the perfect camera (although the AF still bothers me...)
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    drm got a reaction from kye in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    I have been playing with that method lately. I work in constantly changing lighting conditions and I haven't been super thrilled with the results so far, but I am confident that I will find something that works well. I even made a LUT that matches the GH5s ... so many excuses to play
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    drm got a reaction from TurboRat in Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K   
    So, this is a much harder to answer question than you might think. The files straight out of camera are great on the GH5/GH5s. So, if you have a project that requires a quick turn around and doesn't have a budget for much post processing, I think that the GH5/GH5s is a better option than the P4K/P6K. In my opinion, the GH5/GH5s is also better for run/gun situations (better battery life, better ergonomics, better AF, etc.).
    The BRAW files on the P4K & P6K are excellent, but they require post processing. I don't care for the files if you just use them straight out of camera, like by baking in a LUT. I have tried the Blackmagic LUT, the Leeming LUT,  the Buttery Films LUT, and others, but I don't like the way the files look unless I pull them into Davinci and process them. Normally, this wouldn't be a problem, but I broadcast events live several times per week. I need to be able to apply a LUT to the live feed and have a great look to broadcast. So far, I haven't perfected that process. I am still not happy with the image straight from the camera. I am working on LUTs for this on a regular basis. We just finished a commercial shot entirely on the P4Ks and it turned out great, but we had time to process the footage.
    So for fast turnaround projects, pick the GH5/GH5s. If you have time to work with the footage, pick the P4K/P6K. If I can get a nice display LUT, then I will use the P4K/P6K much more often and could probably replace the Panasonic cameras all together. For me and the work that I do, the S1H is darn near the perfect camera (although the AF still bothers me...)
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