This short film is a little test with my new Panasonic HPX250.
I shot in AVC Intra 50 , 1080/25p. AVC Intra 100 is a pretty hefty codec and I am not sure it it necessary for most documentary work. It is good to know that the camera has the spec for BBC and other broadcast projects though. The last BBC project I shot was on a Sony Z1 and as far as I can see the HPX250 knocks the spots of that, without using the heaviest codec available on the camera.
Slightly disappointed that overcranking is not available in 1080/50, so any slo-mo would have to be done in 720, where the camera can overcrank to 60fps. This does then introduce the issue of matching content in the edit. This is perhaps where shooting AVC Intra 100 may come into its own.
The P2 media work flow takes a little setting up to get right and you need to download the plugins from Panasonic. But once these are installed, 'log and transfer' in FCP worked a treat.
This was all shot in Topsham in Devon (not in Ireland as the Music suggests - sorry!), just down the road from my office. Thanks to all the jolly boatmen.
The material has not been graded and as with any shoot with a new camera, it takes a little getting used to. The menu system is very simple and the camera performed very well. The view finder is sharp - but this did stop me muffing up the shot with the guy tapping the water line ready for painting - looks a bit soft to me! I have also subsequently found out having had a chat with Ian at Visual Impact that I should also have dialed in the 1/50th shutter rate to reduce the slight blurring in the pan shots (again, you can see this in the shot of the guy taping up the boat).
I was interested to see how the camera handles a large dynamic range. My preference as a shooter has always been to knock half a stop off to avoid the highlights burning out too much. Looking at this footage, I reckon that this is probably a good rule of thumb for this machine.
More to come later.