As I try to get more and more from the Sony A7S, I learn more and more.
And I've found that using Kholi's modified PRO picture profile, slog2 as the gamma, and use filmconvert in post that you can get beautiful results.
The big secret I feel is to use s log2 on the camera and the color matrix of PRO, not S GAMUT. Thanks to Kholi, he lead me to better color thru the pro matrix, even though the other pro sony video cameras use s gamut. Much more pleasing than the S gamut color setting in terms of skin tone and saturation.
Here's the cooking ingredients to put into the menu:
Slog2 PicPro from Kholi -
Black Level: 0
Gamma Slog: 2
Black Gamma > Range: Middle , Level: -3
Knee > Mode: Auto , Auto Set > Max Point: 95 , Sensitivity: Mid
Colore Mode: Pro
Color Phase -2
Color Depth > R+1, G-1, B+2,, C-2, M-1, Y-3
Detail > Level, -5 Adjust > Mode; Manual, V/H Balance: -2, B/W Balance Type3, Limit: 0, Crispening:0, hi_light Detail: 0
White balance > Manual > Grid setting B 1 (one to the left)
You don't have to follow it perfectly, but overall it can get to some stunning results.
And the secret to any log recording is post.
And I'm the biggest fan of the Film Convert program to process the film - filmconvert.com. This is my secret weapon. Download and play with the different camera profiles. Then save the new files.
I used Film Convert Arri Alexa Log C profile for grading. FilmConvert setting is Arri Alexa as the camera. logC. film stock is Fuji Film 8543 Vivid. color 93. curve 100. size 35mm full frame. grain 0.
it can be a little too punchy in places, but overall gives a nice creamy look. the banding is interesting. it doesn't really bother me too much. I think shooting to 4:2:2 on the external recorders will help with this. The whole 8 bit vs 10 bit thing isn't as big of a deal as most people think. I've used 8 bit for so long and have graded fine off of it. 10-bit is a modern camera thing!
I like it better than the sony f55 lut fiilmconvert has - has more creaminess.
When you go to edit, remember to add some pretentious classical music. And a sunset shot!
That's pretty much it - it's pretty simple to make this camera shine - and I'm excited more and more to see everyone's results.
Please ask me some more questions! Lets make the imagery out of your new camera as good as we can! I really believe in this camera.
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