As a test of my new Super Neutral Log Picture Style I decided to make a little movie. Everything is shot using Super Neutral Log. Sharpening, vignettes, warp stabilizer and 16mm film noise added in post. No colour correction adjustments made as I used a basic viewing or 'dailies' LUT for this rough grade.
Developed over several months, Super Neutral Log is based on the original Neutral picture style but features a luma curve that captures more useable highlight and shadow detail than even Cinestyle while using the full 8-bit range of the codec. Other picture styles which shift the highlight range to a lower point do so at the expense of introducing ugly artifacts and extreme banding. Super Neutral Log has almost non other these issues. It can even be used with Canon's DPP software.
Super Neutral Log will be available with several viewing LUTs (for different shooting scenarios i.e. low light, studio, sunny day etc). The LUTs can be applied in your NLE to show your footage in a 'rough' linear color space but careful grading in post without the LUT will yield the best results and allow you to keep the best highlight and shadow detail.
Note: The LUT applied in 'Gettin High' crushes the blacks a little. This is intentional. Any blockiness you see in the video is caused by re-compression and is not in the original shots.
Super Neutral will be available FREE but for a small donation you will also get a PDF manual with setup and shooting tips showing how to get the best from the picture style plus Super Portrait, Super Standard and Super Faithful versions and the viewing LUTs.
Gettin' High was shot entirely on a Canon 600d/T3i, a Nikon 50mm 1.8d lens, an LCD viewfinder and a cheap video tripod. No ND or other filters were used.
Settings: Super Neutral Log Picture Style / 1080p / 24fps ISO range 80 - 640 / manual WB / in-camera sharpness 1 or 2. Some shots are using the 600d's 3x sensor crop.
I will make a couple of the original ungraded H.264 shots available soon so you can experiment with grading.
Gettin' High was shot over 2 evenings at Riga's Spilva Aerodrome in Latvia. September 2012
Music: Foo Fighters - But Honestly (from the album Echoes Silence Patience & Grace)
Thanks to Spilva Aerodrome and to everyone who appears in the video.
Magic Lantern FULL GOP control. Yes, that means ALL-I :)
As you may have noticed in the end credits I shot 'Gettin High' with a beta version of Magic Lantern developed by 1% for the 600d/T3i (other EOS cameras will get it soon). The new build has the ability to control GOP (Group of pictures) settings and increase bitrate substantially to over and above acceptable broadcast standards, essentially giving us the choice of high bitrate ALL-I (intraframe compression) like the Panasonic GH2 (hacked), the Canon 5d MkIII and the new Panasonic GH3 (just announced) and of course, selectable GOP settings up to 120. The default canon CBR uses GOP12.
Day 1 was shot on Magic Lantern 2.3 and uses GOP 12 and CBR at default settings. Day 2 (the microlight shots, girl, building with mural and a few other shots) were shot with either GOP3 or ALL-I.
Bitrates are averaging about 80-120Mbps but fall back automatically if the buffer is going to overflow.
Setting a lower GOP number not only makes editing footage easier but helps with detail and motion blur in fast moving scenes.
I'm sure there will be more technical test videos appearing on Vimeo soon but I wanted to shoot a real-world situation to see how it fairs. I'm very excited from what I've seen so far. Vimeo does not do justice to the quality!
A shot list of stills showing what settings were used for each shot will be available to download shortly.
For more information about Magic Lantern please visit the official website magiclantern.fm
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