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  1. Yeah I still struggle sometimes with focussing on the S5. Mostly I get it right now but every shoot there is something that is not quite right. It is most difficult when the subject is backed by other detailed material and the focus peaking is just not kicking in properly. With just the naked eye, even with the the enlarged view I struggle, especially in certain light conditions. Autofocus is OK and I do use that but getting rid of that pulsing in the background seems impossible. Any tips on the fine settings for CAF?
  2. I realise that in fact an X/Y stereo mic could actually exacerbate this problem rather then solve it. The solution I need is actually something like the Zoom H5 or H6 and synch in post.
  3. Thanks for this thread - exactly what I am grappling with at the moment. Right now I use a Sanken radio mic / Sennheiser setup for the mono voice (moving around freely outdoors) and a spaced pair of DPA mics mounted on the camera on a bar. All mixed in the field via a Juiced link 4-channel mixer mounted below the camera. I can easily use it all hand held and have great freedom moving around which is what I need (having separate devices, trailing leads etc would make life so much harder and in the end, worse footage as a result). The setup works very nicely and gets a wide ambience and nice focused vocal which is what I want ... but phasing issues occur especially when I get closer to the Sanken mic and it can compromise things in a way that annoys. I need to solve this rather unpredictable problem and the most obvious thing is to replace the A/B DPA pair with an XY mic, so the info on this thread is invaluable. From what I have read, the SVMX or AT8022 look like the best bet. The Sanken CMS-50 looks lovely but the price is way above anything else and too much for me but maybe the BP4025 is also in the running here. Do let us know how you get on with the SVMX.
  4. I have a more general basic question for those experienced in such things. Watching live TV panel interviews the other day I was wondering how they do the thing where they cut between a wide shot of the interviewee and close up of the same person but with exactly the same angle of view. It looks like it is the same camera as the angle is identical and this is why it works, rather that being a jump cut (I mean it sort of is but does not jar). Is it some kind of auto zoom that can be clicked when desired or is it two cameras somehow positioned so the angle is the same, and the cuts are done by the director in the control room? It is a very simple, standard technique but it occurred to me I did not know how it is done and it would be a useful thing for me on a project I am working on right now.
  5. Thanks for the detailed info Michael. The upshot is then that it will be better quality to do 'live' cropping in camera. What I should really do is practice doing smooth optical zooms as well though!
  6. I had not thought about it like this so interesting. It does not really come up in the same way with what I do - I just need to frame the shot right and I only adjust frame size after occasionally, mainly due to a technical failure on my part!
  7. Live cropping mode. Anyone used this? I tested it out and it works quite well but I was wondering is it really doing anything that you could not do in post anyway? Correct me if I am wrong but in terms of zoom (as opposed to panning) it is a digital effect that can be exactly replicated in an NLE by zooming in on the image to the same percentage i.e. Full frame HD to APS-C (which seems to be all the camera can do, over 20 or 40 seconds. Quality would be the same wouldn't it? What I really want is an auto optical zoom but that is not a feature. One odd thing that I keep doing and can't quite work out why is that when setting up the camera / shot I seem to do something towards the front of the camera that changes the LCD screen to a Preview menu setting page that i then have to cancel. Anyone know what is causing this?
  8. Thanks for the advice re autofocus testing And yes I have one of the top function buttons assigned to peaking - I had just never noticed the P going on and off., till now! On a tangent, I am finding the CineD2 profile really nice for autumnal colours. My new favourite. I have also gone back to doing everything in HD as I just don't have the storage and power for editing 4K. Plus HD on the S5 looks great anyway. Interesting watching Andrew's video on the main forum page about the obsession with tech and I would add obsession with pixel count to that.
  9. Yep that's it, many thanks! And it will now be really useful as I spent some time today trying to work out whether peaking was on or not (you know how that isn't always clear from the screen in dodgy light)
  10. Yes I mean in human / animal mode. I have tried this but not had any joy but then I have found once the yellow box appears it works anyway (but the suggestion in the video is it could work better). It is almost impossible to test without another human subject but I have a shoot on Thursday. Have you used the method when there is only one subject so nothing to choose from?
  11. I tried this but I cannot get any special yellow tabs to appear. I am not sure what this video is saying. Yes you can select a human target to focus on when there is more than one but of there is only one the box turns yellow (if it works) and that's it. At least that is my experience. Anyone else watched this video and got what he describes to actually happen - what do you press to get the tabs to appear anyway, he doesn't make that clear.
  12. Simple question, in Movie mode what does the P (in a box) to the right of MF on the LCD mean (also get it with AFS but not AFC which displays the AFC type instead)? I have scoured the manual and come up with nothing.
  13. And I got mine back from the menders, and finally it is working fine again. Now to get used to it all for a second time. Shame you couldn't get round the focus issue thehebrewwhammer but sometimes you have to just accept something isn't working for you.
  14. Update on my broken S5 that no-one will be interested in: Finally got it returned. Screen fixed. Gave it a test run and . . . none of the buttons on the back except play and veiwfinder buttons work any more including the focus type switch!! The camera is now totally useless. Can't believe it. Rang the repair company direct and they were surprised but at least contrite and back it will go. I suspect there is some small connecting wire they forgot to re-attach but then didn't think to press any of those buttons to test it since the screen works fine (and all the buttons and wheels on the top). I did enquire of the company I bought it from that really I should be able to ask for a replacement camera. They agreed but claimed stocks are non-existent and supply times for new stock is months away, all due to the pandemic. Do I believe that? Dunno but I decided pushing it would only stress me out even more so repair again it is. Sigh.
  15. It isn't great I admit but I have found that a combination of the one-shot autofocus and enlarged manual focus view on the LCD (with peaking) if need be does the trick. Having said that I have never been a fan of viewfinders for video anyway since if you use a tripod they are pretty useless.
  16. Thanks for this and I certainly hadn't picked up on the procedure and I have read the manual! Will have to check out Like this guy.
  17. That's really fascinating and great to hear they did it like this and why. It is a shame to me that in fact very many films use very little sound shot on set, even dialogue with so much of it done as ADR. This enables great control and gets round all the problems herein2020 mentions but also makes things kind of artificial. But then cinema is probably as artificial these days as it has ever been. It is quite similar to the idea of capturing images only for post production processing and not getting them to look good when shooting. This leads to the modern obsession with a 'look' which to me very often means looking crap and like an advert and draws attention to the filmmaking process. It was noticeable in Les Mis that the wonderfully natural and real vocal performances are not matched by natural looking images - they look as unreal and stylised as the next Hollywood offering and actually affect the suspension of disbelief for me. Thousands of gigabytes of data do not help. When it comes to controlling sound levels the obvious thing to say is use AGC but the problem is in camera AGC is often not that great whereas modern dedicated audio recorders have amazing AGC these days that is virtually undetectable. The other suggestion is turn the levels low to avoid any distortion and record in 24bit. The noise floor is always lower at higher bit depths so you can boost the level way up to what is required overall in post without significantly adding noise. The difference between 16 and 24bit in this respect is surprisingly marked. At the end of the day if you are a one person operation, capturing both really good sound and image is not easy. If you just need ambiences then it is fairly easy with decent equipment mounted on camera but otherwise, like the guy in the videos says, they have four dedicated sound people all the time.
  18. Good suggestion, thanks. Will check this when the camera comes back from the menders!
  19. Thing is audio people say exactly the same about video. Just think about formats and codecs - with audio there is uncompressed which is basically the same (wav or maybe aif) with just some simple varying sample rates and bit depths (but nearly always 48K 16 bit PCM) and compressed which is also main only two formats (MP4, AAC and at 48k, 320 bit). Then think about video codecs, containers, data rates, raw, V-log, progressive/interlaced, loads of resolutions, trying to match cameras blah blah blah. And cameras have their own unique formats too that you cannot edit directly! There's no comparison and coming from an audio background video seems so much more complex to the point of seeming quite ridiculous since a heck of a lot of it is totally unnecessary because it is about commercial advantage much of the time. And in the field? You need to use the right mic and put it in the right place and have a decent recorder - no framing, no lighting, no motion issues, no focus problems, not exposure issues. I could go on 🙂 I think the issue with audio is you need to get it pretty good there and then - you cannot 'fix' audio in post like you can video but it is much easier to get audio right in the first place than image. As for price, well yes you can spend £2000 on a very good mic but you don't need to and most people will never notice the mic only cost £150 because it will still sound very good as long as your recorder (or camera) had good low noise preamps and you place the microphone well. Lavs are tricky but if you are in a sit down interview situation they really shouldn't be needed - use a cable! I really enjoy audio recording!
  20. Yeah will persevere yet with V-Log - I need to learn about it really as I am quite ignorant of how to use it properly. I will need to work out a simple workflow for it to be useable for me but that seems possible from casual research. I like Like709 and CineLikeD though - are Noam Kroll's settings available somewhere? The flickering is on non-electronic text and can even be seen in high contrast areas generally. Here are a couple of short clips both FHD 50p 8-bit. The first shows the flickering though it is hardly noticeable on my laptop screen but is on a larger external screen (I tried a couple, Samsung and LG LED, and it was the same). I tried various picture profiles, image stabiliser on/off, autofocus on/off and none of that made much difference. And using V-Log which does not flicker
  21. Thanks for the reply mercer - I have a lot to learn about V-Log I think. It might not be for me but I was drawn to it because the flickering I mentioned did not occur when I shot log. Can you set the Herz rating of the S5? I cannot find anything about that. I am PAL land so use 25 / 50p I did wonder if the problem was due to the artificial light - not fluorescent though, LED standard (modern) lightbulbs.
  22. My camera is going to be returned for fixing due to the fault mentioned above but I have another issue I wanted to ask of V-Log users. I have tried this profile but beyond the expected very flat look is it supposed to be so noisy in its raw state? When I switch to V-log profile in the camera, the image is incredibly noisy and grainy and this is really obvious, even on the monitor screen. Is this normal? Looking at tutorials online, the V-log footage does not look noisy to me at all, though the shots I took were in fairly low light but other colour profiles had very little noise in the same light. Other colour profiles do however produce quite a bit of image flickering in low (artificial) light (especially were text is involved). So I am wondering if there is another problem with my camera.
  23. My S5 has developed a major fault, or at least I think so: the monitor screen is now upside down and no matter how I adjust the monitor display settings, the screen view never flips (I assume that 'Auto' for both default vertical and horizontal flip is the best setting but I have now tried all combinations). I can invert the vertical view by setting the flip to On rather than Auto and it changes to the correct orientation but then no flipping occurs by default. Basically the monitor is stuck in no flipping mode, and upside down. I think it happened after I (correctly disconnected the camera from my laptop (USB). I updated the firmware to 2.2 but that didn't help. Anyone had this issue? I can see no way to fix it and it looks like I need to get back to the seller asap to return the camera.
  24. Ha, yes interesting point. Tbf it actually works pretty well until you want the tracking kind and then it is variable. Fortunately for me I rarely need to use this and was aware when I bought the camera. The challenge for me at the moment is not so much focussing but what to focus on - the depth of field variations are pretty good but the small screen / viewfinder is too small and so actually being totally clear what you are doing is problematic. An external screen just isn't practicable for me. Much of this is getting used to the screen though, and being more careful!
  25. Thank you that has clarified things a lot. One thing to add - the dedicated button 'AF ON' on the back is very handy I find (instead of the touch screen version) and also the this one-shot focus still works in scenario three with the lens switched to MF.
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