Evolving Sony A7S Review (Part 1)

I’ve had the A7S for over a week now and can share my initial thoughts, even some firm conclusions. Here’s one I’ve come to already – the Sony A7S is the best consumer camera Sony have ever made.

For $2500 the video performance of the A7S sits between the FS700 ($8000) and F5 ($17,000) yet the full frame sensor lends more character and allows for groundbreaking low light performance.

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Grading the Sony A7S with S-LOG 2 and some EOSHD cinematic looks for download

Only a few years ago S-LOG was a $3800 upgrade for the Sony CineAlta F3, itself a $15,000 camera. S-LOG made its debut on the Sony F35, a workhorse of Hollywood.

Now Sony have put this on a $2500 consumer camera along with the best full frame sensor I have ever used for video. How good is it? Very!!

I am sharing a pack of LUTs for the A7S which can be applied in Premiere, Resolve, etc. for an instant cinematic look to your A7S S-LOG 2 footage.

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Three LUTs are provided in the zip. Dynamic – for best dynamic range, will suit a low contrast shot requiring high dynamic range and plenty of shadow detail. Also good for low light. Vivid will give a punchier look to those shots that benefit from it like a sunset and where some dynamic range can be scarified for higher contrast and saturation. S-GAMUT is for when shooting S-LOG with the Color Mode of S-GAMUT and compensates for the purple tint to reds I find I am getting in this mode. For the Dynamic and Vivid LUTs you must set the camera colour mode in PP7 to ITU709 Matrix.

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Apple reveal new 4K equipped Mac Pro suitable for uncompressed raw editing. Not just pro but genius!

New Mac Pro

The new 9.9 by 6.6 inch Mac Pro is the height of a bottle of wine and diameter of a cookie jar. Cutting edge in terms of technology it’s also a radical departure from the old models in terms of design and in my view it is going to be a huge success though I’m expecting an equally huge price tag.

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CineForm Raw and Cinema DNG converters now available for 5D Mark III raw

resolve 5d mark iii raw

A professional workflow for 5D Mark III raw is now available.

GoPro CineForm Raw offers 10:1 compression and can be edited directly in Adobe Premiere and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 9.

Adobe Cinema DNG brings a Blackmagic Cinema Camera style workflow to the 5D Mark III and is ideal for grading uncompressed raw in DaVinci Resolve.

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Ikonoskop A-cam dll versus Blackmagic Cinema Camera

Read more in the first part of this article

Back in November I tested the Ikonoskop A-cam dll with Rob of Slashcam.de and Ludwig Reuter of HD Video Shop here in Berlin.

We spent a few hours comparing it to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera – here’s how it turned out.

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Editing raw video on a $900 Hackintosh (with $5000 Mac Pro levels of performance)

DaVinci Resolve

With the raw format becoming affordable for the first time this year (Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Red One, Ikonoskop) many aspiring filmmakers are considering taking advantage. But to edit raw you need to up the ante on the hardware side.

What is the most suitable (and affordable) editing rig for raw – Windows, Mac Pro or Hackintosh?

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EOSHD grades the Blackmagic camera raw CinemaDNG files

First grade - Blackmagic Cinema Camera CinemaDNG frame

Above: my first go at grading the Blackmagic Cinema Camera raw output

The above frame is scaled to 660 pixels wide for the blog. Click here to view the full 2400 x 1350 frame in your browser and another full frame here

John Brawley and Blackmagic Design today released the first raw DNG files from the camera.

Here’s my take on how the raw camera stands up.

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