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KineMAX review part 1 - adventures in 6K raw and 110fps slow-mo

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Camera provided by Kinefinity and HDVideoShop. Final hardware but pre-release firmware with some modes such as "Golden 3K" for 16-stop dynamic range not yet enabled.

The Kinefinity KineMAX is a serious piece of kit. It is possibly the best image I have ever shot with.

The 6K Super 35mm sensor delivers an absolutely incredible raw image, internally recorded and also a CineForm Proxy for quick editing.

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It's Kinefinity raw so their own format in-camera and with a simultaneous (and actually rather lovely looking) CineForm proxy.

Then you have a very speedy converter app to create the Cinema DNG on your PC or Mac.

Then it is into Resolve to grade or edit. What I did was grade in there then ProRes for Premiere.

But if you need a faster turnaround you can just edit straight off the card with the CineForm Proxy, then do one big render at the end off the raw.

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It's Kinefinity raw so their own format in-camera and with a simultaneous (and actually rather lovely looking) CineForm proxy.

Then you have a very speedy converter app to create the Cinema DNG on your PC or Mac.

Then it is into Resolve to grade or edit. What I did was grade in there then ProRes for Premiere.

But if you need a faster turnaround you can just edit straight off the card with the CineForm Proxy, then do one big render at the end off the raw.

​the workflow idea sounds very efficient.  I can't wait to see this camera in the real world and some tests against other cameras!

Well done - once again, finding a camera not many know about and showing the possibilities of it!  

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When I can afford it, this will be my next camera.

One important thing though, hows the rolling shutter on it Andrew? Better than the KineMINI?

EDIT: The number one thing that has me curious though is that 16-stop golden 3K. If the image is at the same level in cineform RAW like it says on their site that is the ideal workflow size.

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wonderful.  i love the subject of the video too!  hilarious.

 

The magic of the kinefinity cameras is the sub PL mount they employ.  I made a custom speed booster for Rob Bannister a few months ago, and I have been told that Kinefinity are actually offering their own speed booster mount soon - meaning the low light and cleanliness of the image will benefit from the addition of another stop of lens speed, and the fov advantage too.

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I've always liked Kinefinity because the images from the camera have that much needed soul and tangibility. The BMCC has some of it, the Alexa has a lot of it, the D16 has a ton of it. Th emotional touch is worth so much!

I'll be keeping an eye on this thing and future products. 

With the news that the Blackmagic Water Tank Microwave 10" iPad URSA Bomb Disposal Camera has 150fps coming up, I hope this also means that the original BMCC will be replaced and that competition for products with soul gets very fierce!!

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One thing to note - shooting at cineform RAW or DNG Raw takes up an incredible amount of space.  You get 45 minutes for a 256gb card.  On average, if you shoot doc stuff - that's like 2-3 hours of film a day - so that's like 1 TB of data per day - just for the raw then about 400 GB to transcode to pro res - so 1.5 TB of footage a day - that's quite a lot.

But for narrative work - this is going to be quite a fascinating camera to watch.

And so many cameras are getting beautiful looks, combined with really lovely color grading, more and more each camera is getting to such an amazing image quality at such a low price.  Very exciting times for everyone who wants filmmaking to be affordable!

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One thing to note - shooting at cineform RAW or DNG Raw takes up an incredible amount of space.  You get 45 minutes for a 256gb card.  On average, if you shoot doc stuff - that's like 2-3 hours of film a day - so that's like 1 TB of data per day - just for the raw then about 400 GB to transcode to pro res - so 1.5 TB of footage a day - that's quite a lot.

But for narrative work - this is going to be quite a fascinating camera to watch.

And so many cameras are getting beautiful looks, combined with really lovely color grading, more and more each camera is getting to such an amazing image quality at such a low price.  Very exciting times for everyone who wants filmmaking to be affordable!

​Yeah I don't think I would shoot anything at 6K uncompressed, storage would be insane. But I think the Golden 3K Cineform would strike the perfect balance in terms of detail, edit ability, and space/quality ratio.

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One thing about Kinefinity..their prices may be attractive, but they're somewhat deceiving

  • You want 6k, yes of course, add $1000
  • You want high frame rates, add $1000
  • You want a battery grip, which does add nice functionality, that's $349, and literally feels like a $30 Canon knockoff
  • You want SDI, that's $349
  • Wifi, that's $349
  • Kinestation (dirt-basic software) to transcode from KRW, $349

And the funny thing, is that the base model brain is hardware-capable of all of these features. 6k, wifi, everything. You're paying thousands for firmware to "unlock" these features.

Still no different that Redonomics, but I'd rather see someone truly disrupt rather than copy that shifty model at a lower price point.

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One thing about Kinefinity..their prices may be attractive, but they're somewhat deceiving

  • You want 6k, yes of course, add $1000
  • You want high frame rates, add $1000
  • You want a battery grip, which does add nice functionality, that's $349, and literally feels like a $30 Canon knockoff
  • You want SDI, that's $349
  • Wifi, that's $349
  • Kinestation (dirt-basic software) to transcode from KRW, $349

And the funny thing, is that the base model brain is hardware-capable of all of these features. 6k, wifi, everything. You're paying thousands for firmware to "unlock" these features.

Still no different that Redonomics, but I'd rather see someone truly disrupt rather than copy that shifty model at a lower price point.

It's still significantly cheaper than red though, even considering the extra charges. From what I've seen I like the image more than red too. Only thing really stopping me is the lack of customer service for the US

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One thing about Kinefinity..their prices may be attractive, but they're somewhat deceiving

  • You want 6k, yes of course, add $1000
  • You want high frame rates, add $1000
  • You want a battery grip, which does add nice functionality, that's $349, and literally feels like a $30 Canon knockoff
  • You want SDI, that's $349
  • Wifi, that's $349
  • Kinestation (dirt-basic software) to transcode from KRW, $349

And the funny thing, is that the base model brain is hardware-capable of all of these features. 6k, wifi, everything. You're paying thousands for firmware to "unlock" these features.

Still no different that Redonomics, but I'd rather see someone truly disrupt rather than copy that shifty model at a lower price point.

​Don't forget, Phantom Power 48v will also cost you $349

I feel like Blackmagic is trying to disrupt this shifty marketing.  But I don't feel like they've been taken very seriously in the professional market.  I think their ergonomics have been the biggest problem.  Their sensors haven't helped either. We'll see what NAB does for them this year.

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But if you need a faster turnaround you can just edit straight off the card with the CineForm Proxy,

​but then there is a pesky caveat (à la RED Epic) found in the firmware section of their leaflet :

" Fan generates noise. You can choose Record Stop in Fan setting to make FAN stop
works temporarily: Fan works when live view; Stops when recording begins so that
it is totally quiet when recording. Strongly Recommend fan running when recording
Cineform RAW."


What is your experience on this topic?

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Just had a another look online of Kine Camera footage and I have to say it's a sleeping giant of a camera image, certainly the best out there if we brought price into it. 

I only believe that if I buy a certain camera, that it will have the creative toolset to fuel better pictures and give more visual credit to the ideas, and I would attract more clients, and higher budgets. (Given that the content is also improving too!) 

Every camera needs skills to sing. What kind of effect do you think shooting on a camera like the KineMax will have on you creativily and in final quality output? No camera fits everyone. Thinking about how it fits is interesting. 

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One thing about Kinefinity..their prices may be attractive, but they're somewhat deceiving

  • You want 6k, yes of course, add $1000
  • You want high frame rates, add $1000
  • You want a battery grip, which does add nice functionality, that's $349, and literally feels like a $30 Canon knockoff
  • You want SDI, that's $349
  • Wifi, that's $349
  • Kinestation (dirt-basic software) to transcode from KRW, $349

And the funny thing, is that the base model brain is hardware-capable of all of these features. 6k, wifi, everything. You're paying thousands for firmware to "unlock" these features.

Still no different that Redonomics, but I'd rather see someone truly disrupt rather than copy that shifty model at a lower price point.

​The funny thing is, you can completely turn this around.

You could say this is a 10 grand camera originally, but if you don't need certain features such as WiFi, Dual SDI or that battery grip you can knock the price down let's say by 1.5 grand.

A different example: I like the URSA, but the iPad on the front annoys me. I would gladly save £500 and get rid of it, buying an extra CFast card instead.

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