While certainly not a definitive test, I was pleased that the esteemed Philip Bloom was kind enough to allow us denizens of the internet to download some camera original media from the Digital Bolex to play with.
I decided to keep my testing somewhat simple and only make adjustments to the Cinema DNG through the raw settings in After Effects and apply a color LUT which are created and distributed by my friends at LookLabs. I used three different SpeedLooks to see how the cinema DNG would respond. I sought to do something similar to what we might do for corporate or commercial client work, where we aren't going to do something super stylized and simply get the images looking nice and consistent.
The first three looks are also followed by the same shot but denoised quickly with Dark Energy Anti-Matter which is why I applied the grade in After Effects on the Cinema DNG shot to begin with so I could also denoise the shot to judge the results. I basically used the default settings within Anti-Matter after analyzing the shot and the denoise result did lose some sharpness and perceived resolution. I do believe that the material can be denoised better with more time spent to find the right settings based on the sensor profile of the camera but for this quick test I went with the default to see what I could get without much effort.
With the ProRes material I selected some of the shots and then did the grade in SpeedGrade, again using LookLabs SpeedLooks. I made minor adjustments to some shots in the overall luminescence levels of the highlights and midtones, nothing spectacular. And on some shots I adjusted the temperature of the shot to warm it up a little.
Basically it's all subjective and I went with both look and process that isn't too strong and something that looked nice to my eye at the time. I found that the material seemed to have quite a lot of dynamic range to work with and even the ProRes 422 material stood up to standard grading like we might do for a large component of our client work.
I evaluated all of the material, C-DNG and ProRes via SDI output to our Panasonic Plasma reference monitor and I have to say that the Digital Bolex material looks wonderful. There is an organic, softer kind of feel to it that is unique, like Philip, many others and myself have said for a long time... the right tool for the job and while I haven't used a Digital Bolex yet so operationally I can't comment on the workflow or whether it's difficult to use in various shooting scenarios but the images are quite nice and I'd certainly look at the camera as a possible compliment to our shooting options.
Looks used on the Cinema DNG were:
SpeedLooks 3500 Clean F
SpeedLooks 3510 Universal
SpeedLooks 3528 GOLD Tobacco
On the ProRes I used:
SpeedLooks 3500 Clean B
**one thing to note is that I didn't have really nice image of a face to evaluate the response of skin tones really well**
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