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    barefoot_dp reacted to leslie in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    found this little nugget posted by gt3rs posted March 11
    Resolve 17.1 now supports hw decoding of h265 4:2:2 10bit.
    For intel you need an ice lake and tiger lake cpu. For Mac an M1.
    not sure if this is applicable for you or not. How much adding a gpu would shake things up i have no idea. 
    does anyone know if adobe or after effects take advantage of icelake or later cpu's already ?
    i can however guarantee whatever you buy, a newer, faster, cheaper product will be released two days later.   
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    barefoot_dp reacted to Tim Sewell in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    Two things may well improve supply in the near future. First is the Chinese government's recent policy changes regarding cryptocurrencies, which have apparently already caused large numbers of used cards to hit secondhand markets in locations near to crypto data centres; second is that nVidia are supposedly releasing cards that can't be used for mining. So hang tight.
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from Emanuel in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    I'm using Adobe Premiere. Occasionally After Effects for motion graphics.

    For editing my own footage, my current machine is mostly fine because I'm shooting Prores (Z Cam). I started off more as an editor, so I tend to prioritize edit-friendly cameras for my own purchases. However others don't do this so much, and the latest gen of cameras (R5, A7sIII, C70) are going to be a much bigger strain for editing supplied footage.

    I'm not always editing my own work either - I've just started as lead editor an 8x22min series and the footage supplied is a mix of Red, Blackmagic, GH5 and GoPro. This is going to be tough for my current system, though thankfully I'm not having to deal with those latest codecs just yet. I'm trying to avoid proxies for this one as we'll be bouncing projects around between editors quite a bit, and I don't want things going offline constantly when switching between different machines.
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from Emanuel in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    That was another thing holding me back slightly - I did have a good look at the M1 and considered it, but it's hard to cut through the hype and figure out whether it will actually do what I need. I decided it probably would not, but I also agree that Intel will answer with something soon, and at much more professional levels (and I'm sure Apple with have more professional options or an M2 very soon, but if I was happy to pay $8000 for an editing machine then I wouldn't be asking the question about current video card prices!)
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    barefoot_dp reacted to newfoundmass in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    I'd wait unless you're really in need of doing it sooner. I suspect we'll see prices drop in the next couple months and things will get back to normal as production picks up again. I also suspect we'll see Intel and AMD releasing their answers to the M1 in the next year or so, which should make things very interesting. 
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    barefoot_dp reacted to billdoubleu in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    I don't think anyone would consider now an ideal time to build a new machine. But, perhaps you could explain your workflow and list the programs you use?
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    barefoot_dp reacted to ntblowz in Is now a BAD TIME to upgrade my workstation?   
    With BTC going up again I dont think it is the right time yet.
     
    I feel lucky that i upgraded my whole pc last year to RTX 3080 and Ryzen 9 during black friday special.. it would probably cost me 50% more to upgrade this year
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from Matins 2 in FX3 Mini Review - almost a little marvel   
    Nobody tell him what an Alexa LF costs!
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from IronFilm in FX3 Mini Review - almost a little marvel   
    Nobody tell him what an Alexa LF costs!
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from IronFilm in BMPCC6K Pro or FS7?   
    Seem pretty easy to me.

    If you get the FS7 for it's gun-for-hire appeal, you can still use it for self-produced client work as well.

    If you get the 6K for self-produced client work, you'll probably miss out on a lot of gun-for-hire work.
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from DFason in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Nice! I think I'm going to get an FS150 to compliment mine.
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    barefoot_dp reacted to DFason in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Thanks so much for this thread! Just ordered my 300. First shoot next week! 
    -Dave
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from DFason in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Used it on a shoot for the first time today. I was slightly worried about the fan noise beforehand but didn't even notice it on set. Certainly not enough to make me want to perform surgery on it and if there is any hum in the recordings, it should be nothing that a bit of noise reduction can't fix.

    I had a setup that was pretty much worst case scenario - a moderately wide shot looking out a window in to midday sun on a very bright day. It maxed out the FS300 but I was able to get a decent amount of wrap and fill on the subject. Lost the sky due to shooting in Rec709 (client request) but managed to keep most of the detail in the trees. I feel like if it had been log I could've saved the sky... maybe.

    It's a lot of light output for the price!

     

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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from tupp in Advice for background lighting   
    Well I've done a tonne of research and I think I've actually come back full circle to the projection lens. I was previously leaning towards getting some barn-doors and using cookies/flags, but that still seemed like a lot of extra gear (and space) dedicated to reducing spill. 

    I think I've figured out what that I need:

    Godox SA-P Projection Attachment (which comes with an 85mm lens)
    Godox SA-17 Adapter (which makes it fit on to a standard bowens mount)
    Selection of Godox Gobos

    This seems like it will do what I need, based on what reviews I could find, although I do wish it was available somewhere as a full kit rather than having to buy all the components individually - I just hope I'm not missing something.
     
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    barefoot_dp reacted to IronFilm in Whatever happened to the EVA1?   
    The Panasonic EVA1 was a great camera, giving the power of an FS7 (and arguably a prettier picture too) in the smaller form factor of a FS5, but.....  it had a few problems, a few examples:

    1) came out too late, the FS7 had already got a firm grip on the low/mid end market (same problem the C300mk2/C300mk3 suffered from)
    2) lacked a MFT Mount, thus couldn't build upon the huge huge success Panasonic had created with the GH series (and the rest of their MFT range)
    3) Panasonic lacked a history in the S35 market to build upon, unlike Sony or Canon (which had their older F3/FS100/FS700 or C100/C300 etc). Not even on the high end did Panasonic have much of a track recorder having not long ago (relative to the EVA1 launch) brought out their Panasonic Varicam S35. 
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    barefoot_dp reacted to IronFilm in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Yup, the whole world is moving to LEDs. Look at this gaffer van tour which just got shared, absolutely everything in his van (aside from the two ARRI M18 lights) is LEDs now: 
     
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from IronFilm in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    This is why I bought the Nanlite over an Aputure. Sure, with Aputure you might be paying for more brand recognition and longevity - but at the rate we're moving all these lights are going to be obsolete in a few years anyway.

    I'd rather spend AUD $500 on something that breaks in two years, than $2000 on something that I can't even flog for half of that after that same two years. I think we're just seeing the beginning of affordable LED's, and in another couple of years we'll really be spoiled by choice.

    Already there's 1200W fixture announced from Nanlite, and I'm sure a few others will be looking to compete in the same space soon too.
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from ntblowz in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Used it on a shoot for the first time today. I was slightly worried about the fan noise beforehand but didn't even notice it on set. Certainly not enough to make me want to perform surgery on it and if there is any hum in the recordings, it should be nothing that a bit of noise reduction can't fix.

    I had a setup that was pretty much worst case scenario - a moderately wide shot looking out a window in to midday sun on a very bright day. It maxed out the FS300 but I was able to get a decent amount of wrap and fill on the subject. Lost the sky due to shooting in Rec709 (client request) but managed to keep most of the detail in the trees. I feel like if it had been log I could've saved the sky... maybe.

    It's a lot of light output for the price!

     

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    barefoot_dp reacted to scotchtape in Nanlite FS300 watt LED (bowens mount) 349$   
    Clar 350 on sale for $399. Not sure about the fan noise on that one but looks like it could be a good alternative, I like the remote and the PSU looks ok.
    But there's 3 fans and a fan in the PSU so... good luck if you want to change anything.
    I'm sure next year there will be even better lights! But at these prices, fighting daylight has never been more accessible.
    I put 4x 300w through a full grid, getting around 11.5-12EV. Finally can light against windows!
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from PannySVHS in SONY FS700 In HD and 4:2:0, Oh La La and So La La!   
    I had a similar experience with the external 2K.

    Solutions are: (a) shoot in 4K with the Shogun series, or, (b) use the Odyssey7Q recorder which has a internal down-scale function to take the 4K raw feed and scale it to HD for Prores recording. The problem is that the 2K Raw stream uses line skipping, whereas the internal HD is scaling down the full image for a cleaner result.

    The 4K Raw/prores image is fantastic though using an external recorder. I looked back at some of the stuff I shot about 2 years ago and it looks amazingly good for a 2012 camera.

     
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from Mark Romero 2 in On set power - Generator vs Block battery   
    Hi all,
    Just wondering if anyone has any input for on set power solutions? In particular experiences with block batteries versus generators. I'm looking for something to power a laptop and a v-lock charger, as well as LED lights (up to ~600W total) when required.

    A battery seems like a much simpler solution and has the ability to have a data/charging station setup in a car or van. And because my work car is also my family car I like the idea of not having it stink like petrol for a week after every shoot just from carting around the generator and petrol can. No problems with sound either if I go the battery route.  However a generator does have the ability to run for much longer because you can keep topping it up, whereas a battery solution would only last a few hours and require charging overnight.

    Has anybody had this same dilemma, and what direction did you go in the end?
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from Jimbo in Sony FX6 is here   
    Everyone: Please Sony, give us an A7sIII with professional video features! If you do I will buy at least seven of them.
    Sony: Ok, here it is!
    Everyone: Meh it's just a rehashed A7sIII. This is lame and I'm not buying it. 
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    barefoot_dp reacted to leslie in On set power - Generator vs Block battery   
    Perhaps a combination of the two or a mix of solar in there as well ? Some of those modern generators are pretty small, efficient, and surprisingly quiet. I see caravans and motorhomes in the local showgrounds all the time with little generators. I have to go past them to get to the local mens shed. 
    After a recent encounter with having a fuel container in the back of the car and the fumes associated it, i have vowed never again. On a separate issue, I'm looking at a  6x4 trailer with solar panels on top. For my modest electrical needs, when i take off for the weekend. 
    I have a mate who has a converted toyota van, he pretty much lives in it due to circumstances outside the scope of this reply. I think he has 300 watts on top with a another 300 watts in one of those folding panel thingies. Pretty sure there's two large amp hour 12 volt batteries in there somewhere. So long as its a nice sunny days he's ok, if not so sunny, he needs to either plug in or run the van for awhile after about three days. Of course everyone's needs are going to be different. 
    I presume nobodies going to want genies running while shooting. At this point i'm almost giggling with the thought of ironfilms jumping up and down in an agitated state 🤣. As mentioned you could run a generator between takes and at the end of a day to counter any issues. If you do get a genie make sure it has a dc output for charging batteries and 240 volts. 
    Is a trailer out of the question ? With a 6x4 trailer,  you could get, two batteries, inverter and generator plus fuel and have room for lights and other things. If your running from batteries you could park the trailer as close as you can and run a lead as one option, then fire up the genie as required. You could probably free a bit of room up in the car as well no doubt.
    I should probably also mention, i recently had a visiting electrician tell me off, for plugging two leads together to extend the range. Apparently that's becoming a no no. Voltage drop and things.
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    barefoot_dp reacted to IronFilm in On set power - Generator vs Block battery   
    I say NOOOOOOOOOOOOO to noisy generators!!!!
     
     
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    barefoot_dp got a reaction from tupp in On set power - Generator vs Block battery   
    Yes, we're often camping and working out of vehicles - plenty of lights on the 4WDs, as well as flashlights, headlamps, firelight, etc. Plus needing to light a scene does not always mean it is nighttime.
    I do a 4WD Adventure show and we usually rely on the hero vehicle's dual battery/2kw inverter, but sometimes we're away from the main cars for a day or two (eg somewhere that is only accessible by boat/helicopter) and need another solution.
     
    IV - Interview
    PTC - Piece to camera.
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