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Grading footage from the best cameras in the world (RED, ARRI, BM, etc)


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I have consistently failed to make my own footage as good as I was hoping for, so have decided to try my hand at grading the best footage available, the sample shots from the manufacturers themselves.

I've done this in the past but got sidetracked, but am now back on it.  I figure that until I can make ARRI or RED footage look good, there's no point criticising my own footage - maybe the footage is fine and it's my grading skills that are solely to blame.

My previous attempts, however short, made me realise a few things:

  • flat ungraded footage from any camera looks dull
  • there was a lot more noise in the RED and ARRI footage than I was expecting - ie, A LOT more

Overall, the biggest surprise was how average the footage looked.  Since then I've learned a bunch and hopefully will have more success.

Anyone want to join me?

Arri footage is here: https://www.arri.com/en/learn-help/learn-help-camera-system/camera-sample-footage
RED footage is here: https://www.red.com/sample-r3d-files
Komodo footage from Seth Dunlap is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cfxdizrgt3aa4ml/AADPxF6XZIs2_uB7Xt_piHUya?dl=0
BM UMP 12K footage is here (underneath the "Generation 5 colour science" heading): https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursaminipro
BM Pocket camera footage is here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera/gallery
Sony Venice frames here: http://www.xdcam-user.com/tag/footage/ but I couldn't find any official footage for download

I've downloaded footage from https://raw.film before too, so that might be worth checking out.

As a reality check, I'm also pulling in the ML footage I've shot back when I was playing with it on my Canon 700D, and also the test shots I've been shooting with the BM Micro Cinema Camera.

I suspect that the footage I shoot is much better than I think, and that I'm much worse at colour grading than I think.

If anyone is interested in joining me that would be fun, and if there are other places to download well shot sample footage that would also be very interesting.

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44 minutes ago, kye said:

I have consistently failed to make my own footage as good as I was hoping for, so have decided to try my hand at grading the best footage available, the sample shots from the manufacturers themselves.

I've done this in the past but got sidetracked, but am now back on it.  I figure that until I can make ARRI or RED footage look good, there's no point criticising my own footage - maybe the footage is fine and it's my grading skills that are solely to blame.

My previous attempts, however short, made me realise a few things:

  • flat ungraded footage from any camera looks dull
  • there was a lot more noise in the RED and ARRI footage than I was expecting - ie, A LOT more

Overall, the biggest surprise was how average the footage looked.  Since then I've learned a bunch and hopefully will have more success.

Anyone want to join me?

Arri footage is here: https://www.arri.com/en/learn-help/learn-help-camera-system/camera-sample-footage
RED footage is here: https://www.red.com/sample-r3d-files
Komodo footage from Seth Dunlap is here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cfxdizrgt3aa4ml/AADPxF6XZIs2_uB7Xt_piHUya?dl=0
BM UMP 12K footage is here (underneath the "Generation 5 colour science" heading): https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicursaminipro
BM Pocket camera footage is here: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagicpocketcinemacamera/gallery
Sony Venice frames here: http://www.xdcam-user.com/tag/footage/ but I couldn't find any official footage for download

I've downloaded footage from https://raw.film before too, so that might be worth checking out.

As a reality check, I'm also pulling in the ML footage I've shot back when I was playing with it on my Canon 700D, and also the test shots I've been shooting with the BM Micro Cinema Camera.

I suspect that the footage I shoot is much better than I think, and that I'm much worse at colour grading than I think.

If anyone is interested in joining me that would be fun, and if there are other places to download well shot sample footage that would also be very interesting.

That footage from Arri is pretty horrible though, some cows in a field vs RED has some pretty good stuff on there. 

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I think, GH5 is an amazing camera, especially for people who love to grade! I started to realize how awesome it was. The more, the better the stuff in front of it became, which I was filming. Arris gives us cows to grade but could gives us Joaquin Phoenix instead. 🙂

To me GH5 is like a filmcamera. Amazing image quality. Its HD is fantastic. If it had SDI I would call it a day.  Without grading fun and enjoyment, it is just a video camera. Now, I better get myself to buy that freaggin VLog update for my S1. Better yet, if Panasonic shells it out for free, since we S1 owners are early adapters of their full frame line.

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Tbh a lot of people sucks at colour grading that why Lut is all the rage.

I m also not good at colour grade so I shoot on clog1 which is the easiest to get nice colour out hard and fast 😅  

 

I got my vlog free when I pre-ordered S1 last year there was a promo for it.

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