1. Portland, Oregon's "Holiday Express 2014" train, featuring historic steam locomotive SP&S 700. Recorded 12/14/12. For more info, see orhf.org

    Tech info: I used 2 microphones and a MixPre to record stereo audio into my BMPC-4K camera (the last 30-seconds sound especially great -- woo-woo!) The zoom and pan was created in FCP by scaling 4K video from 50% to 90% in a 1080p timeline. Camera settings: 4K UHD 3840 x 2160, 23.98fps, ProRes 422, ISO 400, "Film" (log), WB 5600K. Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens @ f6.7. Graduated ND and Hoya IR-UV cut filters.

    My website: peterdv.com

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  2. I shot this footage last weekend at Depoe Bay on the Oregon coast using my Blackmagic Production Camera 4K.

    All of the "zooms" in this video were added during editing. As a test, I didn't use the zoom capability of my Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 lens while shooting. Because the BMPC-4K records video at 4 times the resolution of HD, you can zoom-in (scale & crop) the video by up to 100% without quality loss. Most shots were recorded with the lens set at 18mm @ f8-f11. I used a polarizer and a UV filter in my matte box, and a screw-on .3 ND filter on the lens.

    While shooting this video, the camera was within a few feet of a very busy road. Instead of the sound of the surf, there was mostly the sound of cars & trucks roaring by. So I added some music.

    One of the clips is out-of-focus (the shot of the boat moving quickly directly toward and under the camera as it goes under the bridge.) Lesson learned: Next time, I should remember to bring my clear (not tinted) eyeglasses, so I can see the screen! :-)

    Recorded in ProRes HQ at 29.97 fps in 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160) at up to 880 megabits/sec. using the camera's "Film" (log-like) gamma and 5600K WB settings. I set the camera's zebras at 95% and manually adjusted exposure so no zebras were showing. Edited and graded in FCP7 on a 4 yr. old MacBook Pro in a ProRes HQ 23.98 fps HD resolution (1920 x 1080) timeline at up to 176 megabits/sec. There's a slight slow-motion effect from the conversion of 30p to 24p. The edit file was compressed down to 1080p24 H.264 @ 15 megabits/sec for uploading to Vimeo.

    There's info on my blog about the BMPC-4K configuration I used for this shoot:


    Essential shooting tips for new or prospective BMPC-4K users:

    My website:

    ©2014 Peter J. DeCrescenzo

    Music: Two days by Jahzzar (betterwithmusic.com)

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  3. Friends of Terwilliger host the Eagle Point Dedication, Sept. 27, 2014:

    Eagle Point is located on Terwilliger Parkway at 4099 SW Lowell Lane, Portland, Oregon.

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  4. Note: Download the 1080p "HD" file (7 megabits/sec., 8-bit 4:2:0 H.264 codec) and watch this video on a 1920 x 1080 monitor for "better" quality.

    My edit is based on original BMPC-4K "4K" (3840 x 2160 @ 880 megabits/sec., 10-bit 4:2:2) ProRes HQ sample footage shot by Grant Petty, CEO of Blackmagic Design. His footage are the first BMPC-4K sample files made public by BMD. You can download his original footage from the BMD forum:

    This is just a very basic example showing 4K footage scaled and cropped in a 1080p project. You can "zoom in" on a scene in post while still retaining good quality. The examples in this edit are scaled to 100% to show the center 1920 x 1080 area of the original 3840 x 2160 video.

    Grant's clips are shown here 3 times each: The 1st version shows the 4K zooming-in as an NLE motion effect (there are no actual lens zooms in the video.) The 2nd version is the same clip showing the detail visible in the original footage (center crop). The 3rd version shows the 4K clip scaled down to 1080p.

    Generally-speaking I don't recommend zooming in/out of footage like crazy as shown here! I just wanted to show the quality & detail visible in the original footage. :-)

    The color correction I've done in this example edit used FCP7's 3-way CC tool to do a basic white & black balance, boost chroma, and also eliminate highlight clipping. I added a tiny amount of sharpening. I'm pleased that there doesn't appear to be much (any?) aliasing or moire artifacts in this BMPC-4K footage. I probably could have added even more sharpening in post without ill effect. (The BMPC-4K reportedly doesn't do any sharpening in-camera.) Editing was easy & relatively fast on a >3 yr. old MBP 17" laptop. I had no trouble working with the original 4K ProRes HQ footage.

    Because the original 4K files are 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes HQ they can be manipulated quite a bit in post and still retain excellent quality. "CaptainHook", Adam Roberts, and others have posted very nice grades of individual frames from of these clips:

    Update 12/20/13: CaptainHook has posted his first BMPC-4K sample footage on Vimeo:

    Update 12/21/13: John Brawley has posted very positive comments about the pre-production BMPC-4K he’s been working with alongside an ARRI Alexa:

    Update 12/25/13: Marco Solorio of One River Media has posted his first Blackmagic Production Camera 4K sample footage. Refer to his Vimeo page for details:

    My take on the BMPC-4K, based on preliminary specs, etc.:

    My website:

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  5. Fall 2015 on its way.

    My website: peterdv.com

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Peter J. DeCrescenzo - Extras

Peter J. DeCrescenzo Plus

- Freelance Director of Photography based in Portland, Oregon for video productions in the Pacific NW USA.


- Email: videopro@sonic.net
- Phone: 503-754-6083
- Web: peterdv.com

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- Freelance Director of Photography based in Portland, Oregon for video productions in the Pacific NW USA.


- Email: videopro@sonic.net
- Phone: 503-754-6083
- Web: peterdv.com
- Blog: herefortheweather.wordpress.com

- Video shoots for Intel Labs, Ashwood Group, Smith-Freed, Digital Wave, IKEA, KGW-TV, Sterling Bank, Southwest Community Health Center, SWTrails-PDX, Fox Sports, Broadcast Services Group, Komen Oregon, McDonald Center, Oregon Clinic, Cedar Sinai Park, Jesuit High School, Mercy Corp, Vidimation, Bell Sports, Providian Financial, A-Boy, Wendy's, Standard TV, City of Lake Oswego, City of King City, Photo TCL/Walgreen Co., Friends of Terwilliger, Autodesk, Chevron-Texaco, Xilinx, Macromedia/Adobe, Cadence Design Systems, Mentor Graphics, Cisco Systems, Simpson StrongTie, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn Kids, Helicor, Brocade Communications, Catalytic, Intuit, Alibris, Threshold Pharmaceuticals, Infineon Raceway, ABC-TV, NBC-TV, VH1, Nippon-TV, and others.

- I own various camera, lighting & audio gear, and rent additional equipment from local suppliers as required. Insured.

- My Demo Reel: vimeo.com/peterdv

Resources and links:

The following are folks whose work I admire, and video-related information & resources you may find helpful:

- M. David Mullen, ASC: davidmullenasc.com
- Norman Bonney, DP: sradp.com/?a=p&gid=62
- Art Adams, DP: artadamsdp.com/
- John Brawley, DP: johnbrawley.wordpress.com/
- Sean Fairburn, DP/DIT: seanfairburn.com
- Michael Brennan, DP: hd24.com
- Glenn Przyborski, DP: przyborski.com
- Ron Dexter, DP: rondexter.com
- Shane Hurlbut, ASC: hurlbutvisuals.com/blog
- Vincent LaForet, DP: blog.vincentlaforet.com
- Wayne Paige, DP: digitalwave.tv/
- Hunter H. Richards, DP: cargocollective.com/hunter
- Philip Bloom, DP: philipbloom.net/blog
- Phil Rhodes, DP - philrhodes.com
- Ben Bunch, Editor/DP: vimeo.com/21092959 , benbunchfilms.com
- Walter Graff, DP: bluesky-web.com
- Adam Wilt, DP/DIT: adamwilt.com
- Stu Maschwitz, DP: prolost.com
- Barry Cadish, Writer/Produccer: barrycadish.com
- Brian Belefant, Director/Writer: belefant.com
- Russ Eaton, DP: cinemaruss.com
- Sam Locklin, Producer: vidimation.com
- Jim Fortier, DP/Director: turtle-island.com
- Chris Baldwin, DP/Director: shoulderhigh.com
- Steven Davy, DP: stevedavy.com
- Simon Wyndham, DP: simonwyndham.co.uk
- Thomas Luehrsen, Editor/DP: elmwoodstudios.com
- Lou Katz, Computer Guru: metron.com
- Hank Hansen, Percussionist: hankhansen.com

- My videos on Vimeo, including full-HD camera-original files:
- .MTS and most other video files are playable via the free VLC software: videolan.org

Online forums/communities:

- cinematography.com
- dvxuser.com/V6
- bmcuser.com
- forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewforum.php?f=2
- forums.creativecow.net
- personal-view.com/talks/discussions
- provideocoalition.com
- cinematography.net

Portland resources & beyond:

- Oregon Media Production Association: ompa.org
- Picture This Production Services: pixthis.com
- Koerner Camera Systems: koernercamera.com
- Shooting Star Video, Jeff Regan: ssv.com
- Macie Video Service (repairs): macievideo.com

Good things to know:

- Art Adams' production techniques blog: provideocoalition.com/index.php/aadams
- MacInTouch: macintouch.com
- American Society of Cinematographers (ASC): theasc.com
- Cine Gear Expo: cinegearexpo.com
- Field-of-view comparator: abelcine.com/fov
- Panavision New Zealand: panavision.co.nz/Main/kbase.asp?cat=13
- BBC Video Training: bbctraining.com/television.asp
- UrbanFox.TV Blog: urbanfoxtv.blogspot.com
- MacVideo.TV: macvideo.tv
- Film & Digital Times: fdtimes.com/news
- HD Warrior: hdwarrior.co.uk
- CheesyCam blog: cheesycam.com
- How to use Color Bars: videouniversity.com/articles/color-bars-and-how-to-use-em
- The American Widescreen Museum: widescreenmuseum.com/index.htm
- The Internet Archive (videos): archive.org/details/movies
- Chuck Pharis' Museum of TV & Radio History: pharis-video.com
- Lab Guy's World: labguysworld.com

- "An Open Letter From Your Sound Department": filmsound.org/production-sound/openletter.htm

- "So You Wanna Work In Movies?", Oliver Stapleton, BSC: cineman.co.uk


Blackmagic Cinema Camera:
- blackmagicdesign.com/products/blackmagiccinemacamera/
- herefortheweather.wordpress.com
- forum.blackmagicdesign.com/viewforum.php?f=2
- bmcuser.com/
- johnbrawley.wordpress.com/
- forums.creativecow.net/bmdcinemacamera
- cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=55840
- twitter.com/brawlster


Panasonic GH2, GH1, AF100 & other cameras:

- GH2: panasonic.net/avc/lumix/systemcamera/gms/gh2/index.html
- Panasonic docs & files: panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/index.html
- Vitaliy Kiselev's GH2 & GH1 firmware hack & forums:
- My GH2 thread: cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=48216
- My GH1 thread: cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=37701
- My AF100 thread: cinematography.com/index.php?showtopic=45482

- Field-of-view & sensor size comparator: abelcine.com/fov


- BlackMagic Design: blackmagic-design.com
- Panasonic Broadcast: panasonic.com/business/provideo/home.asp
- SONY Broadcast: pro.sony.com/bbsc/home.do
- RED: red.com
- CANON: consumer.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products
- AJA KiPro Mini: aja.com/products/kipro/ki-pro-mini/ki-pro-mini-description.php
- nanoFlash: convergent-design.com/
- Atomos NINJA: atomos.com
- Matrox Mini: matrox.com/video/en/products/


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