I wanted to test out some of the perks of Vimeo Plus such as 1080p and higher bitrate uploads. It also happened to be the 4th of July (go America!!!) So I went out with my Canon 6d and 50mm f/1.4 lens and shot some footage of the fireworks. Everything was handheld--so I apologize for the excessive shakiness.

I was also testing out a new workflow now that I've upgraded to Adobe CC and finally made jump over from FCP7 to Premiere Pro. I am really digging Premiere and looking forward to getting more familiar with it, and excited about about being able to use it with all the other Adobe apps (like After Effects, and Photoshop).

I also decided to try using Davinci Resolve on a project for the first time. I've messed around with it before, but never really very extensively. I shot the footage with the Cinestyle picture profile to flatten it out as much as possible before grading. After editing the footage in a sequence in Premiere Pro, I exported the XML and opened that in Resolve where I began messing around with color. I had basically no idea what I was doing in Resolve, so I mainly just messed around until I got something that looked OK. I experimented with a few different features. Overall, I am really impressed with Resolve and am looking forward to learning how to fully use it. One issue that I had was performance on my computer (2010 Macbook Pro). It was very slow during playback, or scrubbing. So I mainly just looked at static images. I'm not sure what I can do to improve performance, other than working on a faster computer. In terms of coloring, I noticed a lot of strange vertical banding on my source footage, mainly in the darker areas... I was working at a pretty high ISO most of the time, so I'm guessing it was caused with that in combination with Cinestyle. I had trouble completely removing this, as you will see. After I was done with that, I exported it as ProRes 422 (HQ) files back into Premiere.

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