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1 hour ago, seanzzxx said:

EDIT: If other people have tips and tricks for making footage less sharp and more 'creamy' I'd love to know it, always looking for that with non-Ursa footage.

Vintage glass (Leica R) with diffusion filter. 

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23 minutes ago, seanzzxx said:

I personally think most diffusion filters look kinda cheesy (especially the highlight bloom), would you have any good tips?

There are different types with different looks. The popular 'black pro mist' has some bloom and contrast reduction. But the Tiffen digital diffusion with no contrast reduction or bloom, and the ultra contrast is no diffusion, just contrast reduction, no bloom. The Tiffen hdfx combines those last two for both diffusion and contrast reduction without bloom. There are of course many more options but those are the ones I currently use. 

My favourite (for now) is a Tiffen HDTV (sometimes called hdfx) at 1/2 strength. I use it on Nikon ais lenses for when a softer filmy look is what I'm after. 

I just used one on a Fuji xh1 and (mostly) Nikon ais 35mm 1.4 on a speed booster for part of a short film. I'll see if I can get a screen grab together

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So I just got some C.Fast 2.0 cards - I want to be able to record ProRes HQ, so even if Braw can go straight to SDs I needed these anyway... 

Anyway, a while ago I asked if C.Fast 2.0 cards can be read by C.fast 1.0 readers. It turns out they can! Because of this, I imagine then that C.Fast 1.0 cards can be used in this camera for lower bitrate recordings and possibly Braw too.

So for those of you, like me, who have the Atomos Ninja Star, dig 'em out, stick the card in the P4K and forget about it, have it ready for emergencies!

Also, for those wondering, here's a speedtest of the Integral Ultima proX2 CFast 2.0 card.

On the sticker, it says 'up to 550mb/s read 540mb/s write' so either they've over estimated or my Atomos CFast reader is creating a bottleneck. It's a USB 3.0 reader. Either way though, I can still get those ProRes HQ recordings in 60fps, so I'm happy.

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I've got one of these on order

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The Cfast card and the SSD can be read and written to simultaneously so its a good solution for archiving and cheap at about £15.

I'm going to use this as part of a DIY portable standalone field copy device that I mentioned a while ago.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0777958WY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_95LOBbR957CN5

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For those who think Grant Petty is a philanthropist giving away free software and cameras - well first, the P4K is a great deal as far as I can tell - and for sure, Blackmagic isn’t as big as Sony - but their business is nothing if not profitable, with an annual revenue exceeding $300 million a year. I’m not saying this in any way to detract from Grant Petty’s achievements - just to put things in perspective, bcz it sounds as though some actually think he’s giving away cameras for free. You might do a friend’s wedding for free to build your portfolio, but this is far from Mr Petty’s first rodeo. 

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7 minutes ago, Grimor said:

@BTM_Pix Did you preordered  the P4K?

Yes but I've done a "virtual cancellation" of sorts.

I've swapped reservations with a mate of mine with the proviso that I can have it for a few weeks first for obvious reasons and then he will take it.

Gives me enough time to see how things shake out until I take up his pre-order (he is waaaayy down the list) as I've got no real need for it until next March/April time anyway.

 

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8 hours ago, zerocool22 said:

Is there a fast way to do this in resolve, like with a slider, and not masking shit out? If so how?

I guess Resolve has a pretty powerful face refinement tool that looks like it works quite well. I first saw a demo of it in Dave Dugdale’s  BRAW video

Edit: it might be buggy, I’ve never used it myself.

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17 hours ago, Diego Todu said:

The fact that Andrew hasn't posted anything about Blackmagic RAW is very telling...

You have to look with better eyes than this.

17 hours ago, jonpais said:

For those who think Grant Petty is a philanthropist giving away free software and cameras - well first, the P4K is a great deal as far as I can tell - and for sure, Blackmagic isn’t as big as Sony - but their business is nothing if not profitable, with an annual revenue exceeding $300 million a year. I’m not saying this in any way to detract from Grant Petty’s achievements - just to put things in perspective, bcz it sounds as though some actually think he’s giving away cameras for free. You might do a friend’s wedding for free to build your portfolio, but this is far from Mr Petty’s first rodeo. 

So ?

On 9/19/2018 at 4:46 AM, seanzzxx said:

That lowlight footage still has way too much midtone detail for my taste (look at her pores), but that's something that's adjustable in post with this much data. It's just a shame they haven't managed to get it like that 'out of camera'. Still a great deal though.

Well, strangely, I prefer "too much detail" because you can "bring it down" in post if it's too much.

 

"Low detail" is impossible to recover.

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31 minutes ago, Jocelyn Deguise said:

"Low detail" is impossible to recover. 

Totally agree. There are a few of us who use these cameras for wildlife videography and I would rather have a weak AA filter than a strong one. (Canon is a prime example. They consistently produce sensors with heavy AA filters. It's great for faces, but not the best when you are looking for sharp detail in animals.)

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22 hours ago, BTM_Pix said:

I've got one of these on order

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The Cfast card and the SSD can be read and written to simultaneously so its a good solution for archiving and cheap at about £15.

I'm going to use this as part of a DIY portable standalone field copy device that I mentioned a while ago.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0777958WY/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_95LOBbR957CN5

Well its arrived and it works a treat in my initial test with a MacBookPro

Both drives show up without any messing about and copying a test 2 gig backwards and forwards between them is just under 10 seconds each way.

For the £12.99 I paid for it off Amazon its a bargain just as a Cfast reader even without the extra SATA trick it has.

Next step is to lash it to a SBC to make it standalone.

I have the whiff of epoxy in my nostrils....

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