I am new to this forum (first post) and beginner filmaker and I will need advice ...
Last June I started shooting for my documentary project on the local natural heritage, for now with my own money, so my gear is rather light...
I'm shooting with a Canon Eos 70D DSLR, outdoor, and i'm shooting the natural spaces of a valley (along a river).
At the start I wanted to film in RAW with Magic Lantern, but with my 70D i'm stuck in 720p (for a continuous recording), so finally i've shot in a compressed way, Mpeg-4 All-I 8bit 4:2:0 @1080p 29.97fps with a picture style (EOSHD C-LOG (0,-4,-4,2)) + Vari ND Filter, hoping to get myself out of it even in post-prod ...
But here the quality of the images, in a context of shooting outdoors in shaded places very contrasted (...), do not satisfy me !
So I would like to have advice to achieve a higher quality outdoor shots (natural light)?
To illustrate my purpose you can see these few shots that I graded in Resolve + corrections in After Effects: https://vimeo.com/alexandrewebercom/riviereardeche
The third shot is particularly ugly ...
- Have I "pushed" the mpeg-4 too far by color grading it or is it simply the limitations of this compression?
- How do I do with hyper contrast scenes (it was about 14h when shooting)?
- Am I condemned to film in RAW whatever the chosen camera (to be able to uncork the blacks or to recover in the whites in post-prod)?
- Is it better that I under-expose or over-expose this type of scene?
- Can you suggest gear/ configuration more suitable for my use: Camera, Raw / Prores, Log, external recording ... ?
Thanks a lot !
Two journeys, a plane into Macau, and the ferry to Kowloon, as the storm clouds come in.
Panasonic G6, 20mm 1.7, neat video NR, ImpulZ LUTs
Unfortunately the noise reduction means that banding is evident in the vimeo stream. It's a bit better if you download it.
It got a nice review on Coconuts Hong Kong, which has never happened to me before. If you'll forgive me quoting my own good press!
What is the best way to deal with potential banding from the A7s and from other cameras that produce 8-bit files?
Here is an example of banding that appeared in A7s footage after pushing it in post.
Now I know it's not a popular camera body for many valid reasons, and that it may be away from the budget of many casual film-makers, but I've been using the C100 a lot recently, and wondered if anyone had any tips to swap.
I've also been programming some custom picture styles for this and C300 based on highly gradable modern film stocks.
If anyone is interested in such a discussion let's get stuck in!
Let me know how you use it and find it...