October 25, 2014
Posted in reviews

Matching four Micro43 cameras and a Sony A7s for a live shoot of a 7’-tall singing clown (by Gary Yost)

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Hallelujah – Puddles Pity Party at the SF Regency Lodge Ballroom

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The following article is a guest post from Gary Yost. If you want to write on 43rumors contact me at 43rumors@gmail.com. Thanks!
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Matching four Micro43 cameras and a Sony A7s for a live shoot of a 7’-tall singing clown.

Due to different project requirements, I’ve collected a variety of camera bodies over the years.  Nikon DSLRs, a Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera, Panasonic GH4 (and GX7) and the Sony A7s.  Each has its own strengths (and weaknesses).  When I began production on a new video for a 7’ tall singing clown named Puddles at a recent live show in San Francisco, I decided to use four Micro 43 cameras and the Sony A7s to capture a 5-camera multicam recording for Puddles’ cover of Leonard Cohen’s legendary song “Hallelujah.”   (The fifth camera was a borrowed GH4 belonging to my friend Mark Spencer, giving us two GH4s for shooting in 4K, providing the ability to punch into those shots in post.)  I recently had a great experience shooting a 4K trailer for the Mill Valley Film Festival with the GH4, but I also wanted to put the A7s to the test, especially in the dressing room of the theater where I’d be very close to the subject, sometimes in fairly low light.
The big question for me was how to match these four different sensors so that the final piece would have strong visual continuity.  I had recently read a great article by Michael Garber about using the DSC Labs One Shot color chart with the Davinci Resolve Lite grading software that was already my favorite color finishing tool.  In the article, Michael describes how to bring each camera’s footage into Resolve version 11 and apply their new “color match” control to the DSC Labs target.   This is what that looks like in the Resolve UI:

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Once matched, with a right-click you can save the color LookUp Table (LUT) and then, using the $29 Final Cut Pro X LUT Utility from Color Grading Central, those LUTs can be applied to the video clip in FCPX.  I did this with each of the five cameras we used on the shoot and voila…  my multicam clip had five matched cameras even before I started editing!  This allowed me to edit the piece with good visual continuity well before I started the final color grading process.  Here’s what the multicam clip looks like in FCPX:

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Editing among five cameras along with b-roll from the dressing room preparations for the show was easy and straightforward.  All of the b-roll was cut into the timeline as connected clips.

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Once I was completely satisfied with the edit, I deleted the LUTs from the five master clips and then used the Overwrite to Primary Storyline function to put the entire show into one storyline before exporting it as an fcpxml file for Davinci Resolve.  This provided the cleanest way of getting a single timeline into Resolve.

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I then reapplied the LUTs to the clips in Resolve and added secondary qualifiers to tweak various aspects of Puddles’ makeup, along with animated custom vignettes to direct the viewers’ eye to exactly where in the frame I wanted them to be looking.  The color grading process in Resolve is incredibly fun and creative and I always look forward to getting to this stage.  (I still can’t believe that Black Magic Design gives this software away for free.)  I consider Resolve to essentially be Photoshop for video and would never finish a project without it.  One of my favorite Resolve features is the ability to animate any aspect of the grading process, but most importantly it also provides the ability to grade clips in context with any other set of clips simultaneously, allowing for the type of visual continuity that defines a professionally-finished production.
I hope you enjoy the final piece.  I had a terrific time shooting, editing and grading it.  The Huffington Post feature on it drove over 250,000 people to watch it on Youtube, and that is always satisfying.

Bio:  Gary Yost is a filmmaker and photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area who focuses on telling stories about the interesting people and places where he lives.  Yost has been using technology to tell complex stories for a long time.  As the leader of the team that created Autodesk 3DS Max he gave millions of people 3D modeling and animation tools, enabling them to use computers to visualize anything they could think of… and a lot of those things were too large, too small, too fast or too slow to show with conventional video.  These days, Yost refers to nature as “his grand animation stand” and spends much of his time on Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County.   You can view his work at www.garyyost.com

October 25, 2014
Posted in news

a little bit of everything…

Paris Awakening II | GH4 & SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 from emeric on Vimeo.

Micro Four Thirds vs Medium Format (Footlessfish)
Green GM5 hands-on pics at DC.watch.
Panasonic LX100 : nos conclusions (Focus Numerique).
4K Shootout: Sony A7S vs. Panasonic GH4 at Cameras.Reviewed.
eview of the SLR Magic 10mm T2.1 and the SLR Magic variable ND filter (Hybridcams).
Real World Samples of the Canon G7X, Sony RX100 III and Panasonic GM1 (Youtube).

Andrew:Possibly your readers would be interested in some photographs from a deserted and decaying hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi, USA. The paranormal researchers often visit this hospital, but I never saw any ghosts. I took most of the photographs with a tripod-mounted Panasonic G3 camera and the Olympus 9-18mm lens (a few with a Fuji and one with a Leica on film). http://worldofdecay.blogspot.com/2014/09/kuhn-memorial-hospital-upper-floors.html

Jw:Tamron AT 3,5-5,8/14-150 Di III tested in german magazine “FOTOTEST” sept 2014,
result : Comes in first place ! Testwinner , before panasonic lumix g vario 3,5-5,6/14-140 and olympus m zuiki 4,0-5,6/14-150
Best in sharpness and resolution, best in chrom.aberration, high quality

Jay:Here are pics from my trip taken last Fall to Oaxaca, Mexico during Day of the Dead. Photos taken using the Olympus EM5 and several prime lenses (Olympus Zuiko 12, 17, 45 and 75). http://oneworldtraveltour.smugmug.com/2013-Mexico/2013-Nov-Oaxaca/

Sebastian:For the video guys out there, I have created a LUT that helps balance out the colours on Panasonic cameras (particularly the new ones like the GX7 and GH4). I would appreciate if you could promote the link as I am interested to see what results people get out of it http://sebcastilho.com/journal/2014/10/19/a-study-on-panasonic-colours-and-a-lut-to-balance-them/

October 24, 2014
Posted in deals

Crazy 512GB SD card from Sandisk now in Stock for the first time via Adorama.

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Crazy RAW and vidoe shooters may be happy to knwo their 521GB and $729 expensive Sandisk SD card is in Stock at Adorama (Click here).

Olympus MFT lens price drops:
$100 off on the 12mm f/2.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 12-40mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 14-42mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 17mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 25mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 40-150mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 45mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$100 off on the 75mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.
$50 off on the 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and GetOlympus.

October 24, 2014
Posted in news

Yet still no info about the Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 shipment and price!


Image courtesy: ePhotozine

One month after Photokina Voigtlander still didn’t release any official rpice and shipment info of the amazing new 10,5mm f/0.95 Nokton lens (specs listed here at BHphoto).

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I hope Voigtlander/Cosina is reading this post and will soon give us an update :)

Reminder: SystemKameraForum got an “Unofficial info” saying the new Nokton 10,5mm f/0.95 lens will cost around 1300 Euro. Few image samples at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews and Optyczne.pl. Hands-on pics at ePhotozine.

These are the other three Nokton f/0.95 lenses:
Nokton 25mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 17.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).
Nokton 42.5mm f/0.95 (here one Bay).

October 24, 2014
Posted in news

Curiosity: Sony says there is no collaboration with Olympus on the photographic business.

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Sony managers talking at DSLRmagazine

In an Interview at DSLRmagazine (translation here) Sony said that while they are closely working with Olympus on the medical business they are not collaborating on the photography development level.

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